Brook’s “Summer Spectacular Run Happy Clothing Line” continues as a rock solid, core, running clothing line offering the best in running gear especially and expertly designed for those dedicated and loyal to the sport.
If you surf to Brook’s website to discover what makes Brooks the company, you’ll discover it is based on a single focus, “delivering the best running experience on the planet, defined by 9 principles.” My favorite principle is number 3; “We make essential running gear for runners not consumers.”
Wikipedia’s definition really grabs hold of the consumer concept. It states, “Typically, when business people and economists talk of consumers, they are talking about the person as consumer, an aggregated commodity item with little individuality other than that expressed in the decision to buy or not to buy.”
To restate that in everyday language, I think it conveys the thought being Brooks values runners more than they value the money they gain from sales. Brook’s confronts the lack of consumer individuality through a determination to market to the individual runner’s needs and by offering a diverse product line. Don’t get me wrong here. Brooks is clearly an Alpha “For Profit Company.” But money for Brooks is not the final word. The runners’ opinion counts first and last with Brooks. And, that is precisely why I am delighted to work for them writing product reviews.
Personal Experience Counts –
I’ve been running since 1984. I found my first Brook’s shoes soon after running and winning my age division in the Little Rock, Arkansas Firecracker July 4th 5K and after several tries racing with other brands. At that time, when stepping into a Brooks shoe, I thought I’d found runner’s heaven. As a now senior runner, much slower than then, Brook’s products prove that belief continues to be a founded in fact !
Brook’s Women’s Sherpa 2-in-1 6″ Short and the D’lite Micro Mesh Racerback top are superb representatives, as are all the products, of the company focus and principles.
Brook’s Product Review –
Brook’s Women’s Sherpa 2-in-1 6″ Short – Suggested Retail for $55 – 3 colors in sizes XS through XL. After the first 5 miles in them, I’m still convinced. The Sherpa Short’s 4 pockets, 2 on the front, one zipper along the back, and one on the inner support shorts. These are a tremendous bonus. The inner shorts stay in place on the leg due to the silicone grippers inside the leg and flat, knit drawstring waistband. The outer thin nylon like shorts have a nice side upper cut style allowing the leg to move freely.
The total styling is excellent for a running short with a little more length to it. The only negative I found was the loose outer short did, at times, roll up a little and had to be pulled back down the leg. In a longer short with an inner short I’ve never seen or worn one that did not creep up. Maybe Brooks’ engineering stylists can create one though. I wouldn’t be at all surprised.
Brook’s Women’s D’lite Micro Mesh Racerback Top – Suggested retail for $25 – 7 bright colors available in sizes S, M, L, XL. The news on this top is all good unless you don’t want it to be see through. It is sheer, slightly elastic, and very light weight even while wicking moisture away from the body. I wore it layered over the Brook’s Women’s Race Day Singlet in a jog during light rain.
RUN HAPPY: Brook’s states, “Run Happy is each runner’s deep and meaningful love of running.” My take on that is the love of (passion for) running comes from experiencing the body move as it was created to move and work well. Brook’s products support the runner’s passion to run free from body distractions brought on because clothing is bothersome during the exercise. That’s the RUN HAPPY factor in my opinion!