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WeightMen: 10.3ozWomen: 9.2oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 8mmWomen: 8mm
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.
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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82 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
Brooks Ricochet: Room for improvement
My review will focus on the reasons the shoe could work for you (why?), what may not work for you (why not?), and some final thoughts (conclusion).
Brooks has constructed a comfortable simple upper. There is minimal stitching or overlays.
The upper is constructed in two pieces one for toe box and another for the midfoot/heel area. This creates a simple shoe with minimal hot spots or areas for concern.
The elastic ankle collar is also a plus. It provides the feel of a custom fit.
Those runners with narrow heels and slender ankles will appreciate this feature. The ricochet was just an overall comfortable shoe. It fit well and worked with my foot right out of the box.
Once again Brooks makes a shoe with a great fit. This is pretty much true of all the shoes in there line up.
For the last year, I have a had the chance to put miles on 4 different Brooks models and the same can be said for all of them. They all fit great, and they run true to size.
Although the mesh upper did provide comfort and seems to be quite durable, the extra material, thick mesh, and sock liner make for a hot shoe.
If you do lots of running in a hot climate and don't want to be sloshing around in wet shoes, this may be a deal breaker.
Brooks states on their website "own best energy return, now in a lightweight frame." To be frank, in no way is this shoe lightweight.
My size 11.5 came in at just over 12 ounces. This makes it one of the heaviest shoes I own. If you're going to market lightweight shoes it should be in the 8-ounce range or less.
Although the Ricochet is still heavy it does perform reasonably well during speed and interval workouts. If a couple ounces were shaved off the Ricochet, Brooks might a truly great shoe.
Can it work for quite a few different workouts? Yes. Would I put this in the same category as an extremely versatile shoe like the Nike Zoom Elite? No.
I personally enjoy a shoe with a bit more ground feel. The Ricochet although, responsive, felt a little overbuilt and clunky at times.
As stated earlier shaving a few ounces off the shoe, maybe a couple of millimeters off the midsole might go a long way.
In a word, disappointing. If a shoe is going to have so a ton of rubber on the outsole, it better grip well. This shoe struggled on wet sidewalks and asphalt.
I didn't have a chance to take these off-road to the trails but, based on its performance on the road I doubt these shoes can handle much beyond a dry gravel path.
Brooks earns huge points for me with a comfortable well fitting shoe. However, I feel this shoe could be a bit better if it was not so overbuilt. Shedding a couple ounces of weight and a few millimeters in the midsole could go a long way.
Check out my video review here.
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Brooks Ricochet: A running shoe that lives up to its name
I am so excited to provide a review on one of the newest shoes in the Brooks line up, the Ricochet. The Ricochet was recently released by Brooks as a neutral, but energizing shoe.
I have to say it is different that any of the Brooks shoes that I have ran in before. While running in these shoes I have been impressed with how lightweight and comfortable they are.
The goal of the Ricochet is to help provide runners with the most energy return possible, and they certainly live up to their name. This energy return is made possible by several technology designs that Brooks has crafted into this shoe including DNA AMP energized cushioning, BioMoGo DNA, and a cushioned soft upper and heel.
Midsole DNA AMP Energized Cushioning & BioMoGo DNA
The most notable technology that makes the Ricochet the shoes they are, is the midsole DNA AMP Energized Cushioning and BioMoGo DNA.
Even though they are lightweight, they do not lack in cushioning, and this is due to the DNA AMP technology that Brooks is putting in their shoes. This is a foam that provides cushioning and energy return to the feet and legs.
Underneath the DNA AMP is the BioMoGo DNA foam and it provides runners with bounce and flexibility. These two features help to provide runners with a cushioned, yet energizing ride.
Upper Comfort & Heel Cushioning
My favorite feature of the Ricochet is the comfortable upper, the heel wrap, and hidden cushioning.
Literally, as soon as you put these shoes on you will notice the difference in comfortability of the upper.
The upper is knitted and it offers your feet flexibility and breathability when inside the shoe. The tongue is cushioned and doesn’t feel tight on the top of your foot when tied.
The true game changer for me is the heel wrap, and the hidden heel tap that Brooks is putting inside their shoes. The heel tap provides your Achilles protection that is better than most socks.
Runners no longer must worry about blisters and unnecessary rubbing because of this awesome padding. Also, the heel wrap offers additional comfort and helps lock your foot into place while running.
Brooks has designed these shoes to where runners could honestly run without wearing any socks if they wanted to.
The Ricochet is a lightweight running shoe weighing in at only 9.2 oz and has an 8mm drop. While running in these shoes I found that they were perfect for speed workouts because of their weight, but they also had a suitable cushion.
Previously, I have ran in the Brooks Glycerin 16, which weighs 9.4 oz. Even though the difference in weight between the two shoes is small, I felt faster when running in the Ricochet than I did in the Glycerin.
Additionally, these shoes are also much lighter than the Levitate as well. The Levitate is another shoe in the Brooks line up that is designed to optimize energy return and I have also run in them. The Levitate is a heavier shoe and weights 9.7 oz.
So, if you are looking a shoe that provides energy return but doesn’t feel heavier the Ricochet is a great option for you.
One thing that I would like to point out to readers is that while these shoes do have 'cushioning', they do not offer the same plush cushioning runners have come to love from the Glycerin 16, or the cushioning of the Levitate. If you are looking for a more cushioned ride one of those shoes is likely a better option.
Another disadvantage that I noticed while looking on the Brooks website was the color options are limited compared to other Brooks shoe models. Of the four-color choices offered, they are darker schemes except for one pair. Therefore, if color matters to you finding a combination that you like might be difficult especially for everyday wear.
Another disadvantage that I saw from this shoe was the pricing. They are priced at $120, just like the Ghost and the Adrenaline GTS. When comparing the price of the Ricochet to other shoe brands, runners may feel that these shoes are overpriced and be reluctant to try them since they are new.
To conclude, I have enjoyed testing the Ricochet. I have found these shoes to be a great option for speed workouts. I believe that any runner searching for a neutral running shoe would find these to be an energizing ride with just enough cushion.
My favorite feature, which I think is one of Brooks best new updates, is the heel padding and tab. Runners can easily take these shoes for a run right out of the box and not have to worry about unnecessary rubbing.
Lastly, the thing I love most about Brooks is that they offer a 90-day money back guarantee, and they stand behind their products. So, if you do buy these shoes and they aren’t for you, you can always rest assured that you can send them back and try something different.
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Overall an 8/10 and a perfect shoe for everyday running and especially for longer ‘weekend’ runs.
Updates to Brooks Ricochet
- The Brooks Ricochet is a road companion for the neutral pronator. It makes use of a sporty yet contemporary design to appeal to casual shoe enthusiasts and athletic individuals. A flexible knit-material is used for the upper unit, and it’s joined by a stretchy heel-wrap collar and a sock-like internal bootie design.
- Underfoot cushioning is given by two proprietary foam compounds that are layered on top of each other. The top section offers energy return and resilient cushioning that doesn’t easily sag; the lower part provides a bouncy and flexible ride.
- An arrow pattern on the outer portion of the sole unit encourages smooth and fast transitions through the gait cycle. A rubber layer delivers traction and protection against the abrasive nature of the surfaces.
Brooks Ricochet size and fit
The Brooks Ricochet was made to have a standard running shoe length. The sizes that are available accommodate the usual preferences of consumers. When it comes to width, the options are D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women. This product features a semi-curved shape that mimics the natural curve of the human foot.
The outsole unit of the Brooks Ricochet makes use of a rubber layer. The job of this material is to shield the rest of the platform from wear-and-tear, as well as deliver surface traction.
An arrow-shaped pattern runs from the midfoot to the forefoot. This design allows faster transitions through the gait cycle. Midfoot and forefoot strikers may find such an arrangement appealing as it encourages natural flexibility and focused surface control.
A rounded heel leads the foot to have a well-rounded foot-strike. It potentially eases the landing phase and rolls the foot forward smoothly and naturally.
DNA AMP is a cushioning unit that’s comprised of a full-length polyurethane compound that is covered in a TPU sheath. Such a construction prevents material sagging during the run or over time. The preservation of the foam’s structure enables copious amounts of energy to be transferred to the foot and leg of the wearer.
The base of this shoe’s sole unit is made up of the BioMoGo DNA foam, which is a reactive foam that’s made using environmentally friendly compounds. It adds more bounce and flex to the underfoot experience.
FitKnit is a knitted material that is able to stretch and adapt to the shape and motion of the wearer’s foot. Its thin construction and tiny ventilation pores provide breathable coverage.
The stretchy heel-wrap is fundamentally a collar that hugs the base of the leg, the ankles, and the heel. It’s a helpful way to maintain in-shoe lockdown and steadiness.
The internal bootie design offers a smooth wrap that’s free of hot spots and bunched-up sections, thus allowing the wearer to put on the Brooks Ricochet without socks.
A faux-suede heel tab cushions the back of the foot and protects it from exiting the shoe unexpectedly.
A traditional lacing system graces this road companion. It features semi-flat laces and discrete eyelets that are bolstered by a thin synthetic print. These elements work together to adjust the tightness or looseness of the fit.