User Review: Brooks Men's PureGrit
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.