Facts

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.

Price
$120
Weight
Men: 9.6oz
Women: 7.8oz
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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 9.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • A majority of runners were happy that the outsole of the Brooks PureGrit 6 protected their foot from rocks and other objects on the trail.
  • Most testers said that they were glad to feel that the shoe is slightly lighter compared to its predecessor.
  • The shoe had adequate cushioning, based on a few reviews.
  • A lot of users observed that the transition the shoe provides was extremely smooth.
  • A number of users wrote that the shoe is sufficiently comfortable.
  • The close-to-the-ground feel of this new version was a welcomed update, according to several reviews.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Most runners said that the PureGrit 6 did not fit true to size. This caused them to swap the pair they just ordered with new ones that were a half size larger.
  • One tester reminded everyone that the midsole on the PureGrit 6 is not soft at all.
  • Another runner said that the design of the sole created an underfoot pressure point, which caused slight discomfort.

Bottom line

With its light nature and neutral arch support, the Brooks PureGrit 6 aims to give runners a nimbler experience during off-road runs, without having to worry about the technicality of the terrain. This moderately-priced option is ideal those seeking a shoe with reliable protection and traction while blazing the trail.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 16 ratings

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4 star
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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, 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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89 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 by RunRepeat • Avery Smith • Level 3 expert

    The PureGrit works best as a trail running daily trainer for forefoot strikers looking for a more minimal shoe. It is flexible, has a comfortable upper and is pretty durable just like a daily trainer.

  • 90 / 100 by RunRepeat • Paul Myatt • Level 2 expert

    They feel fast due to their low weight and the small heel drop and great grip allow for quick changes of direction and lots of feedback from the ground beneath you.

  • 83 / 100 by RunRepeat • Dan Biagi • Level 2 expert

    A neutral and light shoe that promotes a natural stride ideal for terrain and grass.

  • 92 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Jeff Valliere • Level 4 expert

    The PureGrit 6 can handle just about anything for short periods of time, but when the going gets tough, I usually look for more cushion and protection than the PureGrit 6 offers.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Jim Coulson • Level 4 expert

    The PureGrit 6 is a super neutral all-purpose trail shoe that can handle a wide variety of terrain and at just about any speed.

  • 89 / 100 by Run For Your Life • R4YL • Level 2 expert

    They are light, they have a good grip and a snug fit.

  • 96 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Allison Valliere • Level 1 expert

    Fit, comfort and looks are all improved and the upper gives great security and protection.

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Updates to Brooks PureGrit 6

  • The men’s version of the PureGrit 5 was about 9.8 ounces or 278 grams in weight. Now, the 6th version of the Brooks PureGrit is only around 9.6 ounces or 272.2 grams. The slight decrease in weight may not be substantial, but it does allow the runner to move more agilely through the trail without feeling the restriction of a shoe that’s on the heavier side.
  • To provide a closer-to-the-ground feel, Brooks dialed down the midsole drop by 1mm. From the 5mm drop on the shoe’s predecessor, the heel-to-toe offset has been reduced to 4mm. Again, the reduction is not significant, but this slight modification reduces the risk of injury while evenly distributing the force received by the foot during striking.
  • The part of the shoe that has received a major update is the upper. From initial inspection, the upper’s design has been modernized. This new version has a more linear looking mudguard with a dotted pattern overlay that runs the shoe’s length, going towards the saddle. As an accent, a 3D print of the Brooks logo was embedded on the lateral sides of the shoe.
  • A lacing garage has also been added at the top of the tongue. It is handy when a runner wants to easily tuck the laces in. Doing this ensures that the shoelaces won’t fly around as the runner goes through the trail.

Brooks PureGrit 6 size and fit

The Brooks PureGrit 6 is available in standard shoe sizes. Runners can order a pair using the standard sizing schemes for running shoes. On the other hand, the available width is medium or standard. The shoe was patterned after an anatomical last and it follows the natural curve of the foot while providing a glove-like fit.

Outsole

The outsole of the shoe is equipped with a durable Ballistic Rock Shield. This thermoplastic EVA sheath is not visible when looking at the shoe as it can be found between the midsole and the outsole. Its primary function is to protect the foot from being injured as the runner steps on objects on the trail that are protruding or jagged.

The material used to make the outsole is called blown rubber. This type of rubber has expanded or mixed with air during its production process. This results in a lighter, more flexible material that is placed in the forefoot section of the outsole. In the case of the PureGrit 6, the blown rubber runs the shoe’s full length, offering flexibility and an adequate amount of protection underfoot.

3D gripping lugs compose the tread. These lugs are shaped like hexagons and are evenly distributed throughout the outsole. This type of tread easily buries into the dirt and mud, preventing the runner from slipping and sliding. It works on other topographies in a similar way, as well.

The Brooks Ideal Heel is also found on the outsole. To make the running transition as smooth as possible, Brooks designed the outer heel of the PureGrit 6 in a curved manner. While in motion, this design encourages runners to execute forefoot and midfoot striking.

Midsole

The Brooks patented BioMoGo DNA cushions the midsole of the shoe. BioMoGo foam is biodegradable and more eco-friendly compared to other types of midsole foams. Brooks has combined this technology with another one of their patents, called DNA. Usually, the Brooks DNA is made up of a gel that adapts to the amount of force it receives, but in the case of BioMoGo DNA, the gel inserts are done away with making the cushioning friendlier to the environment, while still providing runners with a responsive and adaptable ride.

Omega Flex Grooves are found on the shoe’s midsole. These indentions make way for specific structures on the midsole to move with ease. This piece of technology does this without compromising the level of cushioning the shoe offers.

Focusing on the density of the midsole, Brooks has incorporated their Tuned Density Midsole technology or TDM. It is a material that corresponds to the gender and weight categories of runners. This customized denseness also offers a more modified balance for specific types of runners without the midsole feeling too stiff or too soft.

The profile sock liner is made of the BioMoGo biodegradable foam. This was added to provide the shoe with some extra cushioning. Also, this insert is contoured which means that it follows the natural curve of the foot. Since it’s shaped similarly to the outline of the underfoot, it presents a more comfortable in-shoe feel.

Upper

The shoe is able to deliver a glove-like fit because of the last the shoe is made from during construction. The last is a wooden or plastic mold that helps form the shape of the shoe. The particular last used in the making of the PureGrit 6 is anatomical, which means that it mimics the foot’s natural shape.

On the upper, a material called air mesh can be found. Covering the entire upper, this material is highly breathable, allowing air to pass through the shoe. The environment inside the shoe is kept cool and hot spots are reduced during runs. Although the air mesh has tiny perforations that grant breathability, these tiny holes are small enough to keep trail debris from getting into the shoe.

To protect the shoe from mud as well as other particles, Brooks placed a mudguard on the sides of the shoe. The material this protective structure is made of also repels water, preventing the foot from getting wet when the runner accidentally steps into puddles.