Brooks’ Mach series of cross country racing shoes have provided excellent cross country performance, whether in spiked or spikeless models. Version number 18 is as good a product as any previous round. The closed mesh upper hugs the foot closely, printed overlays unobtrusively providing support with minimal added weight. The midsole maintains its slender, full-length foam wedge for just enough protective cushioning underfoot. The outersole is the same diamond-shaped carbon rubber lugs in the forefoot, this spikeless version minus the 5-spike plate, allowing the versatility of efficiently managing groomed courses, trail, track or roads. The heel is completed with a crescent of sharkskin for added traction. While minimally updated, the verdict is that it’s enough.
Sizes: Men 6–13,14,15; Women 6–12
Weight: Men 5.2 oz. (size 11); Women 4.2 oz. (size 8)
Fit: snug heel, very close forefoot