Brooks Men's PureGrit 2

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Brooks PureGrit 2 - Adventure is just around the switchback when you take to the trail in the PureGrit® from Brooks®!
Successor to the PureGrit, SKU# 7864596.
Part of the PureProject™ Collection from Brooks®.
Brooks developed five unique features called Ideal Technologies (Nav Band, Toe Flex, BioMOGO DNA, rounded heel, and Anatomical Last) that are featured in every PureProject shoe. Combined, these technologies are designed to promote an efficient, natural stride by encouraging a more forward foot strike, which places the runner over their center of gravity, helps align the body and reduces harmful stress.
A minimalist trail runner designed to navigate tricky terrain. Built for the neutral runner.
Breathable mesh upper.
Lightweight synthetic overlays.
Elastic Nav Band wraps across the instep for a secure, glove-like fit.
Heel pull loop for an easier on and off.
Plush tongue and collar for added comfort.
Soft lining offers a great in-shoe feel.
Molded foam insole supplies light underfoot cushioning.
Full-length BioMoGo DNA is a blend of earth-friendly BioMoGo and responsive Brooks DNA, and has a gender-friendly cushioning design, making for a dynamic ride.
– The split-toe feature augments forefoot flexibility and promotes the big toe to engage the runner's natural stability and power during push-off.
The heel is slimmed down and rounded to encourage contact points to shift forward, aligning the joints and creating optimal energy return.
Aggressive, multidirectional lug pattern for reliable grip over various off-road surfaces.
Built on an anatomical last, the shoe's shape contours to your foot, promoting support and a glove-like fit.


  • Midsoles feature BioMoGo polymer alloy foam, which provides cushioning, energy return and reduced foot fatigue; nontoxic additive helps midsoles break down in landfill


  • Designed on an anatomical last with a 4mm heel-to-toe drop, Brooks PureGrit 2 trail-running shoes provide a glovelike fit
  • Lightweight uppers feature conforming synthetic leather overlays, highly breathable mesh and a rubber instep band to provide a comfortable, secure fit regardless of foot shape


  • Lightweight construction and fewer materials
  • All-synthetic construction makes these vegan-friendly

Traction and Grip:

  • Aggressive, multi-directional lug pattern for better grip on the ever-changing surfaces of adventure


  • Developed in collaboration with ultrarunner Scott Jurek, the unique rubber outsoles feature a wide base and tire-like treads for a stable ride on the trails


  • The concave shape delivers better balance by splaying out upon impact and creating more surface area for ground contact.
  • Split toe groove under forefeet offers a greater sense of connection to the ground compared to traditional running shoes
  • Runners should generally expect these shoe to last approximately 250-300 miles.
  • Nav Band
  • Inverted heel technology encourages a midfoot landing position rather than a heel strike
  • Ideal Heel design uses a curved heel to encourage foot contact points to shift you forward, helping align joints and reduce stresses
  • 4mm heel-to-toe drop encourages a shorter, lower-impact stride than traditional running shoes
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  • Toe Flex
When you want nothing to come between you and the trail, the ultra-light Brooks Pure Grit 2 shoe won't get in your way. This men's outdoor shoe features an aggressive, multi-directional lug pattern for better grip on ever-changing surfaces. The Nav Band gives trail runners a better midfoot wrap, while the split toe enhances forefoot flexibility, natural stability and power during push-off in the Brooks PureGrit 2 trail runner.

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When you want nothing to come between you and the trail, the ultra-light men's Brook's PureGrit won't get in your way. The designers constructed an outsole with an aggressive, multi-directional lug pattern for better grip on the ever-changing surfaces of adventure. Its concave shape delivers better balance by splaying out upon impact and creating more surface area for ground contact. With blazing colors, you'll light the trail on fire. Metaphorically.Just like our core line, we hold PureProject to the industry’s highest weartest and durability standards. Because of their lightweight construction and fewer materials, runners should generally expect shoes from the PureProject line to last approximately 250-300 miles.

The Brooks PureGrit 2 running shoe is constructed a new outsole with a more aggressive, multi-directional lug pattern for better grip on ever-changing surfaces. BioMoGo DNA earth friendly midsole is blended with Brooks DNA smart cushioning to tune cushion and response based on the needs of each and every runner. IDEAL Heel encourages contact points to shift forward, which aligns the joints and creates optimal energy return. Split toe enhances forefoot flexibility and independently empowers the big toe to engage the runner's natural stability and a powerful push-off. Nav Band wraps over the instep and provides a comfortable, assured fit regardless of foot shape. Anatomical Last contours the foot to provide true support and a glove-like feel. Wt. 10.0 oz.

For when you really want to connect with the trail, the lightweight Brooks PureGrit 2 trail-running shoes offer a minimalist fit and that feeling you seek.


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With minimalist design and great traction, the Brooks PureGrit trail-running shoes embrace the nuances of off-road terrain while staying firmly on your feet.


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Also available for: Women
Average footwear weight (pair):1 lb. 1.8 oz.
Footwear closure:Lace-up
Footwear height:Ankle
Heel Height:1 in
Heel-to-toe drop:4mm drop
Midsole:Polymer alloy foam
Midsole Offset:4mm.
Platform:Anatomical Last
Running shoe type:Minimalist
Support:Foam polymer alloy/hard EVA plate
Upper:Polyester mesh/foam/synthetic leather overlays/rubber instep band
Weight:10.0 oz
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Brooks PureGrit 2 Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

PureGrit 2 transition to less is more

The Brooks PureGrit 2 is my first foray into a more minimal running shoe and I absolutely love them. The BioMoGo mid sole and sock liner/insert are very cushioning and springy, the tread is low profile lugs, not as deep as some trail shoes, but ample. The concave outsole/midsole is an interesting feature giving you more suspension between your body and the ground.

My first impression taking the PureGrit 2 out on a trail run was light, fast and happy feet quick stepping up and down the slick, rocky, mucky trails of Portland's Forest Park. The feeling is much more free and more sensory tuned that traditional running shoes while still providing forefoot cushioning and traction.

These shoes are replacing Salomon XA PRO 3D ULTRA trail running shoes, which I love but I'm transitioning away from traditional built up heel supports and aggressive lugs and too much foot armor. Salmons fit my feet great and I absolutely love their speed lacing system but their minimal trail shoe just didn't feel right to me.

After trying on many different option I went with the Brooks because the wrapped my foot in a very natural way and had great feel and response while providing enough room for my wide forefoot and narrow heel.

One thing that's importnat to know running with more minimal shoe will require some getting used to if you're not accustomed to it. After years of heel striking and running with soes that have large heel ramps any minimal shoe is going to use new muscles and even possibly cause some injury if you do too much too soon. I found that needed to switch back and fourth between the Brooks and the Salomons for a few runs to allow my muscles to addapt. It's almost like learning to run all over again, not knowing where to land on your foot. My achilles and calf muscles were a little shocked doing 5-7 mile trial runs and steep hills but after a few weeks they are back to normal.

My running form is changing and I can feel that I'm more efficient. I tried putting my old shoes back on last week for a trail run and they just felt like klunky ski boots.

I hightly recomend researching running form and transitioning to more minimal footwear. I'm loving the natuarl and free feel of these shoes while still getting plenty of grip and protection from rocky trails. I ran 8 miles on Eagle Creek and these shoes were a dream on the wet, rocky decent. I was really able to dictate how and where my feet landed giving me a lot of control over an otherwise sketchy terain.

Finally, I'm a normal size 10 with a wide forefoot and narrow heel. Many shoes don't fit me right, but Asics, Brooks and Salomon are usually safe bets. I went with the 10.5 which I was worried was going to be too long in the toe, but now they just seem perfect on long messy runs.

I definitely recomend these to anyone who is looking to get away from traditional shoes. I really have nothing bad to say about them. I've seen some reviews online that nit pick the lacing or tread, but really it just comes down to personal taste. If it works for you great, if not there are other options. I think you'll love 'em!
donkeynaut at REI on 05/05/2013

Good balance

I bought these shoes after having a good experience with the brooks pure flow road shoes. I prefer a midfoot strike. They fit exactly the same and feel almost the same. The new tongue style and asymmetrical lacing take a bit more effort to get tied right, but do work very well. I bought these shoes specifically for running trails when the weather is not great and the mountain bike trails are too muddy. They do well in normal wet conditions and grip wet rocks and logs adequately. These do not have the deep mud traction of hiking boots or shoes designed specifically for mud, but are a big improvement over the first generation pure grit and put road shoes to shame. Foot protection seems adequate without being too stiff or too heavy. Very lightly cushioned, but NOT a barefoot style shoe. I choose these over my merrell trail gloves most of the time because of the extra rock protection and traction. Dig in your heels to stop on a slick downhill and you will slide around some, but no complaints uphill or flat. I haven't soaked them in a stream yet, but they have been fine in the rain.
Thrasher at REI on 05/05/2013
These feel fantastic and the sizing is very similar to the Pureflow 2. The grip is magic offroad except for being very slippery on ice (details below). The flexibility of these make it feel like you are running in arch-supporting slippers. A warning...I was looking through reviews on the Brooks website before getting these and someone called out that these were slippery on ice due to the harder rubber compound on the bottom. I went for my first run in these this morning and despite intentionally avoiding the ice I still hit a patch and ended up on my bum! I ran on snow, grass, and clear road the rest of the way and I was fine. I don't think that this is a negative about the shoe, however, because at some point they have to make a trade off of rubber softness vs off-road hardness. Avoid ice if at all possible.
Chris G - customer at on 04/04/2013

Very good trail shoe!

This is a very good trail shoe. I've used it on rocky, wet, and dry terrain and it delivers great traction and cushioning. The shoe hugs your foot, so it does feel a little tight but it's not enough to not wear the shoe; you don't notice it once you start moving. Great cushioning for a minimal shoe. It has a similar feel to the Brooks PureFlow 2. The lugs could probably stand to be a little deeper like those on the Vivobarefoot Breatho Trail, but they do a good job on loose dirt and mud as they are. Lightweight with some flexibility, you will feel rocks and roots, but the shoe does a pretty good job of protecting your foot from them. Just run in them more and strengthen your foot and you will be fine.
Deceptijohn at REI on 07/07/2013

Great trail running shoes

I've had the Pure Grit first release and while I was happy with how they felt, traction on slick/wet rock was always a concern. Pure Grit 2 has a much better traction system and they seem to have kept the same overall fit as their first release. I like their new lacing style (and the fact that they don't get untied every other mile!). I've run distances up to 50 miles in these on technical trails and this is likely going to be the pair of shoes I choose for all my 50k+ distance races this year.
ather at REI on 04/04/2013
Ok I already have 2 pairs of the original Puregrit which are excellent except for the lack of grip on anything apart from hard packed dirt, so I expected Brooks to address this problem and they have, however the new outsole is far from perfect, do not expect great results on mud, rocks or tree roots, the tread is so low profile. As for the much vaunted asymetric upper, in my opinion does not add much to the shoe, so still a good shoe just not much of an improvement sadly.
Ian w - customer at on 04/04/2013

Solid Shoe - Good Improvements

Good all around trail runner and a solid upgrade from the PureGrit 1 (Improved grip on rock and damp surfaces, better all around durability.)

Love this shoe for trail runs/races, my only minor complaint is the switch to asymmetrical laces. The original straight lace design resulted in better fit, pulling the foot comfortably into the heel of the shoe. The new design is not as comfortable as a result(Still a very comfortable shoe however).
bacrossman at REI on 07/07/2013

Great improvements over original

Love the Pure line by Brooks; second PureGrit pair, first being the original; not so great for wet weather, though, most minimalist trail shoes aren't; great improvements to the traction and the tongue design; not a fan of the colors, but this doesn't impact performance ;p Looking forward to PureGrit 3... whenever that might happen!
Reno Trail Runner at REI on 11/11/2013

Great semi-minimalist shoe

Brooks Pure Grit are a great semi-minimalist trail running shoe. I also use them on roads, treadmills, and for hiking. It is very lightweight, but sturdy enough to handle trail running. I would highly recommend for any trail runner looking for a minimalist shoe with some cushioning and protection.
RunningforPizza at REI on 12/12/2013

Makes You Find a Trail!

I backpack with a boot and carry these in the pack. Great trail shoe for running and also for walking. Feels great to take off a boot and put these on. Feels like a slipper.
wayne at REI on 07/07/2013

Negative Reviews:

Looks Nice but...

I won't bore you with a long drawn out analysis of the shoe. Basically the shoe's upper possesses too much material; resulting in dramatic folding during the tightening of laces. Furthermore, one the full flex/compression of the shoe the toe box folds inward creating folds that forcefully rub the toes (causing blisters).

The design is very new age and involves asymmetrical lacing. This lacing system looks nice but is not applied well to this shoe. Furthermore, the lacing limits the number of people who can where the shoe comfortably. A poor move on the part of Brooks (and a failed move on the part of Asicis, who have since gone back to standard lacing.

Brooks' upbeat design is eye catching and shoes feel comfortable in the store; but when you're really putting some miles on these shoes, you quickly realize they're not made for that. Hope this helps.

I gave it 2 stars for the grip and cushion of the shoe, which was marvelous!
ReadyRunnerUltraTime at REI on 04/04/2013
I loved my Pure Grit 1s. I still have 'em! I thought I would try the 2s. I wish I hadn't. I bought them when they first came out. I put about 10 miles in them and haven't worn them since; they hurt my knees. I wish I could return them.
Vince - customer at on 11/27/2013