Verdict from 8.7 hours of research from the internet

7 reasons to buy

  • The Element Mesh and Element Lining make sure that the foot gets coverage that’s water-repellent, keeping the shoe dry and cool at the same time.
  • The mid foot area offers a snugger fit to keep the foot in place, according to some reviews.
  • The mid-sole of the Beast 14 utilizes the DNA Cushioning Gel and the BioMoGo environmentally friendly mid-sole component to adapt to the wearer’s needs, ensuring a customized underfoot platform.
  • A few number of runners took note of the shoe's stability.
  • The Tuned Density Midsole gives a custom ride that’s tailored to the gender and weight of the wearer.
  • Traction over dry and wet surfaces is afforded by a robust and feature-filled outsole unit based on the comments of some runners.
  • Some noted that flexibility is provided for the wearer, allowing more natural movement in the forefoot area.

4 reasons not to buy

  • There were testers who noted that the mid-sole unit started to break down after a few months of use.
  • It has a narrow fit, which isn’t very ideal for those with wide feet.
  • It is slightly heavy.
  • The shoe is expensive.

Bottom line

The Beast 14 from Brooks is an expensive but high quality running shoe. And very much like the Beast 18, it gives stability and control to those who have severe over-pronation of the foot. The individual components are efficient and they work together well to make this shoe a great choice for daily road running.

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Expert reviews:

  • The Brooks Beast 14 comes with added overlays in the little toe area and over the bunions, delivering a glove-like fit. This also means that the forefoot area will deliver a tighter fit. The overlays from the midsole to the back of the heel were also removed to give a loose fit in the heel area.
  • Another notable update of the shoe is the use of the new moisture-managing upper mesh and the moisture-wicking sockliner. These elements keep the foot well ventilated, cool and free from moisture.
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The 14th version of the Brooks Beast has a standard running shoe length. The fit of the shoe is totally different from its predecessors. The forefoot is a little tighter compared to the older version because of the added cushioning in the forefoot and the heel has a little more room. This shoe gives comfortable fit to those with regular foot measurements.

The outsole unit uses the HPR Green rubber in the forefoot that delivers an impressive traction on both wet and dry surfaces. It works well with HPR Plus rubber that is strategically places in the heel to give added durability. It also uses the Flextra rubber that provides enough amount of flexibility depending on the runner’s requirements. It delivers flexibility according to runners’ weight and running movement.

The midsole unit of the shoe generally uses environment-friendly material such as the BioMoGo full-length midsole that offers impressively resilient cushioning. Added to this biodegradable material is the Progressive Diagonal Rollbar that serves as the tri-density foam to aid overpronation and for an enhanced running experience. The shoe uses the Brooks’ full-length DNA cushioning gel that gives specific reaction to runners depending on its weight, movement, pace and running conditions. It generally delivers the right amount of cushioning needed by a specific runner, depending on what is needed. The brand’s Segmented Crash Pad is also present in this shoe. It delivers right amount of cushioning that efficiently absorbs shocks and promotes a smoother heel-to-toe transition.

The upper of the Brooks Beast 14 uses a light weight breathable mesh that is durable. It has moisture-managing capacity that keeps the foot cool and dry. This mesh compliments well to the ultimate sockliner that has also a moisture resistance capacity. An internal support saddle is also used to deliver a more secure fit.

Size and fit

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Small (19%)
True to size (80%)
Large (1%)
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Same sizing as Brooks Beast '20.

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How Beast 14 compares

This shoe: 91
All shoes average: 86
53 98
This shoe: $150
All shoes average: $119
$40 $350
This shoe: 13.8oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.5oz 16.2oz
Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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