8.2 Excellent A decent package overall. It performed well (despite the firmer and more narrow last), has a low heel-to-toe differential (for smoother and speedier transitions), and a slightly above average price. Neutral runners don't overlook this one!
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The Brooks PureFlow 5 is a lightweight neutral runner that’s designed for more speedy and quick workouts. It’s upper has been revamped thanks to a 3D printed stretchy mesh along with a new sole unit that’s said to be made up of a lighter yet equally responsive material. Read below to get a more in-depth analysis of the shoe.
Brooks PureFlow 5 Performance
This year’s iteration of the PureFlow has a one-piece 3D printed upper that’s made of a starchy synthetic material that will wrap and hug your foot like a sock. It performed great in terms of form-fitting capabilities and breathability, but some found the toe box a bit snug which led to some cramping of toes during runs.
The sole unit has also been revamped, being made of a new foam material (called DNA LT) that’s said to be 10% lower in weight when compared to Brooks’s original DNA composite material. It provides a slightly more firmer ride when compared to previous iterations but will perform just fine for those in search of a lightweight neutral runner.
Brooks PureFlow 5 Design
The look and feel of these shoes is actually quite sleek and elegant. The 3D print upper looks great and the redesigned sole unit works great with its relatively low stack height. This is actually one of the few shoes I’d be more than willing to wear for daily use with an everyday outfit.
Brooks PureFlow 5 Price
At an MSRP of $140, the PureFlow 5 is a bit on the pricier side for lightweight neutral runners. The outsole is fairly durable so you’ll get good mileage, which means the miles-used against the total amount spent does pan out in the end. Nevertheless, there are other cheaper options available in this category.
- Weight: Mens 9.2Oz and Womens 7.8 Oz
- Heel-to-Toe Offset: 4mm
- Type: Neutral
- Terrain: Road