Brooks Women's Levitate 4
Levitate 4 is found in the energize segment of Brooks’ line. Energize refers to the midsole compound’s ability to return energy to you during your stride, according to Brooks. It is a high cushion shoe, very resilient and a bit springy. Levitate 4 contains a refined DNA AMP which is a PU based foam that expands as force is applied, encased in a TPU skin. This skin forces energy to be returned upwards, not wasted side to side. This is the best energy return foam Brooks offers. There is an extra layer of EVA foam found just underneath the footbed, on top of the midsole for extra cushion. The outsole is high abrasion rubber and is very durable. The Levitate 4 upper is a soft, plush knit mesh which provides a secure sock-like fit. It comes with an 8 mm drop and is a neutral yet, cushioned training shoe.
Running Niche Experience
We find that Levitate 4 fits true to size in length. The heel is somewhat narrow, the toe box and arch height is medium. We find the toe box up and down volume a bit narrow. But some of that is due to the sock-like fit of the upper. The collar surrounding the Achilles is knit and again slightly narrow. The newly reformulated DNA AMP is 20% lighter than Levitate 3. The heel collar has been improved as well being softer yet with a secure feel. The ride of the Levitate 4 is unique due to its TPU encased PU midsole. It is great for shock absorption, returns some of the energy lost upon impact and is very durable. It does not feel soft and squishy like a typical high cushion shoe, but rest assured it does the job. This is a solid high mileage shoe easily handling 50+ miles a week type of training shoe. Stack height is 26.0 in the heel and 18.0 in the forefoot. It is one of Brooks lowest drop shoes too.
Technology: DNA LOFT, DNA AMP, BioMoGo DNA, GuideRails™
Brooks’ core technologies focus on the midsole with several different foam combinations providing different characteristics depending upon end use of the shoe. In addition, they have a unique approach to support called GuideRails, which is found in their stability-oriented shoes.
- DNA LOFT provides our softest cushioning yet. It instantly adapts to the runners’ individual stride, weight, and speed with a unique blend of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), rubber, and air. The rubber adds longevity to the EVA midsole, ensuring softness. While the air decreases the shoe’s weight. DNA LOFT is engineered to be lightweight and ultra-soft, without sacrificing durability or responsiveness, making it our most luxurious shoe technology yet.
- DNA AMP is a polyurethane (PU) based cushioning system designed for energy return. It does this with a foam that naturally expands as force is applied. To deliver an amplified experience, we encase the foam in a thermoplastic polyurethane skin that resists horizontal expansion. The result is a springy ride with best-in-class energy return.
- BioMoGo DNA adapts to your specific weight, pace, gait, and running surface. That makes for a springier step that’s customized for your stride.
- GuideRails™ technology delivers on-demand support, allowing your hips, knees, and joints to move the way you naturally do. Think of GuideRails as bumpers in bowling. When your stride falls out of place, they kick in to guide your stride back in line. They’re there when you need them and out of your way when you don’t.
Brand Description: Brooks Running
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Stack Height: 26.0 mm/18.0 mm
Drop: 8.0 mm
Weight: 9.2 oz
Upper: Breathable, knit mesh
Midsole: 20% lighter DNA AMP encased in TPU, responsive and durable
Outsole: High abrasion rubber in heel to toe
Toe Box: Medium
Women's Levitate 4 — Brooks Running
Women's Footwear | Women's Running | Neutral