Summary

We spent 7.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Brooks incorporates their proprietary HPR Plus rubber compound for enhanced outsole durability.
  • Most runners were quite surprised by the Aduro 3’s adequate underfoot cushioning.
  • Durability is a valued asset in this shoe, according to a large number of runners.
  • Flexibility is another nice bonus to a really well-cushioned shoe as noticed by a few testers.
  • The open mesh upper offers breathability and comfort even, especially when running in warmer weather.
  • The 3 different color combinations make it appealing.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The 3rd version of the Aduro is a slightly expensive entry-level shoe.
  • Some runners were not happy that the Brooks Aduro 3 needs a break-in period.
  • Others noted that it lacked more robust stability mechanics, which are able to provide a more controlled and balanced gait for those who need it.

Bottom line

Patterned and designed after one of Brooks’ flagship line of shoes, the Aduro 3 steps up to the plate when performance and durability are mentioned. It has really good arch support for a neutral shoe while the cushioning is sufficiently plush and comfortable.  Similar to another neutral running shoe from Brooks, the Aduro 3 is known to be reliable and comfortable running shoes.  If not for the slightly expensive price tag, this running shoe could easily be one of the best options for runners of all levels.

Facts

Update: Brooks Aduro 4
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 11.3oz | Women: 9.5oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 12mm | Women: 12mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 30mm | Women: 30mm
Forefoot height: Men: 18mm | Women: 18mm
Brand: Brooks
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $140
Colorways: Brown, Multi, Purple, Red
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A popular pick
It has never been more popular than this February

  • Brooks took a very conservative approach regarding change in the Aduro 3. One clear update is the removal of some of the overlays in the previous version. The upper shows almost no other substantial overlay except for the Brooks logo, which also acts as the midfoot support.
  • At the back end part of the shoe, the heel collar is more plush to enhance the comfort of this shoe.
  • Brooks also modified the outsole just a bit. There are bigger grooves in the outsole for better flexibility and transition from the heel to the toes.

As the Aduro line is designed by Brooks for entry-level runners, the fit and sizing of the 3rd edition are standard, just like the prior model, to accommodate most people. Runners will find enough room in the heel, a snug midfoot, and a spacious toe box. Available widths are D and B while the sizes are from 6 to 14 for the men’s and 4 to 11 for the women’s.


Brooks uses its proprietary HPR or High-Performance Rubber in areas that takes the brunt of the impact during running. This rubber is very resistant to abrasion for superb durability. The forefoot relies mainly on blown rubber for ideal traction. Brook’s trademark Omni Flex Grooves are a bit bigger in this version for enhanced flexibility and added effectiveness for every transition.


A full-length BioMoGo DNA, which uses Brook’s special midsole technology for adaptable cushioning, spans the length of the midsole. It is landfill-friendly, has great cushioning, and resiliency. Part of the midsole is the DRB Accel. Made out of TPU material, this midsole shank provides effective torsional stability. An insole board called the S-257 Cushsole gives added cushioning and flexibility. The last major part of the midsole is the DNA Circular system or a cushioning system in the heel and forefoot that is based on a highly-viscous liquid. It offers reliable shock-absorbing features and bounce back characteristics.


The Element is an upper technology that is characterized by microfiber construction. It is designed for weather protection without compromising the lightness and suppleness of the material. The upper includes breathable mesh and synthetic overlays for support. A removable sockliner adds step-in comfort and fit and can be easily replaced with custom orthotics. Brooks utilizes a Heel Cradle or a structured heel counter for enhanced heel lockdown and fit.

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Jens Jakob Andersen

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