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Brooks Neuro 2 - any owners?

Denovo
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Does anyone here have these shoes?

If yes, any thoughts on how they suit neutral runners who like lots of cushioning. Is the sizing as expected? How is the toe room? What about wide feet, high arches or other foibles?

Asking because the currently available versions of my beloved Saucony Triumph only seem to be available in foul colours, which I cannot bring myself to wear.

Yes, I know I'm shallow, but these little things do matter as well.

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Beads
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I have, love them, not hugely cushioned, there’s a bit of arch support, relatively similar in feel to my ghosts, but the fabric feels a bit smoother. I wear neutrals but don’t specifically go for loads of cushioning, I do like a minimal shoe.

Fit: last time I had my feet measured I was a EEE width (and told by Clark’s that the only shoes they had that fit were ones my granny wouldn’t have worn). I’m technically a size 5 (38) but generally wear a size 6 (39) in normal shoes and a 7 (40) in running shoes, preferring the D width men’s version to the B width women’s. My Neuros are size 7 (40.5) B width according to the label and have plenty of room in them.

My Neuros are plain black with bits of pinkish purple flashes, though a bit dusty at the moment (we all have ‘shallow’ thoughts at times 😬) I seem to remember they were relatively cheap (compared to my ghosts) so not a huge investment to have made if I hadn’t got on with them. The upper fabric seems to be lasting better than the mesh on my ghosts. I’ll definitely be getting another pair.

Denovo
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in reply to Beads

Thank you so much. That is really helpful.

Flyingred
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I have a pair of Neuros (the previous version). I'm very pleased with them. I bought a size larger than my normal shoe size (9 vs 8) and the fit is good. Compared to my old shoes (Nike Air Pegasus) they are more cushioned and put a spring in my step which helps me. I find I want to run faster in them. From what I've read, the Neuro 2s are an improvement on what I have, which were very keenly priced at sportshoes.com

Denovo
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in reply to Flyingred

Another very helpful answer. Thank you :)

Beads
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in reply to Flyingred

Ahhh, yes, I'd forgotten about that, they're the Brooks equivalent of the Adidas Boost aren't they, meant to give you back more power with every step. I sort of geeked out when I first got them and tried to compare runs with the Neuros and with the Ghosts to see if there was any difference in pace or relative effort (HRM readings). I don;t think I saw much difference.

Flyingred
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in reply to Beads

I'm not familiar with the Adidas Boost. I was looking for a neutral Brooks shoe with good cushioning/shock absorbance and the Neuros seemed to fit the bill, especially as the pricing was attractive. Maybe it's psychological, but they're encouraging me to run faster!

Denovo
DenovoGraduate
in reply to Flyingred

Heavens, I need every magic available to be encouraged to run faster! Maybe I need to take the plunge on these shoes. They are available in several places for about £40 at the moment.

Flyingred
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in reply to Denovo

If you have £40 burning a hole in your pocket and want to try a different pair of shoes then go for it. They are significantly better than my Nike Air Pegasus, which isn't a shabby shoe.

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