Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $100
Fairly lightweight, nimble, yet padded, trail runner with minimal drop and great ground feel. This is my go-to shoes for long trail runs in most conditions.
- Minimal drop
- Perfect amount of padding in mid-sole
- Traction on wet or slick surfaces
- Superfluous "Nav Band"
- Bit too wide in heel
Brooks has found the sweet spot for a shoe that is both minimal in drop and underfoot extras, yet still includes plenty of protection to keep my feet from getting wrecked on more technical trails or long distance pounding. I have a wider forefoot and these have plenty of room towards the front, though the heel could be a bit narrower for me (an issue i've had with most Brooks shoes).
I've run in most conditions from craggy, granite filled technical single-track to muddy fire roads and the only issue i've had is with the outsole lugs not having quite enough grip on wet or slick surfaces. They tended to slip a bit more than I like.
Overall I really like this shoe and it has been my go-to for this season's training and racing of 1-2 hour tempo runs to ultra distance trail races.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $100
This shoe is light, durable, and a beast on the trails. The only downside is traction when it gets wet.
- Stands up to technical trails
- Slippery when wet
Honestly, I love my PureGrits so much my wife should be jealous. I've been running them for about 8 months now, and recommend them highly — with one caveat.
The trails I run are fairly technical — rocky, New England single track mostly — and coming from a much heavier, sturdier trail runner, I was worried that these shoes wouldn't stand up to them. But I loved my Brooks Green Silence road shoes and decided to give the PureGrits a go. I haven't regretted it. They are light, but sturdy, and the BioMoGo midsole is great. I really do feel more "in touch" with the trail. And my calves look awesome.
The only negative about this shoe is very specific — they tend to lose all traction on wet surfaces. I think this is partially due to the rubber used and partially due to the minimal tread pattern. But they can be very slippery when wet.
I believe I read somewhere that this is going to be addressed in the next generation of the shoe. To be clear — I'm talking about surfaces like bare rock in the rain or wet logs or that kind of thing. Specifically, I would not recommend them for a Tough Mudder or similar wet race.
Anyway, if you run trails and don't spend much time running over naked granite in a rainstorm, you will love these shoes.
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With minimalist design and great traction, the Brooks PureGrit trail-running shoes embrace the nuances of off-road terrain while staying firmly on your feet. 4mm heel-to-toe drop encourages a shorter, lower-impact stride than traditional running shoes. Inverted heel technology encourages a midfoot landing position rather than a heel strike. Lightweight uppers feature highly breathable polyester mesh; rubber instep band on each shoe hugs the foot for a secure, glovelike fit. Midsoles feature BioMoGo polymer alloy foam to increase energy return and reduce foot fatigue; nontoxic additive helps midsoles break down in landfills. Split toe groove under forefeet offers a greater sense of connection to the ground compared to traditional running shoes. Developed in collaboration with ultrarunner Scott Jurek, the unique rubber outsoles feature a wide base and tire-like treads for a stable ride on the trails. All-synthetic construction makes these vegan-friendly. Closeout.
- REI refers to the men's version
PureFlowPureFlowPureFlowPureFlowShare this:Neutral to Guidance runners can experience a run for the senses without losing the comfort of dynamic cushioning. The PureFlow brings a little more shoe and a whole lot of technology to a slick aesthetic. With a wider Nav Band coming up the lateral side and grabbing the midsole, the foot receives arch support without the bulkiness of underfoot materials. A center strike pod provides guidance in finding the natural landing zone, and modern air mesh wraps the foot for an incredibly comfortable fit.Runner's World named the PureFlow its "Best Buy" in the Spring Shoe Guide in their March 2012 issue, calling it "a lightweight yet durable shoe that's a steal at its price point" and adding that 80 percent of their testers with normal arches and efficient biomechanics "gave the flow their highest-possible performance rating."Just like our core line, we hold PureProject to the industry?s highest weartest and durability standards. Because of their lightweight construction and fewer materials, runners should generally expect shoes from the PureProject line to last approximately 250-300 miles.
- RockCreek refers to the men's version
Brooks worked with Scott Jurek to develop the Pure Grit, a lightweight trail runner with a concave one-piece outsole-when forces are applied, the outsole splays out to enhance balance and traction.The Brooks PureProject collection introduces a new running experience by promoting a more natural ride in an incredibly lightweight and flexible shoe-feel more with less.
- EMS refers to the men's version