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Men's PureConnect 3

$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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  • Color: 850

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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
 
4.1

(based on 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (29)
  • Comfortable (28)
  • Cushions impact (21)
  • Arch support (13)
  • Good traction (13)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Dry conditions (14)
  • Road running (13)
  • Distance / endurance (10)
  • Walking (7)
  • Gym (5)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      68% 

      (26 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      78% 

      (29 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (29), High arch (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (28), Casual/ recreational (8), Gym rat (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (38)

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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5.0

Best ever!

By 

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Avid Athlete

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Cushions Impact
  • Good Arch Support
  • Lightweight
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Dry Weather
    • Gym
    • Walking
    • Wet Weather
    • Work

    Comments about PureConnect 3:

    I love my brooks. I have about 4 pairs and they are the best.

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

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    Love these shoes

    By 

    from St. Paul, MN

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Lightweight
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Wears Quickly

    Best Uses

      Comments about PureConnect 3:

      I've purchased the PureConnect for my last 5 or 6 running shoes. Very form fitting, light and comfortable. I use them primarily for hard surface running and all distances. They breathe well in hot weather and the low drop encourages me to naturally shorten my stride which lessens the impact on my knees. My next pair will be the same!!

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

      Comment on this review

       
      4.0

      MORE COLOR

      By 

      from Asheville, NC

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Cushions Impact
      • Good Arch Support
      • Good Traction
      • Lightweight
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • More colors
      • Wears Quickly

      Best Uses

      • Dry Weather

      Comments about PureConnect 3:

      The best running shoes I've ever had. I currently have 8 pairs because I don't want to run out. You DEFINITELY need to step up the colors...the brighter the better. I wear the brightest outfits I can..including shoes..and they need to be neon everything. Ever been hit by a car when you are running? Need that brightness to draw attention.

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

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Took a Chance...Paid off.

      By 

      from Kernersville, NC

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Cushions Impact
      • Durable
      • Good Arch Support
      • Good Traction
      • Lightweight
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Dry Weather
        • Endurance Training
        • Gym
        • Trail Running
        • Walking
        • Wet Weather

        Comments about PureConnect 3:

        I am a 41yo male that got into running about two years ago with my wife. We always ran about 4-5 miles three times a week until she made a goal for us to complete a half marathon...no 5K, 10K, nice gradual progression, just BAM right into a half. Well, we are still happily married and last year ran 4 halfs and a 30K. Would like to do more races but my professional career prevents that at this point. I have been using Brooks for those two years ever since a I tried them on for the first time and my feet started to smile. This year I wanted to take running even further so I wanted a true road racer instead of my bulky Transcends. WOW, what a difference. They are light on your feet and I definitely notice less fatigue when running for over an hour. I feel that the rounded heel has helped encourage a better more improved stride. I have noticed that I have a better feel for what is underneath me while still having a good cushion. The cushion is not too soft so if you are striking wrong you start to feel it in your knee. Overall this is a great shoe and I will be looking to get another pair of these or the Connect4.

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

        Comment on this review

         
        4.0

        I would buy this product again

        By 

        from Stroh, IN

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Good Traction
        • Lightweight
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Dry Weather
          • Endurance Training
          • Gym
          • Trail Running
          • Walking
          • Wet Weather

          Comments about PureConnect 3:

          I'm a PureConnect believer. For my feet this shoe is best. No need to "get used to them" before running. I ran 3 miles first time I wore them.

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

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Just got a second pair.

          By 

          from Hollywood Florida

          About Me Avid Athlete

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Good Arch Support
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Dry Weather
            • Endurance Training
            • Trail Running

            Comments about PureConnect 3:

            I'm a 51 year old man,I had knee problems in the past. I run a 10k every other day. Brooks pure connect and pure cadence are the only shoes that I can run and feel no pain afterwards.
            Thanks to Brooks I'm running happy again.
            Thanks.

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

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            Sweet ride

            By 

            from Austin, TX

            About Me Gym Rat

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Dry Weather
              • Endurance Training
              • Gym

              Comments about PureConnect 3:

              Only used these puppies on the treadmill but I absolutely love how lightweight and responsive they are. These are my second PureConnect and I love it more than my previous model. Can't wait to take these on the trail! I've got a 50 miler to train for!

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

              Comment on this review

               
              5.0

              I love my new shoes

              By 

              from Austin, TX

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Cushions Impact
              • Lightweight
              • Responsive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Dry Weather
                • Wet Weather

                Comments about PureConnect 3:

                I've put just 11 miles on my new shoes but already they are showing their value. I love the lightweight feel of them while still maintaining support. This is my first pair of road running shoes and I think I'll be coming back to Brooks again when I these are wore out. I ran in fairly wet conditions today and had no issues with slippage. They fit great and I do think they're a big reason why I've been able to stretch my runs out further than I was previously going.

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

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                The PureFlow series never disappoints.

                By 

                from San Antonio, TX

                About Me Avid Athlete

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Dry Weather
                  • Endurance Training
                  • Gym
                  • Walking

                  Comments about PureConnect 3:

                  PureFlow3 has a sock like fit that may be too tight for some runners.

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

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  2.0

                  Not Impressed

                  By 

                  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

                  Comment on this review

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