Brooks PureGrit 3 Shoe Review

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Brooks’ 3rd version of the PureGrit model.  Let’s take a look at the new update.


The PureGrit 3 came in at 10 oz (~284 g) with a 4 mm drop.  Each version has slightly increased in weight (9.15 oz (1st Version) & 9.7 oz (2nd Version)). They fit true to size. You will immediately notice Brooks got rid of the split toe.v upper 1

The upper seems to have remained unchanged from Version 2.  I’m still not certain of the function of the Nav Band. It doesn’t really keep my feet secure (laces do that).  In prior versions, the tongue is gusseted, but in Version 3 it is a non-gusseted tongue (not sure why you would not have a gusseted tongue in a trail shoe).

v upper 2


The midsole retains the Brooks BioMoGo DNA foam with an anatomical shaped footbed. The midsole still adds a great layer of protection from sharp objects on the trail.

You will notice the outsole has been updated with aggressive lugged traction throughout the entire outsole.  You will also notice the addition of a rockplate making the PureGrit 3 a great performer on rocky terrain.

v outsole


The first test was on a wet and muddy 20 mile training run.  Loved the updated hex lugs on the outsole to keep you on your feed in the muddy/wet conditions.  The PureGrit 3 drained well when wet.

I like the updated toe with ample toe protection (bumped into some rocks on technical terrain). I had some issues with the non-gusseted tongue, that is, moving to the lateral side.  After reconfiguring the laces for a more secure fit, the tongue stayed in position (I would recommend Brooks to put back the non-gusseted tongue).

Overall, love the aggressive hex lugs, rockplate and staying true to the PureGrit last.

Tech Specs

  • Heel: 19 mm
  • Midfoot: 15 mm
  • Offset: 4 mm
  • Non-gusseted tongue
  • Neutral Shoe
  • Rock Plate
  • Midsole – BioMoGo DNA (adaptive cushioning)
  • Upper – Synthetic
  • Made In – China
  • Women’ Version

Weight Table

weight table


The Brooks PureGrit 3 is a great update for runners looking for a traditional looking shoe with a minimal drop (4mm) and ample protection from sharp objects on the trail.  Those PureGrit purist who may be looking for a more “minimal” feel may be disappointment, but the PureGrit 3 will hit a sweet spot for us middle-of-the-packer runners looking for great traction in a 10 oz trail shoe.

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  • As a hoka fan I tried these shoes on a demo run sponsored by our local store. Loved the look and the toe box compared to my hoka mafata speeds but not a fan of the minimalist feel. I would love these if they had a little more cushion and the aggressive pattern really grips the rocks.

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