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Brooks Men's Levitate Gts 5 Running Shoe

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JEREMY : While the Stealthfit upper is sleek, the toe box is pretty cramped. My foot typically fits in normal width shoes, so it goes to show how narrow this one is.

The shoe is stiff and dense. It should be durable as hell. The midsole and outsole are both going to last a long time without much fear of wearing out. Derek: The bottom line for me is that the ride is somewhat inferior to the Levitate 4. The new upper is not as supportive, and there is a less connected feel between the foot and the midsole-outsole as a consequence. The ride is still smooth and responsive and even springy at faster paces, but it is not altogether very comfortable at the faster paces, because the deficiencies of the upper become magnified as you go faster.Derek: I think a lot has already been said about the outsole. It looks identical to that seen on the Levitate 4 so no major changes. The outsole rubber is quite firm and durable (based on my experience with the Levitate 4). As the patterning is very fine, the grip is also very good on this outsole. I have used it on road and gravel with no problems whatsoever. If anything, i would have liked a softer compound for the forefoot rubber, to give the shoe more spring up front Yet the picture is somewhat different with the GTS version with its higher lateral sidewall of DNA AMP and co molded medial insert.. Sam: Weighing 0.25 oz less the Kayano competes with the GTS versions here. Its support elements include a somewhat extended heel counter in the area of the Levitate’s medial Guide Rail and a slightly firmer midsole sidewall on the medial side. Its support is lower in feel and more pronation control oriented than the Levitate’s higher GTS approach but still adaptive and fine for neutral runners. Its outsole is more effectively matched to its platform and midsole. I prefer the GTS approach but overall the Kayano, if you need some support in the mix or if you are a lighter runner, is a better choice. Joost: There’s a lot of outsole rubber here, in all sorts of patterns. The main one is a fishbone like pattern with just a couple of cutouts in the heel, providing some decoupling for heel strikers and on the lateral side of the forefoot, adding some lateral lengthwise flexibility for forefoot strikers. There is very little flexibility across the midsole. As Bryan stated: no issues with durability and traction and the copious usage of outsole rubber definitely adds to the weight of an already heavy shoe.

Unlike many other shoes on the market, the Levitate 5 uses the single density midsole throughout. No bells and whistles. The end result is a uniform ride. As was mentioned, the pneumatic feel is evident, and the midsole is on the firmer side. Whilst firm, the DNA AMP surprisingly has a surprising amount of give and vibration dampening which is a pleasant surprise. Overall, the DNA Amp midsole is not flexible (again possibly restricted by the outsole) like you would expect in traditional everyday trainers, nor is it bouncy or responsive, but yet isn’t what I would call dull being a fan of firmer and lower riding shoes. I do agree with Jeremy, this shoe likes to slide on the pavement. The chevron traction works best in dry conditions for sure.

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Bryan: Coverage is extensive, especially on the medial part of the shoe which has full outsole coverage. What we have here is a uniform usage of some form of carbon injected rubber that detracts from the midsole’s potential responsiveness. The lateral part of the fore- and midfoot, and the heel feature cut outs to promote some flexibility, but the result is that it remains rigid and very stable, especially given the structure/outsole pattern and volume of rubber used. No issues with durability and traction. The heavy utilisation of outsole rubber adds to the weight and density of the DNA Amp midsole, making it an overall bottom heavy shoe. One of the biggest compliments I can give to the Levitate line is the looks. I’ve always admired how sleek they look, especially with this shine on the midsole. It somewhat resembles the same rainbow effect on the New Balance RC Elite 2. If I’m riding up to the local pub run in these, while I may not enjoy the ride, I know damn well that my shoe game will fire.

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