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Women's PureGrit 2

Brooks PureGrit 2: lightweight trail running shoe for women

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$110.00 $66.00

Style #120133

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 Men'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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  • Color: 674

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Specifications

  • Shoe Category: PureProject
  • Arch: Medium, High
  • Body Build: Small, Medium
  • Platform: Anatomical Platform
  • DNA Layout: Biomogo DNA Layout
  • Construction Type: Strobel
  • Water-Resistant: No
  • Waterproof: No
  • Competition: Trail racing
  • Launch Date: January 1, 2013
  • Weight: 8.2 oz
  • Midsole Drop: 4 mm

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PureGrit 2
 
4.0

(based on 42 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good traction (28)
  • Lightweight (28)
  • Comfortable (26)
  • Cushions impact (23)
  • Breathable (22)

Cons

  • Uncomfortable (4)

Best Uses

  • Trail running (35)
  • Walking (4)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      90% 

      (37 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      95% 

      (39 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (32), High arch (5), Low arch (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (26), Casual/ recreational (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (38)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice lightweight trail shoe!

These feel light...weighing less than my usual road trainers by an ounce. (Weight makes a big difference, especially in racing if you encounter water, as anyone who has ever ran in...Read complete review

These feel light...weighing less than my usual road trainers by an ounce. (Weight makes a big difference, especially in racing if you encounter water, as anyone who has ever ran in very wet shoes knows!).

These are part of Brooks Pure line and are designed with a 4mm heel-toe drop. There is good arch support within them, but they still maintain a "natural" feel. The asymmetrical lacing feels comfortable, and once laced, I don't notice them again.

Compared with Brooks Cascadia8, these are a sleeker, nimbler model. The Cascadias feel more like a rugged hiking/running shoe with a wider toe box (too wide for my foot), but the PureGrits fit more closely with less sole and bulk to the upper.
How they performed
I was able to test the PureGrit2 shoes on a variety of trail surfaces: gravel, bark, grass, packed dirt and slick mud. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), I was unable to test them in loose sand, snow or icy surfaces.

The hardest test for the shoes was certainly mud, but in my 7 mile run with mud I lost traction only twice- both times going downhill on a very slick slope, and only momentarily. Overall, they handled very well on each trail they were worn.
You can red the rest of my review at http://smalltownraces.blogspot.com/2013/04/brooks-puregrit2-trail-shoe-review.html

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointed

I've been a Nike shoe wearer for years. I read so many raving reviews about Brooks and how they are THE BEST running shoes. So I bought a pair at a running expo. ...Read complete review

I've been a Nike shoe wearer for years. I read so many raving reviews about Brooks and how they are THE BEST running shoes. So I bought a pair at a running expo. I have worn these shoes over 20 times; running, walking, to work etc to try and break them in. There hasn't gone a day that they haven't given me blisters. I have blisters on the back of my heels every time I wear them. At first, I thought it was just because they were new and needed to be broken in, but after wearing them this many times I think that problem should have gone away.
I went back to my old Nikes and am still on the search. This pair will only be worn because I feel guilty for how much I spent on them; not because they are comfortable.

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5.0

Love them

By 

from louisiana

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about PureGrit 2:

    I love these!!! I was looking at the newer version but am concerned it's more bulky. I used these on the trail, on the road, as a travel-walking shoe, and sometimes as a cross trainer and finally wore them out. I have a slightly sunken arch in my right foot, so needed to put in an insole after a while. So glad I was able to get another pair!

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

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    4.0

    I like the shoe, but.....

    By 

    from Fresno, CA

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Durable
    • Good Arch Support

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about PureGrit 2:

        I normally run in Brooks and have had no problem; however, I would not recommend this shoe for long distance trail running. The 1st time I ran in the shoe for 16 miles on a trail and by the end of my run the bottom of my feet ached so bad. In order to try to determine if my aching feet were a result of the shoe, I ran in another brand of shoe on my next trail run. To my surprise I did not have any problems. I am very disappointed because I do not plan on wearing these shoes again, which means I wasted my money.

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

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        5.0

        the perfect shoe

        By 

        from Asheville, NC

        About Me Avid Athlete

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Good Traction
        • Lightweight
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about PureGrit 2:

          I was put in this shoe by my local retailer who simply swore by it. At first I was skeptical because I had tried the Cascadia in the past with mixed feelings. OMG! Transforming! So much so that, when I saw them on sale at Brooks, I had to have another pair!! Could not be happier!! the Perfect Shoe!!!!

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

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          4.0

          Trail Shoes for Road Runner

          By 

          from Richmond, VA

          About Me Avid Athlete

          Pros

          • Good Traction
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Trail Running

            Comments about PureGrit 2:

            Love the Brooks Pure Flow and wanted a trail shoe for winter trail running. These are "grippy" and responsive on the trail. Have to get used to how low they are cut around the ankles, but overall really like the shoes and look forward to trail running!

            • 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, even with my wide feet!

            By 

            from San Jose, CA

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Pros

            • Cushions Impact
            • Durable
            • Good Traction
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Narrow / Tight

            Best Uses

            • Trail Running

            Comments about PureGrit 2:

            Give them time...and the PureGrit 2 will become your favorite trail shoe! I have wide feet and weak ankles, so it took me years to find the right shoe...until I found Brooks. I have logged many miles over the last 10 years, training for half and full marathons, triathlons, and now an ultra marathon. I have a wider foot up top, so I appreciate the wider toe box that many of the Brooks styles offer. My last four pairs of running shoes have been the PureDrift, so I was nervous about trying something new, especially because many of the reviews mentioned that the PureGrit shoe was not made for wider feet. And on my first few runs, I felt the same way. But now that I've broken them in (which took about 10 miles worth of running to do), they are stretched out enough to be a super comfy shoe! This week I did an 8-mile and a 12-mile trail run in them and could not have been happier. The traction is great, and the cushion feels so nice, without making the shoe to bulky or heavy. Excited to wear these for my race!

            • 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

            Comfy shoe with some design flaws

            By 

            from Sierra Nevada, CA

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Pros

            • Breathable
            • Comfortable
            • Cushions Impact
            • Good Traction
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Wears Out Quickly

            Best Uses

            • Trail Running

            Comments about PureGrit 2:

            I run about 25 miles a week in these. I love the tread, the design, and the comfort of this shoe. I don't love that the blue foam at the toe section ripped apart after using for less than two weeks. Or that the mesh screen on the side of the shoes accumulates dirt and debris. Or that the soft interior lining picks up seeds like nobody's business! A mixed bag for sure. Hoping for improvements in the next version of the shoe.

            • 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

            not too bad

            By 

            from Houston, Tx

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

            • Breathable
            • Good Arch Support
            • Good Traction
            • Great with Jeans
            • Pronation Control

            Cons

            • Back Part Too High
            • Blisters On My Heel
            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Walking

            Comments about PureGrit 2:

            i'll admit that the split toe looks weird, not a fan of that, and the back support was too high, for me, gave me a blister the back of my ankle.

            • 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

            My go-to shoe!

            By 

            from Norfolk, VA

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Trail Running

              Comments about PureGrit 2:

              I first tried the PureGrit 2 two years ago after destroying several pairs of New Balance trail shoes relatively quickly. I have never been a big fan of Nike for running as I tend to stick to the trails. Friends were always telling me how they loved Brooks running shoes so I decided to give them a try.
              Great online shopping experience, the shoes came very quickly, and they fit like a dream. I didn't have to spend very long breaking them in and they quickly became the best running shoe that I have had thus far. The width and support are perfect for my somewhat weak knees and they translate well onto pavement. The grip is perfect for trails and isn't overwhelming when you hit a sidewalk or street. I would typically run 3-11 miles on the trails and I never got one blister. They are lightweight and breathable so no stinky feet!
              I am now on my second pair since I became pregnant and my feet grew a half size! They still fit perfectly and I don't think I will ever be looking for another running shoe. Highly recommend!

              • 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

              heel tab too high

              By 

              from missouri

              About Me Avid Athlete

              Pros

              • Breathable
              • Cushions Impact

              Cons

              • Poor Cushioning

              Best Uses

              • Walking

              Comments about PureGrit 2:

              I have owned and been quite happy with several pairs of pure grit I. The heel tab on the pure grit 2 is too high and rubs my skin raw. I will not be able to wear these very expensive shoes. Brooks basically told me "good luck finding new shoes." Thanks, Brooks!

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

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              4.0

              Happy so far

              By 

              from Eastern Washington State

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Trail Running

                  Comments about PureGrit 2:

                  I've had these shoes for about half a dozen runs so far, and really like them.

                  Pros: Grippy, lightweight, comfortable while running, seem sturdy, good for forefoot strikers

                  Cons: There is a crease near the base of my big toes that is REALLY uncomfortable while walking but somehow disappears while running; Not sure how long the laces will last - already there's a broken stitch to the side of one of the eyeholes, but hopefully the laces and eyeholes themselves will last longer

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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