Who should buy the Brooks Beast 18

Brooks Beast 18 is the solid shoe for you  if:

  • You want extra stability and motion control support for moderate to severe overpronators
  • You want a durable shoe to use for long-distance running or marathons
  • You want a shoe that can help alleviate ankle or knee soreness or even plantar fasciitis

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Protection from high impacts with the Brooks Beast 18 outsole

The heel part of the outsole makes use of HPR Plus, a rubber compound that is highly resistant to abrasion. It shields the high-impact areas of the platform from the debilitating nature of surface grazing. It also provides traction.

Brooks Beast 18 forefoot outsole

HPR Green is made from environmentally friendly components. It’s placed in the forefoot section, and it’s configured to be efficient on both dry and wet surfaces.

Brooks Beast 18 eco-friendly

The front part also has the Flextra rubber. It’s designed to encourage the bending capacity of the wearer’s toe-joints. It’s also optimized to accommodate the shape and dynamism of men’s feet naturally.

Brooks Beast 18 front outsole

 Super DNA foam in the Brooks Beast 18 midsole

The Brooks Beast 18 is one of the many Brooks running shoes that utilize the Super DNA foam, which is responsible for carrying the foot throughout the running session. It has a reactive nature, so it’s capable of delivering a soft and bouncy ride. It also attenuates impact shock and converts the force into kinetic energy that the leg and foot can use.

Brooks Beast 18 mid

It also has the Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar which is a triple-density BioMoGo piece that runs the entire length of this running shoe. Its purpose is to correct severe overpronation by stabilizing the arch and the stance of the foot.

Brooks Beast 18 midsole2

A Caterpillar Crash Pad design smoothens the heel-to-toe transitions and isolates landing shock to the specific impact point by using a segmented platform construction.

Brooks Beast 18 midsole 1

A thermoplastic polyurethane unit is added to the midfoot section. It is called DRB Accel, and its purpose is to enhance medial stability and provide torsional rigidity. The Omega Flex Grooves are integrated into the midsole to facilitate the natural flexibility of the wearer’s foot fully.

Brooks Beast 18 back

The Ultimate Sock Liner adds a bit more cushioning. It has a moisture-wicking capability to stave off sweat.

Brooks Beast 18 inner

Lightweight and flexible coverage with the Brooks Beast 18 upper

The midfoot and rear sections of the upper uses air mesh. This material has a compact build, but it allows the flow of air into the foot-chamber, and it doesn’t sacrifice form-fitting snugness.

Brooks Beast 18 upper

The forefoot area features engineered mesh. This cloth-like material is lightweight and flexible. It even has prominent ventilation pores to maintain a cool and dry interior environment.

Brooks Beast 18 top upper

A 3D Printed Support Saddle is fused to the midfoot section. It helps the rest of the upper unit to hug the foot securely. Moreover, it’s not too thick, unlike other conventional shoe-saddles.

Brooks Beast 18 saddle

The external heel counter is a stitched synthetic overlay that holds the back of the foot in place and prevents it from wobbling or exiting the shoe involuntarily.

Brooks Beast 18 heelcounter

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: 13.3oz
Drop: 12mm
Arch support: Motion control
Update: Brooks Beast '20
Forefoot height: 18mm
Heel height: 30mm

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