Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe

Men's Brooks Defyance 2

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Men's BROOKS DEFYANCE 2 :: The men's Brooks® Defyance gives Neutral runners the glovelike fit and smooth heel-to-toe transitions of the Adrenaline GTS, Brooks® #1selling Stability shoe. New, full-length BioMoGo gives you incredible cushioning that's a little more eco-friendly. 11.0 ounces

Category Type:

NEUTRAL [?]
If you have high arches and need minimal support, Neutral shoes are right for you. Your feet will guide themselves more naturally through each step for your perfect running gait. When choosing running shoes, find your perfect fit using this chart. Category types are based on factors like arch height, running habits and body frame.

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Specifications:

  • Predecessor Product Type:  Defyance
  • Shock Absorption: Heel and Forefoot|HydroFlow|
  • Toebox Width: Medium
  • Shoe Construction: STROEBEL
  • Midsole Material: MoGo|
  • Outsole Material: Carbon Rubber|
  • Upper Material: Mesh W/Synthetic Leather Trim|

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5.0

Great shoe if you are a ...

By Mel

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

Great shoe if you are a forefoot striker...ChiRunning, style runner. Very light and very comfortable. Get stretchy laces to make it even more comfortable.

 
5.0

Sorry to see you go

By Howard

from Chicago, IL

About Me Gym Rat

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Breathable
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road Running

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    I really wish that Brooks wasn't updating this model, but I've lived through lots of other line changes by them in the last 20 years...ho hum...I run 4-5 times a week in alternating pairs of this shoe. I am 5'11" and weigh about 180lbs. I have a neutral gait. I have run as far as 20 miles in these shoes, but more typically run 4-10 miles on everyday exercise and in races. I have not tried them on trails other than crushed limestone where they perform well. On pavement, they are wonderful. Some cushioning, but not so much that you lose "touch" with the street.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Average Arch
     
    5.0

    Very Durable Shoe

    By KC Runner

    from Kansas City, MO

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    I am a marathon runner and use these shoes for training. They have held up for 8 months and fit my feet very well. The inside soles are starting to wear out but everything else about the shoe is awesome. Comfort, weight, durability. Good work Brooks.

     
    4.0

    Good... but not great

    By TD

    from WOODBRIDGE,NJ

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Breathable
    • Comfortable
    • Good Arch Support
    • Good Traction
    • Well made

    Cons

    • Firm ride

    Best Uses

    • Road Running

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    The bottom line when looking for a great running shoe is comfort..beyond everything else it has to feel good..although this shoe is great quality it has a firm ride..some will love this but for me,I want to run in total comfort and so far thats been the asics nimbus and nike vomero

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Average Arch
     
    5.0

    5'9, 140 lbs, 30-40 mpw. ...

    By Al

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    5'9, 140 lbs, 30-40 mpw. I liked the original Defyance but found it to be a little too much shoe - a little inflexible and clunky, but overall a solid shoe. I preferred the Ghosts, but the Ghosts didn't hold up as my primary trainer. The Defyance 2 is smoother than the original, and it also seems to have a better feel for the road. I alternate these with the Launch, and it works well. I got 375 on my original Defyances, and these have 400 and are still going strong. On my second pair now.

     
    3.0

    I agree with Rodolfo. I ...

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    I agree with Rodolfo. I like the first one better and didn't stock up before they made the transition (and can't find them anywhere), but I still run in the defyance 2 and will buy another pair. Best shoe for me. I hear a third is coming soon.

     
    2.0

    6'2" 220 lbs Army 25-35 ...

    By Andy

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    6'2" 220 lbs Army 25-35 mi per wk: I straight ran the soles off my defyance ones with no issue. I bought the defyance two because AAFES in Germany has a poor selection and I loved the original. I put maybe 100 miles on the 2s and developed shin splints and my plantar fasciaitis started to flare up again. Im not sure what it is exactly, but they are just not supportive enough in the heel and too cushy under the toes. I'm back in my broken down ones right now trying to decide what to wear next.

     
    3.0

    I love this shoe - great ...

    By der hammer

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    I love this shoe - great forefoot cushioning and very flexible. Unfortunately, the toe box is HUGE. I actually lost a toe nail over time with these shoes - that has never happened to me before. It's too bad, because I really want to be able to wear these shoes.

     
    1.0

    5'7, 155 lbs. I ran 40-50 ...

    By Rodolfo

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    5'7, 155 lbs. I ran 40-50 miles a week. The Defyance 1 was possibly the best neutral shoe I have ever run in. I put well over 400 mile on them. The Defyance 2 is heavier, less flexible, the transition stinks and it makes running a chore. This shoe is garbage!

     
    1.0

    VERY disappointed with ...

    By Todd

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    VERY disappointed with this shoe. Loved the Defyance. Got 420 miles in them. But the Defyance 2 is bulky with a huge toe box and the cushioning leaves a lot to be desired. Why is it that when a shoe company gets something right, they screw it up with a newer version? I've gone to the Nike Vomero 4. 6'1", 195, run 30-35 miles per week.

     
    5.0

    Coming from the ...

    By Dave

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    Coming from the Adrenaline GTS 7, these are lighter and more flexible. Quicker toe off and softer through the mid foot. Softer ride overall. We'll see how they do. Like the midfoot wrap. A little narrower than the 7's but still wear the same size.

     
    5.0

    The Defyance 2 is my ...

    By Eric

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    The Defyance 2 is my favorite neutral shoe right now primarily because of its excellent fit. The shoe is wide in the toebox and tapers nicely through the mid-foot. The heel is nice and snug. The cushioning is good but not the best I've run in. It works great with my orthotics. I just wish Brooks offered their premium neutral shoe (Glycerin) in widths.

     
    5.0

    I just switched to these ...

    By milty2u

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    I just switched to these shoes from Asics, the asics started to feel to stiff and unforgiving. I run about 30-40 miles a week, and train for 1/2 iron distance triathlons and Marathons. I have ran in 4 marathons in 2 years and was very hesitant about changing shoes, as the saying goes if it ain't broke don't fix it. But I went with these and it took about 30 miles to break them in, but I love these shoes! The fit in the upper is awesome and the cushioning is superb. A bit heavy for a race day shoe but I was in need of a comfortable long distance trainer. These fit the bill I am a convert!

     
    5.0

    Excellent took them out ...

    By mike pollice

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    Excellent took them out of box and started to run in them. Never had a pair of shoes with no break in period. I think they are swell. Good jop Brooks.

     
    2.0

    Blisters blisters and ...

    By Robert

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    Blisters blisters and more blisters with this shoe. I have been running for a while and this is the first shoe to give me a repeated problem.
    The cushion is not as good as some were saying. And the shoe is snug even on the 2E width version.
    If you want cushion, go with the Vomero from Nike, although a little snug in fit.
    I will need to send these back to get something that works better for me.

     
    5.0

    Brooks have outlasted ...

    By Shane

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    Brooks have outlasted other brands I have tried. I like the flexibility and the feel of the Defyance 2, break in time was very quick. I came over to Defyance 2 from Axiom after they were discontinued and have not missed a beat. This is a great shoe!

     
    5.0

    Ran in Defyance 1 (4 ...

    By Clear Lake TX Runner

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    Ran in Defyance 1 (4 pairs), these fit slightly different but I think even better than #1. Great job, bought additional 4 pairs to stock up

     
    5.0

    Had run in Asics for a ...

    By Walt

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    Had run in Asics for a couple years; these seem to have better structure and fit, and are cushioned well. I don't run as far or as fast as I used to, so I don't have a forefoot strike as before, but never had a better shoe for a supinator who needs comfort only, no support.

     
    5.0

    Sweet fit. The toe box is ...

    By PJ

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    Sweet fit. The toe box is roomy but they narrowed up the forefoot slightly from the original - which also makes it look a lot better. I loved the first model but felt like I was swimming in it after the upper stretched out. The ride seems slightly firmer so it has a faster feel. If it holds up, I may stock-pile this one.

     
    5.0

    I just switched from ...

    By Larry

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    I just switched from NB768. The cushion is superior and the stability is fantastic.

     
    5.0

    HAHA! I love you ...

    By Dragon Quest

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    HAHA! I love you Bradwick! Hey Brad!! GO check out the Saucony Floorlords! I think they'll fit your foot just right.

     
    5.0

    I got 425 miles out of ...

    By Bradley

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    I got 425 miles out of the wear tested pair Brooks gave me. Great wear compared to all the other shoes I've worn. I could probably get another 75 miles easy if I wanted to. Cushion is still there.

     
    5.0

    The Floorlords are for ...

    By Eggnog

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    The Floorlords are for middle aged. I tried those on once and all I could suffer through was a 5:30 mile and about a 18:53 5K...oh and all that running took the hair from my head. I'm just hoping to break 1:33 in the 1/2 marathon.

     
    5.0

    I got to try these on at ...

    By mike b

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    I got to try these on at a retail store and they felt great!Just alittle better than the first version.The toe box is alittle bit smaller so i had to go with a 2e.These have almost a much cushion as the nike vomeros but more reponsive but like both shoes!

     
    5.0

    THE NIMBUS 8?!? Really ...

    By Bradwick

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    THE NIMBUS 8?!? Really Brad..really? C'mon man get with the program. This shoe is only comparable because it's neutral.... Of course its gunna be wider...its a freakin brooks. "Oh...my poor wittle foot is getting swquished oh oh.." This shoe is just the Adrenaline 8 without the medial posting. If you like the fit of that shoe, then you'll like this shoe.

     
    4.0

    "The Floorlords are for ...

    By Bradley

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    "The Floorlords are for middle aged. I tried those on once and all I could suffer through was a 5:30 mile and about a 18:53 5K...oh and all that running took the hair from my head. I'm just hoping to break 1:33 in the 1/2 marathon."
    Middle aged? yup, that's me @ 40 years old. And I can run under 19:00 in the 5k and I ran a 1:33:47 1/2 marathon. Oddly our times match, my mile is 5:36 for a "middle aged" guy!!!

     
    5.0

    HEY BRAD!! Have you ...

    By I LOVE CHEESE

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    HEY BRAD!! Have you checked out the Saucony FLoorlords yet?? THey're pretty sick

     
    4.0

    Great shoe. I wear tested ...

    By Brad

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Mens Brooks Defyance 2 Running Shoe:

    Great shoe. I wear tested this for Brooks. I have about 150 miles in them and they have great cushion. The toebox is pretty large compared to my Asicss Nimbus 8's.

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    1.    Anonymous rated this product 3 stars
    Wed, December 09,2009:
    I agree with Rodolfo. I like the first one better and didn't stock up before they made the transition (and can't find them anywhere), but I still run in the defyance 2 and will buy another pair. Best shoe for me. I hear a third is coming soon.
    2.    Al rated this product 5 stars
    Mon, December 07,2009:
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    Tue, November 10,2009:
    5'7, 155 lbs. I ran 40-50 miles a week. The Defyance 1 was possibly the best neutral shoe I have ever run in. I put well over 400 mile on them. The Defyance 2 is heavier, less flexible, the transition stinks and it makes running a chore. This shoe is garbage!
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    Mon, November 09,2009:
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    Fri, October 30,2009:
    VERY disappointed with this shoe. Loved the Defyance. Got 420 miles in them. But the Defyance 2 is bulky with a huge toe box and the cushioning leaves a lot to be desired. Why is it that when a shoe company gets something right, they screw it up with a newer version? I've gone to the Nike Vomero 4. 6'1", 195, run 30-35 miles per week.
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    Wed, September 02,2009:
    Great shoe if you are a forefoot striker...ChiRunning, style runner. Very light and very comfortable. Get stretchy laces to make it even more comfortable.
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    Tue, September 01,2009:
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    Ran in Defyance 1 (4 pairs), these fit slightly different but I think even better than #1. Great job, bought additional 4 pairs to stock up
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    Tue, July 28,2009:
    Excellent took them out of box and started to run in them. Never had a pair of shoes with no break in period. I think they are swell. Good jop Brooks.
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    Fri, July 10,2009:
    Coming from the Adrenaline GTS 7, these are lighter and more flexible. Quicker toe off and softer through the mid foot. Softer ride overall. We'll see how they do. Like the midfoot wrap. A little narrower than the 7's but still wear the same size.
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    Wed, April 29,2009:
    Blisters blisters and more blisters with this shoe. I have been running for a while and this is the first shoe to give me a repeated problem. The cushion is not as good as some were saying. And the shoe is snug even on the 2E width version. If you want cushion, go with the Vomero from Nike, although a little snug in fit. I will need to send these back to get something that works better for me.
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    Sweet fit. The toe box is roomy but they narrowed up the forefoot slightly from the original - which also makes it look a lot better. I loved the first model but felt like I was swimming in it after the upper stretched out. The ride seems slightly firmer so it has a faster feel. If it holds up, I may stock-pile this one.
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