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The perfect ride for Melissa’s stride

September 14, 2012

We have spread the joy of running to yet another person! Read on to hear Melissa’s story.

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I met a Brooks consultant during a foot/shoe consultation session in Starbucks Great Eastern Mall, Jalan Ampang one morning, some months ago.

Although I bought the shoe (Ravenna) some where in March, I only started using them end of May/early June. I did not sign up for the Standard Chartered Run, like the Brooks consultant suggested and did nothing for the first few months after I got my shoe. It was just lying in the box in the car boot.

Then I signed up for Kenny Roger’s Chicken Run (I dunno why) but I am glad I did cos then I started practicing for it, which meant I took out my “brand new” 2 months old shoe from the box and used it.

For someone as heavy as I am, I love my Ravenna from day one I put it to use. My feet never felt tired (only I did and was always out of breath) Hahah… It was light but my feet felt protected. It was cushion-y without weighing like a brick. I like it that it’s NOT THE THING on my mind to worry about when I am already worrying about reaching the end of my run (so out of breath maa). I guess I could say, my only worry is that I won’t find another shoe as perfect for me as this pair.

Thank you Brooks Malaysia for helping me find the perfect shoe for me. I have been running more regularly nowadays (after the Chicken Run), although I am not very good at it, but my shoe helps me do better. When I am on my run and feel that I cannot go on, I remember your story about running 1 min on your first run and doing 2 minutes the next day, which means a 100% improvement, I laugh to myself and say, I am doing the same too, cos every run seems to be easier than the prev one.

My next run is a 5K next month at the BSN Putrajaya Night Run and the one which is scaring the hell out of me is the 10K Penang Bridge. I dunno what I was thinking when I signed up, must be feeling gung-ho after the Chicken Run.. lol..

So, thank you again Brooks Malaysia!

Top notch customer service.. suitable for a top notch brand like Brooks!

Much appreciated..

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Brooks Malaysia is always thrilled when someone runs happy. We wish Melissa many happy miles ahead!

Brooks Cadence – product & service review

May 19, 2012

There is good reason why Pure Cadence is leaving our shelves very quickly. People are grabbing them! Read on for a review by Rachel Khiew.

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I have been having my pair of Brooks Cadence for a while, since early of the year when it landed in Malaysia. And the truth is, I have been wearing it for all my runs too. The only problem is, I always tell myself that I will write the review tomorrow, but it never happens with all my work and travelling around me.

But today, during my run, I told myself that this is going to be the day I shall write an honest review of the shoe, simply because I have so much fun and enjoy wearing the Cadence for all my runs.

Like all general consumers, I have had my fair share of trying all major brands of shoes, but those were the days in the gym that I could hardly tell the good from the great, but well, I can tell the bad from the good of course. Then a year ago, I met a bunch of runners who encourage me to run outdoor with them. That was how I started, from a mere 5km to 10km, and now slowly concurring the 15km, at least 2-3 times a week.

That is when I realized; my pretty looking gym shoe is not going to cut it for me if I’m going to run outdoor so often. Of course I tried a few times before I confirmed the theory, because as a teenage athlete who did a range of sport from rhythmic gymnastic to Volleyball, I had my fair share of injuries, though they were not serious. The only one that I need to be careful is on my left ankle, which I twisted during my Volleyball days. Hence when I started to run seriously I find that my feet complains after each run.

Then the runners recommended Brooks. I wasn’t sure but I gave it a try. My first pair was a good experience, and that is why I keep track of the new release of Brooks shoe. The ASR7 got me through various conditions from tar road to muddy field, and it is light enough for my liking, yet it never feels empty under my feet. When I first started I was still trying to discover my running style, therefore I was not ready to go for any minimalist style. The ASR7 gave me a solid ground to start.

Slowly, I find that I would like to get another pair to alternate with, and it was the time of the release for Brooks Pure Project.

I must say, Brooks Malaysia’s Consultant gave me a full mark customer service, and I really appreciate it. Coming from a retail background too, I find that it is truly difficult to recruit staffs like him. We spoke about running and he offered plenty of tips. This is passion about your work, and the Consultant is definitely passionate about running and providing good service.

Initially through reviews I read, I wanted to get a pair of Connect. After I exchanged several emails with Brooks Malaysia’s Consultant, he mentioned he would bring a range for me to try.

Came with a compact trolley with 8 boxes in it, the Consultant surprised me with the choices he brought for me to try. Ended up we both agreed for me to try the Cadence, due to the slight inward pronation of my right feet. And I picked the black-purple combination.

I brought it to run the first time, but I had a pair of socks that is too thick for the shape of the Cadence. I was not familiar, and I yet to have a pair of running shoe that was in this fitting form.

The next round I did better, and thereafter almost all the time I bring the Cadence with me. My ASR7 is now reserved for a specific muddy area that I go for run (I run on this area quite often too, and I love the grip the ASR7 gives on all those slippery areas!). The rest of the time I do with the Cadence.

I even wear my Cadence daily when I went oversea for work trip, knowing that I need to walk an insane amount of steps everyday. In the morning, I went running with it, and after that I went to work with it too! The Cadence works perfectly for me and I love it. I was surprised that I did not feel any fatigue on my left ankle after an 11am-9pm walk! That is when I realized that I have found the right shoe for my ankle!

I like how the Cadence hugged my feet nicely; not cutting in anywhere that it should not, and never comes into my way when I run. It feels light, but it has the balance comfort for the feet, and to me, the beautiful part of it, is that it gives me a light shockproof feeling when I run. The Cadence absorbs the hit when I landed. I feel less fatigue on my ankle and feet after I started wearing the Cadence, even when I try for a new longer distance. It is softly cushion for my ankle, and the well-balance comfort is definitely to my liking.

I also like the support it gives me for my pronation issue, which the ASR7 did gives me too. But because the Cadence is so much more compact compared to the former, it feels even better, as if it is part of my feet and I no longer landed inward.  I think I come to the important part: I feel no excess baggage when I run, I feel the Cadence is part of my feet, though it is not exactly a minimalist running shoe. It gives me the protection I needed; yet it never feels any extra.

Additionally, both ASR7 and Cadence gives me good room width from side to side, as my feet is slightly wider than the normal standard, though with the small size (as compared to my height and built) feet I have. The ASR7 was the first time I feel my feet has room to breath, even when I choose a fitting size. The Cadence continue to provide the flexibility and comfort, even it hugged my feet tightly. That is just amazing.

This morning when I ran with my Cadence, I consciously feel the response of my feet and my muscle during the journey, and as I leap forward every step, I was genuinely in love and happy to put another step forward. I feel hassle-free and therefore can concentrate better on other areas that I need to improve, instead of worrying about my feet and the poor ankle. I feel I can go further, challenge myself as I’m slowly improving on my running distance.

The great thing is my left ankle complains a lot lesser (though not completely gone, I must be honest, as other conditions applied) than it used to, even when I am running a lot further than I used to, and I am very happy with it.

Initially I was not sure if my ankle could take a half marathon, but now with the progress I am doing, plus the Cadence is proving that it could gives me enough support, I am ready to go for my preparation for 21km training on a weekly basis. You can imagine my happiness!

Running to me, is never about anyone else, it is always about challenging my inner self.  And I am glad it is progressing well!

I am looking forward to the new summer color choices of the Brooks Pure Project, and I will definitely grab a new pair soon!

Thank you Brooks, and thank you to Brooks Malaysia’s Consultant for such an amazing introduction to Brooks Pure Project. I could only look forward now!

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Brooks Malaysia shares Rachel’s delight, in bringing our products and services to any place and time of your convenience. We wish her many happy miles ahead.

Run happy!

Brooks Pure Flow review

April 11, 2012

Read on to get a review on the Pure Flow, by Ethan Munang.

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When I heard about the Brooks Pure Project, I was immediately interested. I was first thinking of purchasing the Pure Connect, which was the most minimal of all the four models. However, after trying them on I found them far too narrow, even with their anatomical last. Instead, I started researching the other models and after reading a few reviews, I found that the Pure Flow was the widest and most suitable of all the four.

So far I have had the shoe for nearly two weeks and have only managed to put about 30+km on it. The shoe weighs at 9.8oz for a size 11, which is light. I thought that these shoes would be suitable for distances up to 10km. However, other runners might find this shoe suitable for even longer distances, even half-marathons.

The Fit

My only concern when trying these shoes on was if they were wide enough for me. I have quite wide feet and usually have to wear 2E sizes in normal running shoes. However, these shoes fit me perfectly. I would point people to the Flows if they were looking for a slightly wider minimalist shoe, if they don’t mind the extra weight. The anatomical last of the shoe is meant to be shaped like the actual shoe, however it wasn’t exactly foot shaped as it felt. The interior of the Flows are extremely comfortable and unobtrusive. In particular, the inner liner of the heel and the tongue of the shoe were very soft and comfortable. The Nav-Band was also a nice addition to the shoe. It is meant to adjust to the size of the foot. This provided some security in the fit and remained unobtrusive. I loved the laces too, the stay-tied laces at the top were very good and stayed tight even with a single knot.

Midsole

The midsole of the Flow and the other shoes from the Pure Project line are unique. Brooks has integrated their Biomogo foam and DNA cushioning compound for a more adaptive and custom feel underfoot. The shoe is quite flexible, although not as flexible as the Green Silence or the Kinvara I will go into more detail of the cushioning further below. The ideal heel is one of the most favorite features of the shoe. The heel of the shoe is shaped like the heel of a normal foot, encouraging a more natural stride. I liked this feature a lot. The split toe feature of the Flows did not really do much for me. It supposed to empower a more powerful push off during the propulsion phase of the gait cycle. However, I did not feel that it made any difference during any of my runs but I think it has succeeded in cutting some weight off the shoe. The ideal heel is one of my most favorite features of the shoe. The heel of the shoe is foot shaped encouraging a more natural foot strike. The sole of the shoe also appears to have quite a bit of rubber on it, resulting in increased durability.

The Ride

My first run in the Flows was an easy 5km. The cushioning was one of the most unique experiences I have ever had with any shoe. It felt soft and plush, yet it had a ‘springy’ feeling to it. It was like a mix of the responsiveness of the Green Silences and the plushness of the Kinvara put together. I was able to midfoot strike easily on the run. I was very impressed. Also, I did not get any hot spots at all, which was a very good sign for my first run in them.

After a few more runs in them I am still impressed. The shoe seems to adjust itself to the pace you’re running at. At my normal pace the shoe feels just right, and at a slower pace it feels nice and soft but at a faster pace it begins to feel very responsive yet still plush. It’s like a racing shoe and a daily trainer put in one. One question still remained though, if it was alright for runs that are longer than 6 – 7km. On Saturday I went on a slightly hilly 10km run at an easy pace. Yet again, I was impressed. The cushioning was soft and plush and I did not get any hot spots at all. I even had about two holes in my left sock and I did not get any feeling of discomfort at all. I have yet to go on any runs longer than 10km though, but I am confident that this shoe can go the distance.

Conclusion

I think that the Pure Flow is a great minimalist shoe for people who want to take one of the first steps into minimalist running. Although some purist might not consider it minimal, it is still minimal in my books. Even though I have put little mileage into it, I see a bright future in the Pure Flow as a daily trainer and a go-to shoe for 10km races. I have heard that these shoes are meant to last about 1000km. I look forward to putting that to the test.

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Brooks Malaysia thanks Ethan Munang for a comprehensive review on Pure Flow! We wish him many happy miles.

To find out more about Pure Flow, do feel free to ask for a testing session.

Cascadia review

December 4, 2011

Read on to hear Anthony Goh’s review on Brooks’ trail shoe – the Cascadia!

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I was having a look at the Cascadia 6 at my local Brooks dealer, when the owner recommended the Cascadia 5, which is on offer @RM100 cheaper; he was wearing a new pair himself. There were 2 colors available, grey and green, both beautiful. The shoe uppers are more low-key compared to the Cascadia 6 with the funky red or green uppers. The outsole is the other way round; Cascadia 6 has a black outsole. I got the grey ones.

I’ve worn mine for a few days around the house, in town and on walks in the park to get a feel of the shoes. Here is the preview below.

The shoes came in a nice box made of recycled paper. The general construction of the shoes is very good. Lots of nice details can be seen on the shoes, like the yellow stitching, logos, embossed and subtle printed designs on the synthetic leather parts.

Shown above is the outer part of the shoe. The shoe upper is made of mesh and synthetic leather, fairly lightweight for a pair of trail shoes. Although the width is stated as D (normal), these shoes are wider than my Adidas and Nikes, which tend to run a little narrow; comfortable for my wide forefoot.

The midsole is made of BioMoGo and has Hydroflow, which is very comfy and provides good cushioning, even for heavy runners. It has inserts called Pivot posts, which claims to improve stability; though I can’t verify this at the moment.

Here we can also see the lugs in the outsole, very aggressive looking. The colors are really striking too, in contrast to the upper. They provide good grip on “almost” all kind of surfaces; uneven tracks, soil, grass, road surface, sidewalk and even carpet. Only problem with grip is on smooth wet tiles, so do be careful if you wear them out during wet weather.

The lacing system is fairly conventional. There is an extra tab on the tongue, which helps hold the tongue in place. The laces are textured and do not loosen easily when tied. Here you can see more clearly the details that Brooks put into the shoes.

The insole looks nice too with a contour map design printed on it.

So far, I have been very happy with the Cascadia 5, looking forward to test them in their proper environment, the trails.

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Brooks Malaysia thanks Anthony Goh for his detailed review on the Cascadia. We wish him many happy miles ahead, as he wears it everywhere he goes!

You can get a special discount too when you purchase directly from Brooks Malaysia. Delivery is free.

Surprising you every day!

November 26, 2011

Brooks Malaysia is in the midst of upgrading its online purchasing and delivery service. Nevertheless, our service comes as a pleasant surprise for some. Read on to hear more.

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I was looking a new running shoe to replace my old Nike shoe. I have started to running actively this year since taking interest in road competition. Since I heard that Brooks is one of the top brand for running shoe, I decided to give it a try.

I came across Brooks Malaysia while searching for it’s presence in Malaysia and noticed that we can purchase the shoe online. This is convenient to me as I don’t need to travel to KL and furthermore there is discount.

My first step is emailing Brooks Malaysia and asks about a few of the shoe models I’m interested. Brooks Malaysia replied my email and provides the price of the shoes after taking into consideration of discount.

In the end, I decided to get a Brooks Ghost 4 in blue color scheme. The reason I choose this shoe because I having a neutral foot gait. The response from Brooks Malaysia was fast and I was surprised at the efficiency of the service rendered.

Within 2 days after I make the payment, the shoe was delivered to me via Poslaju. Upon opening the package, I fall in love with the shoe as the material and build is very solid.

I will definitely order my next pair from Brooks Malaysia again. Looking forward to get the new range of Brooks Pure Project.

RUN HAPPY !

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We thank Warren for his confidence in Brooks Malaysia. Very soon, we hope to serve Brooks fans nationwide, faster than they can run.

Brooks consultancy service at your doorstep

October 30, 2011

Your friendly neighbourhood consultant paid someone a visit over the  weekend. Read on to hear Asmawi’s story.

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Early this year I decide to start running after a few time invited by my neighbor….. Azhar & he’s a marathon runner, so I decide to buy a running shoe….. “adidas” after seeing my neighbor wearing it….I just go to a shop & looking for a shoes that have price less than RM200 & nice design.

The first event that I join is the “The shape – Putrajaya Night Run”….but for 5km only la…& the next event is 6km at Klang for the “5A charity run”…actually the event is back to back….but ok la not so tired. The next event is the “BSN-Putrajaya Night Run” on 15-Oct-2011 and I sign for 10km event….upgrade a bit after the 5 & 6km run….after complete this run, I can feel that my current shoes is not so suitable as I feel pain on my toes, especially the small toes.

I decided to search on-line for a new shoes…..especially Brooks because they are one of the sponsor in the “BSN-Putrajaya Night Run”….from Brooks Malaysia website I found that they not just selling shoe but the correct one for you based on your foot….eemmm…I was thinking….sure ka, they have the knowledge.

I contact Brooks Malaysia through e-mail for an appointment on 24-Oct-2011 [Monday ] and after a few minute I get a reply, we decided to meet at my house on 29-Oct-2011 as my neighbor also interested to buy a new shoe…& also to get his foot look at… 🙂

Yesterday [ 29-Oct-2011 ] at about 9.45am, my neighbor & I.. met the consultant from Brooks Malaysia…very nice & friendly person….. ”maybe he just want to sell his shoes only”…I was pondering in my mind….we start with a small chat and later the Brooks Consultant make us do a cat-walk to examine our foot….like that ka…oh ok…then he explain about our foot and based on my observation all is correct….every single word….not just “cakap kosong”….hahahaha…..he really know what he’s talking about….I have a neutral foot & my neighbor have a bit of pronations….

Finally he proposed the model that suit both of us…Glycerin 9 or Ghost 4 for me….Launch for my neighbor as he do not really need many support & need a competition shoe to run full marathon compare to me a newbie runner… I decided to take Ghost 4 with size 9 but sadly for my neighbor because the Launch don’t have his size…  😦

My Ghost 4... I get special discount from retail price 🙂

Yes…really the Brooks consultant is a nice & friendly person….thanks bro for the shoe…I will use it for next coming event…IOI run and also MALAKOFF run…and thanks again for all the information related to shoe….my 3rd shoe will be Brooks competition shoe maybe Pure Project.….next target half marathon!!!!! ……Run Happy…..

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Brooks Malaysia delights in helping new runners to run happy. Stock is getting slim towards the end of the year. However, as far as it is  possible, we will try our best to serve your needs.

We wish Asmawi many happy miles ahead with his new Ghost 4!

Running happy with Ghost 4

September 29, 2011

Brooks is transforming the running experience of many people. Read on to hear Firdaus’ story.

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I recently bought Ghost 4 online from Brooks Malaysia. At first, I am interested with Brooks product since I being introduced to running sport and also inspired by Rozmi Yunus who was Brooks athlete, but still cannot decide whether to buy this shoes or Nike Free Run 2+, at the end, I end up getting the Nike Free Run 2+. However, the cushion on the Ghost 4 really helps me run better as I reduce the tension/pressure on my feet. I am a midfoot runner so mostly I landing on mid of my foot and Ghost 4 really suit my need as it have stable design and I neutrally land my mid foot on the ground. I recommend this shoe to all neutral runner.

Brooks Malaysia helped me get through several processes. Advice, size, pronation, discount and always respond to my message or call. So the buying experience was quite good for the first time online customer buying Brooks product from Brooks Malaysia. The service is good and make me happy and I can Run Happy with my Ghost 4.

My Ghost 4 shoes after I ran 12+km, I really happy run with it and it like a Magic Shoes….

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Brooks Malaysia is glad that Firdaus now enjoys a better running experience. We wish him well, as he joins the Brooks community in running happy!