Brooks Pureflow 3 trainers after running around in them for a week as part of the Brooks Try It On promotion. Basically, Brooks let you have a pair to try, you pick them up from participating stores and get a 25% of voucher at the end of the week to use against the cost of a new pair should you like them.
This is a bloody brilliant idea. More companies should do this. Take note, shoe companies, this is the way forward! Breweries too maybe? Ok, so maybe that wouldn't work.
This particular offer was limited to the Brooks Pure Project range comprising of the Cadence, Flow, Connect and Drift. These shoes are designed to promote "an efficient and natural foot strike", with the Cadence offering most stability and cushioning and the Drift the least.
I got a pair of the first version of the Pureflow a little over a year ago. I love 'em. I've run over 600 miles in the first pair I bought and have a second lined up and ready to go. Not bad for a shoe which Brooks say, due to its light weight construction, is only good for 200-300 miles.
With this offer coming along, I was keen to find out whether Brooks had screwed up what has been, for me at least, one of the best road shoes out there. Because let's face it, "new and improved" isn't always what it says it is now, is it? New, yeah no problems there, but improved, well that remains to be seen.
Well the good news is that Brooks have stayed close to the original design. Although there are some differences to the shape and some tweaks to the features that make the pure range unique, I couldn't really tell the difference between version 1 and version 3. Which is a good thing.
So, to summarise why I think these are an awesome shoe here are a few of the things that make them stand out:
Roomy toebox (though you will need to go up to one size up from normal to really see this)
Low drop (4mm)
Snug, comfy heel
"Nav Band" grips the mid foot keeping everything secure
Well cushioned - sufficient to run as far as necessary, certainly marathon distance.
Go try a pair, you might be surprised.