Summary

We spent 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Testers welcomed the mesh material used in the upper unit because it provided breathable coverage.
  • The DNA cushioning technology gained popularity among many runners because of its capability to conform to the shape of the wearer’s foot.
  • Consumers appreciated the use of the durable BioMoGo mid-sole, which is made from biodegradable materials.
  • Those with neutral movements and stride were able to ease well into this shoe because it was made with a neutral platform that caters to their needs.
  • The blown rubber outsole received positive feedback because of its long-lasting and responsive nature.
  • A tester mentioned that the flexibility of the underfoot platform allowed them to move naturally through the gait cycle.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners lamented the lack of a stability mechanism, which have left them wanting more support for long running sessions.

Bottom line

Many runners have lauded the Brooks Aduro 4. They welcomed its breathable upper unit, it’s interesting mid-sole technologies and its durable yet responsive outsole. For them, it’s a solid choice for the roads. Conversely, there were a number of runners who didn’t acclimate well to this shoe due to the lack of stability mechanics.

Facts

Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 9oz | Women: 10.5oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 12mm | Women: 12mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Brand: Brooks
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $125
Colorways: Blue, Green, Multi, Orange
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
Better rated than the previous version Brooks Aduro 3

  • The 4th version of the Aduro from Brooks offers a new look that’s visually appealing and modern compared its older version. The use of striking colors allows it to stand out. While its aesthetics make it endearing, its functionality isn’t to be dismissed. Made from durable materials, this neutral running shoe is able to carry runners through their activities with ease and comfort. It doesn’t lose structure easily, nor does it degrade even after many months of use.
  • The upper unit of this road running shoe is made from a mesh material that’s breathable. One can clearly see the open construction of the material, which works to allow air to enter the shoe as a means to keep the foot cool and dry. The minimal use of stitched-on overlays do not add bulk or weight to the façade. The padded tongue and collar allow the foot to be kept in place, thus preventing accidental shoe removals.
  • The mid-sole unit of the Aduro 4 uses two distinct technologies that have graced many Brooks shoes. The DNA and BioMoGo. They offer superb cushioning to the entire length of the foot. Their responsive nature won’t let the foot feel as if the platform that it’s standing on is stiff or unwieldy. The mid-sole even conforms to the shape of the wearer’s foot, truly providing a customized experience that’s comfortable.
  • Across the entire length of the outsole is a rubber material that’s responsible for the protection of the mid-sole unit. It is also the one responsible for giving traction, enabling the runner to achieve surface control. Flex grooves make the platform more flexible, thus allowing natural freedom of movement to take its course.

The Brooks Aduro 4 uses standard measurements when it comes to length. Runners are able to get a correct and relaxed fit when they choose the size that they’re most comfortable with. The available width is medium, so it welcomes those with medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape adheres to the natural curve of the wearer’s foot.


The outsole unit of the Brooks Aduro 4 uses blown rubber, which is a tough material that is able to protect the rest of the sole unit from the abrasive nature of the asphalt. It is also able to grip the road well, giving reliable surface control to the wearer.

Omega Flex Grooves enhance the flexibility of the sole unit. They make the platform more able to follow the natural movements of the wearer’s feet. It’s a way to make each movement feel free and enabled.


The DNA foam technology which can also be found in the Brooks Levitate 2, adapts to the shape, weight and movement trends of the actual wearer’s foot. It delivers great cushioning throughout the gait cycle, as well.

The BioMoGo foam is made from recycled materials. But it doesn’t have a flimsy nature. It’s strong and it can last a long time. It’s a great addition that’s going to appeal to environmentally friendly runners.


An open mesh material makes up most of the upper unit of the Brooks Aduro 4. Its visible pores allow air to easily enter the shoe in order to maintain a well-ventilated environment for the foot.

Minimal stitched-on overlays add structure to the upper unit, but they also serve as a means to make the coverage more secure. They connect to the lacing system and adapt to the tightness or looseness of the fit.

The padded tongue and collar make the interior wall of the shoe feel more comfortable. They help in locking down the foot and keeping it in place throughout the entire time the runner is wearing it.

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Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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