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Update: Brooks PureGrit 8
Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Use: Jogging
Weight: Men: 9.9oz | Women: 8.1oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 4mm | Women: 4mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 29mm | Women: 27mm
Forefoot height: Men: 25mm | Women: 23mm
Brand: Brooks
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $120
Colorways: Blue, Red, Pink
Size
Small True to size Large
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83 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 | Runner's World | | 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 | Gear Institute | | 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.

  • 90 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | 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 | 220 Triathlon | | 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 | Trail Run Mag | | 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 | 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).

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  • 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.

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.


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.


The BioMoGo DNA is a full-length unit that’s meant to deliver responsive cushioning and continuous support throughout the gait cycle. This reliable midsole technology is also featured in the latest PureGrit 7 and one of Brooks' popular trail running shoe, the Cascadia 13.  The BioMoGo DNA 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.


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.

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