Thursday, September 22, 2011

Brooks Pure Grit Coming Up Quick

If you are a long running trail fiend than you may be anticipating the launch of Brooks Pure Grit. Having just started leaving the pavement for softer footing, the Brooks Cascadia was at the top of the shopping list. Mainly there was a need for hiking footwear due to an upcoming Grand Canyon Adventure, but also something that doubled as a good trail shoe for future endeavors.

Brooks Pure Grit
Knowing a little back ground of Ultra-Marathoner and Mad man Scott Jurek, who helped the design the Cascadia as well as the new Pure Grit, it was somewhat reassuring that the shoe would integrate what he felt was needed. While timing was imperative, the October 1st launch of the new Brooks Pure Grit trail shoe was a bit too long of a wait.

Personal problems aside, this new trail runner looks like an amazing minimalist option that foregoes the monkey toe aesthetic and also comes in larger sizes for those with the gargantuan stompers, at least up to size 14. This has been an issue with the Vibram Fiver Fingers. Weighing in at a little over a half pound the Pure Grit is a quarter pound less than the Cascadia. This could be of concern if you are not accustomed to minimalist shes and have a larger body to support, but this could make you a speed demon in the dirt with the lack of heft weighing the dogs down.

Brooks Pure Grit Outsole
the lobster man style outsole allows for a high degree of toe flex, which they note helps the big toe align your foot for an efficient stride. Keeping your feet straight can take a lot of focus, but greatly improves run times and minimizes various ailments that can effect the joints and feet. An injured runner is a useless runner and anything that keeps our feet moving is ok with us.

The video provided below gives a great overview of all of the ins and outs of the trail shoe. Having burned through hundreds of miles in their shoes with minimal injuries, mostly due to stupid laps in focus with twisted ankles, it is easy to attest to the expertise that Brooks put into their shoes. Plus, if they are collaborating with long runners like Scott Jurek who ran 165 miles in a 24 hour period, you know that they look to those that "do" for continual improvements in design for efficiency. After all humans are running machines that simply need a proper footing for a modern world.

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