Looking for a cushion shoe for longer runs, weight 185 lbs, ht. 6'3", longer
runs often on groomed trails.
DO NOT BELIEVE THE MANUFACTURER LITERATURE!
Or, the retail salesmen whom they "train".
Mfr.: Nike Tailwind box lists its cushioning as "Firm"
Mfr.: Mizuno (RRS) lists the Wave Rider as the #1 Cushion Shoe
RRS: RRS phone rep insists the Wave Rider is competitively soft
All: Brooks Burn has too little support, too little shoe and too little
cushioning to compete
What I find from running in all three models:
Nike Tailwind is so much more cushy than the other two, both to the touch,
on the floor, on the treadmill, on a firmer treadmill. The heel compresses
more easily and further than the heels of the other two, for example.
In my size 11, the Rider and Burn have the same weight. The Tailwind in
size 11 or 11.5 is about 16 oz. vs. 13 oz. for the other two. That is, the
Rider has the same weight as the Burn!
Both the Rider and Burn feel lighter on the feet, they both have a better
fit, and they both feel like much less shoe. The Burn has a softer "ride"
than than Rider. Rider seems to be more supportive than the Burn. Burn has
a little more toe room than the Rider.
Compared to other Nike models and other brand models except Adidas, the
Tailwind runs small. I need size 11.5D instead of 11D.
Maybe, Mfr. sales are trying to compensate. Mizuno trying to hype
"cushioning" for its overly firm shoes, Nike trying to hype firm for its
overly soft shoe. Just like politics. Pick your spin.