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  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    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.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    $85
  • Weight
    Men: 6.4oz
    Women: 5.4oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm

    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 height
    Men: 24mm
    Women: 24mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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87 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Doctors of Running

    So overall a really good shoe.  I have enjoyed racing in them and not having my calves as beat up as when I was racing in the Mizuno Wave Universe.  I haven't had any problems with the shoe and there's only a few things I'd like to see changed.

  • 86 / 100 | 220 Triathlon

    In intervals and race-distance efforts, they performed superbly, perfectly balancing speed/responsiveness. We also found them comfortable at half-marathon distance, despite being the lightest on test at 204g. 

  • 95 / 100 | Run And Become

    And of course, for everyone who wants to be faster – be careful! It’s really hard to stop with those shoes!

  • 93 / 100 | The Middle Miles

    As this shoe is a very lightweight, minimal support racing flat, the vast majority of runners will not find it "enough shoe" for a full marathon

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Updates to Brooks T7 Racer

  • Brooks adds more cushioning through a higher heel offset in the T7 Racer. While this may surprise minimalist runners who have come to love the closer to the ground feel, the added cushioning will mean longer runs with more underfoot protection.
  • There are also enhancements that minimalists running shoe enthusiasts will really welcome. It has a new and lighter mesh that delivers excellent breathability. A new midfoot cage that is quite flexible holds the foot really well without being constrictive. The heel is not as structured as before with only a single overlay strapped across it to connect to the midfoot.
  • The versatility of the shoe is also enhanced as it now offers drainage ports. Instead of being limited to runners, triathletes can also get to enjoy a fast shoe with superb water-draining features.

Brooks T7 Racer size and fit

Brooks changed the last of the T7 racer, giving it a narrower fit than before. It has a more curved last that fits perfectly in the heel, the midfoot, and the forefoot. The new fit is designed to provide a “speedy” environment for runners and triathletes. Runners or athletes with narrow to medium measurements will likely be comfortable in this shoe. Available widths are D for the men’s and B for the women’s. Sizing is a little off as well. It is half a size smaller than standard shoe length. Options are from 7 to 14 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.


Outsole

Just like one of Brooks' popular running shoe, the Glycerin 16, the T7 Racer's thin outsole is mostly covered in Asics’ own HPR Plus rubber, which is known for its ability to resist abrasion with just enough traction, even in wet conditions. Asics uses a network of pods in the outsole that are connected to the pods in the midsole. These pods offer a little cushioning and help with the efficient transition from landing to takeoff.


Midsole

The midsole has a really thin EVA for cushioning and durability. Again, the midsole has the Hyper Pod Configuration for flexibility and better gait cycle.


Upper

The barely there upper consists of extremely breathable and lightweight AirMesh. There are a couple of synthetic overlays that are strategically placed to maximize support and structure. For anti-microbial and moisture-wicking properties, as the T7 Racer is often worn without socks, an Ortholite Sockliner is fitted in the interior of the upper.


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