Brooks is back with its updated Beast 14 premium running sneaker. With their motto for this model being “Unleash the fury of the Beast” you can tell that they are going for the gusto and leaving nothing on the table. The Beast has long been the running shoe of choice for runners with severe over pronation, thanks to its attention to providing an ultra supportive ride. Brooks once again takes swing for the fences with a completely updated saddle and never before used “no sew” overlays that promises runners a more comfortable and closer fit. Also sporting a full length BioMoGo cushioning that adapts on the fly to runner stride and a technologically superior heel to toe rollbar, runners will have the full arsenal of Brooks’ most advanced materials at their disposal as they take on any type of terrain in any type of weather. In the following review, we will take a look at the latest incarnation of the Beast and see just how much fun runners had “attacking” their runs.
Today’s runners are more demanding than ever, and always looking for a new dynamic to their running shoe. Brooks answers the call by giving the outsole their proprietary HPR Green rubber material in the forefoot that runners found to deliver quite an impressive amount of traction on both wet and dry surfaces. To give the Beast more bite, Brooks goes the extra mile (pun intended) to strategically place additional pieces of the more dense HPR Plus rubber in the heel to give added durability and simply will not quit in the toughest of running conditions. Additional technology that runners were very pleased with was the Flextra rubber that adapts and provides just the right amount of flexibility depending on the runner’s requirements and characteristics. It effortlessly delivers flexibility according to runners’ weight and running movement, as if the shoe had been tailored to individual runner.
The midsole unit of the shoe generally uses Brooks’ environmentally friendly material that is responsive as it is great for landfills and compost piles around the world. BioMoGo is utilized the full-length of the midsole and runners were impressed with the amount of resilient cushioning and how generous Brooks was with its implementation. In addition to this biodegradable material you will find the Progressive Diagonal Rollbar; this serves as the tri-density foam that runners with over pronation everywhere rave about. In fact, runners with over pronation and flat arches swear by this model for its enhanced running experience and comfort. The Beast’s midsole also features Brooks’ full-length DNA cushioning gel that provides specific reaction in real time to runners depending on their movement, weight, pace and even running conditions. Runners put the technology to practice and time and time again it delivered the perfect amount of cushioning needed by that specific runner, this is the pinnacle of running shoe technology. Finally, to close out the mid-sole runners will have at their disposal the luxury of Brooks’ Segmented Crash Pad that delivers the right amount of cushioning that efficiently absorbs shocks and promotes a smoother heel to toe transition.
The upper of the Brooks Beast 14 uses a light weight breathable mesh; specifically a moisture management element mesh not found on other models to keep your foot cool and dry. The best part of this component is that it is also extremely durable, giving runners one less thing to worry about
. Brooks makes it a strong point to always provide their Beast models with unparalleled upper technology. Aside from its moisture managing capacity, the mesh compliments the silky smooth sock liner that has also itself offers moisture resistance capacity. Runners reported that Brooks’ all new internal support saddle delivered a more secure and solid fit. The upper works in harmony with the DNA material found in the midsole to keep your stride’s cushioning levels above average and increases overall stability.
The Brooks Beast 14 weigh 13.8 ounces for a Male US 11. It’s no surprise to seasoned runners that Brooks paid a lot of attention to both the external and internal components of this shoe and took everything into consideration on the build. Runners trust the Brooks name to not take away features or needed materials to make the shoe lighter. The moisture management element mesh upper is essentially composed from air; runners were more than happy to have this Beast of a shoe come in at such a “small woodland creature” weight and so will you as you tear up the run with such a responsive light weight shoe.
There are a several factors at play helping all runners when it comes to the breathability of the Brooks Beast 14. With one of the most incredible moisture management systems in the entire running shoe universe, the Element Mesh upper, even the warmest of temperatures is no match. Runners found that it provided unprecedented air ventilation in a number of conditions. Combined this with a premium sock liner that wicks away moisture like nothing that most runners have ever seen, and you have a highly breathable running shoe. Brooks are well known for keeping their shoes very breezy and free of hotspots. Lightweight EVA cushioning does not add air pockets for heat to collect and the entire construction of the shoe works together to keep your feet cool and dry.
Brooks’ Beast 14 running shoe keeps the tradition alive by continuing to provide runners with great comfort. Runners reported being pleasantly surprised because they were so soft, yet supportive. That has been provided thanks in part to the supremely cushioned design found in the heel and forefoot. When it comes to cushioning, both the forefoot and the heel are reported to have better cushioning than Brooks’ previous generation. There’s also felt that the Beast 14 is extremely accommodating for the forefoot, mid-foot and medium-sized heel. There’s no question that Brooks paid extra special attention to providing a well cushioned design and they were very successful in providing that for runners.
Brooks running shoes have a certain low-key charm to them in regards to style. While most other running shoe companies fall back on producing an overrated and ostentatious looking shoe that do not sit well with most runners, Brooks holds firm to clean lines and sign elements that also fit a purpose. The majority of the color is found on the segmented crash pad, which is available in dark colors, light colors, and an attractive shade of red. Runners also appreciated an option to have the Brooks’ logo in a golden color. It’s quite simple to tell that the Brooks Beast 14 is a serious running shoe with an elegant style.
The HPR rubber outsole is amongst the most sturdy on the market and feels like it will survive countless miles of varying terrain, and runners were extremely impressed with how they withstand punishment. Needless to say that in the middle of a tough run or difficult trail, you want a shoe that will not let you down. The Brooks Beast 14 will outlast any other running shoe in the same product category and are tough enough for everyday regular use. There’s nothing that these shoes can’t handle.
One of the most impressive features in terms of responsiveness is the Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar that provides runners classified as over-pronators maximum control and flexibility. Runners felt that this shoe met their complex and interrelated demands throughout all of their runs and addressed a wide variety of critical aspects in regards to responsiveness. Namely, the transition between flat running grounds and uphill battles and varying levels of debris found on more technical courses. The Brooks conquered all with minimal effort.
The Beast 14 comes with unmatched arch support. Runners enjoyed the latest incarnation of the running shoe that has long been known for its ultra-supportive ride and sturdy construction. Runners with severe over-pronation
and flat arches flock to this shoe for a reason. The amount of thickness makes the insole extremely well padded, and also creates perfect under-arch support. Runners did not just feel more comfortable; they felt well protected. Running at a fast pace down a steep incline is quick work from heel to toe thanks to this model’s full-length BioMoGo adaptable cushioning and extended heel-to-toe rollbar. In addition, runners found that even on wet surfaces, they can still run without worrying about slippage. The outer sole of the Brooks Beast is designed the HPR Plus, which is strategically located in the heel. That abrasion-resistant rubber material is for durable traction that runners can count on.
Runners that utilized the Beast 14 for terrains such as road, gravel and track, noticed improved performance both in time and fatigue levels. This priceless advantage is what sets the Beast 14s apart from their competitors. In any the weather condition, they remained just as reliable with excellent traction that did not disturb runners pace or gait. In addition, runners can expect a more balanced support system due to a thermoplastic polyurethane unit in the forefoot. Running will be more secure on a variety of terrains. The Beast lives up to its namesake in this department.
The cost of this running shoe is very reasonable considering what it can do for a runner’s daily use. Although this is a premium running shoe that comes in at the higher end of the price range, keep in mind that it’s Brooks most supportive shoe; you are getting the Cadillac of running shoes. Runners found the value of this shoe in the maximum stability they provide with a tremendously soft and well cushioned feel under their feet. With high end technology like it's patented DNA midsole that dynamically adapts to your every step as the extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar keeps your body on track, you are getting your money’s worth.
•Moisture-Management Element Mesh in the upper that keeps your feet cool and comfortable
•Premium Sock liner with moisture wicking properties
•Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar that provides maximum control
•Brooks’ DNA midsole that dynamically adapts to your stride for custom cushioning and stability
•Updated design wraps your foot for a glove-like fit thanks to its “no sew” technology
•Segmented Crash Pad creates smooth heel-to-toe transition with every step
Most runners agreed that the Brooks Beast 14 is unquestionably a monster of a shoe. From its remarkable stability to its unparalleled support and cushion, there are countless features of this shoe that make you have a second to none running experience. Environmentalists
will also love this shoe because it has plenty of biodegradable materials and components. Runners who tend to over-pronate will love The Beast 14 running shoe as it’s the ideal choice for them and flat arches in general. Runners of all skill levels highly recommend this running shoe for a number of good reasons, from technological advancements to ultra responsive materials. It’s safe to say that Brooks unleashed the fury of the beast!