Product Review – Brooks T6 Racer

If you read this blog then you know that last Thursday I went to a presentation by PowerBar on nutrition for endurance athlete's at Luke's Locker in Plano, Texas.  That presentation covered a lot regarding how to fuel yourself before, during and after.  I wrote about it and you can read that [HERE]. It was also at this presentation that I noticed a sale tag on a red pair of shoes.  As you know I am a sucker for loud and bright gear.  I made a b-line past the Adidas Boston's since I already have the En Fuego's.  The En Fuego's are a pair of red AdiZero's that I purchased at the expo for the Dallas White Rock Marathon.  I was not in the market for a new pair of shoes but my Zoot racing flats are getting stale.  Let's be honest they stink.  I don't wear socks with them and raced all of 2010 in them as well as trained in them so it truly was time. The light from above seemed to twinkle right on them and I knew these were for me.  Especially after I saw the sale cost.  No doubt.  I tried on a couple of different sizes to make sure I had the right size and once I did it was straight to the counter with them. The first day I wore them around to get a feel for them on my feet and the first thing I noticed was that they were ultra light.  For a size 9 they weight 6.4 oz.  In comparison, the En Fuego's which I thought were light weigh 9.5 oz.  What a dramatic difference. With that tremendous difference in weight I figured they would not support me.  I went for a 1.5 mile walk with the Marathon Makeover North Dallas group and they did not bother me.  After that it was time to go for an 8 mile run at a 7:55/mile pace.  I started out on the run and barely noticed the shoes on my feet.  I was making a conscious effort to think about the shoes and how they felt but in all actuality there were periods I did not think I was wearing anything.  I have never run barefoot but this has to be as close to that as possible. Throughout the entire 8 miles I never felt as if there was no stability in the shoe.  There were no issues with flexibility either.  I have flat feet and the arch never caused me any pain either. I decided to hold off on writing a review on these until I ran in them again.  On Sunday after my 3 hour ride I went for a 30 minute run in them.  Figuring that my feet had no circulation in them that this would truly test them out.  After about 5 minutes the feeling returned to my feet and they felt great.  No issues.  I figured that the fact that they were so light allowed the blood to return quicker than normal and I was capable of running the last 2.9 miles faster than the first mile. Still I decided to hold off on a review.  I wanted to test these out under various conditions.  Monday was a recovery day and I ran for 15 minutes on the treadmill.  I felt a little twinge in my knee afterwards but I didn't think it was the shoe as this happens anytime I run on the treadmill.  Still no issue with the shoes.  Not a blister, not a jammed toe, no pain. Yesterday was speed work day.  I had a training session calling for 10-20 minute warm-up, 1 mile at 6:52-7:00/mile pace; 400m RI; 2 miles at 6:55-7:00/mile; 800m RI; 2x800 at 6:36/mile with (400m RI) then 10 minute cool down.  This session would put the shoes to the test in terms of raw speed.  Because of the ice here in Dallas I had to do the work on the treadmill.  I pounded out my speed interval training and never had an issue with the shoes nor did my knee have any twinges. Needless to say I am in love with these racing flats.  And well it was time to name these new shoes.  As you know there are the En Fuego's.  You may also know that I have El Diablo.  That being said the new shoes are being called Los Fumadores, which translates to they are smoking.  As in smoking fast. Here is the lineup: [caption id="attachment_469" align="aligncenter" width="583" caption="The Red Lineup"][/caption]   Product description: How It Fits (based on width D) Width D=Medium
  • Sizing: Fits small; purchase 1/2 size larger than standard running shoe size
  • Heel: Narrow to medium
  • Midfoot: Low to medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box height: Medium-Low
  • Arch Structure: Medium-low height
Weight: 6.4 oz (size 9) Sizing is based on the men's scale. Women should subtract 1 and a half sizes from their women's shoe size. Example Women's 8.5 equals size 7.0 for this shoe Midsole Height: Heel (20mm), Forefoot (8mm) Product Lifecycle
  • Release date: February 2010 (new color), model release date February 2009
  • Model discontinued: January 2011
  • Model update: February 2011, T7 Racer - And now we know why they were on sale!!!!!
  • Heritage: T5 Racer
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Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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