Brooks Ricochet Shoe Review

Brooks Ricochet

Brooks has released a number of similar looking shoes over the past 2 years. If you read most of the reviews on the site than you know that Brooks, Saucony, and Asics have been my top 3 shoe brands to run. Earlier this year I wrote a review about the Brooks Levitate 2 and the Brooks Bedlam, which at a quick glance look similar to the Brooks Ricochet.

If you have worn either of those shoes and liked them, then chances are you will like these. Someone once described the Ricochet as a balance between the Levitates and Brook Ghost. Lighter than the Levitate and more responsive and supportive than the Ghost. Talk about a solid combination.

According to Brooks, the Ricochet energized cushioning as “Running shouldn’t be a zero-sum game. That’s why our BioMoGo DNA and DNA AMP midsole technology provides light-weight, best-in-class energy return. You give. Ricochet gives back.

The Brooks Ricochet is available in 6 color options for both men’s and women’s, all of which are very cool color combinations. The shoe retails for $120 so they are reasonably priced. You can usually get these on sale so I wouldn’t pay retail for these.

Brooks Ricochet Shoe Verdict

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I have a feeling that the Brooks Ricochet may be one of the popular neutral running shoes in 2019. The combination of cushion and support at a $120 price point make this a very attractive shoe.

If you are looking for a shoe that wants to go fast and perfect for daily training or tempo runs, check this shoe out. The 6 color combinations make it easy to find an option that works for you.

The longest run in the Ricochet was 9 miles. The shoes felt better than expected and really liked the ankle collar that Brooks has included on the Brooks Levitate 2 and Brooks BedlamI ordered a 1/2 size up on this shoe and it fit perfect.

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Pros Cons
  • Supportive
  • Responsive
  • Value Priced ($120)
  • Color Options
  • Sizing (order 1/2 size up)

Here are a few pictures of the Brooks Ricochet that I wore for this review. This wasn’t my favorite color option, but still solid.

Brooks Ricochet Shoe Initial Thoughts

Ever since Brooks released the Brooks Levitate 2 and Brooks Bedlam, I was a huge fan of the updates sole and upper of these shoes. They looked great and felt incredible. All for $120 (even cheaper with a coupon).

When I first opened the box and picked up the shoe I was expecting it to be heavier after wearing the Brooks Levitate 2 and Brooks Bedlam. Both of these shoes are about 1 oz heavier. While the color option wasn’t my favorite it still looked sleek and fast.

The weight of this shoe (10.2oz) is perfect for daily training and some tempo runs. The shoe definitely felt lighter than I expected.

The shoe has an 8mm drop, which is consistent with the Brooks Levitate 2 and Brooks Bedlam.

Brooks Ricochet Shoe Specifications

  • Shoe Type/Category: Neutral
  • Weight: 10.2 oz (Men’s size 9D)
  • Shoe drop: 8mm
  • Shoe Height: 23mm (Heel), 15mm (Forefoot)
  • Sizing: Order 1/2 size up
  • Heel: Medium width
  • Forefoot: Medium width
  • Previous model: First Version

Brooks Ricochet Shoe Overview

The Brooks Ricochet is a neutral running shoe with a responsive sole, making it a great shoe for daily training runs.

The bouncy sole combined with a comfortable knit upper making it a stylish and fast running shoe. One of the great features of the shoe is the energy return that comes with the sole, making it feel lighter than the actual weight.

Both men’s and women’s have 6 color options, most of which are awesome. As mentioned the men’s shoe weighs in at 10.2oz (size 9D), so not super light but not heavy by any means.

The $120 price of the Brooks Ricochet makes this an attractive buy for the value you get.

Brooks Ricochet Shoe Sole

The Brooks Ricochet sole is one of the main things that makes this shoe great. The sole of the shoe remains similar to the Brooks Levitate 2 and Brooks Bedlam. The DNA AMP midsole improves responsiveness and durability expected from Brooks.

The Brooks DNA AMP midsole is one of the most advanced midsole compounds on the market. It combines polyurethane foam with an encased TPU skin to provide one of the most responsive running shoe soles.

The sole has an arrow-pointed outsole that can be seen in the pictures below, something you will also see on the Brooks Levitate 2 and Brooks Bedlam shoes.

Below are a few pictures of the Brooks Ricochet shoe sole and heel.

Brooks Ricochet Shoe Upper

One of my favorite things about the Brooks Ricochet is the upper of the shoe. The knit upper combined with the heel collar and internal bootie really make this shoe feel great.

The heel has a suede-like material that reduces friction and eliminates your heel from slipping. I loved this feature in the Brooks Levitate 2 and Brooks Bedlam and was glad to see they included this in the Ricochet.

The FitKnit expanded to fit my feet, which made me appreciate the design of the shoe. I hope that Brooks continues to use the same FitKnit upper in some of their upcoming shoes.

Below are a few pictures of the Brooks Ricochet upper shoe area.

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Brooks Ricochet Shoe Ratings
  • 9/10
    Overall Rating - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Upper - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sole - 9/10

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