The Brooks Mach 12 is pure gold for runners who need a minimalist running shoe that doubles as a racing flat.
This lightweight and streamlined performer comes in a non-spiked and spiked version. The Mach 12 with spikes comes with ten 6mm spikes and a wrench to help you speed across the finish line at your next cross country event.
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This is a dynamic minimalist shoe, and is ideally engineered for shorter races on dirt, wood, asphalt, or rubber surfaces. Weighing a mere 6 ounces, this latest version leaves its predecessor in the dust.
It’s lighter, faster, and better equipped to provide you with a smooth ride. It also comes equipped with more toe rocker which enhances the forward motion in this model.
The Mach 12 features an air mesh upper that allows maximum airflow and breathability. The uppers on these shoes also include synthetic overlays to help lock your foot in place. Dynamic arch straps also aid in securing your foot, and offer enhanced support in the midfoot.
Now this may be a light shoe, but it does not forego comfort. The super lightweight CMEVA compression molded EVA runs from heel to toe and provides tremendous cushioning and shock absorption without making this shoe stiff.
Brooks also equipped the Mach 12’s with its Strobel Last technology, which is essentially a lightweight, breathable layer of foam that runs the full-length of the shoe for added comfort and flexibility.
The outsole of the Mach 12 is built to be as tough as nails without adding additional weight to the overall shoe. It features a thin layer of contact rubber that has an assertive lug configuration for maximum grip on a variety of terrains.
Overall, this shoe was built with only the essentials needed to catapult you ahead of the competition, and over the finish line.
Is Brooks Mach 12 The Best Running Shoe For Me?
Many runners love the minimalist support and maximum comfort that’s offered with the Mach 12. It was recommended as a great alternative to barefoot running, or a nice shoe to switch out from time to time with your Vibram Five Fingers.
There was an overall feeling that the Mach 12’s do run slightly narrow and felt a full size smaller than marked. So, make sure to keep this in consideration when ordering. However, when you do get a right size, most runners thought these shoes has a “snug as a bug in a rug” feel, and raved about how comfortable they were.
Most testers also found that the lug configuration on the outsole provided great traction, and that they were able to use them on several terrains without a problem.
Overall, the Brooks Mach 12 minimalist shoe is an outstanding performance shoe, and will feel like you are jetting on thin air. So, strap on your seatbelt and get ready for takeoff!
RunPals Rated: Brooks Mach 12
(5.0 out of 5)