Brooks Ricochet Running Shoe Review

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Brooks Ricochet Running Shoe Review Review Facts

When it comes to high performance, Brooks running shoes lead the pack. The Brooks Ricochet has a simple and sleek outward appearance and is available in many neutral tones.

The design of this shoe is classic and something that will not likely ever go out of style. Inside it hides a lot of innovative features that make it the ideal companion for running on hard and unforgiving surfaces.

The top sole is composed of a stretchy and breathable material that keeps your foot cool and unencumbered without sacrificing mobility. Short elastic laces also reduce the risk of digging into the top of your foot.

What makes the Ricochet unique is the DNA AMP technology found in the midsole that offers a bit of spring to your gait. It also has an elastic cuff with a cotton texture to protect your heels on long runs. Plus, it offers excellent support without sacrificing flexibility.

Whether you are running on the sidewalk, track, or treadmill, this is a shoe that can keep up.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Comfortable heel tab prevents Achilles tendinitis

Incredibly durable rubber outsole

Lightweight and breathable fit knit top sole

Great for paved roads and treadmills

Excellent grip on slick surfaces

Cons

A little on the heavy side

Very small toe box

Few color options

Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

Made from durable rubber, this outsole provides a lot of flexibility. It has thick traction along the heel that is perfect for gripping slippery rain-soaked sidewalks. An arrow design that starts midsole and ends at the tip of the toe box helps to really grip the pavement.

This outsole also allows for a smooth and seamless transition from heel to toe. It boasts an 8mm drop, which promotes a natural gait and heightened stability - this is great for uneven and bumpy roads.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

What makes this option stand out from the crowd is the BioMoGo DNA and DNA AMP tech found in the midsole.

This innovative material returns the energy that you give with each and every stride, adapts to your unique gait. BioMoGo DNA technology makes for a smooth ride without feeling like you are weighed down or encumbered by thick and stiff materials.

If you have arches that are considered to be mid to high, these running shoes give you plenty of arch support for high arches without a lot of additional weight.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The lightweight and breathable knit upper keep your feet cool and dry. It is made from a light and stretchy material that forms to the shape of your foot like a glove. It also sports stretchy shoelaces that will not dig into the topside of your foot, even when pulled tightly.

An elastic knit cuff along the heel will protect your ankle and Achilles tendon from rubbing and chafing on those long runs.

It is important to note that the toe box for this design is a little on the narrow side, which means your toes have less wiggle room at the end of your gait.
Weight
Weight

Weight

At first glance, the Brooks Ricochet may look like it's incredibly lightweight, but looks is often deceiving. While the knit top sole is very lightweight, a thick rubber heel and the BioMoGo DNA midsole adds quite a bit of weight.

However, this weight is attributed to the extreme support and delivered with each and every step. The additional weight to the sole adds to its durability - meaning the shoe will last for many more miles over those with thinner soles.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

One of the most notable features of this design is that it is incredibly breathable. The knit top sole feels almost like you are wearing a second pair of socks. This fabric contours to the shape of your foot to prevent bunching that can cause sweating or chafing.

While the top of the foot is light and breathable, the thick sole tends to get a little warm when running on hot surfaces in the summertime.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Whether you have a narrow or wide foot, the stretchy knit top sole makes for a very comfortable ride. The ankle cuff along the heel prevents chafing or blisters, and stretchy laces won’t dig into the top of your foot.

While the knit top sole contour to narrow or wide feet, a narrow toe box may cause jamming for wide feet at the end of your gait. The Brooks Ricochet is considered ideal for medium width, which makes it more accessible for most sizes of feet.

The top sole is incredibly light and comfortable, but the sole is considered to be a little coarse and stiff. For most, the bottom of the shoe may not prove to be much of an issue. However, you may notice the course sole if you like to run without socks.
Style
Style

Style

Simplicity is the name of the game when it comes to the Brooks Ricochet - color options offered on the neutral side. Styles come in shades of gray with sharp accents that include red, orange, tan and navy.

If you like your sneakers to be brightly colored and easily seen from space, the Ricochet is not that shoe!

What we loved about the color options is that the ones available will never go out of style.
Durability
Durability

Durability

As with any shoe from Brooks, the Ricochet gets high marks in terms of durability. The outsole is composed of a high-quality rubber that holds up well over time. The thicker rubber sole is estimated to last around 300-500 miles when used on flat and paved surfaces.

The sole of the Ricochet is heavier than some of the other more lightweight running shoes out there on the market.

The added weight makes this option just slightly more durable than others, which means you will get more miles out of this shoe.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The added weight to the Brooks Ricochet means that your foot is protected from the elements. The traction on the bottom of the sole offers great grip on slick and slippery surfaces.

The knitted elastic cuff works to prevent the heel from becoming irritated or chafed on long runs. This cuff also helps to keep the top sole securely in place with each and every step for a secure fit.

The midsole is reinforced with BioMoGo DNA to keep medium to high arches completely protected and supported as you move.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Ricochet gets an A+ when it comes to responsiveness. The thick rubber sole and a reinforced midsole work to energize your gait from start to finish. Be prepared for a sole that returns the energy that you give it with each and every step.

If you love a shoe that puts a good deal of spring in your step when running on hard surfaces, this is a great option. It may be a little bit heavier than most, but it'll work if you need something with a responsive sole.
Support
Support

Support

A thick and responsive sole offers the runner a lot of support when running on hard surfaces. The midsole on the Brooks Ricochet provides medium to high arches a boost of support. Using DNA AMP technology, high arches are supported without sacrificing flexibility.

The Ricochet offers great support to your foot through your entire gait while still feeling easy and natural. The knit top sole also works to hug the top of your foot and hold it in place as you run. This design reduces the risk or rubbing and chafing.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

If you love running on hard surfaces such as sidewalks or roadways, the Ricochet is the way to go. The knit top sole makes it ideal for warm weather, and a thick rubber sole makes for a smoother ride even on bumpy conditions such as gravel.

This design is also a perfect option to take with you on the track as well as the treadmill in cold winter months. Due to the somewhat shallow design of the treads, the Ricochet is not ideal for trail running.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The traction on the Ricochet is designed specifically for running on sidewalks and paved roads. It is composed of a sturdy rubber that really grips the road under your feet. An arrow design that begins at the midsole and comes to a point at the end of the toe box helps keep you in control on slippery surfaces, which is perfect for running after the rain.

The traction on the heel is much deeper than the tread on the midsole and toe, which provides additional stability when the road gets a little bumpy.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Even though the base is composed of a thick rubber sole, it still offers moderate flexibility. The knit top sole has stretchy laces to accommodate any size foot for excellent movement in every point of your gait.

While the sole is considered to be a little heavier than most, it still provides excellent movement. The DNA AMP technology gives your arches ample support, but it doesn’t hinder your full range of motion.

The Ricochet lives somewhere in between the freedom of a lightweight shoe and the support of more rigid designs.
Stability
Stability

Stability

A full range of motion is important to keep your gait easy and natural for long distances; stability is key as well.

What users love about the Ricochet is that it uses DNA AMP technology to support moderate to high arches in your mid-heel. Plus, the springy rubber sole absorbs the shock of hard hits on sidewalks.

The technology found in this rubber heel helps absorb the impact on hard surfaces. When your shoes absorb the impact, your knees and lower back will thank you!
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Brooks Ricochet provides an 8mm drop, which is just slightly less than most shoes that offer a 10mm drop. This reduced drop helps overall stability. A higher drop may interfere with your natural gait, so the Ricochet feels as if you aren’t wearing anything at all.

If you like a good deal of stability but want something that feels natural, this shoe is a great marriage between structure and freedom.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

BioMoGo DNA midsole tech for excellent energy return
Comfortable elastic heel cuff
Breathable fit knit upper
Heel tab shield
8mm drop
High arch support midsole
Traction on slippery surfaces
Price
Price

Price

As far as the price is concerned, the Brooks Ricochet runs around in the middle of the road. Brooks is considered to be one of the more expensive brands of running shoes, but for a very good reason.

If you want to try a pair of Brooks shoes, but you are unwilling to pay the high price tag, Ricochet is a great place to start. It is made from high-quality materials you come to expect from Brooks, but it is one of their more affordable running shoes.
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you love running on sidewalks in the warm summer months and hit up the treadmill in the winter, the Brooks Ricochet is up to the challenge.

While the outsole is considered to be a bit on the heavy side, it is sure to energize each and every step. Running on hard surfaces is brutal on joints such as your knees, and the tech found in this sole is designed to combat the impact of your gait.

It’s not offered in a lot of color options or trendy styles, but it may be for the best. The durable sole is up for hundreds of miles out there on the road.

With the Ricochet, you get the quality of a Brooks shoe without the price tag of some of the higher-end models.