Womens Brooks Defyance 3 Running Shoe

Women's Brooks Defyance 3

Item #BRK997
MSRP:$99.95
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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

Category Type:

NEUTRAL [?]
If you have high arches and need minimal support, Neutral shoes are right for you. Your feet will guide themselves more naturally through each step for your perfect running gait. When choosing running shoes, find your perfect fit using this chart. Category types are based on factors like arch height, running habits and body frame.

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
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Womens Brooks Defyance 3 Running Shoe
 
4.3

(based on 22 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (17)
  • Lightweight (14)
  • Cushions impact (13)
  • Breathable (11)
  • Durable (11)

Cons

  • Wears out quickly (4)

Best Uses

  • Road running (11)
  • Pavement (5)
  • With orthotics/inserts (4)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      81% 

      (17 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      90% 

      (19 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (11), High arch (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (18)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9)

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4.0

pretty good shoe

By erunner

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Avid Athlete

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Cushions Impact
  • Durable
  • Fast

Cons

  • Narrow / Tight

Best Uses

  • Road Running

Comments about Womens Brooks Defyance 3 Running 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.

  • Sizing:
  • Feels true to size
  • Width:
  • Feels too narrow
  • Arch Type:
  • High Arch
 
5.0

Excellent shoe from an excellent line

By Anna

from Lansing, MI

About Me Avid Athlete

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Breathable
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Good Arch Support
  • Great with Jeans

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road Running

    Comments about Womens Brooks Defyance 3 Running Shoe:

    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.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Average Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    3.0

    Brooks shoes

    By go laura go

    from Antioch, IL

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Arch Support

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Running

      Comments about Womens Brooks Defyance 3 Running Shoe:

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

      • Sizing:
      • Feels half size too big
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • High Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Love them!

      By reen22

      from Lynden, WA

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Breathable
      • Comfortable
      • Cushions Impact
      • Durable
      • Fast
      • Good Arch Support
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Running

        Comments about Womens Brooks Defyance 3 Running Shoe:

        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.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Arch Type:
        • Average Arch
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        3.0

        Good 1/2 marathon shoes

        By theothermarykay

        from corpus christi, tx

        About Me Avid Athlete

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Breathable
        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Road Running

          Comments about Womens Brooks Defyance 3 Running Shoe:

          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.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Arch Type:
          • High Arch
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Good Road Shoe

          By Trail Gal

          from Reno, NV

          About Me Avid Athlete

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Cushions Impact

          Cons

          • Narrow / Tight

          Best Uses

          • Road Running

          Comments about Womens Brooks Defyance 3 Running 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.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels too narrow
          • Arch Type:
          • Average Arch
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Great narrow medium cushion shoe

          By Asha

          from Las Vegas, NV

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Cushions Impact
          • Good Traction

          Cons

          • Wears Out Quickly

          Best Uses

          • Road Running

          Comments about Womens Brooks Defyance 3 Running 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.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Arch Type:
          • Average Arch
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          High Arch shoe

          By American Flyer

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Avid Athlete

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Breathable
          • Comfortable
          • Cushions Impact
          • Good Arch Support
          • Good Traction
          • Great with Jeans
          • Lightweight
          • Pronation Control

          Cons

          • Wears Out Quickly

          Best Uses

          • With Orthotics/Inserts

          Comments about Womens Brooks Defyance 3 Running 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.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Arch Type:
          • High Arch
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          great shoe!

          By scout

          from seattle, wa

          About Me Avid Athlete

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Breathable
          • Comfortable
          • Cushions Impact
          • Durable
          • Good Traction
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Road Running

            Comments about Womens Brooks Defyance 3 Running 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.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Arch Type:
            • Average Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Yet another great Brooks running shoe

            By grapevinerunner

            from Portland, Oregon

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Cushions Impact
            • Good Traction
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • With Orthotics/Inserts

              Comments about Womens Brooks Defyance 3 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!

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
              • Arch Type:
              • High Arch
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              love them

              By michelleaz

              from Sunny Arizona

              About Me Avid Athlete

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Breathable
              • Comfortable
              • Durable
              • Good Traction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Pavement

                Comments about Womens Brooks Defyance 3 Running Shoe:

                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.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels half size too small
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Arch Type:
                • Average Arch
                 
                5.0

                Love this shoe!!!

                By Pole dancer CP

                from Glen Allen, VA

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Breathable
                • Comfortable
                • Cushions Impact
                • Durable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Pavement

                  Comments about Womens Brooks Defyance 3 Running 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.

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Arch Type:
                  • Average Arch
                   
                  5.0

                  They look exact to the picture in person

                  By Health Pointe

                  from Jasper, IN

                  About Me Gym Rat

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Breathable
                  • Comfortable
                  • Cushions Impact
                  • Durable
                  • Good Arch Support
                  • Good Traction
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Walking

                    Comments about Womens Brooks Defyance 3 Running Shoe:

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

                    • Sizing:
                    • Feels true to size
                    • Width:
                    • Feels true to width
                    • Arch Type:
                    • Average Arch
                     
                    5.0

                    Durable, lightweight sneakers

                    By Roadwarrior13

                    from Paramus, NJ

                    About Me Avid Athlete

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Breathable
                    • Comfortable
                    • Cushions Impact
                    • Durable
                    • Good Traction
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • With Orthotics/Inserts

                      Comments about Womens Brooks Defyance 3 Running Shoe:

                      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!

                      • Sizing:
                      • Feels half size too small
                      • Width:
                      • Feels true to width
                      • Arch Type:
                      • Low Arch
                       
                      4.0

                      Defying gravity

                      By cwolfmoore

                      from Indiana

                      About Me Avid Athlete

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Breathable
                      • Comfortable
                      • Cushions Impact
                      • Good Arch Support
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • With Orthotics/Inserts

                        Comments about Womens Brooks Defyance 3 Running Shoe:

                        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.

                        • Sizing:
                        • Feels true to size
                        • Width:
                        • Feels true to width
                        • Arch Type:
                        • High Arch
                         
                        5.0

                        Great shoes!

                        By Candy

                        from San Diego

                        About Me Avid Athlete

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Good cushioning
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Wears Out Quickly

                        Best Uses

                        • Road Running

                        Comments about Womens Brooks Defyance 3 Running Shoe:

                        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.

                        • Sizing:
                        • Feels true to size
                        • Width:
                        • Feels true to width
                        • Arch Type:
                        • Average Arch
                         
                        5.0

                        Brooks does it again

                        By JennyJenJen

                        from Ellicott City, MD

                        About Me Avid Athlete

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Breathable
                        • Comfortable
                        • Cushions Impact
                        • Durable
                        • Good Traction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Pavement

                          Comments about Womens Brooks Defyance 3 Running Shoe:

                          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!

                          • Sizing:
                          • Feels true to size
                          • Width:
                          • Feels true to width
                          • Arch Type:
                          • Average Arch
                           
                          5.0

                          Love These Shoes

                          By Heather R.

                          from Fairfax, VA

                          About Me Avid Athlete

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Cushions Impact
                          • Durable
                          • Fast
                          • Good Arch Support
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Endurance Training

                            Comments about Womens Brooks Defyance 3 Running Shoe:

                            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.

                            • Sizing:
                            • Feels true to size
                            • Width:
                            • Feels true to width
                            • Arch Type:
                            • High Arch
                             
                            4.0

                            GREAT SHOE!

                            By Long distance student track athlete

                            from San Diego, CA

                            About Me Avid Athlete

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable
                            • Good Arch Support
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Wears Out Quickly

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Womens Brooks Defyance 3 Running Shoe:

                              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.

                              • Sizing:
                              • Feels true to size
                              • Width:
                              • Feels true to width
                              • Arch Type:
                              • High Arch
                               
                              3.0

                              Not my favorite

                              By J-Dawg

                              from TX

                              About Me Avid Athlete

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Poor Arch Support
                              • Poor Cushioning

                              Best Uses

                              • Endurance Training
                              • Gym
                              • Pavement
                              • Road Running

                              Comments about Womens Brooks Defyance 3 Running Shoe:

                              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.

                              • Sizing:
                              • Feels true to size
                              • Width:
                              • Feels true to width
                              • Arch Type:
                              • Average Arch
                               
                              4.0

                              Good Shoe...needs a narrower heel :(

                              By Mary the runner

                              from san jose

                              About Me Avid Athlete

                              Pros

                              • Controls mild pronation
                              • cushiony
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Heel large and slippy

                              Best Uses

                              • Pavement
                              • Road Running

                              Comments about Womens Brooks Defyance 3 Running Shoe:

                              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!

                              • Sizing:
                              • Feels full size too small
                              • Width:
                              • Feels true to width
                              • Arch Type:
                              • High Arch
                               
                              5.0

                              This is such a ...

                              By Lena

                              from Undisclosed

                              Comments about Womens Brooks Defyance 3 Running Shoe:

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

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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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