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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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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.

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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 9.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Element Mesh makes the upper unit of the Brooks PureGrit 3 free from moisture.
  • An elastic wrap secures the mid-foot and keeps the foot of the runner in place.
  • Long-lasting, adaptive cushioning is afforded by the BioMoGo DNA cushioning system.
  • Runners welcomed the additional trail-optimized elements present in the shoe, such as the forefoot rock shield and multi-edge gripping lugs.
  • The tips of the shoe are protected by a durable TPU film.
  • This running shoe has an affordable price.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The outsole started peeling off after a few months of use.

Bottom line

The Brooks PureGrit 3 is a low-profile running shoe that’s great for trail runners and adventurers who want to have a reliable running partner for their off-road treks. Neutral runners are the ones who are going to enjoy this shoe as it also gives adequate cushioning and support.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 9 ratings

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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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81 / 100 based on 14 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 by Runner's World • Running Times • Level 5 expert

    The midsole still provides significant cushioning and was described as responsive and offering plenty of proprioceptive feel for the trail.

  • 84 / 100 by Gear Institute • Donald Buraglio • Level 5 expert

    Runners looking for a solid but not overbuilt trail shoe with protection and comfort for technical conditions will appreciate the Brooks PureGrit.

  • 69 / 100 by Running Competitor • Brian Metzler • Level 5 expert

    A light, sleek and low-to-the-ground shoe intended for a variety of trail surfaces, the PureGrit is slightly stiffer and offers better feel for the ground than previous versions, with just enough cushion and protection to keep your feet out of harm’s way on technical surfaces.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Jim Coulson • Level 4 expert

    The PureGrit is an awesome shoe for runners looking to do some serious miles on the trails, but not in a huge midsoled, monster lugged traditional shoe. The PureGrit is simple, comfortable, and capable of carrying runners fast over any trail.

  • 85 / 100 by 220 Triathlon • Matt Baird • Level 3 expert

    they also adapted well to running on lighter trails and tarmac, offering a versatile option for neutral athletes running in a myriad of conditions.

  • 85 / 100 by Trail Run Mag • Chris Ord • Level 3 expert

    The outsole is in fact the most obvious design change to the eye: much more aggressive than its predecessor with hexagonal lugs interspersed with perpendicular gutters up front and parallel gutter up the mid to outside rear.

  • 50 / 100 by Trail Runner Nation • Trail Runner Nation • Level 2 expert

    I’m still not certain of the function of the Nav Band. It doesn’t really keep my feet secure (laces do that).

  • 98 / 100 by Runner's World • Tim Becker • Level 1 expert

    What's not to like? It has great traction, it's lightweight, and the fit is perfect. I could run for hours in these shoes.

  • 91 / 100 by Ultrarunner Podcast • Tara Barragan • Level 1 expert

    I would recommend these to anyone who is a fan of minimal shoes, and also to those of you looking for a fun, fast pair of trail racing shoes.

  • 84 / 100 by The Globe Jogger • The Globe Jogger • Level 1 expert

    I’ve been also very impressed by the fact that with this little cushioning, I wasn’t feeling any rocks.

  • 84 / 100 by Run And Become • Fionna Ross • Level 1 expert

    95 miles of West Highland Way trail and the shoes felt great from the start.

  • 82 / 100 by Runners Need • Sam • Level 1 expert

    There are other models which suit deep mud better, but on most off-road surfaces this shoe comes up trumps. There is enough ground contact and give in the materials to handle firm paths and plenty of lugs around the outsole to cope with loose and uneven terrain.

  • 78 / 100 by Front Runner • Steve • Level 1 expert

    I've found that due to the more aggressive outsole (4mm deep, hexagonal lugs-they're great for shedding mud) I'm happy running down steep grassy slopes or through rock talus, whereas in other shoes of this type I'm often a little reserved, never fully letting rip.

  • 58 / 100 by Runner-Blogger • Hua • Level 1 expert

    The soles are worn faster Hua ran only 50 km but there are some keys were broken off.

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Updates to Brooks PureGrit 3

  • The Brooks PureGrit 3 is for trail runners. It assists them through their adventures away from the roads. Its features trail-optimized elements that ensure protection from debris and jagged surfaces. The materials used for this model are all of high quality, so the runner can rely on them to work together in order to make the running experience as consistent as possible.
  • The upper unit of this running shoe makes use of a lightweight mesh material that’s crafted to make the cover system breathable and comfortable. Air easily enters the shoe and keeps the foot cool and dry. An elastic band is placed in the mid-foot section, and its purpose is to keep the foot in place. The overlay system doesn’t use stitching, which reduces the weight of the upper and encourage natural movement.
  • The platform of the Brooks PureGrit 3 is able to conform itself to the natural shape of the underfoot. This feature is present because it’s part of what the foam unit is capable of providing to the runner. The foot still receives responsible and adequate cushioning. Flex grooves allow the mid-sole to follow the natural movement of the foot. A rock shield is placed the forefoot.
  • The outsole of this shoe has gripping lugs placed all over its surface. These hexagon-shaped nodes provide traction over different types of surfaces. Ridges and curves in this layer of the shoe give more traction and flexibility to the wearer.

Brooks PureGrit 3 size and fit

The Brooks PureGrit 3 has a standard running shoe length. The sizing schemes used here are regular, allowing men and women to choose correctly according to what they’re used to. The available width is medium. Its semi-curved shape follows the natural shape of the human foot, allowing the runner to acclimate well to it when wearing it.


Outsole

The outsole unit uses an aggressive design to function well on the unpredictable terrain. Hexagonal gripping lugs provide multi-surface grip, which is essential on the trails. The rubber material is durable, so it is able to protect the rest of the sole unit from wear and tear.

The 3D Outsole construction provides natural flexibility to the foot of the wearer. It follows the underfoot contours, basically mimicking its shape. Additional grip is given to the runner because these curved areas also have durable rubber and gripping lugs.


Midsole

The BioMoGo DNA is a full-length unit that’s meant to deliver responsive cushioning and continuous support throughout the gait cycle. It doesn’t break down easily, so it functions well even after many uses.
It’s made from biodegradable materials, making it agreeable to environment-friendly runners.

Omega Flex Grooves make the mid-sole more flexible. The natural movements of the foot are afforded freedom because of this ergonomic design.

A Rock Shield is placed in the forefoot area. Made from thermoplastic EVA, it protects the foot from any jagged surface or invasive debris.


Upper

Lightweight mesh makes up the main cover system of the Brooks PureGrit 3. Its open construction allows air to easily keep the foot cool and dry.

The NAV BAND mid-foot material secures the foot and keeps it in place. It also raises the upper fabric and mid-sole slightly to include the arch in its supportive coverage.

Stress on the joints are prevented because of a rounded heel design. It reduces pressure and discomfort with each step.