Sep
1
2012

Review: Brooks Pure Connect

BROOKS PURE CONNECT

I FINALLY get to review the Brooks PureConnect. Its a dynamite reduced-running shoe with a smooth, fast, flexible ride. The BioMogo is super soft and the shoe fills that niche of low-drop and extra-cushioned shoe nicely. The shoe felt narrow at first, right out of the box, but actually running in them proved they do expand enough to be comfortable (those with wider sized feet, try them on first. I’ve heard the Flow and Grit are better options for width). Most of the problems I have with the shoe involve premature wear and the pods under the forefoot. In fact, the forefoot pods have become increasingly more painful. I think it’s a combo of the rubber outsole not wearing as quickly as the midsole EVA. Feels like I’m running on a lump now that I have about 200 miles of running. But the design elements are SOLID and I still consider this one of my favorites.

LIKED:

  • Light
  • Comfortable
  • Midfoot
  • The Upper
  • Ride
  • Flexible
  • Low Drop

DISLIKED:

  • Durability
  • Narrow
  • Outsole
  • Forefoot Pod
  • Toe Guard
  • Not Zero Drop

QUALITY: 4/5
COMFORT: 4/5
PRICE: 5/5
LOOKS: 4/5

TOTAL: 17/20

note: I bought these shoes for myself and the thoughts are my own. I was not provided a sample.

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4 Comments + Add Comment

  • Yes! I completely agree with you about that middle lug. I bought mine right when they came out last year and I was in love with the shoes, but over time they gave me terrible blisters after about 6 miles. The blisters were pretty bad and ran along almost my entire forefoot, not good. Also because of the narrowness of the shoe I got blisters on the sides of my big toes. I really wanted to love these shoes but after only having them for a few months I had to retire them for saucony kinvara 3′s, which are pretty bad ass by the way.

  • Love your reviews. I’m sure you get people suggesting shoes all the time, so why would I do any different? :)

    I’m currently alternating between two NB shoes: MR1400 for longer runs and M730 for shorter runs, as I adjust to a more natural-style.

    M730 is definitely a bargain. Got mine for under $50 online. Was deciding between those and the zero-drop Saucony Hattori, which was also available for under $50. The latter is available in some pretty bright colors, which I know you love too.

    (Went with M730 for the 3-4mm drop to make transitioning easier.)

  • Its simple. I WANNA A REVIEW OF THE BROOKS PURE GRIT. Please.

  • Im looking for a lightweight shoe for Tough Mudder and can get these for $65 at a local sporting store. Would you recommend these for something like TM?

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