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Weighs 9.9 oz. (280 g.) for a US M9 / 9.1 oz. (258 g.) for a US W7.5
Is it the 99th version of the Levitate? Maybe
We never say no to more foam — a full 2 mm this time
This one is a little better than the standard issue
Available now for $150
LINDSAY: According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, *sips tea with pinky up*, stealth is defined as a movement that is quiet and careful in order not to be seen or heard. For example, “The silence and stealth of a hungry cat.” Much like the hungry stray cat you’ve been feeding, Brooks is back. This time with the Levitate 6 featuring the Stealthfit upper.
Stealthfit was introduced in Levitate 5, and I’m glad they kept it around for this update. Compared to its original model, the Stealthfit is a tighter-fitting version of the Levitate without the discomfort of a too-tight shoe. Are you following? Well, I wouldn’t use the word “tight” to describe this shoe. It’s more “form-fitting” without being stiff. But I digress.
Unique to the Levitate line is Brooks’ DNA Amp v2 foam. It is considered their most energetic and responsive midsole, but it still sits on the firmer side. Even with an extra 2mm in this version, the Levitate 6 original and StealthFit are definitely among the lower-stack daily trainers, which is a nice change for some considering most of the newer daily trainers have max height.
While the Levitate 6 comes in the original, StealthFit, and Go To Stability (GTS) versions, we’re only here to talk Stealthfit. Let’s get to it.
CHAD: Let me briefly introduce myself as I’m the new guy at Believe in the Run, and this is my first shoe review. I’m here to provide a slightly different perspective on running shoes and gear from what you’re used to seeing on this site and many others. Basically, I’ll provide insight on how shoes and gear work for people with what I politely refer to as a “non-traditional” runner’s build (aka bigger and taller). I’m a little bit of column A and column B. Hence, the nickname Robbe gave me: Clydesdale Chad. I wish I could say it was from some fun backstory, like getting drunk on Budweiser and hooking myself up to a sleigh like a draft horse in a blizzard. But alas, it’s simply due to my Brobdingnagian build.
As a latecomer to running, not starting until 2014 when I was in my late 20s, my background is not as long as most of my compatriots here at BITR. Before that time, I would actively avoid running at all costs. That all changed when I decided I wanted to get my life in order, including my physical health. Running seemed the way to go, so I jumped in with both feet. My first step was doing a bunch of online research for 5k training plans and what running shoes would suit me best.
After a visit to a local running store, I purchased my first pair of actual running shoes. And what brand did I buy? Based on their reputation for durability, quality, and making shoes that satisfy the majority of runners, I ended up in a pair of Brooks. Since 2014, my feet have seen as much Adrenaline as a professional roller coaster tester, not to mention several pairs of Ravenna, a few pairs of Launch, and even a pair of Bedlam (a precursor to the Levitate 5 GTS Stealthfit).
I was excited when I discovered that the first shoe I would review for BITR was the Brooks Levitate 6 Stealthfit. Anytime I lace up a pair of Brooks, it brings me back to my roots and how I fell in love with running in the first place. When I heard the term levitate in the past, my immediate reaction would be to bust out my wand from Ollivander’s, swish and flick, and say, “wingardium leviosa.” Not the case here, though, as we’re here to rap about running shoes, not my (imaginary) time at Hogwarts.
We’ll dig deeper into it later, but one of the main changes is the DNA AMP v2 midsole, which Brooks claims is 10% lighter than its predecessor. Despite 2mm more foam underfoot, the shoe comes in only 0.1 oz heavier than the Levitate 5 Stealthfit, at 9.9 oz for a US M9. Lastly, the outsole pattern remains similar to the previous model and provides pretty solid grip when the rubber meets the road.
Lindsay is an optometrist by day and runner by… all other hours. Originally from south Florida, Lindsay started running with Believe Run Club when she moved to Baltimore and the rest is history. When she’s not running or fixing eyeballs, you can find her exploring with her dog, Iris, or grabbing a beer with friends.
All-time favorite shoes: Asics Novablast, Saucony Endorphin line, Nike Vaporfly NEXT%More from Lindsay
An attorney by day, Chad lives in Central Pennsylvania with his wife and three kids. Never much for running growing up, Chad began running as a way to improve his physical health. He went from his first 5k in 2015 to running the Paris Marathon in 2016. Given his larger physical build, Chad is the resident Clydesdale runner, providing shoe and gear insights for those with a bigger build and taller stature.More from Chad