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Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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WeightMen: 9.3ozWomen: 7.9oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 6mmWomen: 6mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.
Heel heightMen: 21mmWomen: 21mm
Forefoot heightMen: 15mmWomen: 15mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
Release dateDec 2017
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95 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
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.
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.
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.
Updates to Brooks Mazama 2
- 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.
Brooks Mazama 2 size and fit
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.