Who should buy the Brooks PureGrit 5

The PureGrit 5 is a Brooks trail running shoe that boasts of an accommodating nature and an uncomplicated design. This shoe is recommended for you if:

  • You are a neutral pronator or a supinator looking for a running shoe for the trails
  • You prefer a trail shoe with a rock plate that is ready for long-distance runs or trail marathons

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Updates to the Brooks PureGrit 5

  • The upper unit of this running shoe has been designed to resist the abrasive and potentially damaging nature of the trails
  • A full-length foam that’s made from recycled materials and proprietary compounds that are soft, springy, and adaptive
  • A thermoplastic EVA cover prevents debris and jagged surfaces from causing discomfort

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Flexible rubber protects well from wear

The outsole of the Brooks PureGrit 5 features blown rubber, which is a durable material that’s actually flexible. It doesn’t make the platform stiff or unwieldy. It also protects the midsole from wear and tear.

Brooks PureGrit 5 outsole

The surface of the outsole showcases hexagonal gripping lugs which is also used in the shoe's latest version, the PureGrit 7. The lugs pockmark the entire area and their purpose is to deliver excellent traction on a variety of surfaces, thus making multi-surface traversal more agreeable and attainable.

Brooks PureGrit 5 hexagon

Between the midsole and outsole is a sheath made from thermoplastic EVA. Called the Ballistic Rock Shield, it protects the foot from any jagged surface or pointy debris.

Recycled midsole provides long-lasting cushioning

The BioMoGo DNA foam which is also featured in the popular trail running shoe, the Cascadia 13, is an amalgamation of two separate technologies. Made from recycled materials, it delivers a friendly message about the environment. It’s still sturdy and long-lasting, though. It can also adapt to the shape of the wearer’s foot, making the underfoot experience more customized.

Brooks PureGrit 5 midsole

The Omega Flex Grooves are indentations in the midsole unit. They make the platform more flexible, but they do not sacrifice the quality of cushioning.

The Profile Sock Liner gives additional contoured support to the foot. It is able to cushion the arch, which may actually feel more comfortable.

Brooks PureGrit 5 sockliner

Guaranteed ventilation with Air Mesh

Air Mesh is the main fabric used in the upper unit of the Brooks PureGrit 5. It accommodates air into the foot chamber, thus keeping the foot well-ventilated.

Brooks PureGrit 5 air mesh

The Reinforced Abrasion Zones are sections in the upper that have been layered with an abrasion-resistant material. It prevents debris and other trail hazards from affecting the structural integrity of the upper fabrics.

Brooks PureGrit 5 abrasion zones

The Adjustable Midfoot Strap is an add-on in the midfoot section, which is connected to the lacing system. Adjusting the shoelaces causes this strap to follow suit, therefore making the coverage more customizable.

Brooks PureGrit 5 midfoot strap

The Dust Shield design is a net-like construction that prevents small debris and dust from entering the fabrics and lodging into the foot chamber.

Brooks PureGrit 5 dust shield

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 9.9oz / Women 8.3oz
Drop: 4mm
Arch support: Neutral
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Forefoot height: 17mm
Heel height: 21mm

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