Men's PureGrit 2

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Brooks PureGrit 2: lightweight trail running shoe for men

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When you want nothing to come between you and the trail, the ultra-light PureGrit won't get in your way. We 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.

We’re not the only people thrilled with the changes: Runner’s World® named the PureGrit 2 “Best Update” in the Trail Shoe Guide in the April 2013 issue. Sure, the editors noted the updates to the upper, what with the thinner and lighter materials, asymmetrical lacing, and burrito-wrap tongue. But as they wrote, “it’s underfoot where we noted the most meaningful change. The first version of the shoe had a clever outsole pattern that held well on loose dirt, but its swirly, pointed tread proved slick on rocks and roads. This update gets a more traditional design – diamond-shaped lugs have sharp edges that bite into nearly any surface.”


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.


> See the Women's PureGrit 2

The PureGrit 3 is now available – now with a contoured outsole and more aggressive hex lugs for better grip.
> Check out the PureGrit 3



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  • Shoe Category: PureProject
  • Pronation: None/Normal
  • Construction Type: Strobel
  • Platform: Anatomical Platform
  • Surface: Offroad/Trail
  • Arch: Medium, High
  • Body Build: Small, Medium
  • DNA Layout: Biomogo DNA Layout
  • Water-Resistent: No
  • Waterproof: No
  • Competition: Trail racing
  • Launch Date: January 1, 2013
  • Weight: 10.0 oz
  • Midsole Drop: 4 mm

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PureGrit 2
 
3.5

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

65%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (20)
  • Good traction (18)
  • Comfortable (17)
  • Breathable (13)
  • Fast (9)

Cons

  • Uncomfortable (7)
  • Poor cushioning (4)
  • Poor support / stability (4)

Best Uses

  • Trail running (20)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      92% 

      (24 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      81% 

      (21 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (19), Low arch (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (21), Casual/ recreational (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (26)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Solid Perfromer

I Live in Hawaii on Oahu and use the shoe for trail running. I was very excited to get this shoe with the new tread pattern as I was not impressed with pure grit...Read complete review

I Live in Hawaii on Oahu and use the shoe for trail running. I was very excited to get this shoe with the new tread pattern as I was not impressed with pure grit 1's traction. The shoe has perfromed very well over muddy and rocky terrian, the shoe is light weight, comfortable, good flex and no noticable impingement areas. I have noticed the need for an extra flex groove or a tread knob on the medial side of the shoe for use during toe off on steeper sections of trail. Having just a little bit of extra bite would be much appreciated. Aside from this, the shoe runs well and flexes nicely on top of the foot even with the anatomical lacing (I was skeptical; as the cascadia 6's dug into the top of my foot).

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Maybe it's just me but...

I have been running on Brooks for over 10 years. I purchased the older Pure Grits (green and black) a few years ago. I found them to be fantastic shoes and put several...Read complete review

I have been running on Brooks for over 10 years. I purchased the older Pure Grits (green and black) a few years ago. I found them to be fantastic shoes and put several hundred miles on them (including rim-to-rim in the Grand Canyon. When they were worn out, I went for the PG-2 assuming it would be similar. The store didn't have my size, so I ordered them. The shoes I received were among the most uncomfortable I have ever worn due to one flaw: The outsides of the soles were built up so much that they twisted my feet and caused my ankles to sag inwards. After a few painful runs I returned them. The sales rep told me that the PG-2 incorporates "Gait Training" and that might be my problem. I'm not sure what that means, but I've been running injury free for almost 30 years, and don't need a shoe to change my gait. Hopefully the sales person was wrong and I just got defective shoes. I exchanged them for the Pure Connect, which feel great, but are not an ideal trail shoe. They don't look like they will last very long on the Sandia Trails. Maybe I'll give the PG another chance next year if they are redesigned again.

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5.0

Low-profile, no nonsense shoes

By Mercury22

from Huntington Beach, CA

About Me Avid Athlete

Pros

  • Breathable
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Fast
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Trail Running

    Comments about PureGrit 2:

    Wanted low heel to forefoot drop...this shoe is excellent...good off road traction, but not nuts...breathes well, drains well, simple design, good durability...great value from clearance section

    • 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

    Great Shoe, wish it was built better

    By The Dude

    from Bend, Or

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Pros

    • Breathable
    • Comfortable
    • Good Traction
    • Lightweight
    • Wide toebox

    Cons

    • Wears Out Quickly

    Best Uses

    • Trail Running

    Comments about PureGrit 2:

    I have had two pairs of these shoes and I really like them. I can't say love, but close. I am a forefoot runner and the low heel to toe drop on these shoes is great. Beware if you have never run in low profile shoes before your Achilles and calves need some time to adjust. My feet are wide in the toes and narrow at the heel so I need a shoe that has extra room for my piggies. This shoe does, it also allows for more natural foot mechanics, important with forefoot runners. Huge plus.

    I run mostly gravel/dirt paths with some pavement and some technical trails. These shoes handle it all.

    The biggest negative about these shoes is they seem to fall apart rather quickly. The first to go is the laces, then the lace eyelets and then the fabric near my pinkie toe. If they fix these durability issues I am sure I could get more mileage out of these shoes.. and could give them all 5 stars.

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

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    1.0

    Super disapointed

    By Finfineau

    from Chambly, Québec, Canada

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Pros

    • Breathable
    • Fast
    • Good Traction
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable

    Best Uses

    • Trail Running

    Comments about PureGrit 2:

    As I was in love with my first generation pure grit... the most confortable shoe I ever own... The pure grit 2 is horribly unconfortable... I don't know why. It feels like the arch isn't at the right place. I so hope the third version to be as good as the first one.

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

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    5.0

    Great on central-american country roads

    By Joe Colibri latin american traveler

    from Siguatepeque, Honduras

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Fast
    • Good Arch Support
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Wears Out Quickly

    Best Uses

    • Road Running

    Comments about PureGrit 2:

    these shoes have been great on the rock-strewn country roads of Honduras. They're a great minimal shoe while still giving me grip on trail. my current pg2s are my second pair, and before that I had the puregrit 1's. fits my feet perfectly, lightweight, and great grip. can't complain.

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

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    5.0

    2,200 miles and 2 pairs later...

    By Turducken

    from Oregon

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Pros

    • Breathable
    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Fast
    • Good Traction
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Trail Running

      Comments about PureGrit 2:

      It's hard to find a pair of shoes that feels just right out of the box. I took a gamble and bought a pair of the original PureGrits to start out my Appalachian Trail thru-hike. They were like wearing ice skates and blew out in 400 miles. I took an even bigger gamble and upgraded to the PureGrit2. 1,200 miles later I didn't want to take them off of my feet. I wore these things all day, every day, o'er mountain top and through stream. With a pack, and while trail running, and feel like I owe Brooks a big THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I avoided any foot complications, and will wear these shoes to the grave. Best shoe ever.

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

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