Brooks Wire 2 $100
This update keeps the Wire's best features intact while making some innovative upgrades. Thanks to an experienced design/development team, the midsole chassis and spikeplate were very well done in the initial round, so the 5-spike setup and sharkskin heel remain intact.
The upper receives the attention here. Previously, a wholly adequate mesh and synthetic leather combination, it now sports a new woven mesh with fibrous strings lending support to a gauze-like minimesh. Welded overlays and a minimum of stitching provide the main exterior structure, a soft (but grippy) fabric lining offer comfort to the heel fit, while a synthetic suede band softens the midfoot security. The result is an effective performer that’s much lighter than Round 1.
Sizes: unisex 5–13,14,15
Weight: 4.3 oz. (w/spikes, men’s 11)
Spikes: 5, replaceable
Upper: mesh, synthetic overlays
Innersole: sheet EVA
Midsole: full-length CM-EVA
Outersole: combination Pebax spikeplate/thermoplastic sharkskin heel
Recommended for: 800–10,000 meters and steeplechase, on synthetic surfaces