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Men's PureGrit 3

$120.00 $78.00

Style #110180

Pick a line, trust your feet and run absolutely wild. It’s as simple as that in the completely redesigned PureGrit 3 trail running shoe for men. Taking a cue from the mad grip of climbing shoes, this lightweight runner connects you to the terrain as it responds and protects you from its tricky elements. An outsole peppered with hex lugs delivers maximum grip, while the propulsion plate provides a responsive toe-off and protects your foot from rocks and roots on the trail. A toe guard provides protection and added traction when the trail gets steep.

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: 684

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What's New

PureGrit 3

  • BioMoGo DNA midsole provides adaptive cushioning
  • Rounded heel offers better alignment minimizing stress on joints
  • Omega Flex Grooves optimize flexibility
  • Ballistic Rock Shield protects your foot from trail hazards
  • Nav-band wraps your foot for comfortable security
Great for trail running

Great for trail running

Ideal for Medium to High Arches

Ideal for medium to high arches

Weight

Weight 9.9 oz

Ideal for normal pronation

Ideal for runners with normal pronation

Midsole drop

Midsole drop 4mm

Technology

3D Hex Lugs

Aggressive 3D hex lugs on the outsole provide maximum grip and the ballistic rock shield protects your foot from trail hazards.

Rounded Heel

The slight curve of the heel aligns force through the center of your ankle joint, reducing internal stress on your body.

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Rounded Heel

What is it?

“Rounded Heel” is just a fancy name that we like to use for the rounded and reduced heel on our shoes. The slight curvature in the heel vastly improves the alignment of your body, encouraging a more efficient stride.

How does it work?

It’s really quite simple. The curvature in the heel works to align the body by shifting the contact point forward. As you hit the ground there is a greater clearance distance under the middle of your heel, which aligns force through the center of your ankle, thus reducing internal stress on your body.

Specifications

  • Shoe Category: Trail
  • Arch: Medium, High
  • Body Build: Medium, Large
  • Platform: Anatomical Platform
  • DNA Layout: Biomogo DNA Layout
  • Construction Type: Stroebel
  • Surface: Offroad/Trail
  • Competition: Trail racing
  • Launch Date: June 1, 2014
  • Weight: 9.9 oz

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PureGrit 3
 
3.8

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

76%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good traction (22)
  • Comfortable (21)
  • Lightweight (19)
  • Responsive (19)
  • Cushions impact (13)

Cons

  • Wears quickly (4)
  • Narrow / tight (3)

Best Uses

  • Trail running (23)
  • Dry conditions (11)
  • Wet weather (7)
  • Distance / endurance (5)
  • Walking (3)
    • 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

       

      92% 

      (24 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (22)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (24)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Really Nice Trail Shoe

I've put about 100 miles on my pair so far on several trail surfaces and in both wet and dry conditions. Overall, I think it's a nice 'update' from the Grit 2....Read complete review

I've put about 100 miles on my pair so far on several trail surfaces and in both wet and dry conditions. Overall, I think it's a nice 'update' from the Grit 2. (It's a completely different shoe, so feels silly calling it an update.)

Pros:
1. Toe guard. Nice to have that little bit extra bit of protection.
2. Tread is better than Grit 1 and 2 on soft trail. Much better.
3. Rock shield on forefoot is a nice addition.
4. Comfortable and cozy fit right out of the box.

Cons:
1. No wrap-around/burrito tongue like the 2 had (which was fantastic). Back to a free-floating tongue that just falls down to the outside of my foot.
2. Still quite a bit heavier than the Grit 1 (but same weight as Grit 2).


Overall:
Very good traction in soft and wet conditions. Toe guard and rock plate give added confidence that was missing in previous versions. I wish it was in the weight range of the Grit 1, but I still think it's a great lighter-weight alternative to the Cascadia.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good fit but outer sole lacks longevity

Fitted many trail shoes and the Pure Grit 3 was by far the most comfortable.

However, after only 6 miles of trail, many of the lugs had big chunks missing and...Read complete review

Fitted many trail shoes and the Pure Grit 3 was by far the most comfortable.

However, after only 6 miles of trail, many of the lugs had big chunks missing and other were starting to come loose. I am a light guy and usually get very good milage out of shoes.

My girlfriend ran the exact same routes in a different brand which did not show any wear as extreme as on the Brooks.

For an expensive shoe marketed towards trail running I was expecting them to last much longer.

Also, even with the laces very tightly tied, the tongue shifts to one side leaving the laces rubbing bare against ones sock which is very uncomfortable.

These will have to go back to store.

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5.0

The best yet

By 

from Washington DC

About Me Avid Athlete

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Cushions Impact
  • Good Arch Support
  • Good Fit Across Arch
  • Good Heel Grip
  • Good Traction
  • Lightweight
  • Responsive
  • Responsive To Surface

Cons

  • Wears Fast
  • Wears Quickly

Best Uses

  • Dry Weather
  • Trail Running
  • Uneven Trail

Comments about PureGrit 3:

Only negative is durability. This is the best trail shoe I've found yet.

  • 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 Trail Shoe!

By 

from Sandy, UT

About Me Avid Athlete

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Good Traction
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Tongue Slides To Side

Best Uses

  • Trail Running

Comments about PureGrit 3:

I love the low to the ground feel on these shoes. I have run a lot techy, rocky trails with lots of elevation gain/loss and these shoes haven't let me down. I have over a hundred hard trail miles on these so far and the lugs on the sole look fine. I have a narrow, low volume foot and love the fit on these.

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

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4.0

when the going grits tough...

By 

from Phoenix, AZ - 'Merica!!

About Me Avid Athlete

Pros

  • Agile
  • Comfortable
  • Good Traction

Cons

  • Tongue Flaccidity

Best Uses

    Comments about PureGrit 3:

    I have 200 miles on my PG3's (didn't own the 1's or 2's) and they are holding up really well. Most of my use is on rocky, dry, desert trail (Phx, AZ...). Here are my thoughts...

    Pros:
    - The shoe is 11oz, but feels quite light. I think that's because of the airy, flexible upper.
    - Because of that upper, the shoe doesn't heat up, even in the desert heat.
    - The lugs don't slip. Confident and nimble on dusty trails or slickrock climbs here in AZ.
    - My go-to shoe for long, easy and even interval days.

    Cons:
    - The tongue isn't gussetted or attached near the top of the shoe, so falls to the side immediately. Would like the loop at the top like on my Launch2's!

    Would definitely recommend this shoe to my trail running friends. Will be logging on to buy myself another pair soon!

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

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    4.0

    Comfortable dirt devils

    By 

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Dry Weather
      • Trail Running

      Comments about PureGrit 3:

      First things first,these shoes are very comfortable. They have enough cushioning without sacrificing feel for the trail. My PG3s have been tried and true on the wet trails in the Olympic Penninsula and they have always had plenty of traction regardless of dry or wet trails. If you want a nice light trail runner without sacrificing protection these are the perfect hybrid.

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

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      4.0

      No tongue issues yet...

      By 

      from Boulder,CO

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Good Traction
      • Lightweight
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Trail Running

        Comments about PureGrit 3:

        I don't know if this was added midway through production, but my shoes do have the "tongue anchor" or a loop on the tongue that prevents it from sliding to the outside. Does anyone else have these on their pg3's?

        I just got these shoes and will post again based on the wear of the lugs.

        • 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

        Needs to get a grip

        By 

        from Truckee, CA

        About Me Avid Athlete

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Cushions Impact
        • Good Arch Support

        Cons

        • Poor Traction

        Best Uses

        • Dry Weather
        • Trail Running

        Comments about PureGrit 3:

        Feels a size too big in heel area as I am used to a snug heel fit - lace hitch does fix it. This is similar to PureFlow 4 I just purchased/reviewed...is it me???
        The grip is below average on rocks dry or wet. I have given these some serious workouts since receiving them recently. When speeding up rocky paths you lose grip on your trailing leg which results in slipping and losing momentum. Frustrating. Improving the grip could make this a really good shoe.
        I have said I would recommend the shoe but it would be with a cautionary note about grip. It is fine on most other surfaces. e.g. dry, easy trail running.

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

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        5.0

        Great Trail Running Sneaker

        By 

        from Kernersville NC

        About Me Avid Athlete

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Beach
          • Dry Weather
          • Endurance Training
          • Trail Running
          • Wet Weather

          Comments about PureGrit 3:

          I really wanted to leave a review on this product as I have been using the product now for about a month consistently. Gotta say I love these trail beaters. I run about 4-5 half marathons/year and a 30K. I'd love to run more but my professional schedule does not permit that lifestyle...yet. A good portion of my training involves running trails, specifically a lake not far from me. I have been serious about running for about two years and I just turned 41yo. They are light and I definitely do not feel the fatigue as the miles rack up during a run like my Transcends. I feel that the hexagon cleats give me more traction on steep grainy hills. This is the first shoe with the rounded heel and I think that has helped improve my stride into a more efficient stride. My wife who is a more serious runner has even noticed my stride seems more relaxed and improved. I have read complaints about the tongue sliding over to the left constantly...have not had that issue at all. I read prior to buying them that someone double knots their laces and that fixed the issue...doesn't everyone double knot?! In closing this is a rugged, light shoe that is made for running hard packed trails. Soft enough to cushion the pounding while giving you a good feel for the terrain and encouraging a better stride.

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

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          4.0

          Pretty good..

          By 

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Avid Athlete

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Porous To Sand And Dirt

          Best Uses

          • Dry Weather
          • Trail Running
          • Wet Weather

          Comments about PureGrit 3:

          I ran across the Presidential Mts in NH 2x - super slick rock, around Lake Tahoe on the Tahoe Rim trail- all kinds of varied terrain, on the Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii-- wet- and a bunch of times around the Syncline Trail in Canyonlands-- steep rugged terrain- in and among regular training running on singletrack in Connecticut...

          ...In my first pair, and just reordered. These shoes are great, and handle sweet in all kinds of terrain except maybe the very slick. I have no worries gassing it all out on steep technical downhill, or anywhere.

          I do wish the uppers weren't so porous to sand and dirt, and thorns.

          • 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

          What a Feeling!

          By 

          from anchorage

          About Me Avid Athlete

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Good Traction
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Poor Cushioning

          Best Uses

          • Trail Running

          Comments about PureGrit 3:

          This one feels so close to the ground, and if you like that you will probably like this one. I've had no problems with the tread, though I am running on dirt trails with minimal rocks. Currently it's winter and I used them at 10 degrees F. Still felt great.

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

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          1.0

          Good fit but outer sole lacks longevity

          By 

          from Cape Town

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Wears Quickly

          Best Uses

          • Trail Running

          Comments about PureGrit 3:

          Fitted many trail shoes and the Pure Grit 3 was by far the most comfortable.

          However, after only 6 miles of trail, many of the lugs had big chunks missing and other were starting to come loose. I am a light guy and usually get very good milage out of shoes.

          My girlfriend ran the exact same routes in a different brand which did not show any wear as extreme as on the Brooks.

          For an expensive shoe marketed towards trail running I was expecting them to last much longer.

          Also, even with the laces very tightly tied, the tongue shifts to one side leaving the laces rubbing bare against ones sock which is very uncomfortable.

          These will have to go back to store.

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

          Comment on this review

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