Brooks Asteria Shoe Review
Brooks Asteria Running Shoe Review
image courtesy of BrooksRunning.com
When I heard that Brooks was discontinuing the Brooks ST Racer shoe, I immediately went online to order another pair. Luckily I was able to find a pair on eBay. I set my marathon pr in the ST Racer and always enjoyed running in this shoe.
As much as I liked this shoe, I was excited to see the shoe that Brooks replaced the ST Racer with, enter the Brooks Asteria.
Brooks has always been one of my favorite running brands and trust their decision to create a replacement shoe.
Here are the colors that are available for the Asteria running shoe. The men’s and women’s model each have one color to choose from.
Here are the pros and cons of the Brooks Asteria running shoe.
Here are a few pictures of the Asteria that I wore for this review.
Brooks Asteria Shoe Initial Thoughts
I was a big fan of the Brooks ST Racer and really didn’t know if the replacement shoe would live up to my high expectations. The Brooks ST Racer provided a great balance of support and speed, something I was hoping to experience with the Asteria.
When I first opened the box, I wasn’t sure what to think about the colors. The black and yellow weren’t my favorite but I was drawn to the lightweight feel of the shoe when I first picked it up.
The 8.3oz shoe felt incredibly light. The shoe upper is thin and does a good job conforming to your foot. I have slightly wider feet and have had issues with newer running shoes like the Hoka Clifton 3.
The first time I walked in the Asteria, they felt great. I barely noticed the 4mm difference in stack height from the ST Racer. With the way these shoes felt, I was looking forward to my first run in these shoes.
Brooks Asteria Shoe Specifications
- Shoe Type/Category: Performance Stability/Racing
- Weight: 8.3 oz (men’s size 9 D)
- Heel to Toe shoe drop: 8mm
- Sizing: Standard running shoe length
- Heel: Medium
- Forefoot: Medium Width
- Previous model: replacing Brooks ST Racer
Brooks Asteria Shoe Overview
The Asteria running shoe is a lightweight road racing shoe that can be used for tempo, speed work efforts, and races of all distances.
The Asteria has a touch of support and responsive cushioning, which makes it a great shoe for racing.
If you are wondering what Asteria means, it means ‘Starry One,’ which makes it great for those races you want to shine in.
The shoe has one color option for the men’s version and one for the women’s version.
These shoes are one of the lightest Brooks running shoe, weighing in at 8.1oz for the men’s size 9 model. Even though the stack height is lower than the ST Racer, it still felt fast.
Brooks Asteria Shoe Sole
The Asteria sole feels great for a number of reasons. The BioMoGo midsole and the DNA cushioning offer a responsive and lightweight shoe. The midsole and sole adapts to most runners, making it a great shoe for so many people.
The flex grooves in the sole make it flexible and give the extra support that runners need during their run.
On one of the runs I wore these shoes, the shoes struggled with gripping on the wet road. This happens with most shoes, but something I wanted to mention.
Additionally, the guard rails help with support during each stride. The Caterpillar Crash Pad helped support my body every time I landed while running.
All in all, I am impressed with the sole as it felt supportive and lightweight. One thing I am worried about is the durability of the sole.
Below are a few pictures of the Asteria shoe sole and heel.
Brooks Asteria Shoe Upper
The Asteria upper had a unique 3D fit overlay that had a pretty cool print to go along with the seamless upper. Many of the latest running shoes now are built with a seamless upper because of the improved fit and comfort.
The sock liner of the Asteria is made of BioMoGo foam and provides improved support and comfort. The sock liner was one of my favorite things about the upper.
Overall, the upper is thin, lightweight, and doesn’t add much weight to the shoe. The seamless upper is flexible and contours to the shape of your foot.
Below are a few pictures of the Asteria upper shoe area.
Let me know what you think of the Brooks Asteria running shoe!
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