A shoe originally inspired by the minimalist trend of increased ground feel through low stack height and low heel-to-toe drop, the PureGrit 6 keeps many beloved aspects of the shoe intact from the previous iteration. It still features its signature 4mm drop, tightly spaced hexagonal lugs on the outsole, a ballistic rock plate to guard against stone bruising, and a rounded heel that purports to minimize stress on your joints.
Keeping in line with past trends in successive PureGrit updates, Brooks has managed to shave off a few more fractions of an ounce for a lighter-than-ever PureGrit 6. But most of what’s new in this version involves innovations in the uppers. The 6s do away with a midfoot-wrap overlay, replacing it instead with a 3D rubber logo print that Brooks claims “enhances fit and adds durability without bulk.”
Although the rubber print looks neat, it’s hard to imagine it provides much of a benefit in the way of technical performance. Most of the uppers’ lateral support comes instead from the tongue’s internal gussets, which are made of a stretchy material that snugly hugs the midfoot for a secure, supportive fit.
The 6s also add a lace pocket on the tongues for tucking the laces into once tied—again, a nice visual feature, but perhaps lacking somewhat in practical usefulness. Unless you routinely trip over your traditional tie laces, it seems like more hassle than it’s worth to bother hiding the laces away on these, but perhaps this is a matter of personal preference.
Overall, these are very comfortable out of the box, especially if your feet are on the narrower side and prefer a precise fit. With such a low stack height that keeps them feeling exceptionally nimble, the PureGrit still manage to pack in a surprising amount of cushioning. The padded heel collars are a nice touch as well.
The PureGrit 6 will be available in June 2017.
• Stack height: 19mm heel; 15mm forefoot
• Heel-to-toe drop: 4mm
• Weight: 9.6 oz. (men’s); 7.8 oz. (women’s)
• Price: $120