Brooks Pureflow 5

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All runners utilize technology to some extent to aid their performance, or measure their progress. This usually comes in the form of apps, or running gadgets. It’s not a shot in the dark to assume people would prefer pre-evaluated shoe tech when it comes to their runs. That’s why when runners hear about the Brooks PureFlow 5’s new design, focused on a 3D style fit and adaptive cushioning on the heel,  they become  excited to put down the smartphones and go for a run.

Pros
  • Works in harmony with the natural shape of your foot.
  • The upper fits like a glove and results in extreme responsiveness and comfort
  • The 3D Fit Printed Overlays offers security and excellent breathability
  • The Flex Grooves provide flexibility while running without sacrificing cushioning
  • Ideal support for heel and midfoot landers
  • The PureFlow 5 is lightweight that accommodates advanced and novice runners
Cons
  • A narrow heel area and toe box can be uncomfortable
  • The outsole may not provide much protection against the cold
  • Does not offer arch support for runners that may require it
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

You'll see a theme with the Brooks PureFlow 5; a focus on the natural landing of the shoe and how the foot naturally functions. The outsole is a perfect example, and essentially is the cornerstone of the design. Most of the outsole is rubber that makes its way from the midfoot to the toe box, giving you that "spring" when exhaustion starts creeping in. It's a lighter material that very subtlety gives to the touch. This material is also incorporated into the midsole of the shoe which will give heel landers and midfoot landers much more comfort on longer runs.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole is one complete piece of Brooks' DNA foam, divided into eight latterly running flex grooves. For the novice runner, this translates into flexibly and plenty of it! You may find that the midsole can pretty much move in any shape or landing that the human foot can ask of it, leading to a welcomed snug feeling around my heel both uphill and downhill. Another aspect worth the mention is the rounded heel, a welcomed piece of shoe-tech that reduces joint stress and maintains natural alignment.
Upper
Upper

Upper

It's a 3D printed single layer mesh. Aside from the beauty of design, this means the upper doesn't rely on stitching as a bonding agent. The runner benefits with a lighter shoe, a better fit, and unparalleled breathability. Even in such cases as running in the hot Miami sun, the airflow to the anterior-superior portion of the foot makes short runs easier and long runs, well, longer. It's the breeziest your feet will be on a run other than going barefoot.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The combination of the Brooks DNA foam and 3D print fit mesh keeps these shoes at a respectable 9.2 ounces and well into the lightweight category. It isn't difficult to distinguish them as "everyday runners", yet they have all the benefits of a very technical marathon shoe. You don't lose any bells and whistles because of their light weight. It's important to emphasize that such a structured shoe with this level of support is typically heavier.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

There are a couple of points to keep in mind when considering the breathability of the Brooks PureFlow 5. First off, the sockliner is the only barrier between whatever elements the runner comes across, and their foot. This should be a consideration when the run takes you on a trail with excessive debris, or a very rainy day. Another factor to consider is temperature. Again, in Miami the extreme breathability of this shoe is very welcoming because the city is practically in a state of constant summer. In fact, this shoe offers an upper mesh layer that allows the feet to breathe easily, and helps to keep sweat away. However, runners should not run in low level temperatures with this shoe. Especially if you take long breaks in between.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Most seasoned runners will understand that there's a difference between a toe box that's too narrow and a toe box that's the right about of narrow. What's meant is that you don't want an excess of room in the toe box that can lead to blisters or instability. These shoes are tight on the toe box, but they are the right amount of tight. They give just enough for your toes to spring you into the next step.
Style
Style

Style

Running shoe style is really a personal preference; Some runners may not even bother with it at all. There are form over function purists that claim your shoes should be mud-stained and worn out as a symbol of your passion. Then there are the opposites of those runners who appreciate a well made running shoe with style. The Brooks PureFlow 5 stands out in a crowd and look great on you feet. They offer popular color combinations that will match most of your other running gear and the seamless uppers really have a sophisticated sleek look to them.
Durability
Durability

Durability

According to Brooks, these will last about 250-300 miles; which is pretty much par for the course for these types of shoes. On many accounts runners report that they feel like they will last forever in the city. The pavement seemingly has no effect on the shoe while the 3D fit uppers feels as sturdy as the first time they were slipped on even after wearing for a bit.
Protection
Protection

Protection

It is said that there are two layers of protection to a running shoe: absorption of impact, and barrier against the elements. To many, absorption of impact is the most important of the two. In this department, the Brooks PureFlow 5 earns your trust with its ability to cushion your heel and midfoot with unbridled precision. The use of technology advanced materials work together in perfect unison. However, in the protection against the elements department, you should be a little concerned. You should not take these shoes out in heavy rain or snow, nor go splashing around in puddles. The mesh and sockliner while providing comfort, also allow water and small debris to penetrate.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Some would say that these shoes are the equivalent of an expensive European sports car. Extremely supportive without bogging you down, great for taking corners at full stride. With the Brooks Pureflow 5 the foot doesn't shift inside the shoe, so the body would automatically dig deeper on steps because of the little extra feeling of security. Again, this is another area where the shoe-tech really shines and makes a difference.
Support
Support

Support

How tight do I have to lace these shoes? That's the question many runners have in mind when putting on their pair and getting ready for a run. For some shoes in this category, the answer is: "as tight as you can physically tie them". Thankfully, that is not the case for the Brooks. The upper seems to fight against gravity on longer runs and my heel felt incredibly supported faster paced, short runs. With them the feet don't feel exhausted or sore at the end of runs.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

This is a road running shoe, make no mistake about it. Great for uphill battles and downhill control. These shoes are not for you to run "The Tough Mudder" or whatever local Cross-Fit all terrain iron man competition is happening in the up-and-coming area of your city. Not many would encourage taking them on trails or on any hazardous runs. However, that's okay as they are meant for a specific task. What these lightweight shoes will do for you city running will make you forget all about their sensitivity to Mother Nature.
Price
Price

Price

The price makes these shoes a perfect buy. You are getting a solid amount of shoe-tech for a "standard sneaker that you would never run in" price. All the materials are top notch and high quality, the build feels durable and well crafted. Many sneakers within this price point are thrown away at half their lifespans due to poor build quality. Most are very happy with the price point of these shoes, especially with the rich history and technological advancements that a company like Brooks brings to the table.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

•DNA midsole cushioning dynamically adapts to your step, wether you are a heel lander or a mid foot lander.

•Rounded heel provides better alignment and minimizes stress on joints

•3D Fit Print applies incredibly "smart" stretch for a perfect fit

•Heel comfort collar wraps all the way around
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you're looking for a lightweight shoe that can serve as your everyday runner yet still provide you with quality construction and thoughtful design, the Brooks PureFlow 5 is for you. Runners are always looking for that new smartphone app or running gadget that can give their runs that special "edge". Sometimes they get so caught up in all the superfluous technology that they completely overlook the ability of the shoe to provide you with all the technology your run needs. The Brooks PureFlow 5 is an incredible piece of shoe-tech at a great price point for any level runner.