I don’t mind running in the rain (lightning is another story, though) but I do hate getting soggy shoes, especially if I accidentally get my foot in a puddle and my foot gets soaked. Every time I run in the rain I wish that I had a pair of the Brooks Ghost 4 GTX shoes, which are Ghost 4s modified with a GORE-TEX lining to keep water out. I finally broke down and bought a pair at the same time that I bought my PureConnects. (Road Runner Sports was having a 20% off shoes sale for their VIP members, and the PureConnects were a gift from my dad.)
|The Ghost 4 GTX (women’s version)|
I hadn’t had a chance to run in the rain with them, but since we had thunderstorms last night and this morning, I thought I’d try them out for the first time. It wasn’t actually raining when I went on my run, but I figured there would be enough puddles to test how dry the shoes would be. I tried them on when they first arrived at my house and I thought they felt great, but when I put them on this morning the Ghost 4 GTX felt really snug in the toe box, whereas the regular Ghost 4s have a very wide toe box, so I was concerned that they might be uncomfortable during the run. I ran 5 miles at a recovery pace and the shoes didn’t feel too tight at any point during the actual run, so they must have stretched out a bit when I got going. They felt maybe a little stiffer than my regular Ghost 4s, but I was still happy with the ride.
This is the first time that I’ve ever gone out of my way to run through puddles. The GORE-TEX worked great! The only water that got in my shoes was water that splashed up against my ankle and ran down my foot into my shoe. I was really impressed by how waterproof they are. That said, it was about 75°F out and humid, so my feet were getting pretty sweaty by the end of the run. I don’t think I’d wear them in warm weather unless it was really raining, and in that case it wouldn’t feel as warm anyway.
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Overall, I think I’m glad that I bought these shoes because they did a great job of keeping my feet dry and I hate running with soggy socks (hello, blister city!). I will definitely be busting out these shoes if I have to do any long runs (or even short runs) in the rain. Plus, the black shoes look pretty bad@$$. I only plan to wear the shoes for rainy runs, so I think they’ll last me a long time, too.