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KNOW YOUR TECH breaks down the scientific technology used in your favorite sneakers and activewear. Let’s demystify your next purchase: today’s technology is Brooks DNA. The revolutionary cushioning system is adaptive to the wearer's unique needs. The first-of-its-kind system provides customized cushioning, adapting to the user's gender, weight, pace, and more.

What is it? An adaptive midsole engineered from non-Newtonian liquid that results in a compound that provides twice as much energy return and 30% more cushioning than standard gel or EVA materials.

How does it work? By responding to the force applied to the foot and dispersing pressure, DNA cushioning provides tuned responsiveness and resiliency. Each time a sneaker featuring DNA strikes the ground, the cushioning adapts to the runner's individual weight, pace, gait, biomechanics, and environment. Brooks also touts that the molecules used in DNA cushioning won't break down or wear out with normal use, which is a use plus for serious runners.

Notable Products: Glycerin 10, Ravenna 4, Trance 12, Adrenaline GTS 13

Bottom Line: DNA cushioning is in a class of its own. If you're a runner looking to try out a new cushioning setup, or you've struggled to find cushioning that meets your specific needs, try out one of the many Brooks models featuring DNA.


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