Women's Defyance 9

$120.00

Style #120205
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The Defyance 9 women's running shoe combines sweet cushion and a smooth ride into one versatile, neutral running shoe. This reliable runner is more streamlined and offers a more plush under-foot feel than ever before.
Please note: The Defyance 9 runs slightly smaller than previous models. If you are between sizes, we recommend choosing ½ size up.

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Features

Defyance 9

  • DNA midsole adapts to your stride for custom cushioning
  • Segmented Crash Pad delivers smooth heel-to-toe transitions
  • Omega Flex Grooves help give you a more fluid stride
  • Adjustable mid-foot design provides a closer-to-foot fit
  • Moisture-management mesh helps keep feet cooler and dryer
Great for road running

Great for road running

Weight

Weight 9.0 oz

Midsole drop

Midsole drop 12mm

Technology

DNA Midsole

An innovative cushioning system that adapts to runners of all sizes and speeds, providing a custom ride.

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DNA Midsole

What is it?

Brooks DNA is an innovative and uniquely adaptive cushioning system. By adapting to your specific weight, pace, gait and running surface, DNA offers customized cushioning and adds a spring to your step.

Traditional cushioning takes a one-size-fits-all approach, but we know that each runner is different. Brooks DNA was developed to continuously tailor the level of cushioning to your specific needs – even as they change during the run.

How does it work?

Brooks DNA is made up of a non-Newtonian material or more simply put, a material that adapts to the specific force you apply to it. Part of the brilliance is that this compound was engineered to perform at the molecular level (picture millions of resilient 'nanosprings').

If you looked at Brooks DNA through a microscope, you'd see that it's made up of individual molecules connected in strands. These strands (which form chains) react to the amount of force placed on the foot, dispersing pressure and providing resiliency. Bottom line of this physics lesson: You get tailored cushioning that reacts to your specific weight, pace, gait, movement and running environment – "made-for-me" cushioning vs. "one size fits all."

And, as with all good technology, we’ve taken it a step further (two steps actually):

  • BioMoGo DNA is DNA technology blended with the BioMoGo midsole to provide adaptive cushioning throughout the midsole vs. just in the heel and forefoot.
  • BioMoGo DNA midsole includes an organic, non-toxic additive that biodegrades the midsole 50 times faster than traditional EVA when it comes into contact with anaerobic landfill microbes (otherwise known as active, enclosed landfills).
  • 30% more cushioning than standard midsole materials (gel or EVA)
  • Twice as much energy return for more pep in your step
  • Great performance no matter your weight or running pace
  • Smoother transition from heel to toe

Specifications

  • Shoe Category: Neutral
  • Arch: Flat, Medium
  • Platform: Universal Platform
  • DNA Layout: Biomogo DNA Layout
  • Surface: Road/Track
  • Launch Date: 12/01/2015
  • Weight: 9.0
  • Midsole Drop: 12mm
  • Support Level: Neutral

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Defyance 9
 
1.7

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (10)

14%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good traction (4)

Cons

  • Uncomfortable (8)
  • Narrow / tight (6)
  • Poor cushioning (6)

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      50% 

      (6 reviews)

      Feels true to size

       

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      58% 

      (7 reviews)

      Feels true to width

       

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (8), Casual/ recreational (3), Gym rat (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love this shoe. This is my 4th pair.

I use this product to wear everyday and I have a new pair that I only use for working out. I wear a 10.5 and this is the only shoe that I have ever...Read complete review

I use this product to wear everyday and I have a new pair that I only use for working out. I wear a 10.5 and this is the only shoe that I have ever found that fit my feet and keep them happy.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fabric ripped in less than 300 miles.

I have ran in the Defiance's from version 3. I have LOVED them. Unfortunately with the revamp of the 9's they feel very narrow, and have I worn through holes in the...Read complete review

I have ran in the Defiance's from version 3. I have LOVED them. Unfortunately with the revamp of the 9's they feel very narrow, and have I worn through holes in the fabric with less than 300 miles on them. I have never had holes in my shoes even with 450-500 miles on them. This new version is not the same shoe, and leaves me really questioning what to go with next, as I have worn Defiance's for the last 6 years.

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1.0

Way too tight at toe box

By 

from Portland, OR

About Me Avid Athlete

Pros

    Cons

    • Narrow / Tight
    • Uncomfortable

    Best Uses

      Comments about Defyance 9:

      What were you thinking with the redesign of this shoe, Brooks? I have bought this model for years and years---every time I need a new running shoe, I just buy the new version of the Defyance and it always works great. Went running with my new pair this morning and the toe box was painfully small and narrow. I felt like I was wearing dress shoes/high heels with the way my toes were scrunched. Held the shoe up against my last pair and sure enough, this model is noticeably smaller and narrower at the toe. Who are you designing shoes for with this pointy-toed disaster? I am extremely, extremely disappointed.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels full size too small
      • Width:
      • Feels too narrow
      • Arch Type:
      • Average Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      I keep buying this shoe each year

      By 

      from San Jose, CA

      About Me Gym Rat

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Dry Weather

        Comments about Defyance 9:

        Doesn't aggravate my hamstring injury

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Arch Type:
        • Average Arch
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        1.0

        What has happened to Brooks!?!

        By 

        from Michigan

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Arch Support
          • Poor Cushioning
          • Uncomfortable

          Best Uses

            Comments about Defyance 9:

            What has happened to Brooks!?! My two or three all time favorite, can depend on, go to shoes were made by Brooks for years. For some reason they decided to make sweeping changes to them and I agree with the other reviews - the new ones just do not make the grade. They say they fixed the sizing issues in the Adrenaline 15 - it is still too narrow in the ball of the foot and the new application of the trim around the toe box means it now breaks on your big and pinkie toes. And now the Defyance is completely different. I'm hoping they change the trim on the adrenaline back to where it previously was and not even sure what they can do to get the Defyance back in shape! It's a shame. Used to be a go to company. Now, not so much.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels half size too small
            • Width:
            • Feels too narrow
            • Arch Type:
            • Average Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            1.0

            Unhappy with changes from previous models

            By 

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Pros

            • Good Traction

            Cons

            • Poor Cushioning
            • Uncomfortable

            Best Uses

            • Endurance Training
            • With Orthotics/Inserts
            • Work

            Comments about Defyance 9:

            I have had many previous models of the Defyance, and all of them I have been very happy with. I wear orthotics, so I need a stiff neutral sneaker to maintain my alignment while running, and this has been the ONLY shoe that has given me proper support. Unfortunately the Defyance 9 update has been a huge disappointment. It feels clunkier and less cushioned than the 8, and feels wider in the ball of the foot. I'm so disappointed in this model that I started another epic search for another appropriate sneaker, and will likely have to switch brands. The Defyance 8 was really onto something great, the Defyance 9 has been a step in the wrong direction. Hopefully the 10 will be something more similar to the 8

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Arch Type:
            • Average Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Not as good as previous versions

            By 

            from Boston

            About Me Gym Rat

            Comments about Defyance 9:

            I switched from the Adrenaline to the Defyance several years ago, I think with the Defyance 3 or 4. 5 and 6 were great, I did not have a pair of the 7. The 8 took some getting used--much longer and narrower than the 6, had to go down a size--but in the end I loved them. The Defyance 9 is a different story. I've been wearing them for about 6 months now and I still don't like them. I can't pin point what is wrong with them. They seem like they are a lot of shoe. They don't feel as neutral or as natural as the 8. There's like extra room in the toe but the toe is too pointy. And this might be stupid, but the laces are super long and they shredded. The colors of the 8 were awesome, but I'm almost embarrassed to wear the 9. Overall they seem like a very old fashioned running shoe in both look and feel. I have to get a new pair and I don't really want to buy another pair of the Defyance 9, but I also don't want to have to go on an epic trial and error search for a new shoe. Please go back to something like the 8 when you design the 10.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels half size too big
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Fabric ripped in less than 300 miles.

            By 

            from Bremerton, WA

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Pros

            • Good Arch Support
            • Good Traction

            Cons

            • Narrow / Tight
            • Wears Quickly

            Best Uses

              Comments about Defyance 9:

              I have ran in the Defiance's from version 3. I have LOVED them. Unfortunately with the revamp of the 9's they feel very narrow, and have I worn through holes in the fabric with less than 300 miles on them. I have never had holes in my shoes even with 450-500 miles on them. This new version is not the same shoe, and leaves me really questioning what to go with next, as I have worn Defiance's for the last 6 years.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels half size too small
              • Width:
              • Feels too narrow
              • Arch Type:
              • Average Arch
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Love this shoe. This is my 4th pair.

              By 

              from Grants Pass, OR

              About Me Gym Rat

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Durable
              • Good Arch Support
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gym
                • Walking

                Comments about Defyance 9:

                I use this product to wear everyday and I have a new pair that I only use for working out. I wear a 10.5 and this is the only shoe that I have ever found that fit my feet and keep them happy.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Arch Type:
                • Average Arch
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Too Tight

                By 

                from Bel Air, MD

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Narrow / Tight
                  • Poor Cushioning

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Defyance 9:

                    Couldn't even purchase due to the tightness of the shoe. Was told by my local running store that it was a shame, because the older generations are perfect for me.

                    • Width:
                    • Feels too narrow

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Size changed from Defyance 8!

                    By 

                    from Brooklyn, NY

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Defyance 9:

                    I had the Defyance 8 in size 8.5 and when the Defyance 9 arrived in the same size they are HUGE! It's always a bummer when sizing changes on these shoes. Still love Brooks, but had to go on the shoe hunt after this again.

                    • Sizing:
                    • Feels half size too big
                    • Width:
                    • Feels true to width
                    • Arch Type:
                    • Average Arch

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                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Painful

                    By 

                    from PA

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Uncomfortable

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Defyance 9:

                        I have been wearing the Defyance for several years, unfortunately I could not transition to the Defyance 9. Something has changed with the top of the shoe, creating painful pressure points on the top of both feet. I was able to find a pair of Defyance 8 online in my usual size and purchase them, took them out for a 5 mile run without issue. I then tried the ghost and dyad but wasn't crazy about them. After chatting with a Brooks rep on this website they had no further suggestions. This has been my go-to shoe for years so what a disappointment! The only conclusion the Brooks rep could come up with was trying a specialty running shoe store and when I suggested trying another brand shoe, "sounds good" was the reply I got. Very disappointing.

                        • Sizing:
                        • Feels half size too small
                        • Width:
                        • Feels too narrow
                        • Arch Type:
                        • Average Arch
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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