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Womens Brooks Defyance 3 Running Shoe

Women's Brooks Defyance 3

Item #BRK997

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Women's BROOKS® DEFYANCE 3 :: Defy gravity in the third incarnation of this neutral super-cushioned trainer based on the best-selling Adrenaline™. The women's Brooks® Defyance 3 running shoe provides a hint of stability to steady the ride, and fewer overlays soften the upper. ½-ounce lighter! 8.6 ounces

Features & Benefits:

  • Rearfoot HydroFlow® ST: Enhances midsole cushioning providing additional comfort
  • DRB® Accel in midfoot: Single density compound engineered into midfoot for added support and torsional rigidity
  • Forefoot HydroFlow®: Forefoot-specific viscous fluid unit enhances cushioning under the ball of the foot, while improving flexibility
  • Full-length Bio MoGo midsole: Environmentally friendly midsole compound provides a soft, cushy, feel that lasts without sacrificing stability
  • Full-length S-257 cushsole: Provides excellent energy return and cushioning on every stride
  • HPR Plus outsole: High-density carbon rubber for increased traction and outsole durability
  • Stable-Pod configuration: Places your foot in an efficient, balanced position every stride for maximum stability and responsiveness
Product BRK997 Review


Yet another great Brooks running shoe


This is about my tenth pair of Brooks Defyance shoes (starting with the Defyance 1), and all have been very comfortable, great runners. I use custom orthotics for my high arches, and they fit into the shoes well. The Defyance 3 toe box seems just a little bit wider than the Defyance 2, but this worked well for me since the Defyance 2 were just a little tight in the toe for me. I am training for my third marathon in these shoes and have gotten no blisters so far. I'll probably order a few more pairs before they are replaced by a new model - who knows if the Defyance 4 will fit as well!


Portland, Oregon


Good 1/2 marathon shoes


I have been wearing for two years, but need to add inserts on top of the factory insert for arch support and to take up space in the heel. I have had some ball of feet issues with the shoes. I wore them for training for 1/2 and full marathons, but recently ran a marathon in them. I have never had blisters or black toe in any marathon before now. I had blisters on the bottoms of my toes during this race. I ran in the original Defyance and had great luck, but this model is a bit different and didn't perform as well as the original defyance. Avid Marathon and 1/2 Marathoner.


corpus christi, tx


Not my favorite


These shoes have taken too long to break in. I wore Brooks Ghost before and they felt better than Defyance. It's a very lightweight shoe but doesn't have enough support for me. I will order an insole to help with padding and arch support. I'm a Brooks fan but expected more from this shoe! I'm training for a half and have done a 9 and 10 mile run with these shoes...everything felt fine, no blisters, but just wish they had more padding. I would cautiously recommend this shoe to a friend.




great shoe!


I run in these shoes 3-4 times a week and have done several half marathons in them. I keep buying the same shoe over and over again because its so great. I can tell when I need to get a new pair because the cusioning gets packed down but I usually get about 300 miles in them. I think thats pretty good. I would recocomend this shoe to somebody who has an average arch and just wants a pretty basic solid shoe.


seattle, wa


Good Shoe...needs a narrower heel :(


I have high arches and need a lot of cushioning. I pronate a bit and need a bit of stabilizing. Shoes are lightweight, cushioned well (I weigh about 120). Need to use "loops" to cinch shoe around ankle and tie shoes horizontially if you have a high arch. Day 2 and I'm concerned that the wide was not necessary...the shoe slips a lot!

Mary the runner

san jose


Durable, lightweight sneakers


The Brooks Defyance 3 sneakers supported my running, spinning, and weight lifting routines for over six months. These durable sneakers provided excellent cushioning and traction throughout a hiking trip in Arizona. Additionally, the Brooks Defyance 3 sneakers accommodated my custom orthotics, providing a great fit!


Paramus, NJ


Great narrow medium cushion shoe


I run about 25 miles a week, and this is a great shoe for that. I have slightly narrow feet, and they don't slip around inside this shoe. I do feel like they cushioning wears out a bit quickly (about 200 miles) compared with other shoes I've worn, but the fit is perfect for me. I never had any blister or break in issues.


Las Vegas, NV


Excellent shoe from an excellent line


I love the Brooks Defyance line. I've been wearing them since the Brooks Defyance 2 came out and I haven't had any problems with the updates. I've had four or five pairs of Defyance 3s, and they're a great, comfortable shoe that lasts me at least 300 miles. I'll continue to buy these until they run out.


Lansing, MI


pretty good shoe


Run an average of 30 miles/week. Did get a blister the third day I wore these shoes, but have since been fine. I have to lace them really loose or else they feel way too tight and hurt my feet..have never had that problem with other Brooks models before. Overall satisfied, not sure yet if I will buy again as I have only been using for about 3 weeks.


Pittsburgh, PA

Great shoes!


These are great shoes. I just ran my 13th marathon in them, and they just felt great, with not even a hint of a blister, toenail issue or anything else. Nice and light for good paced running too. My only issue is that they wear out a little fast, but since I am a midfoot striker/supinator, this is partially due to that.


San Diego


Brooks does it again


I run about fifty miles a week on a mix between pavement and the treadmill. I love Brooks shoes, and this is just another great product from them. The shoes are incredibly comfortable and help protect my shins from all of my running. I highly recommend them to anyone who wears Brooks regularly!


Ellicott City, MD


High Arch shoe


It does a good job of supporting my arches while gving me the needed support in my heels. It is not quite as good as the Radius but it is a good substitute. I just which hte tread would not wear out as fast.

American Flyer

Atlanta, GA


love them


I am a advid asics user but found that they changed up their neutral shoes and now there is not one that works for me so I decided to try brooks instead. I do like these no blisters or shin splints so far and they have an ok arch support...wished for maybe a little more.


Sunny Arizona


Defying gravity


this is my 3rd generation of defyance and each has met or exceeded my expectations. the defyance 3 is a light weight, cushioned trainer. just did a half marathon and had a great run.






I love them. They have lots of arch support and fit perfectly. I bit expensive for me. This is my second pair of brooks and another sucess. My old brooks lasted for about 2 seasons. Crosscoutry and track.

Long distance student track athlete

San Diego, CA


Good Road Shoe


I rarely run roads, so bought this for the times when friends call to do pavement. The width is a bit tight, and I have a narrow foot, so keep that in mind when ordering.

Trail Gal

Reno, NV


Love them!


I just ordered 2 pairs because I love them so much. I have already gone through 2, and have not had a better pair of running shoes.


Lynden, WA


Love this shoe!!!


I love Brooks shoes. And more importantly, my knees love Brooks shoes. I feel like I have great support, yet the shoe is lightweight and durable.

Pole dancer CP

Glen Allen, VA


Love These Shoes


These are the best running shoes I've ever worn. I need a wide toe box and have a narrow heal and these fit perfectly.

Heather R.

Fairfax, VA


They look exact to the picture in person


I enjoy wearing the shoes for all gym exercises and for outdoor running.

Health Pointe

Jasper, IN


Brooks shoes


I bought a size 1/2 larger as suggested I feel they are 1/2 to big.

go laura go

Antioch, IL

This is such a ...


This is such a comfortable shoe! The fit is really great and the cushioning is perfect, too.



Womens Brooks Defyance 3 Running Shoe

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1.    Lena rated this product 5 stars
Thu, November 19,2009:
This is such a comfortable shoe! The fit is really great and the cushioning is perfect, too.
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