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MuddledGardener
MuddledGardenerGraduate

I wore my Brooks Revel 2 shoes for the first time this evening, and I was dismayed that they didn’t feel very secure on wet ground. I felt I had to be extra cautious when turning corners, or negotiating thin patches of mud on the road.

Has anyone else experienced this?

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nif100
nif100Graduate

one comment...mizuno the best shoes in the world in my opinion. Love them, got me through two marathons back in the day. Just bought some as I reckon my other shoes without too much support I hasten to add are a reason for my running painsx

Elisabeth3
Elisabeth3Graduate in reply to nif100

Which Mizuno have you bought if I may ask. What is your opinion of Mizuno Wave Equate 2 (if you know that style)< Thanks.

Some say Asics is the best.

But Brooks is defo a good brand, too.

nif100
nif100Graduate in reply to Elisabeth3

buy mizuno as they are wide fitting. I have not got the box now but bought them in a specialist running shop as he looks at your running gate on a treadmill. Have looked at them for a name but nothing all I can say is they are a boring plain grey with green soles that are fluorescent at nightx

nif100
nif100Graduate in reply to Elisabeth3

mizuno equate2 just found picture on the internetxx

Elisabeth3
Elisabeth3Graduate in reply to nif100

Oh, that's what I also asked. Equate 2. Is that what you bought? I found them no wide fit.

nif100
nif100Graduate in reply to Elisabeth3

I bought them in the sale as they were bringing out the newer version. Mine are really wide fit, maybe they have tweaked that what a shame. I find them wonderfully supportive though and nice and cushioned

MuddledGardener
MuddledGardenerGraduate in reply to nif100

Mine are very comfy, just not very good grip on a wet road. 😕

RI78
RI78Graduate in reply to Elisabeth3

I’ve got the wave equate 3 and they are soo comfy! I’ve haven’t had tight calves since I’ve been wearing them

MuddledGardener
MuddledGardenerGraduate in reply to RI78

I’ve yet to get tight calves! Probably because I go so slowly! 😁

RI78
RI78Graduate in reply to MuddledGardener

Lol I’m not very fast either 😊

MuddledGardener
MuddledGardenerGraduate in reply to nif100

I have bizarrely wide feet, and these were the widest ones in stock that felt comfortable.

Debston
DebstonGraduate in reply to MuddledGardener

Me too - bane of my life!

Have you worn them in before the run? New shoes can feel rather stiff and plastic like before you break them in.

MuddledGardener
MuddledGardenerGraduate in reply to JaoJao

They were lovely and supple, just a bit slippy on the wet road.

Elisabeth3
Elisabeth3Graduate

Recalling the photo of your shoes, they are road running shoes. Be careful in those shoes.

Muddy surface needs trail running shoes. So I was advised during shoe 'hunting'.

If you compare the sole of the two types, there is a big difference.

Some more experienced folks can give you a deeper response.

MuddledGardener
MuddledGardenerGraduate in reply to Elisabeth3

I was on the road, but I live in the country, and mud is a day to day hazard! 😂

Elisabeth3
Elisabeth3Graduate in reply to MuddledGardener

Hm, then your second pair of shoes may have to be trail running ones.

You must be careful with mud, they can be tricky.

Is there no park where you can run, instead of road surface?

MuddledGardener
MuddledGardenerGraduate in reply to Elisabeth3

Not close by. We’re all village inhabitants, and we run along a very quiet bit of road called Back Street. I might investigate trail shoes, especially if I start doing park runs.

Elisabeth3
Elisabeth3Graduate in reply to MuddledGardener

For the time being, I would say, no need for trail shoes. Normal running shoes are road running shoes. So you bought the right type. Just be careful when the weather conditions are less graceful.

But if you intend to run on trail, mud, etc. In the future, Then it's time to think of the trail ones. Or if you want to have a second pair. Such surface may also need more experience.

I hope I have not confused you too much.

MuddledGardener
MuddledGardenerGraduate in reply to Elisabeth3

Not at all! 😁

MuddledGardener
MuddledGardenerGraduate in reply to Elisabeth3

The road was mainly clear, just wet.

ArthurJG
ArthurJGGraduate

I have Brooks Ghost 10 and really like them. However there was one time the rain was so heavy there was a layer if surface water on the concrete and tarmac surfaces if my usual parkrun. It’s a parkrun where you’d wear road shoes, wouldn’t even think of trail shoes normally, but that day it was really slippy. It probably didn’t help that on that day I used the parkrun for interval training so on the fast bits I was running a lot faster than I would if I were running the whole 5k. But I found I had to be REALLY careful.

So it depends what you mean by wet. Normally I run Montrose in road shoes with no issues even if it’s raining. (I don’t actually own trail shoes). But that one day ...

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate

Hello muddledgardener. I have Brooks, but not Revel 2. I have never had that problem. They have an excellent customer services, so go on to their website. They have a true blue guarantee, which means you can return them even though you’ve worn them. But I suggest you discuss the problem with them and see what they recommend.

My brooks GTS 19s also come in wide and very wide. Some brands are not wide enough and you have to go for men’s shoes to get the width. But different shoes are good for different people so what one person says is great, might not suit you.

Elisabeth3
Elisabeth3Graduate in reply to Dexy5

That's a good idea. I think MuddledGardener became a bit disappointed.

If they recommended those shoes, they ought to be the proper ones.

MuddledGardener
MuddledGardenerGraduate in reply to Elisabeth3

Disappointed and a little scared! 🤣

MuddledGardener
MuddledGardenerGraduate in reply to Dexy5

Mine are men’s shoes. They are also neutral. I’d have to ask them which model would suit me best. Thanks for the information. 😊

Myzinnyboy
MyzinnyboyGraduate

Dexy I run in those shoes too. They are men’s, but they are a great fit as I have a wide foot. Just in case they discontinued them I bought another pair in last years colours at half the price!

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate in reply to Myzinnyboy

I have the ladies version, having discovered that I couldn’t buy my GTS18s anymore. I’m really pleased with them. But they are a support shoe so no good if muddledgardener is neutral. The brooks website also has an interactive questionnaire to see which type of shoe you need. It is not as good as a proper gait analysis but worth doing to see if it confirms one. Good luck muddledgardener.

Bumblebetty
BumblebettyGraduate

Hi, I’m in a similar position. Bought my Brooks shoes last week and walking around felt the fit was fine. Wore them last night and had to run on the grass a bit and they didn’t feel good. Felt my foot was moving around inside a bit. Moved into the road and they felt a bit better but I’m not feeling Confident about them. Obviously they are now all muddy so not sure what chance I have if returning. Feel so worried as they were so much money and you expect the running shop to send you out with a good fit.

ArnoldAx
ArnoldAxGraduate

I think Brooks have a try for 90 days, so if you’re not happy maybe contact them. I have Brooks Ghost 11 GTX, they’re a road shoe but waterproof, which is good because I’m often on muddy trails with my dogs, I have been out in the rain on tarmac and all good. They’re super comfy too.... I hope all works out.

MuddledGardener
MuddledGardenerGraduate in reply to ArnoldAx

Thank you! Maybe I’ll give them a ring tomorrow.

I've yet to get back into training after my op but when I started doing park runs I bought new balance can't remember which ones but, I broke them in before attempting the park runs, they are nice & broad & cushioned & I have not found any problems with them. Years ago when I was younger I used to wear Reebok but they don't seem to be popular anymore.

Pianism
PianismGraduate

My two-penneth: I have to say, that expecting one shoe to do everything is probably a bit optimistic. I currently have 4 pairs of running shoes that all do different things well. As I've progressed in my running I've begun to learn what I like and what I don't. But it's so individual, it's difficult to give any advice.

Having said that, I did find that my Brooks were very poor in muddy conditions. Have trail shoes for that now and they are much better. They were amazing on pavement though.

The absolute best tip I got was sportsshoes.com. Once I'd had my gait analysis and knew I needed support shoes, I bought whatever was on sale with them (paying attention to heel drop as I know low drop shoes cause me severe agony!). That way I got to try out different shoes for much less outlay than full price shoes. Currently running in Asics, Saucony and New Balance, and very happy indeed. Also running in shoes 1.5 sizes above my "old" shoe size.

Ps - lacing is key. See YouTube for help. :)

Thank you. Tonight’s run felt easier, although I did steer clear of suspicious-looking debris! I guess I have to get used to them. Tonight was only the second time of running in them. Otherwise they feel great.

sTrongFuse
sTrongFuseGraduate

I use saucony peregrines. They are kind of a hybrid in that they don't have quite the cushioning of road shoes and not quite the grip of true trail shoes, but they are dead comfy and I find they feel pretty firmly planted whatever I'm running on in all conditions (haven't tried them in winter yet though)

Bike_and_Run
Bike_and_RunGraduate

I realise this post was over a year ago, so not sure if you're still here, but I'd love to know the outcome of your Revels?

I've just ordered a pair today, as they were a bargain. Really hoping they're with the saving.

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