Comments: I love this shoe. Perfect for dirt trails in the east bay hills. Extremely comfortable and durable (I've probably got 500 miles on them). As someone else says, like ice skates on wet rock. Seriously. Also, the laces suck. They will not stay tied.
From: Carl, Oakland, CA
Comments: If you run this shoe on wet rock or wood you will break your neck. They are like ice skates. Other than that the tread performs flawlessly in dry conditions. Not so much suitable for technical terrain as it doesn't offer much protection. It does have the cushion for the long haul though. The rounded heel is a great feature and helps keep you on the forefoot. The split toe and mid sole do-hicky are just gimmics IMO.
I wasn't able to run much in these shoes, about 40 miles or so and then I had to return them. I will say the outsole seems pretty durable. But they were just too wide for my low volume feet. I could get a nice snug fit if I cranked down on the laces but then I would experience horrible top of the foot pain.
This shoe would be great for those who frequent non-techy trails and have average to high volume feet. As for me, they just didn't cut it.
From: Emil, PMV, GA.
Comments: I bought this shoes for trail running and have used it also for some hiking. Very comfortable and light, the forefoot is wide enough and allows the toes to spread and have more feel on the landing. This has more protection than NB mt101 since the thicker padding. The shoes grips well on rocks and trail, except in wet surfaces and tree stumps. Have slid on a wet rock surface and wet downhill soil couple of times. It drains well but the mesh is not that durable, a couple of thorn scrape have torn the mesh in a couple of places - would appreciate a more durable mesh structure. Overall, I think this is a great shoe for trails. I've used this for 4 races and still holding up.
From: Makay, Australia
Comments: Feels nice and snug on my somewhat narrow foot. It really does hug the foot, as they say. I can say that about this shoe. I live by gravel roads and need something tough, but minimal. These do the job very well. They are not heavy. I have wanted to try out different New Balance trail shoes, but I might just stick with another pair of these instead.
From: Cliff, Waverly, IA, USA
Comments: The Pure Grit are very comfortable feeling lightweight shoes that seem to get even a little better after a couple of runs in them. I have put significant miles on my pair, so far, including two trail races of approximately 15-18K and similar length training runs on a variety of terrain. As another reviewer stated, they do not grip well on damp smooth surfaces - I too slipped on a wooden bridge. For most other surfaces, including most southern California trails, they grip quite well. They also seem to have enough protection in the soles for all but the most rocky terrain. My complaint with them is that the uppers do not adequately hold my feet and it is difficult to lace them such that my fore-foot doesn't slip around excessively without being tight in the ankle and midfoot. This is a problem with technical trails and terrain with lots of downhill running where I'll quickly develop hot spots around the inside of my forefoot and big toe. Perhaps sizing down a half size would help, however the length of my standard size elevens is just about right and the shoe really does not seem too big. I also do not have any problem with heel slipping in the size 11's. I think the problem is mainly in the materials of the lightweight uppers. The elastic "Nav band" does nothing so far as I can tell.
Comments: I've been running in these for a little over a month now, roughly 150 miles logged. Overall, I would say the are an excellent shoe. I've used them more on the road, than the trails. This is my first exposure to a minimal type shoe, and I have slight over pronation. I've been averaging about 30 seconds per mile faster over my last shoe (Ghost 3).
Today I went on the wet trails for the first time. The traction is unique when compared to other shoes I have worn. On the trails they were fine, but there were two wooden bridge crossings that were extremely slippery. I was with 4 other runners and no one was slipping has much as I was in these shoes. This is the only negative I have found in these shoes.
These shoes are extremely light weight and very comfortable. They fit me true to size and had no issues with the strap Gus referred to, although I've read other people have cut it out as well.
From: Dan, Chicago, IL USA
Comments: I've used this shoe for 3 runs so far and I think this may be my new "go-to" shoe. I'm 155lbs, supinate slightly, run 5 days a week always on trails, durations between :45min to 2hours. First of all, I normally use size 11.5 and this shoe felt a bit bigger. I think I'm going to try a size 11. This shoe has just enough cushion to take the edge off landings. I like the roomy toe box, I like non-aggressive heel collar, there's bit of padding on the tongue (the tongue is a one-piece style -keeping additional trail crumbs out) -hmmm, the shoe feels like a sock. This shoe sort of reminds me of the first Nike Lunar Flys/Avants. The tread works well and isn't the type to get clogged up with dirt. I've used these shoes, so far, on dry hard trails and mile long sections of pavement. My only issue so far would be that I think I'm wearing a 1/2 size too big - this results in a bit of squishyness on off chamber sections and downhill turning. The rock plate isn't stiff, but it isn't as flexible as the NewBalance MT 101s. The low heel and moderate cushioning of this shoe makes the run VERY enjoyable - my landings are smooth, quiet, and efficient. The shoe has some arch, and a plastic structure in the heel area - not necessary in these modern efficient neutral trail shoes - also, the strap across the shoe might work if the shoe is closer fitting - it doesn't seem to have a function on my pair, it's loose - I'm cutting it out for better lace access. I'm going to try one size smaller with these Pure Grit units, and one size bigger in the Saucony Kinvara 2 units. Brooks did good work here. I would be comfortable all day in these shoes - 8+ hours of running. It's nice to see the cumbersome overlays and fake tech on trail shoes disappearing and the ounces going down.
From: Gus, Salinas, CA