Like I mentioned yesterday, Brook’s made a stop at the Utica Hanson’s Store with their Cavalcade of Curiosities Tour Bus. I made plans to show up straight after work. I three goals for this trip:
- Free Brooks Swag
- Free Gait Analysis
- Hopefully a discount on Brooks merch.
I had never been to the Utica store and only have driven past it once, but there was no doubt I found the place when I saw the double-decker tour bus parked out in front.
When I first walked up I was given a raffle form to fill out for a chance at $500 worth in gear (yes, please). For entering I was given a sweatband (goal #1 achieved). I walked around the first floor of the bus, where it was set up like a Ripley’s Museum for running. Neat, kind of entertaining for a few minutes, but not a goal of mine. Up top the bus was a setup for gait analysis. Two treadmills with brackets to hold an iPad for recording and flat screen TVs mounted to show video (goal #2 achieved).
I remembered to bring my running shoes, but I really should have remembered shorts.
Never ran in khakis before. That’s what I get for visiting the @brooksrunning run happy tour straight from work.
— Johnny B (@RunRunJohnny) August 1, 2012
Oh well, I rolled up my pantlegs and hopped on the ‘mill. Shoes were unnecessary as they had us run barefoot. He had me run for about a minute and then we went over my results. Even better, the results were emailed to me along with snapshots of my ankle-to-foot angle. They also included a link to YouTube of the video capture. Very cool! I know how much you all want to see my smelly feet, so for your viewing pleasure…
The analyst said I’m in the neutral zone, maybe borderline supinating, but I stay off my heels. He complimented my mid-foot strike, which is great. I’ve been slowly changing my form for about 6 months, now.
He suggested the Defyance as a good fit and saw that I was already sporting a pair. I asked him about which of the Pure line would he suggest (I’ve been drooling over them for a while now). He said either Flow or Cadence would work for me. He talked and showed the differences between the two. In short, Flows are neutral and feel like a slipper around the heel. Cadences have mild support (but you wont notice if you’re off your heels) and feel like a glove around the heel. Cadence cost a little more, but he said there’s a 20% discount today (WOO HOO, goal #3 achieved), so now’s a good chance for the Cadence.
I went inside and grabbed a pair of each. I wanted to see how each felt. They both felt amazing! In the end I decided on the Cadence. My only issue was the colors available. I realy like last year’s colors, but apparently so did everyone else as they didn’t have any Gecko Greens in stock. I settled on the White/Royal/Silver, however I may call the Grosse Pointe store to see if they have the Gecko’s for an exchange.
It was too late to run, so I plan on hitting the ‘mill today at lunch and maybe get a few more miles in after work. If not, there’s always Friday – the rest day that always becomes my make-up day.
Has anyone else seen the Cavalcade Bus Tour? What did you think?
How about PureProject, who else has them, which ones and what do you think?