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Men's PureFlow 3

Brooks PureFlow 3 Men's Lightweight Running Shoes

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$100.00 $65.00

Style #110162

Embrace lightweight without losing cushion in the get-up-and-go PureFlow 3. We've fine-tuned features like a more rounded heel, sculpted the medial side while integrating a wider Nav Band, and repositioned the Toe Flex to better align your stride. So all you feel is that sweet cushion, and all you need is the open road.

We’re not the only people going with the Flow: Runner’s World Magazine named the PureFlow 3 its "Best Update" in their March 2014 issue. The editors praised new design for its smoother landing, more flexibility in the forefoot, and improved fit; calling the PureFlow 3 "a bargain-priced trainer that handles a lot of miles."


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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What's New

PureFlow 3

  • BioMoGo DNA midsole provides adaptive cushioning
  • Rounded heel offers better alignment, minimizing stress on joints
  • Omega Flex Grooves add stability and flexibility
  • Nav-band wraps your foot for comfortable security
  • No-sew overlays give ultimate comfort
Great for road running

Great for road running

Ideal for Medium to High Arches

Ideal for medium to high arches

Midsole drop

Midsole drop 4mm

Weight

Weight 8.4 oz

Ideal for normal pronation

Ideal for runners with normal pronation

Technology

DNA Midsole

An innovative cushioning system that adapts to runners of all sizes and speeds, providing a custom ride.

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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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DNA Midsole

What is it?

Brooks DNA is an innovative and uniquely adaptive cushioning system. By adapting to your specific weight, pace, gait and running surface, DNA offers customized cushioning and adds a spring to your step.

Traditional cushioning takes a one-size-fits-all approach, but we know that each runner is different. Brooks DNA was developed to continuously tailor the level of cushioning to your specific needs – even as they change during the run.

How does it work?

Brooks DNA is made up of a highly viscous non-Newtonian material or more simply put, a material that adapts to the specific force you apply to it. Part of the brilliance is that this compound was engineered to perform at the molecular level (picture millions of resilient 'nanosprings').

If you looked at Brooks DNA through a microscope, you'd see that it's made up of individual molecules connected in strands. These strands (which form chains) react to the amount of force placed on the foot, dispersing pressure and providing resiliency. Bottom line of this physics lesson: You get tailored cushioning that reacts to your specific weight, pace, gait, movement and running environment – "made-for-me" cushioning vs. "one size fits all."

And, as with all good technology, we’ve taken it a step further (two steps actually):

  • BioMoGo DNA is DNA technology blended with the BioMoGo midsole to provide adaptive cushioning throughout the midsole vs. just in the heel and forefoot.
  • BioMoGo DNA midsole includes an organic, non-toxic additive that biodegrades the midsole 50 times faster than traditional EVA when it comes into contact with anaerobic landfill microbes (otherwise known as active, enclosed landfills).

  • 30% more cushioning than standard midsole materials (gel or EVA)
  • Twice as much energy return for more pep in your step
  • Great performance no matter your weight or running pace
  • Smoother transition from heel to toe

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: PureProject
  • Arch: Medium, 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: January 1, 2014
  • Weight: 8.4 oz
  • Midsole Drop: 4mm

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PureFlow 3
 
4.0

(based on 60 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (49)
  • Comfortable (46)
  • Cushions impact (36)
  • Responsive (32)
  • Arch support (21)

Cons

  • Wears quickly (14)
  • Narrow / tight (9)
  • Uncomfortable (8)
  • Too stiff (6)

Best Uses

  • Dry conditions (33)
  • Distance / endurance (31)
  • Gym (18)
  • Walking (14)
  • Wet weather (9)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      83% 

      (48 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      81% 

      (47 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (43), High arch (7), Low arch (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (40), Casual/ recreational (10), Gym rat (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (55), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Shoe

The new PureFlow 3's are awesome. I loved the PureFlow 1's and not a fan at all of the PureFlow 2's, in fact I gave my 2's away after several...Read complete review

The new PureFlow 3's are awesome. I loved the PureFlow 1's and not a fan at all of the PureFlow 2's, in fact I gave my 2's away after several uses. The new PureFlow 3's are great. I use them for running and CrossFit on the days i'm either running or doing box jumps. They are very comfortable and the Black/Red colorway looks much nicer than in the photo's.
Anyone who loved the PureFlow 1's i would suggest to pick up a pair of the new 3's because this is an upgrade to the 1's and you will be very happy with them. I just hope they come out with some other (bright) colorways this year so I can have a variety when my current pair wears out. Not a fan of the blue and all black. Brooks, I loved the original men's blue on the PF 1's, they rocked and i got tons of compliments and the original greens were pretty awesome as well.
Great shoe, if you hit the gym, run, into triathalons or CrossFit i suggest you pick up a pair of these shoes I promise you won't be disappointed!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointed PureFlow no longer fits

The changes in the upper from the PureFlow 2 to the PureFlow 3 are much more significant than other reviews led me to believe. I've now run twice in the 3's (6 miles...Read complete review

The changes in the upper from the PureFlow 2 to the PureFlow 3 are much more significant than other reviews led me to believe. I've now run twice in the 3's (6 miles and 9 miles) and fear I've lost my favorite shoe. The upper is too narrow, too constricting, and the outsides of my ankles rub on the shoe.

The PureFlow 1 and 2 were my favorite shoes ever. I went through six pairs. I loved the weight, the cushioning, and the fit. I was never injured and they always felt great--whether I ran 15 miles a week or 35.

The 3s have now changed in ways that don't work for my foot. First, the upper is too narrow. On my first run, my feet starting falling asleep a mile into the run. I loosened the laces as much as I could, but the nav band and the upper-most lace still felt too tight (and I've run out of lace). Second, the outside of my ankle rubs on either the ankle-pocket or the wrap-around tongue (I suspect it's the ankle-pocket, but it's hard to see that while running).

During my 9 mile run today, my feet never fell asleep, but the upper still feels too tight. I don't believe I need a larger size since I have a full thumb-width between my big toe and the end of the toe-box. Throughout my run I played with the laces and tongue, but I couldn't eliminate the ankle-rub, and the uper-most lace always felt too tight across my tendons.

The cushioning in the 3 feel great--as good as ever. But the upper is a deal-breaker for me.

I guess I'll stock up on left-over 2s and hope Brooks quickly makes minor changes to make the upper a little more like the old shoes.

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5.0

a good shoe

By 

from md

About Me Avid Athlete

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Dry Weather
    • Endurance Training

    Comments about PureFlow 3:

    Better foot bed design than the 2. A little wider, bigger toe box + the insert wasn't a torture device. Able to run 5 miles right out of the box with no problems.

    • 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

    Great Shoe

    By 

    from Michigan

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • My Just Running Shoes
      • Trail Running

      Comments about PureFlow 3:

      These are my running shoes, after I wore out my shoes I purchased 2 more pair so I would have great shoes for the year. I about 230 pounds and I get 260 miles running with the pure flow 3. Great Shoe

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Average Arch

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      5.0

      Nice!

      By 

      from Glenville, NY

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Endurance Training

        Comments about PureFlow 3:

        These just feel so good. I love the fit, firm midshoe with plenty of room for my toes. Flexible, but yet very cushioned. I couldn't ask for anything more. Not sure about the durability yet.

        • 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

        Great low rise shoe!

        By 

        from Norfolk, VA

        About Me Gym Rat

        Verified Buyer
        Staff Reviewer

        Pros

        • Captures Foot
        • Comfortable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Dry Weather

          Comments about PureFlow 3:

          I have worn out a pair of pure flow 2s and this is my second pair of pure flow 3s. When I began running I had quite a bit of achilles discomfort due to tight calves. The low rise pure flow line of shoes has helped this problem.

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

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          4.0

          nearly perfect

          By 

          from Hillsboro Or

          About Me Avid Athlete

          Verified Buyer
          Staff Reviewer

          Pros

          • Built Tough
          • Comfortable
          • Looks great

          Cons

          • Top Strap Unnecessary

          Best Uses

            Comments about PureFlow 3:

            I love nearly everything about this shoe. It feels very sturdy and well built. Most new shoes need to be broken in before they feel "at home" comfortable. These shoes felt like a hug on my feet the moment I put them on and comfortably ran a 6 mile test run. the one downside is the elastic strap under the laces that goes over the top of my foot. The strap is unnecessary as I can already tighten laces (and I like them a touch loose) I cut that strap out.

            • 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

            Great shoe, closer to pure flow 1

            By 

            from The natti

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Cushions Impact
            • Responsive

            Cons

            • Wears Quickly

            Best Uses

            • Dry Weather
            • Endurance Training
            • Gym

            Comments about PureFlow 3:

            The Pure flow 1 was still the best of the line after I wore 6-10 pairs of those shoes. The pure flow 2's were a complete miss and the pure flow 3 brings the shoe back closer to the first generation. A little more durability now but where the tongue overlays the laces it can rub the foot on long distance runs.

            I use these shoes for daily trainers with 40-50 miles per week and after 200-250 miles they are pretty much done, having lost their responsiveness. They are tricky and slick in wet weather and I would not advise them in these conditions. Overall a good-great shoe that has improved on the 2nd generation.

            • 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 shoe

            By 

            from basye, virginia

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Too Stiff
            • Wears Quickly

            Best Uses

            • Dry Weather
            • Gym
            • Wet Weather

            Comments about PureFlow 3:

            I bought the shoe because I'm doing high school track, and my old pair were worn out. I love my Brooks a lot better than my last pair the sole is better shaped, and the shoe feels more lively. I am a little scared of durability I scraped my toe on the track once, and now there is a large chunck missing.

            • 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

            Awesome!

            By 

            from San Diego

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Dry Weather
              • Endurance Training
              • Gym
              • Walking

              Comments about PureFlow 3:

              I've completed two 1/2 Marathon's in these. They are great shoes and highly recommended. It's a perfect balance between comfort and feeling the road. Can run really fast in them.

              • 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

              Love!

              By 

              from Dallas

              About Me Gym Rat

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Cushions Impact
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Dry Weather
                • Gym

                Comments about PureFlow 3:

                Took me a bit to get use to the narrower platform from the PureFlow 2. But once I did, love this shoe! Light, comfortable and just the right amount of cushion. No, it doesn't feel like a pillow. But it also doesn't beat you up even on long runs. Only down side is the coushioning does break down at about 325 miles. 350 is the max I put on these. But at the price, that isn't a terrible thing.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                2.0

                Not the Pureflow 1

                By 

                from Nyc

                About Me Avid Athlete

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Narrow / Tight

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about PureFlow 3:

                    Run in many pairs of flow 1. I feel that the strenght of the shoe was the super flexible upper that was very confortable and was giving a nice feel to the whole shoe. The flow 3 has a hard "kinvara like" upper and for my foot is not confortable at all. It is constricting and puts pressure on the side of the foot even with the laces untight. Will return them, sadly because the flow 1 were my N.1 easy mileage shoes.

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

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