Brooks PureGrit 5
It’s time to hit the trail, but before you grab your water, jacket, bug spray and headphones, there’s one very important consideration: What are you going to put on your feet?
Brooks is one of the most trusted names in running shoes, and now they’re offering a new addition to their Pure Grit series. The company made some significant updates to this trail running shoe, prompting mixed reviews from athletes who were happy with what they saw as improvements, but thrown by some of the tweaks that they might consider less thought-out. However, those who have tried the other products in the Pure Grit line feel that in most ways, the #5 shoe is true to the series. It provides considerable traction with its rugged outsole and offers style without being too flashy.
Some reviewers weren’t thrilled with the redesigned tongue, or the durability of the mesh, but the shoe succeeds in the overall goal of offering lightweight support for the runner tackling moderate trails, without sacrificing feel. Trail runners can be a hard-to-please group, often looking for top speed but also top stability, and for those picky customers the latest offering from Brooks may fall a little short, but before making up your mind, check out the full review below.
- Great Traction
- Poor tongue design
- Wears quickly
- The 5 is most like the older models of the Pure Grit, which were great. The issue is that they are very narrow in the toe box considering the other ones. They are a good price though for a Brooks, but not the best one on the market.
- I wear these hiking and playing volleyball, they are so good. They are super comfortable and and the colors are really nice.
- These do not feel cheap and they were really affordable. They are way more durable and all around better than any Nike I used to buy.
- I am happy that these have a lot of support in them. They fit to size and all over like they are supposed to. They also look like they do in the AD. Great shoe!
- I ended up having to get these a whole size larger than what I am usd to.When this got figured out, They have great grip on the bottom and a lot of support. These shoes are really narrow though. Great shoe!
- I use these shoes for everything: hiking riding bikes, the gym and running. They are extremely comfortable.
- These shoes have the perfect amount of grit for my running on my gravel roads. The pouch on the top is great well; it allows me to tuck the laces in and not get all tripped up or lose feeling shoes.
- These have been great for my road races. They also have a killer grip that keeps me sturdy when I go on the trails by my house. I am impressed with these shoes for sure.
- I have had every Pure Grit model and after losing their integrity after 2, they came back great with these. I love the shape they have and they are surprisingly light.
- I like them, not love them. They were smaller than I anticipated in the width. The toe box is small. They are ok though. I am able to use them to run errands and such. Not a great shoe for the gym or running. They are just too tight.
- I m so happy with these shoes. I have really narrow feet and these are so snug and keep my feet from moving around. They are really comfortable all over as well.
- These shoes work well on all sorts of terrain: gravel, trails and pavement. They are some of the biest fitting since the 3. The lock laces are genius once you figure them out and keep my foot very secure. These have been really good with my triathlon training.
- I like the comfort and stability with these. They are light and have great colors. I do have to say I was surprised about the slickness on wet surfaces. I figured they would have better grip or, at least wet wooded surfaces, dangerous.
- These are only a slight bit heavier than my runners. They have a bit extra due to the extra grip on the bottom for trail running. I have high arches and extra narrow feet and these shoes were made for this type of foot. They are snug and comfortable and very stable.
- I was happy to find a trail shoe that wasn’t freaking insanely wide. They are snug yet stretch well for flexibility and movement. They have good grip and plenty of cushion for support. I feel as if I am one with the ground in these.
- I always wear Brooks for my marathons and these have been the best so far. I am able to wear these all day and use them for running and training without switching shoes. They are so supportive and comfortable for every step I take. I have had no pain with these or toe blisters. They also have a great style and color scheme to them. Really great all over shoe and design! Good Job Brooks!!!If there were a shoe Olympics, these would be the Gold!
- These have not given me any issues with my plantars fasciitis. I am able to do my nursing shifts and then go straight to the gym or go for a 5 mile jog and never have any pain or fatigue Also, they look fancy!
- I am a huge fan of the PG series, however the 4 was a doozy; they fell apart too easy, only after 100 miles or so. These however, these are an upgrade. They have everything the 3s had and more: comfort, style, stability. The only negative would be that they run a bit narrow.
- These are not as expected. The previous numbers had great support and arches. These have a top of the foot hot spot a had really made me not want to wear them at all. It doesn’t seem to be a break in issue. The tongue also bunches u pretty bad and the sole is less than average, it feels cheap.
- I love Brooks, just not these. These were long and too narrow for starters. They seemed to be too shallow in the heels, which made for a foot slip. The laces were WAY too short. I am sending them back!
- I went from the 3s to these and big mistake. These are a completely different shoe. They are way too narrow and long, crushes in the toe box. I feel like I got duped.
- I have high arches and these are not good for this at all. I wanted them to work but after a few days, I had some severe swelling and pain in my feet. Horrible shoe.
- I liked these shoes, they were comfortable. They just didn’t last at all. The tread was almost non existent after just a few wears.
- I couldn’t get past the lacing system. Makes the shoe hard to wear and really uncomfortable.
- I kept these but I am not as happy with them as I was with the 3s. They are less comfortable and less cushioned. They also look really weird and bulky in the heel.
- These shoes fit a whole size too small. I have been a 13 in all Brooks and these are just not fitting. They are just horrible. These feel like high heels when you put them on and the arches feel like they are going to punch through your foot. They really have ruined this shoe.
- These give me a lot of heel pain after the first 10 miler and then the toe box was crushing my toes. This gave me blisters, which I absolutely hate!
- I was so disappointed . These shoes are so ridiculously small. They had great color and style, they just fit horribly.
- I returned these immediately. They were like putting your foot into a torture chamber. They were so thin and narrow and then long but the toe box was crushing my feet.
- The cushioning in these was like bicks. They had no give and rubbed my foot. I tried to get them to break in on the treadmill and the heel was so rigid I couldn’t handle it.
Reviewers were also pretty pleased with the BioMogo DNA midsole. Most found it just springy enough to allow them to launch up hills. The company claims to have injected a little DNA into its design, developing a midsole that will adapt to the individual’s weight, pace and gait. The idea is that as the runner wears into the midsole, he or she is helping to mold the shoe to create the most comfortable fit. Most reviewers liked this combination of science and personal touch coming together in one design.
Of course, how you take care of your shoes does play a role in how long they’ll last. Brooks recommends cleaning shoes by hand right after a muddy run, using a damp cloth and mild detergent. Tossing your running investment into a washing machine is a sure way to get them to fall apart before their time.
Brooks recommends replacing your shoes anywhere from 300 to 500 miles. If you’re not sure if your shoes are near the end of their run, ask yourself if you feel more tired than usual after runs, or if your foot is beginning to slide around the midsole where it didn’t before. Brooks also recommends just using your shoes for their intended purpose: running. Wearing your trail shoes for other activities like circuit training or Zumba puts extra force on them, and will cause them to break down more quickly.
If your budget just doesn't allow for a new shoe purchase, you can always drop hints! Add it to your birthday wish list, and let friends and family members know what other items score big with runners.
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• Rounded Heel
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• 3D Hex Lugs
When it comes to durability, most reviewers felt the company made wise improvements to make sure the shoe lasts longer, and the lack of flashy style was also seen a plus for the most part. The Pure Grit #5 won’t break the bank for most runners, but those looking for a cheaper option could take a look at the #3 and #4 versions, which are now being sold at a discount.