Brooks Racer ST 5 Shoe Review

Brooks Racer ST 5 Shoe review

Brooks Racer ST 5

The Brooks Racer ST 5 has been a favorite of mine for the past few years. The shoe has the right amount of support for any distance ranging from 5k to marathon distances. Not only does the shoe have a decent amount of support, but the shoe is really lightweight and feels fast. Similar to the review of the Adidas Tempo 6, this shoe feels and looks fast. Weighing in at under 9oz, really makes you feel light on your feet.

Pros Cons
  • Lightweight cushion
  • Price (Retail $90)
  • Color options
  • Sole durability
  • Hard to findind

Brooks Racer ST 5 Verdict

Before this year, the Brooks Racer ST 5 was my go-to shoe for any race distance. It is lightweight, looks great, and provides a good amount of support. I would definitely recommend this shoe if you are looking for a racing and speed work shoe.

The Brooks Racer ST 5 is the shoe I wore to set my current marathon PR of 2:56. I am still not sure how I ran that time, but think the shoes definitely helped me get there.

Brooks Racer ST 5 Initial Thoughts

Before I even put on the latest version of the Brooks Racer ST 5, I was impressed with the color scheme of this shoe. The blue and yellow have an appeal to many and look absolutely amazing. When I first put on the Brooks Racer ST 5 running shoe, I quickly noticed how comfortable and lightweight they were. The support of the sole and vented toe box made my feet feel great.

I have had this shoe in 2 other colors and really like the look and feel of this lightweight running shoe. During my first test run of these shoes, they felt just like the other versions I have worn in the past. These shoes not only feel great but look fast.

Brooks Racer ST 5 Shoe SpecificationsBrooks Racer ST 5

  • Pronation: Mild, Moderate
  • Platform: Universal Platform
  • Surface: Road/Track
  • Running Type: Road Racing / Speedwork
  • Arch: Medium, High
  • Body Build: Small, Medium
  • Water-Resistant: No
  • Waterproof: No
  • Weight: 8.6 oz
  • Sole Drop: 12 mm

About the Brooks Racer ST 5 describes the shoe as “Minimalists delight in the Racer ST 5, with just the right touch of support.” Although this shoe is labeled as a racer, it can be used for speed work and tempo runs. I have worn this shoe in race distances from 5K to marathons.

This super lightweight shoe has great cushioning that your feet and legs will appreciate during any tough training run or race. Not only do these shoes feel great, but they look even better.

The sizes of the Brooks Racer ST 5 are sized for men, but many women wear these shoes. For women who want these shoes, they should order 1.5 sizes down. The men’s sizing of the Brooks Racer ST 5 is standard sizing. There is no need to size up or down with these.

Brooks Racer ST 5 Sole

The Brooks Racer ST 5 sole a few different technologies to help you enjoy running in these shoes. The Hydroflow ST heel cushion uses a chamber to absorb any impact and add heel stability.

The midsole of the Brooks Racer ST 5 shoe offers an eco-friendly cushion made of biodegradable materials. The diagonal rollbar (drb) is made up of dual density foam that helps prevent pronation and give the necessary support to run efficiently.

Brooks Racer ST 5 Upper

The Brooks Racer ST 5 upper contains synthetic materials that help provide a secure and comfortable fit. The mesh toe box provides a moisture management to keep your feet dry. The sock liner not only keeps your foot comfortable but also wicks moisture to keep your foot dry.

Where to Buy the Brooks Racer ST 5

The Active Guy Conclusion

The Brooks Racer ST 5 running shoe is in my top 3 shoes for racing. I have worn these shoes for years to race and for speed workouts. The cushion and lightweight feel of this performance stability trainer make it a great racing shoe for any distance.

My favorite part of this shoe is that you can normally get this for under $75. If you need help finding deals on this shoe, contact me.

Brooks Racer ST 5 Shoe Ratings
  • 9/10
    Overall Rating - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Upper - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sole - 9/10
User Review
4 (2 votes)

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  • Hey is this shoe discontinued? I was a big fan but can’t seem to find a pair anymore.

    • Phil, this shoe is not discontinued. The best price I could find was being a VIP at Road Runner Sports (link). Use ‘C6X10055’ if you are a VIP for 20% off. If you aren’t a VIP, you can get 10% off with code ‘C6X10028’. These shoes are also available on Amazon with no discount. Normally it is pretty easy to save at least 20% off, but with these shoes it doesn’t seem to be as easy. I used to wear these in every marathon and have nothing but great things to say about these.

      Let me know if you have any questions. If you do order, please use the links on this site as they help support maintaining this site. Thanks!

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