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  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    $120
  • Weight
    Men: 10.1oz
    Women: 8.4oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
    Women: 4mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Men: 29mm
    Women: 27mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 25mm
    Women: 23mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 9.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Overall comfort is an asset that has impressed more than a few runners.
  • Most of the runners raved about how the shoe delivers some great service while doing some off-road running.
  • The responsive mid-sole unit has the flexibility and springiness that’s quite appreciable.
  • Many of the testers were amazed by the PureGrit 4’s durability.
  • It is comparably lighter than some trail shoes that have more than sufficient cushioning.
  • The underfoot cushioning in this model is plush without being too soft or unwieldy.
  • The outsole unit has high quality components, which offer protection from debris, abrasion and wear.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A good portion of the reviews remarked how the shoe runs narrower than the standard fit.
  • A few runners also noted that the PureGrit 4 was a bit stiff.
  • Several trail enthusiasts wished for a few more anti-debris features in the upper unit.

Bottom line

The PureGrit 4 does its best to accommodate many types of runners for a more universal trail running experience. While it has a fairly high-profile feature, the shoe compensates for it by utilizing a near-flat offset. It creates a cushioned run with just enough stability on uneven surfaces. Running in marathons or ultra-long races are some of the best activities for this shoe.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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80 / 100 based on 17 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | Outdoor Gear TV

    All-in-all, I really like these shoes. There's no denying that my feet feel really great even after I get done with the run. So, if you have a narrow foot and a medium-to-high arch, you should definitely check these out.

  • 90 / 100 | Runner's World

    Balanced trail dancer.

  • 83 / 100 | Heavy

    If you’re looking for a trail running shoe that offers aggressive traction and stability without the added bulk, the PureGrit 4 is an excellent choice.

  • 80 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru

    The PureGrit 4 is a super all-purpose trail shoe in that it can handle a wide variety of terrain and at just about any speed.

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Updates to Brooks PureGrit 4

  • The upper was totally updated in the Brooks PureGrit 4 to address several issues from its predecessor. One of the update is the wider tongue that is also padded, giving additional comfort and keeps the tongue in place.
  • The 4th version of the PureGrit features a narrow forefoot that comfortable hugs the foot well while the heel area is slightly wider.

Brooks PureGrit 4 size and fit

The Brooks PureGrit 4 is a unisex running shoe but comes in men’s sizes. You can purchase it in a regular running shoe size. For women, they can purchase 1.5 size smaller from the available sizes. The forefoot is a bit narrow and the heel area is wider than its predecessor. The shoe gives great fit to those with narrow and regular foot shape.


Outsole

The PureGrit 4 features the 3D Lug Pattern in its outsole that delivers impressive traction on different surfaces. This works well with the blown rubber that delivers added traction, durability and flexibility. Lastly, the outsole unit utilizes the ballistic rock shield that keeps foot well-protected from stone-bruising.


Midsole

The midsole unit of the PureGrit 4 uses the brand’s BioMoGo DNA, an environmental-friendly soft cushioning that delivers high energy rebound for a more responsive ride. It also has Tuned Density Midsole element that offers a custom ride, depending on the runner’s weight and running movement.


Upper

The upper construction of the shoe uses an air mesh material for breathability and comfortable running experience. It also has the flexible Nav Band that wraps the midfoot for a more secure fit. The anatomical last follows the foot’s natural shape for a glove-like feel and comfort.