The Pure Drift is the lightest shoe in Brooks Running Pure Project collection and is designed to ‘further amps up the runner’s connection with the ground and their body’. This new shoe features a natural fit, light mesh upper, and the ability to configure the shoe from a 4mm offset to a zero offset (zero drop) while maintaining comfort.
New to the Pure Project and only in the Pure Drift model is a dual Toe Flex design located at the three functional units of the foot, allowing for better balance and a springy push-off.
Also new in the Brooks Pure Drift is the removable insole or sockliner offering runners the option to customize their experience from a 4mm heel-to-toe offset or drop, ready to run out of the box, to a more extreme 0mm heel-to-toe offset or zero-drop.
The anatomically shaped upper provides a flexible and comfortable fit that moves naturally with the foot. Additionally, the curved heel is designed to encourage contact points to shift forward, bringing more spring to every step. The same BioMoGo (earth-friendly midsole) technology blended with Brooks patent-pending DNA smart cushioning is again used to create a springy return and custom comfort.
Previous models (Pure Connect and Pure Grit) that we have tested have too narrow a toe box, are slightly over-cushioned, and have a slightly stiff outsole. My pair of Pure Drift (US Men 10.5) weighs in at a lightweight 7.0 ounces with the sockliner (4mm drop), 6.6 ounces without the sockliner (zero drop).
Surprisingly, I am able to run with the sockliner intact – the toe box is both tall and wide enough to accommodate my 2E+ wide feet! And the 4mm drop has no impact on my midfoot striking and running gait. For a true zero-drop experience, you will have to remove the sockliner and feel the ground – and all the rocks and pebbles that you step on when running trails!!!
Running sockless as usual, I can honestly say that I’m pleasantly surprised and loved the Pure Drift, especially for trails. The only problem I have with muddy trails is cleaning the outsole – had to use both a tooth brush and a large brush. The clean white shoe laces did not fare well either – it got real dirty! But you do get an extra matching color (blue for mine, pink for my female wear tester) pair of laces.
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