We spent 7.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The collar and back part of the upper unit supported the ankles well, a consumer reported.
  • Most reviewers welcomed the traction-ready outsole configuration of this running shoe.
  • The lightweight build of the components was touted to contribute to a fast and relaxed running experience.
  • Several purchasers noted that the colorway for both the men and women’s versions looked appealing.
  • Some runners commented that the underfoot cushioning system felt suitably comfortable.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The mesh upper is too thin for some users.
  • A reviewer claimed that the Mazama 2 didn’t provide enough traction on muddy and challenging surfaces.

Bottom line

Neutral runners were mainly appreciative of the Brooks Mazama 2. They welcomed its supportive upper unit, its trail-ready outsole design, its lightweight build, and its agreeable looks. For them, it’s an acceptable upgrade to the original Mazama that started the fledgling series. Conversely, some consumers were enthused with its inconsistent sizing scheme.


Expert Reviews

95 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 96 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    In addition to being very quick and responsive on the uphills, it runs very fast on pavement and buffed out trails, but feels a bit minimally cushioned for me to run high speeds on very hard surfaces for longer distances.

  • 100 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 3 expert

    The Mazama 2 is a fast, responsive and lively shoe, handling flat sections, rolling hills and downhills with ease. It will be on my go-to list for races where the terrain will allow for speed.

  • 86 / 100 | Gear Institute | | Level 2 expert

    The Brooks Mazama 2 is built for running fast. Every feature of the shoe, from the highly responsive midsole to the low profile outsole lugs, screams speed. So much so, that it’s not well suited for longer distances or for rough trails.

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  • The Brooks Mazama 2 is a running shoe that’s crafted for those who have neutral pronation. It’s also optimized for fast traversals on trails. Multidirectional gripping lugs that are made of rubber make sure to clamp onto the uneven surfaces. A propulsion plate encourages power to the toe-off phase.
  • The midsole makes use of a decoupled midfoot design to make sure that the forefoot section is capable of moving and bending, independent of the heel part. A form-adapting foam material makes up the primary cushioning system while a Race Sockliner aims to add some more comfort.
  • A single-layer mesh serves as the majority of the Mazama 2’s cover system. The new Mazama 2's upper is now bolstered by rubber overlays to heighten the sturdiness of the silhouette and enable a secure fit. A lace garage allows the runner to keep the excess length of the shoestrings in a sheltered pocket.

Like most Brooks trail running shoe, the Brooks Mazama 2 was designed to be true to size. So, it aims to satisfy the needs of consumers regarding its sizing scheme. The available width for the women’s version is B – Medium. The men’s version has D – Medium for its width profile. The underfoot platform is designed to conform itself to the shape of the wearer’s underfoot and the upper has a semi-permeable mesh that lightly stretches.

The Strobel last involves the upper being stitched directly to a mesh material that covers the uppermost part of the platform. The goal of this construction technique is to improve durability while accommodating a smooth in-shoe feel.

The outsole unit of the Brooks Mazama 2 features a sticky rubber compound. It protects the rest of the platform from the abrasive nature of the terrains. It also provides traction, which is essential when traversing the unpredictable outdoor paths.

Multidirectional gripping lugs are patterned across the area that has the rubber layer. The purpose of these protrusions is to clamp onto the uneven surfaces to prevent slipping and other unsavory steps.

The forefoot part has a Propulsion Plate. It’s a thin layer that encourages the foot to spring forward with sureness and energy. It also intends to return liveliness to the foot and leg of the runner, thus promoting a faster and more empowered performance.  

BioMoGo is a foam midsole that aims to provide a comfortable underfoot experience for the runner.  This Brooks technology can also be found in Caldera 3's midsole. It’s made out of recycled materials, so it’s healthy for the environment. Its soft and spongy configuration allows it to follow the contours of the underfoot, giving support to the curves that don’t usually get any cushioning.

The midfoot section has been decoupled from the rest of the platform. This arrangement allows the heel and forefoot sections to work individually, with the front area getting more propelling power during the toe-off phase.

The Race Sockliner is a thin layer of cushioning that’s placed right above the thicker foam material. It adds more cushioning while sparing the weight or the flexibility of this product.

The silhouette of the Brooks Mazama 2 makes use of a single-layer mesh to deliver a lightweight yet breathable wrap. Its breathing pores allow environmental air to seamlessly enter the foot-chamber and maintain a cool and dry coverage of the foot.

Thin rubber overlays are fashioned all over the face of this product. These printed add-ons heighten the structural integrity and protective capacity of the cover system. The forefoot section has a semi-thick sheet to ward off rough surfaces and aggressive trail debris.

The Gusseted Tongue locks the opening of this shoe from any small stones or fragments that may dare to infiltrate the foot-chamber.

Jens Jakob Andersen
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.