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Sometimes you just need a shoe that gets you from here to there with no fuss. The Defyance 3 hugs your foot so you can focus on the run and not the fit. The shoe delivers a good feel for the road, yet delivers plenty of protection. It's not flashy, but it provides reliable performance for the neutral runner who logs daily miles. In short, it won't let you down.

Model Number:

Weight: 11.1 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (30mm), Forefoot (18mm)

How It Fits (based on width D) Width B=Narrow, Width D=Medium, Width 2E=Wide

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium to narrow
  • Midfoot: Low to medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box height: Medium
  • Arch Structure: Low

Product Lifecycle

  • Release date: December 2009
  • Model discontinued: November 2010
  • Model update: December 2010, Defyance 4
  • Heritage: Defyance 2



The Defyance 3 is moderate feature, moderate neutral shoe designed for daily training and high mileage. It is built with a semi-curved shape.


  • Hydroflow ST is located in the heel and is cushioning device which consists of a chamber filled with viscous fluid. Hydroflow ST is designed to attenuate shock, dampen impact forces and provide added heel stability.
  • Forefoot Hydroflow is located where the metatarsal head region of the foot rests in the shoe. Forefoot Hydroflow is designed to attenuate shock and dampen forces.
  • BioMoGo is Brook's premium midsole material. BioMoGo is designed to offer resilient cushioning and extends the full length of the midsole. BioMoGo is also environmentally friendly, as it will biodegrade 50 times faster in a landfill compared to traditional foam midsoles.
  • DRB Accel is located at the bottom of the midsole in the midfoot. DRB Accel is an injected thermoplastic polyurethane unit which is intended to balance support and torsional rigidity with responsiveness for smooth and fast heel-to-toe movement.
  • Stable Pod Configuration is a midsole/outsole design pattern intended to set the foot up for an efficient, balanced position from heel to toe. The focus of this design is on stability and responsiveness.
  • Element Mesh is a moisture-managing, breathable mesh that covers large expanses of the upper.
  • Synthetic Overlays are strategically located with the purpose of providing a secure fit.
  • Element Linings lie along the underside of the upper to aid in moisture transfer and comfort.
  • Internal Support Saddle is located in the midfoot with the purpose of providing a more secure midfoot fit.
  • Engage Sockliner
  • Cushsole S-257 Last utilizes a full length layer of advanced foam to provide cushioning and flexibility.
  • HPR Plus is a form of high abrasion-resistant rubber and is located in the heel.
  • Blown Rubber is located in the forefoot to provide responsiveness and flexibilty.
  • Stable Pod Configuration is a midsole/outsole design pattern intended to set the foot up for an efficient, balanced position from heel to toe. The focus of this design is on stability and responsiveness.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: Amazing Shoe. Perfect for the slight over-pronator who still needs all the cushioning and the responsive ride of an everyday neutral trainer. This shoe is very comfortable. Great for that added cushioning you need on your longer runs. Shoe fits over the foot great, no lateral movement like you may see in the Saucony Ride. Give this shoe a chance if you are a mid-foot striker looking for a responsive ride with plenty of cushioning but not all that bulky weight of the older glycerins, triumphs, vomeros etc.
From: Luke, KC, MO, USA

Comments: I have had a pair for only a few weeks and I'm already looking to replace them.  I had previously run in Air Pegasus, but took a chance with these just to try a different brand.  It's too firm in the forefoot and they are so uncomfortable to run in that I've had to stop and walk a few times.
From: Steve, Dillsburg, PA, USA

Comments: This shoe is simply the best ever.  I am a Cross Country runner in high school, and I put 600 miles on this shoe, and I want another.  I run about 45 a week and it holds up well.  Ive trampled through mud, rain, snow and ice and it has held up great!
From: Brady, Marion, IA, USA

Comments: They changed something for the worse with these compared to the Defyance 2. I can't quite pinpoint what it is. I think the upper goes up higher and in some cases rubs against my achilles area. I don't really like these as much. I liked the Defyance 2's better, but that's just me.
From: Rich, Freehold, NJ, USA

Comments:  This shoe is awesome! I wear tested it for Brooks last Fall and as soon as they were worn out I got another pair! They feel more like the first iteration of the defyance than the previous model and also improved on that feel. The upper is much more breathable/open and yet sinches down much better thanks to the lacing pattern and overlay notch which tightens in the right places and stays loose in the others to ensure a comfortable fit and feel. The cushioning as always with Brooks is superb and it has a great heel to toe transition for longer runs. All in all I would recommend this shoe for neutral to slightly overpronating runners who are looking for a shoe to log a lot of miles in.
From: Derrek, Utah, USA