Who should buy the Brooks Beast 16

The Brooks Beast 16 is for runners needing arch support for severe overpronation. It has top-tier stability mechanisms and other excellent features that make it ideal for you if:

  • You need a stable and well-balanced ride, especially during long-distance runs
  • You want a highly cushioned running shoe that can provide sufficient support for your flat feet

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Updates to the Brooks Beast 16

  • An upper construction that not only manages moisture but also provides a contoured fit
  • Ultra-cushioned midsole that conforms to the foot for a customized fit 
  • Durable outsole elements for reliable traction and flexible movements

Brooks Beast 16 updates

Adequate traction and protection

The HPR Plus is a rubber material that’s highly resistant to abrasion. It’s placed in the rear section of the outsole. It doesn’t peel off or rub off easily, and it delivers surface traction.

Brooks Beast 16 Flextra

The HPR Green is a skid-resistant rubber that’s made from environmentally friendly materials. It ensures traction on dry and wet surfaces.

The Flextra rubber compound is an add-on in the forefoot that provides the right amount of flexibility, depending on the gender of the wearer.

Brooks Beast 16 HPR

The MC Pod Configuration is the design structure of the Brooks motion control shoes. It makes sure that the foot is placed on a platform that’s supportive, comfortable and stable. It basically helps the runner in achieving a smooth and comfortable heel-to-toe transition.

More cushioning than ever

The Super DNA is a midsole material that offers more cushioning than any other Brooks foam unit. It conforms itself to the shape of the wearer’s foot, therefore making the underfoot experience more in-tune with the individual’s needs.

Brooks Beast 16 midsole

The Extended Progressive Diagonal Roll Bar or the EPDRB is a triple density foam that corrects overpronation. This material efficiently assists the foot in achieving a more stable gait when running, walking or standing.

The Beast 16 improves the gait cycle

The DRB Accel helps in reducing underfoot muscle strain and fatigue by providing torsional rigidity. Basically, it mimics the way the underside of the foot tenses when going through the gait cycle, therefore allowing the foot’s tendons and muscles to relax.

Brooks Beast 16 DRB accel

The Caterpillar Crash Pad segments the midsole into sections, like the body of a caterpillar. It makes the platform suppler and more compliant to the natural movements of the foot. It follows the pattern of the gait cycle, placing the impact shock protection and cushioning to the area of the foot that currently needs it.

Omega Flex Grooves make the platform more flexible, but they do not diminish the level and quality of cushioning that the foam systems provide. The Ultimate Sock Liner has been added and placed right above the main cushioning unit. It is a well-cushioned add on. It is also capable of staving off moisture.

Brooks Beast 16 flex grooves

Breathability guaranteed with the Beast 16

The Element Mesh is a breathable material. It encompasses the foot yet it accommodates airflow into the foot chamber, effectively providing a well-ventilated running experience. It also wicks off moisture.

Brooks Beast 16 element mesh

Synthetic overlays have been fused directly to the upper unit. They make the coverage more secure by adapting to the lacing system. The absence of seams makes the whole package less heavy and bulky. Some stitches were added, but they’re only to reinforce the materials.

A comfortable running experience

The Element Lining ensures a dry and cool interior environment for the foot. It manages moisture, as well.

Brooks Beast 16 element lining

An Internal Support Saddle provides a more secure fit in the mid-foot section. This mechanism is a means to prevent wobbliness while the foot is inside the shoe. It also prevents the inner fabrics from rubbing irritatingly against the skin.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: 13.6oz
Drop: 12mm
Arch support: Motion control
Collection: Brooks Beast
Pronation: Severe overpronation
Arch type: Low arch

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