Verdict from 7.8 hours of research from the internet

7 reasons to buy

  • The PureConnect 4 stands out for its quick and effortless heel to toe movement as observed by several testers and runners.
  • Its average weight makes it adequate for those who do not want to be dragged down by heavy shoes.
  • The shoe’s comfort is appreciated by a large number of runners.
  • Its outsole unit provides excellent grip, even on wet ground.
  • It has an affordable price.
  • The low-cut design gives more freedom of movement.
  • The 6 color options make this shoe more visually appealing.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners were disappointed that the PureConnect 4 showed visible signs of wear and tear after a few months of use.
  • A few found the fit as just a tad narrow, particularly in the toe box area.
  • Others felt that the tongue didn’t have enough padding, thus making it irritating to the skin.

Bottom line

The Pure Collections 4 is the lightest one yet, and it continues to impress with great features and an appealing design. For such a lightweight running shoe, it has phenomenal arch support. It is a perfect shoe that ranks high as among versatile athletes.

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Expert reviews:

  • The 4th version of the Brooks PureConnect features the minor updates on its upper. It now uses a traditional tongue and has new laces which are lighter and flexible than the previous version. The new laces are easier to tie and more like to stay tied all throughout the run.
  • The PureConnect 4 neutral shoe comes with an enhanced midsole cushioning without adding too much weight. It absorbs shock efficiently and has a great energy-rebound capacity for a more responsive ride.

The PureConnect 4 retained much the fit of the original version. It is comfortably snug from the heel to the forefoot. As long as the right size is availed, runners with medium to narrow feet will find the fit very comfortable. This shoe is available in medium shoe widths.


The outsole unit features the toe-flex pods that moves autonomously for a more flexible and supportive ride. It engages to the runner’s natural balance during toe-off.


The BioMoGo DNA midsole in the PureConnect 4 delivers a custom comfort.  This reliable Brooks technology is also featured in one of their most popular running shoe, the Ghost 11. The durable BioMoGo DNA cushioning offers a more improved and responsive ride. This works well with the Omega Flex Grooves that enhances flexibility without affecting the cushioning. The rounded heel encourages a natural foot strike for better alignment and for a smoother heel-to-toe transition.


The Brooks PureConnect 4 has a breathable upper. It features the traditional tongue and flexible laces that secures the foot perfectly. This works well with the Nav Band that is also flexible and wraps the foot securely while running. The anatomical last imitate the foot’s natural shape for a glove-like feel and for the foot to move naturally and comfortably.

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How PureConnect 4 compares

This shoe: 90
All shoes average: 86
53 98
This shoe: $100
All shoes average: $119
$40 $350
This shoe: 8oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.5oz 16.2oz
Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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