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Fitbitch Reviews, Brooks Pure Grit, £95

November 7, 2012 at 12:03
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Pure Grit

If you’re a fan of off road running, you will appreciate how important trail shoes are particularly in the winter. But do Brooks Pure Grit provide enough grip in the grit?

One thing is for sure, you won’t be missed wearing these neon orange shoes which have been developed with the help of ultra runner, Scott Jurek. But stylistic issues aside (and they do come in violet/Blue and brown/aqua too) these shoes don’t grip as much as I would like.

Perhaps because Brooks have attempted  to keep the shoes reponsive, in a bid tom ake you feel in touch with the ground, sthe design has yielded too much to the trend for minimalist footwear. It means that the lug pattern on the sole is sleek rather than rugged and this is telling, particularly in sticky mud where they don’t provide a grip that is much better than my normal road shoes.

If you don’t tackle the hard stuff , these shoes would do the job and are perhaps more ideal than more rugged versions if you transition between tarmac and trail  (my current fave, the Salamon Speedcross feel like football studs on the road). But for secure traction on any terrain, they are not quite up to the job.

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