Summary

We spent 7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The one-piece design of the Brooks Ricochet 2’s upper unit is welcomed by those who have tested it, stating that it is smooth and sock-like.
  • Some consumers have noted that the cushioning system is reactive to their movement capacity.
  • Breathability is an aspect of the upper unit that is appreciated by testers.
  • The traction yielded by the outsole rubber is deemed dependable as it apparently permits confident movements on the asphalt.
  • Flexibility is a trait that is lauded by those who welcome a shoe that accommodates natural motion.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A tester has claimed that that the rear of the collar has a tendency to rub against the foot.
  • The upper unit has exhibited some loose-threading after a few weeks of use, according to a purchaser.

Bottom line

The overall reaction towards the Brooks Ricochet 2 has been positive. This product is welcomed because of its seamless construction, the breathable upper, the traction-ready outsole, and the flexible midsole. It is an update that continues the legacy of its relatively fresh predecessor, the original Richochet model.

Fans of neutral running shoes that are for the roads are the target market of the Brooks Ricochet 2.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A popular pick

Expert Reviews

85 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 78 / 100 |

    Brooks Ricochet 2: The daily speedster

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    The look of the Brooks Ricochet 2 displays speed. I know when I got these out of the box, I was very impressed by the first look of them. They not only look fast, but they have a very stylish look that asks you to wear them.

    I've been there before, though. You get a cool looking shoe, and you find out that you hate running in them. And, then—boom—they're in a huge running shoe pile, just to be picked up rarely.

    So, what are the Brooks Ricochet 2? Do the style and design bring function with it? Well, read on, and you'll get your answer.

     

    Type: Neutral Daily Speed | Weight: 9.7oz. | Drop: 8mm | Retail: 120.00

    The breakdown

    Here we go guys, my favorite part. This is where I go in detail about each shoe piece and how it affects performance.

     

    The upper

    This upper is 100% knitted design that is varied in tightness and flexibility throughout. As you go to the midfoot to the forefoot, the knit is basically immovable. It leads to stability, which is much needed in these areas.

     

     

    The top of the knit where the lacing system lays and towards the collar is all a very flexible knit, which allows for a sock-like fit in this area. The heel then changes to a more secure knit with extra padding to aide in lockdown and support.

    Overall, this knit is great. It leads to fit, stability and unmatched style. I am extremely happy that Brooks gave us a functional knitted upper!

    Lacing system

    And, so we have it, the deadly flaw. In my opinion, a shoe can be awesome in every aspect, but if they do not provide a great lockdown and sense of security with the lacing, it's all for not. This is what happened with this shoe.

     

     

    First off, the laces are terrible. They are an elastic type lace that stretches a bunch and leads to a TON of extra lace. Then, to follow that, you must lace these very tight to get any sense of stability, which just adds to the excess of the lace.

     

     

    Secondly, this shoe provides no heel lockdown, and it has no extra lace loop to be able to provide a heel lock lace as needed. After lacing these as tight as I could get them numerous times to no avail, I took to this strategy in the picture above.

    I know it's ridiculous, but it worked! Not only did it bring heel lock, but it used up all the extra lace.

    Brooks, all this hassle could have been easily avoided if you just provided an extra eyelet for laces!

    Midfoot support

    Here we have nothing to speak of. I am used to seeing some extra technology at the midfoot for knitted uppers, but with the Brooks Ricochet 2, the only thing we have is more tightly knitted fabric.

     

     

    As I said, the lacing doesn't help much, so I was disappointed with the thought here. I have some mild pronation naturally, which just became more pronounced due to the lack of mid support.

    Toe box

    The toe box was adequate. I didn't wish for any more space here even though I usually love a very wide toe space. There wasn't a lot of compression in the toes either like some other knotted shoes, which I enjoyed greatly.

     

    Collar

    The collar is cool to look at. The shoe's collar reflects a sock and is stretchy. This brings forth a comfortable connection to the shoe and doesn't provide any extra padding.

     

     

    As you look towards the heel area of the collar though you can see some minimalist padding which helps provide just a bit extra comfort and lock.

    All are seamlessly connected to the rest of the shoe, and no tongue is present here. This is a very unique area of the Ricochet 2 which I enjoyed.

    Heel

    The heel is done really nicely. Considering how unhappy I was with the lockdown, this heel tries to make up for it.

     

     

    It is a very stiff heel, which goes a long way to provide some structure and prevent an excessive medial collapse of foot. Thumbs up here.

    Midsole

    This shoe is made for speed, not comfort. This shoe is hands down the firmest shoe I have owned to date.

     

     

    It initially caught me off guard, but with added miles, things started to soften a bit, and the firmness actually helped contribute to more speed during my fast runs.

     

     

    The Brooks Ricochet 2 comes in with an 8mm drop, which is a solid number to satisfy all folks. This drop rests right in the middle of "low" and "high" drop shoes. I usually have a 5mm or less preference, but these were great.

     

     

    The 8mm, firm midsole comes with a neutral ride. The soles stiffness help a little with stability, but overall you will only like these if you are very close to a neutral gait runner.

     

     

    In the words from Brooks, "the combination of BioMoGo DNA and DNA AMP cushioning work together to provide a light, responsive ride that gives more energy back to you while you're road running."

    I found this statement true. As my runs went on, I felt more return and found myself more happy with this shoe.

    Outsole

    The outsole is a great match for the shoe. I loved the arrow type tread, which helped with transitions during fast-paced runs.

     

     

    I also enjoyed how much tread there was. I never caught myself losing traction through gravel, pavement and wet weather. Much praise for the outsole

    The fit

    The Brooks Ricochet 2 comes true to size. I am a size 10.5 and felt like the fit was perfect. As I said before, though, when it comes to fit in the sense of secureness when running, I give it a thumbs down due to virtually no heel lock.

     

    The feel

    With FEEL comes "wanting". We all know that a shoe can come with a lot of technology and even a bunch of performance when it comes to racing.

    But if it doesn't feel comfortable and "good", then we avoid wearing and them and in turn, never get what we paid for.

    The feel for The Brooks Ricochet 2 is just not enticing for me. They aren't super comfortable, and I never really was reaching for them out of desire when I was heading out for a workout.

     

     

    The speed design sacrifices cushion for firmness, which is all good. But at the end of the day, this shoe is not a pure racing shoe.

    It is more of a daily fast shoe, and for any daily shoe, I believe we need some comfort addition to help us along during all the training we put in.

    Function

    Based on the make-up, the technology and even the look of the Brooks Ricochet 2, speed is what it is made for. After many miles of running, I can say that speed is what it gives you, but I wish it gave a little more of it.

     

     

    This shoe rests in the land of daily speed shoes. For most of us, what we wear for race days is what we would wear for speed work, so the category of the Ricochet 2 ends up being not as popular as some.

    I can say that this shoe fulfils what it was met for, but I would like for Brooks to either give a little more cushion and comfort. So, I can enjoy my daily speed work or strip it down and give us a light race shoe that will provide us with PRs.

    Quality

    The shoe is great to look at, and there are a lot of design elements in this shoe, which you can tell, much time was spent on. I feel the quality when I hold the shoe, when I wear it and when I examine.

     

     

    I have seen no wear as of yet with over 50 miles of running and am very happy with the price point of $120.00.

    Overall

    Overall, the Brooks Ricochet 2 comes in as a satisfying speed shoe for daily training work. I can say I was very happy with the design, the technology and the look of this shoe.

     

     

    I highly recommend it for any of you who enjoy a neutral, speedy daily trainer and don't need any extra support or cushion. I was very unsatisfied with the lockdown and the security of fit but with a little innovation of lacing (see above pic) you can solve the problem.

  • 90 / 100 | WEARTESTERS | | Level 4 expert

    The Brooks Ricochet 2 retails at $120 and is right priced. To me, it competes very nicely with the similarly priced Adidas SL20. It doesn’t offer top-tier cushioning but if does provide a comfortable upper, shock absorption, and a great outsole. If you’re the type that likes to run in sock-like running shoes and prefers a firm ride, put the Brooks Ricochet 2 on your short list of options.

Become an expert
  • The Brooks Ricochet 2 is an update to the up-and-coming line of road running shoes that aim for comfortable and natural performance. The differences between this model and the original Ricochet shoe lie with the uppers, with the former employing a stretchier version of the flat-knit material used in the latter, as well as a form-fitting collar design that minimizes pressure from the ankles and heel.

The Brooks Ricochet 2 is made to be true to size. Runners are welcome to test this shoe and enjoy their usual sizing expectations. However, it would be wise to personally try the shoe to enjoy an in-shoe experience that isn’t restrictive or uncomfortable.

The shape of the foot and its capacity to naturally move and swell during the running session are fundamental aspects of the running shoe’s cover system. This form-welcoming upper unit and the semi-curved platform shape of this running shoe work together to accommodate the runner and the performance.

Rubber is used for the outsole of the Brooks Ricochet 2. This layer is designed to protect the base of the cushioning system from the potentially damaging nature of the surfaces.

The arrow-point pattern that serves as the design of the outsole isn’t just for show. This angular ornamentation helps the foot to maintain forward motion and momentum by encouraging a forefoot strike and heightened flexibility.

Flex grooves help the platform to bend with the toe joints as they prepare the foot for the toe-off. They also smoothen the step, ensuring that the performance is speedy and in line with the comfort levels of the wearer.

DNA AMP is a topsole that is meant to serve as the surface on which the foot can immediately rest during the run. This technology is comprised of a polyurethane piece that is coated with a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) sheet to deliver consistent and unflinching support, even after many uses. It contours to the shape of the foot-pad, thus ensuring a customized underfoot feel that targets the foot-shape of the wearer.

Below the topsole is a layer made of BioMoGo DNA, another Brooks technology that offers reactive and responsible cushioning that follows the movements of the foot. This full-length element is made of recycled materials. BioMoGo DNA is used by many of the brand’s products, including the well-known stability running shoe line, the Brooks Ravenna.

A lightly cushioned insole is placed on top of the primary cushioning system. This detail offers a soft surface for the underfoot. It even ha a fabric top to evoke smoothness and step-in comfort.

The upper of this Brooks running shoe is made of a two-piece flat-knit material that resembles woven cloth. A stretchy portion runs from the midfoot to the front, ensuring its ability to welcome the motion and swelling of the foot as it tackles the run. The rear part has a close-weave kind that hugs the heel and keeps it stable at all times.

A one-piece collar embraces the bottom part of the lower leg, giving a feeling of being wrapped by a sock. A protruding front part acts as the tip of a tongue unit, covering the bridge of the foot and completing the encompassing hug.

Printed overlays reinforce the sides of the upper unit, taking the shape of the logo of the brand. These elements bolster the durability of the facade and help with the attainment of a snug and secure wrap.

A ghillie lacing system graces the upper, with flat shoelaces snaking through fabric eyelets that are isolated from the main material of the coverage. Such a design permits the adjustment of the fit while preventing material bunching, hot spots, and chafing.

A pull tab is stitched onto the rear of the collar to help widen the shoe’s opening. A small reflective capsule is printed onto this part, and it’s meant to make the shoe more visible in low-light conditions.

Author
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.

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