Brooks PureGrit 7 Review Facts
The Brooks PureGrit line has been around for a while now, providing trail runners with a lightweight and comfortable ride during their short or long-distance runs. The PureGrit 7 is one of the newest silhouettes in this line-up. It improves upon its predecessor in a number of ways, most notable of which being the remodeling of the outsole, the introduction of heat-activated yarns in the upper, and changes to the lacing system. These positive changes were made to make the PureGrit 7 even more sought-after than its predecessor, but did Brooks succeed? Let’s take a deep dive and see what the PureGrit 7 has to offer.
The outsole has been completely overhauled from the PureGrit 6
. The previous model used a blown rubber material for the outsole. The 7 instead uses a sticky rubber that offers the same grip and durability that people loved in the PureGrit 6, but with the addition of even more superior traction. The 6’s tread pattern used only hexagon shapes, while this new model uses 3D lugs, both hexagon and chevron shaped. The tread really complements the grippy texture of the rubber on the outsole. The hexagon-shaped lugs are different sizes and shapes and are designed to adapt to nearly any type of terrain condition. The chevron-shaped lugs are multi-directional which helps to provide better traction during toe off and braking. Also featured in the outsole is Brooks’ Omega Flex Grooves, the sole purpose of which is to improve flexibility and enhance gait efficiency.
The PureGrit 7 utilizes Brooks
’ BioMoGo DNA cushioning for the midsole. This decision to use this material really brings together a unique combination of minimalism and comfortable cushioning. It’s often difficult to find a lightweight, low-drop trail shoe that is both plush and comfortable, but the PureGrit 7 checks all of these boxes. The BioMoGo DNA technology is complemented by Brooks’ Ballistic Rock Shield. This is an EVA sheath that’s found between the outsole and midsole that protects the wearer’s forefoot from sharp objects, a very important feature to have in a trail running
shoe. The BioMoGo DNA technology provides an adaptive cushioning experience that is not only comfortable but also environmentally-friendly.
The upper in the PureGrit 7 silhouette has been completely redesigned from its predecessor. The 6 used air mesh throughout the upper, while the 7 introduces a heat-activated yarn. This new material provides a non-constricting and flexible wrap. Brooks also uses a 3D rubber print in specific areas of the upper to help extend the lifespan of the shoe. The new Ariaprene tongue is made to repel and drain water, as well as to protect the feet from debris on the trails. Unfortunately, some of these “upgrades” to the upper seem to be anything but. With the removal of the overlays in the upper comes an insecure feeling that is important to have in a trail running shoe
. The heat-activated yarn is flexible, but as it turns out, too flexible.
The men’s version of this shoe weighs in at 272 grams or 9.5 ounces while the women’s model is 246 grams or 8.6 ounces. Lovers of the PureGrit line will find that the men’s model of the 7 weighs about the same as its predecessor, while the women’s is an entire ounce heavier than in the PureGrit 6. These lower weights make the Brooks PureGrit 7 a relatively lightweight trail running shoe
option. Reviewers who loved these shoes were quick to note how light they felt on their runs and that the lightness of the shoe added to their agility.
The PureGrit 7 is a breathable shoe. Reviewers mentioned that they allow air to flow well and that they never felt like their feet were overheating inside. This is due, at least in part, to the breathable mesh upper that allows air in and prevents feet from getting too sweaty or wet during muddy trail runs
The PureGrit 7 is a comfortable shoe with its well-padded heel and burrito-style tongue. The upper feels nice on the top of the foot and the BioMoGo DNA midsole is cushioned enough to be comfortable
without sacrificing feel at all. Runners should find that the PureGrit 7 holds up comfort-wise for most durations of runs. When it comes to the laces, this shoe features an asymmetrical lacing system that provides runners with a secure fit, free from hot spots or pinching.
7 is a great looking shoe and is available in a few different colorways. The men’s version is available in orange and black or blue and lime green. The women’s model is available in black and purple or pink, black and white. The asymmetrical lacing system featured in this shoe gives it a unique look. Depending upon which colorway you choose, the 3D overlays in the upper may add a punch of color that gives the PureGrit 7 a neat look. In the women’s models, the purple and pink colors on the overlays look like polka dots. In the men’s versions, the blue overlays pop in the blue/lime version, while the black/orange version features muted black overlays.
Thanks to the heat-activated yarns that make up the upper, wearers should find that the flat knit will keep its shape over time. This material is made to prevent stretching, thus making at least the upper of the shoe durable. Brooks chose to place 3D rubber overlays in high-wear areas of the upper to not only add extra protection
and stretch for the wearer, but for added durability as well.
Wearers will find that the midsole offers a little bit of protection. It is fairly firm and has a rock plate so encountering rocks on the trail won’t be a huge concern for runners. The Ariaprene tongue helps to ensure that debris won’t get inside the shoe during your runs. While we wouldn’t consider the PureGrit 7 to be a trail shoe made specifically for technical terrain, it will offer enough protection for most trail runners. That said, there are no overlays present in the upper, so the amount of protection that this shoe can offer is a little limited.
While the midsole of the PureGrit 7 is responsive enough, at least what one would come to expect from a trail running shoe, some of this responsiveness is lost due to the extreme flexibility of the upper. If you remember from the Upper section of our review, the heat-activated yarn makes this shoe feel very flexible, but this material actually seems to take away some of the snappiness of the midsole. Some users may find that this causes a bit of a disconnect between the foot and the shoe.
The PureGrit 7 provides neutral support. This means that they are a great fit for runners who do not require any additional arch support from their shoes. Brooks’ Anatomical Last technology found in the upper helps to mimic the shape of each individual foot, providing a glove-like fit that supports every part of the foot and allows it to work as a single unit. The rounded heel sets runners up with a better alignment, helping to minimize the amount of stress put on their joints.
These shoes are made to be taken on the trails, though some reviewers suggested they might not be the best choice for certain types of terrain. The multi-directional lugs in the outsole will provide traction on light trails while the newly designed midsole, which was made to feel closer to the ground, will help you react to uneven trail surfaces on your runs. The PureGrit 7 provides fantastic grip on roads but hardpack or rocky terrain presents some issues. The hexagonal tread pattern on the outsole does a great job at gripping on dry rocks and during runs that require some light climbing. Because the PureGrit 7 lacks a bit in the protection department, however, they struggle on technical terrain and runners will find that other options like the Adidas Terrex Trailmaker
may perform better on this type of terrain.
The MSRP of the Brooks PureGrit 7 is $120.00. We find this to be a relatively high price tag for what the shoe is offering. You may be able to find it for a lower price tag on websites like Amazon and we would advise searching for a cheaper price before committing to purchasing these.
While the PureGrit 7’s predecessor used a blown rubber in the outsole, this newer model utilizes a versatile sticky rubber which is meant to add traction underfoot on both wet and dry surfaces. That said, however, the studs are shorter than many trail shoes on the market which takes away from the shoe’s ability to provide traction on certain types of terrain. This shoe is made for lighter trails and just won’t perform well on overly rocky terrain or where there is a lot of deep mud present.
If you’re in the market for an incredibly flexible shoe, the PureGrit 7 might be your trail shoe soulmate. The new material in the upper makes this mode incredibly flexible. But can a shoe be too flexible? Unfortunately for the PureGrit 7, this just may be the case. The removal of the overlays in the upper and the introduction of a complete mesh has this shoe feeling free, but almost too much so that it becomes flimsy. Trail shoes need to provide protection on difficult terrain. We feel that the flexibility found in this shoe might be too much that it takes away from the shoe’s ability to protect those who wear them.
At risk of sounding like a broken record, it would be doing our readers a disservice if we were not again to mention the upper in this section. In order for a trail shoe to excel at, well, being a trail shoe, it needs a few important aspects – traction, protection and stability to name the features we feel are of utmost importance. The PureGrit 7 loses some of its stability because of the flexibility of the upper and the inability for the shoe to then securely wrap the foot. It’s not all bad, however. We found that the curved and anatomical fit of the tongue does seem to add some degree of security and snugness, especially when encountering obstacles on the trail. Wearers reported that the shoe didn’t feel laterally unstable and that they felt control on downhill sections of trail.
The drop of the PureGrit 7 shoe is 4.3mm. This is considered to be a very low drop trail running option. A low heel drop will encourage a mid or forefoot strike. This kind of landing will provide a more stable platform for your trail runs, as well as encourage better balance and muscle engagement. It is important to note, however, that not everyone will like the feel of a low drop shoe. We recommend you give yourself time to transition from your higher drop shoes to these lower profile options before taking your low drop shoes out on a long run.
-BioMoGo DNA in the midsole for cushioning that adapts to your stride
-Anatomical lacing system for a snug and secure fit
-Rounded heel limits stress on joints
-Ballistic Rock Shield adds protection
-Omega Flex Grooves in the midsole add flexibility
Overall, the Brooks PureGrit 7 is an okay trail running shoe. If you know you’re going to be going for a run on unpredictable terrain, however, you may want to lace yourself into a different pair of shoes. While the PureGrit 7 provides a lightweight and extremely comfortable fit, they don’t provide the most protection, especially when presented with certain types of terrain. This shoe is marketed as a trail shoe, but it performs best on light trails and not ones where you’ll be traversing over muddy paths, obstacles or gravelly conditions. For the price tag, you could probably find another pair of shoes that provide more stability and protection than the PureGrit 7. That said, if you are a light trail runner anyway and are looking for a shoe that will perform as well on this type of terrain as it will on road and concrete, these just might be the shoes for you.