Brooks Ricochet Running Shoe Review
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.
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
A little on the heavy side
Very small toe box
Few color options
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
If you like a good deal of stability but want something that feels natural, this shoe is a great marriage between structure and freedom.
Comfortable elastic heel cuff
Breathable fit knit upper
Heel tab shield
High arch support midsole
Traction on slippery surfaces
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.
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.