Brooks T6 - First Look PDF Print E-mail

Last week I got a pair of Brooks T6s out for their first test run.  I have been running in size 10.5 T5s and T4s for many years, but they are now a bit small for me, so I picked up a pair of 11s.  They are barely bigger than the T5s at size 10.5…almost like they were size 10.6, if there were such a thing.  Even though they are bigger, they weight less.  My T6s (size 11) weigh 14.1 ounces per pair.  My T5s (size 10.5 with a considerably worn sole) weigh 15.6 ounces.  That is a big drop in weight.

Brooks T5 Sole

Brooks T5 Sole

Brooks T6 Sole

Brooks T6 Sole

Except for the color, the soles of the T6s are identical to those of the T5s as you can see in the above photos.  That’s a good thing because the T5s are light, flexible, and responsive. The primary difference is in the upper.  Brooks has reduced the amount of the material and stitching.  That makes the shoe lighter and potentially more comfortable when worn without socks.  It will be a while before I test the T6 without socks, but the reduction in weight is considerable, given how light the T5s already were. Here are some shots of the medial side of the two shoes:

Brooks T5 Medial Image

Brooks T5 Medial View

Brook T6 Medial Image

Brook T6 Medial View

The ride is exactly what you would expect from these shoes: they are light and flexible.  I’ve always thought the T5s were responsive and the T6s were did not disappoint in this regard. 

Here are some more images for comparison:

Brooks T5 Lateral View

Brooks T5 Lateral View

Brooks T6 Lateral View

Brooks T6 Lateral View

Brooks T5 & T6 Toe View

Brooks T5 & T6 Toe View

Brooks T5 & T6 Heel View

Brooks T5 & T6 Heel View