Men's PureConnect 3

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Brooks PureConnect 3 Men's Lightweight Running Shoes

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$100.00 $65.00

Style #110163

Let your feet sing with light-as-air design and fully loaded flex. The PureConnect 3 gives you just enough shoe to go where the turns are tight and spontaneous breakaways are encouraged. With enhanced Toe Flex, streamlined medial side design, and a slightly more rounded heel, this kick is ready to kick.


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.


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Want the latest? The PureConnect 4 is now available:
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Variations

  • Color: 178

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Specifications

  • Shoe Category: PureProject
  • Arch: High
  • Body Build: Small, Medium
  • Platform: Anatomical Platform
  • DNA Layout: Biomogo DNA Layout
  • Construction Type: Stroebel
  • Water-Resistant: No
  • Waterproof: No
  • Competition: Road racing
  • Launch Date: December 1, 2013
  • Weight: 7.5 oz
  • Midsole Drop: 4mm

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PureConnect 3
 
3.9

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

72%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (20)
  • Lightweight (20)
  • Cushions impact (17)
  • Breathable (12)
  • Good traction (10)

Cons

  • Uncomfortable (5)
  • Heavy (4)
  • Narrow / tight (4)
  • Wears out quickly (4)

Best Uses

  • Road running (13)
  • Dry conditions (6)
  • Distance / endurance (5)
  • Walking (3)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      66% 

      (19 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      72% 

      (21 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (21), High arch (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (22), Casual/ recreational (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (29)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best PureConnect Yet!

Since the first version of PureConnect hit the market, I've owned and run in every single color released. In all the prior versions, the PC's seemed to run a bit narrow and most...Read complete review

Since the first version of PureConnect hit the market, I've owned and run in every single color released. In all the prior versions, the PC's seemed to run a bit narrow and most anyone who has owned these knows that you had to order at least a full size larger than you normally would in any other type or brand. However, the PC3 finally fits much better now. If you've ever owned a prior version of the PC, you can safely order a half size down and be quite comfortable. For example, I usually wear about an 11 in street shoes and 11.5 in running shoes, but used to order 12's in PC's. I ordered a 12 and an 11.5 in the PC3, and the 11.5 fits the best.

The toe box is much roomier than it has been, the sole has received some love borrowing from some of its other "Pure" relatives/ancestors. The PC has always been the last stop on the road to minimalism, yet maintains many of the features you want from beefier type running shoes and the PC3 is no different. It's still a very lightweight shoe, yet has just enough cushion without overdoing it. Overall, I feel it's the best one yet.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not Impressed

I bought this shoe as a possible lightweight racing shoe for 10-12K distances. I have a narrow foot with a high arch, so historically Brooks have been good to me - my go-to...Read complete review

I bought this shoe as a possible lightweight racing shoe for 10-12K distances. I have a narrow foot with a high arch, so historically Brooks have been good to me - my go-to shoe, in fact. The PureConnect 3 is a disappointment. It's not really a minimalist, and it really isn't a conventional padded shoe, which made me think that it would work as a light racer. But there are some problems. I'll start with the gusseted tongue...running shoes don't need them, except perhaps in the case of technical trail running shoes. But generally, a lace loop keeps the tongue in place just fine. This tongue is odd feeling, and it tends to make the show twist in a unnatural way. Secondly, the compression band is a poorly executed idea. It is not at all necessary and it creates discomfort. I am thinking about cutting it because it is so bothersome. Add the gusseted tongue to the constricting band, and you are very hard pressed to open up your shoe and dry it out after a run. When you take them off, they sit on the floor in a twisted, compressed manner because of these two 'features' - it's really discomforting to even look at. Thirdly, the toe box is too tight and narrow. Not only is it too thin, it is constricting from top to bottom. Visually it is even an odd shape. Better toe box examples exist on Merrells or Altras with their roomy toe boxes...allows the feet to splay properly in a minimalist shoe.

On the positive side, the heel cup is sleek and comfortable. On the non-factor side is the split toe sole. It's more marketing than engineering.

I've run a lot of miles in my life and I enjoy trying new gear. It does frustrate me, however, when I spend good money on a shoe that is a whole lot more 'concept' than it is functional. I have run a 5-miler in my PureConnects...it was my last run in them as they have been relegated to something on my feet when working around the house.

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2.0

Not Impressed

By Kimokeo

from Honolulu

About Me Avid Athlete

Pros

  • Good Arch Support
  • Heel Cup
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Compression Band
  • Gusseted Tongue
  • Narrow / Tight
  • Uncomfortable
  • Uncomfortable Toe Box

Best Uses

  • Knockabout

Comments about PureConnect 3:

I bought this shoe as a possible lightweight racing shoe for 10-12K distances. I have a narrow foot with a high arch, so historically Brooks have been good to me - my go-to shoe, in fact. The PureConnect 3 is a disappointment. It's not really a minimalist, and it really isn't a conventional padded shoe, which made me think that it would work as a light racer. But there are some problems. I'll start with the gusseted tongue...running shoes don't need them, except perhaps in the case of technical trail running shoes. But generally, a lace loop keeps the tongue in place just fine. This tongue is odd feeling, and it tends to make the show twist in a unnatural way. Secondly, the compression band is a poorly executed idea. It is not at all necessary and it creates discomfort. I am thinking about cutting it because it is so bothersome. Add the gusseted tongue to the constricting band, and you are very hard pressed to open up your shoe and dry it out after a run. When you take them off, they sit on the floor in a twisted, compressed manner because of these two 'features' - it's really discomforting to even look at. Thirdly, the toe box is too tight and narrow. Not only is it too thin, it is constricting from top to bottom. Visually it is even an odd shape. Better toe box examples exist on Merrells or Altras with their roomy toe boxes...allows the feet to splay properly in a minimalist shoe.

On the positive side, the heel cup is sleek and comfortable. On the non-factor side is the split toe sole. It's more marketing than engineering.

I've run a lot of miles in my life and I enjoy trying new gear. It does frustrate me, however, when I spend good money on a shoe that is a whole lot more 'concept' than it is functional. I have run a 5-miler in my PureConnects...it was my last run in them as they have been relegated to something on my feet when working around the house.

  • Sizing:
  • Feels half size too small
  • Width:
  • Feels too narrow
  • Arch Type:
  • High Arch
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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2.0

Too narrow

By Miss ATC

from Greensboro, NC

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Color
  • Good Arch Support

Cons

  • Narrow / Tight
  • Uncomfortable

Best Uses

  • Walking

Comments about PureConnect 3:

I own 2 pairs of the PureCadence and I thought I would try the PureConnect. I loved the color and since I loved the the first 2 pair these would be great. Unfortunately I couldn't even get my foot in the shoe even though they were sized correctly. They are too narrow and that is so disappointing to me. They will be returned :/

  • Sizing:
  • Feels full size too small
  • Width:
  • Feels too narrow
  • Arch Type:
  • Average Arch
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

I have become a PureConnect faithful

By RcRun

from Charleston, WV

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Wears Quickly

Best Uses

  • Dry Weather
  • Endurance Training

Comments about PureConnect 3:

Started out in PureFlows and love them but have come to like the PureConnect's better. Wouldn't change a thing, great shoe for running.

  • Sizing:
  • Feels true to size
  • Width:
  • Feels true to width
  • Arch Type:
  • Average Arch
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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3.0

Good, but not the same fit as PureDrif

By justShaun

from Ripon, CA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Good Arch Support
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Narrow Toe Box
  • Toe Box Long Narrow

Best Uses

  • Walking

Comments about PureConnect 3:

Bought these to replace my PureDrift running shoes, thinking these might the Brooks upgrade. Definitely not the same fit - although they have benefits of their own. For me, these actually feel better on my foot for walking than running, and that is solely because of the design of the toe box. Since I don't have $130-$160 to spend on awesome running shoes, I've reverted to off-set the lacing. This has actually helped some. It's a good shoe, just not quite right for what I needed

  • Sizing:
  • Feels half size too big
  • Width:
  • Feels too narrow
  • Arch Type:
  • Average Arch
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

Amazing Shoes

By Johnny B

from San Diego, CA

About Me Avid Athlete

Pros

  • Awesome Colors
  • Comfortable
  • Cushions Impact
  • Durable
  • Good Traction
  • Lightweight
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Dry Weather
    • Workout Days

    Comments about PureConnect 3:

    I got these shoes as a light weight trainer for workouts and haven't been disappointed. I have a flat arch so I shouldn't have bought them but since I only weigh 150 lbs my options are limited. I've ran great workouts on the pavement and trail with them and highly recommend them to anyone looking for a light weight trainer.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Low Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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