Brooks Pure Grit 4

The Pure Grit is the lightest of Brooks trail running shoes, here newly updated for a third time. The upper is a tight, closed mesh with 3D printed overlays providing some structure was well as a layer of protection. The supportive midfoot strap, which Brooks calls the Nav band, adds a snugger midfoot fit, while flexing enough to accommodate differences in foot volume. The chassis carries over from round three, a low profile layer of BioMoGo foam with DNA added to the mix for very good cushioning. A forefoot rock plate, inserted between the midsole and outersole offers protection from rocky trails. The outersole features the same hexagonal shaped lugs from the previous round, their bite taming trails efficiently and effectively. In sum, the Pure Grit 4 is a solid performer that fits well, performs well and carries the Brooks trail tradition well.

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Testers: “Good, close fit all around. Flexible enough with decent traction. They did a great job for my weekend trail runs.”

Performance Trail


Sizes: Men 8–13,14; Women 5–11,12

Weight: 10.9 oz. (men’s size 11); 8.8 oz. (women’s size 8)

Shape: semi-curved

Construction: Strobel slip-lasted

Recommended for: medium to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics