Brooks Mazama 2
Perfect for hitting the trail, the Brooks Mazama 2 is very lightweight and incredibly breathable. There is mesh throughout. The upper is reinforced with textile and synthetic layers. The mesh keeps the feet breathing and feeling super cool.
It does have a water-resistant finish that helps the feet stay as dry as possible. A BioMoGo DNA midsole provides fantastic cushioning and bounces back with every stride. There is also a progressive roll bar that gives a natural motion throughout the feet pattern.
A full-length segmented crash pad on the bottom that heel to toe transitions with an aggressive tread. It can accommodate all types of terrain including wet terrain to keep the runner steady. The original Brooks Mazama is a favorite trail shoe because it is comfortable, fast, and light.
- Affordable trail shoe
- Grippy, sticky rubber lugs
- Lightweight design
- Progressive diagonal roll bar
- Responsive BioMoGo DNA midsole cushioning
- Segmented crash pad for a smooth heel to toe transition
- Water-resistant overlays
- Not great on icy terrain or slippery mud
- Runs a half size small
They are not pronounced or deep as others. These sneakers don’t feel too clunky when tackling the trail. The outsole was designed to deliver a fast-paced trail run instead of a leisurely one. A segmented crash pad is featured on the Mazama 2 that customizes to the runner’s steps and provides a smooth transition from heel to toe and cushion. Independent, fully-integrated shock absorbers work together on the crash pad as runners up their stride efficiency.
The material consists of non-toxic, organic additives that biodegrade the midsole material. Twice the energy return is delivered by BioMoGo DNA material a more responsive ride is provided. A forefoot propulsion plate is included with the midsole.
It encourages more toe-off power. A progressive diagonal roll bar is another excellent midsole feature. It helps keep the runner aligned and stabilizes each step to give a more natural motion to the gait pattern.
Structural integrity and water-resistance are provided by a rubber overlay that covered the upper. The mesh upper dries relatively quickly and delivers fast drainage to keep the feet dry. At the rear and front of the sneaker is a thick layer of the overlay that protects trail debris from entering the toe area.
The tongue is gusseted and locks the shoe opening to the foot to prevent trail debris from getting into the foot chamber. Another great feature offered by the upper is a lace garage located in the tongue. Extraneous laces can be tucked into the garage to prevent them from becoming caught on or damaged by things on the trail.
A single layer mesh permits air to efficiently exit and enter the foot chamber which earns the trail runners a high score in the breathability category. The upper does not get in the way of things and has a single layer of mesh and plenty of airflow which keeps the shoe nice and cool.
Thanks to a mesh upper and BioMoGo DNA midsole, the Mazama 2 delivers decent comfort. The midsole reacts to the runner’s weight, the pressure applied, and speed to deliver the cushioning needed to keep from feeling like walking barefoot or running on marshmallows.
Compared to some other trail shoes, the cushioning is a relatively low amount, but the sneakers are designed for faster-paced trail runs with sufficient cushion to protect the feet but not to the degree that ground can’t be felt beneath the feet.
The single layer mesh of the upper supports the feet and permits adaptability to the shape of the foot. It has a removable insole for customized support. Another insole can be added if more cushion is desired. While it is loaded with cushioning, it is definitely for those who prefer a more responsive, more dependable, reduced running shoe on trails that they want to go fast and race.
Synthetic overlays give an exciting aesthetic appeal. A complaint of the previous model was an overly narrow fit it the mid and forefoot. Designers took note of the claims and created the Brooks Mazama 2.
It has a more forgiving mesh upper that accommodates a wider foot while retaining a durable, light design. The outsole and midsole have the same tooling as the original Mazama so that the new version continues to offer a nimble and responsive ride.
Seamless mesh on the upper would be subject to getting caught on sharp debris, but Brooks put a synthetic overlay over the mesh that is water-resistant and helps with durability. Besides the responsiveness and lightweight feel of the shoes, other features testers liked were its durability and overall fit.
The Mazama’s solid build and sturdiness convinced testers the shoe was to be reckoned with over many miles. Brooks has once again manufactured a superior shoe. It is lightweight with the right amount of cushioning and stability.
While the upper consists of a single layer of mesh material. Synthetic and water-resistant overlays enforce the upper to keep feet protected and dry. The stiff midsole provides some push through protection.
The propulsion plate serves as a rock plate. It enhances protection in the area of the forefoot. Protection on the front and top is relatively minimal due to a nearly non-existent toe bumper and the lightweight upper material.
Lack of this kind of protection is typical of speed-oriented shoes, but not for shoes in the nine to ten-ounce weight class. The upper offers almost no protection from a rock catching on the side of the foot.
A diagonal roll bar helps to achieve a smooth transition from heel to toe. The forefoot boasts a propulsion plate useful for powerful toe-offs. In cooperation with the responsive features, the midsole helps with forwarding propulsion and shock absorption.
Responsiveness is the strongest characteristics of the shoe. Energy return is phenomenal. The shoe performs well at speed, especially on slight downhill grades. Runnable climb performance is close but not on the same level. The shoes are among the best in the weight class. A minor issue is an awkward or clunky feel at slower speeds due to the shoe’s stiffness.
They are not confident about how well the shoes work in muddy situations. Some say they work well and others disagree. The shoes are ideal for those traversing trails ranging from mild to moderately technical without a lot of icy conditions and deep mud.
If heading to a run or race with more technical trails having large rocks, roots, etc., treacherous mud, it is wise to sacrifice a speedy shoe such as the Mazama 2 for a shoe offering more protection.
The highest value a product has for a consumer is the lowest price for the highest level of performance needed. The MSRP of the Brooks Mazama 2 is $140. Consumers can find them priced from $100 to $140 or less from retailers that sell the shoes. The shoes are in line with well-known, high-quality trail running shoes. The sneakers offer some excellent features to aid in delivering a fast-paced trail run for a reasonable price.
A semi-sticky characteristic of the outsole helps to grip surfaces and easily propel runners over them. Some users report low performance in highly slippery situations but work well otherwise in terms of traction.
When treading over soft and slippery terrain, proper traction limits fails and slips and inspires confidence. Lug density and shape are the features reviewers look at when evaluating trail running shoes. Also considered are rubber stickiness and durability in different temperatures over a variety of terrain. The outsole must stand up to various surfaces and the terrain for which they are designed.
Mazama 2 features an updated V-Grove located in the midfoot area. It flexes deeply inward to better absorb and disperse shock impact outward than the previous model. Lightweight mesh and synthetic overlays make up the upper of the shoe. The upper works in conjunction with other parts of the sneaker to provide excellent flexibility, especially for trail running shoes.
* Progressive diagonal roll bar
* Responsive BioMoGo DNA midsole
* Segmented crash pad
* Semi-sticky, grippy multi-directional lugs
* Water-resistant overlays
The lightweight upper is updated. It keeps the feet dry and breathing thanks to the quick drainage capabilities and water-resistant overlays. The outsole is designed to propel the runner over a fast-paced trail quickly and efficiently. The shoes are not meant for the leisurely trail runner. They are an excellent option for those who want to speed through trails.