Men's BROOKS® PUREFLOW 2 :: You may think it's hard to combine ultra light construction with seriously plush cushion, but the men's Brooks® PureFlow 2 makes it a reality. Stay on the natural running path while experiencing updated comfort that will keep your feet happy for miles. Enjoy more support and improved alignment from the newly added Nav Band as it wraps your foot for a better fit. You'll feel light on your feet and experience a cushy landing in this updated minimal runner. 8.8 ounces
I have been training and racing in 5k racing flats, up to 70 miles a week. I like to race distances from 5k to the Marathon. Most of my runs include both road and trail running. So I've been looking for something with a bit more cushioning , that still has a minimalist/low heel-to-toe drop, good tread wear, acceptable for road and trail running. The PureFlow does some of that.
I like that the shoe is light, provides extra cushioning, and enables a forefoot strike running form. Also, the high carbon rubber pads on the sole should provide a long lasting tread.
Unfortunately, there are a few things about this shoe that don't quite work for me. Traction on wet asphalt is terrible - you can feel the shoe slipping an inch or more with every push-off. My biggest issue has to do with the sole design. Because the sole is not flat, this shoe has a tendency to cause my feet to roll (outward) when running on trails. In over 25 years of running, rolling my ankle has never been a problem, yet on a recent run I managed to roll both my left and right ankle, one of them causing a significant sprain. I think the shape of the sole is designed in such a way that the shoe's reaction is unpredictable when running on rocks and roots.
The PureFlow is not for me, but I like Brook's Pure philosophy. I'm going to try the PureGrit next and see if it does what I need.
I run in Brooks and Saucony shoes for years and always felt these two brands were the best for fit and durability. I switched from Brooks Ghost and Glycerin to the PureFlow 2 to try out the minimalist type running shoe. The shoe does run slightly narrow and there are some pinch points on the top of my foot and at the (big) toe but it only affects my left foot. When I run however I really don't feel any pinch points. It's only when I'm standing in them. They feel great when running and probably the best shoe I ever ran in. The PureFlow 2 is light weight with some cushion to soften the blows when hitting the pavement. The heel sits lower and when I first wore them they felt weird but it did help me with a mid-foot strike and less of a heel strike. They also seem to help me with running up-hill. I switch back and forth to my Glycerins to the PureFlow 2 and I easily take off 30 seconds from my mile pace. My only complaint is that I put 71 miles on the PureFlow 2 and they are already showing wear on the heel. I would like to get more than 100 to 150 mile out of them especially when I'm use to getting 300 to 500 miles out of my other Brooks shoes. Maybe that is the price you pay for the minimalist.
Like to run
Great all around shoe
Great shoe. I use it as a workout shoe and occasional runner, prefering my Brooks Ghost as my primary running shoe on pavement. My review is based on my use, which is not purely running.
I got the Pureflow to try and give my foot more exercise in an attempt to help strengthen it and reduce my plantar fasciitis. Initially my feet were tired and sore after wearing these for a few hours, but now they are fine. Great shoe to just wear around town, go to the gym, and run on. Perfect for cross training in gym: bike, treadmill, weights.
These are very lightweight, and the fabric is very breathable. Almost too breathable when the weather is cool and rainy. Water goes right thru the fabric, with no hesitation.
Asymetric lacing pattern takes a while to get used to, getting the fit just right, but you figure it out.
The Pureflow 2 has the least arch support of all the Pureflow models in my opinion, and the toe box feels the widest as well. The Pure Connect is much more snug fitting, with noticable arch support, and not nearly as roomy feeling (think track shoe/spikes). Given the snug fit and arch support, the Connect were not what I was looking for, but the Flow were perfect.
Not as Good as the PureFlow 1
I was a big fan of the PF1, and I was excited to try the PF2. So far (after a few weeks), I have been a bit disappointed. The only problem I ever encountered with the PF1 was poor traction on wet pavement. It seemed that this problem was universal to all wearers, but it was not addressed in the new version. Instead, Brooks narrowed the toe box (which I can live with, but I preferred the wide toe box in the first generation) and adopted an asymmetrical lacing system and tongue. Apparently people complained about tongue slippage in the PF1. I never encountered this problem in the two pairs that I went through. So far I have found the sewn in tongue to be annoying and of no real benefit. It also could be responsible for pain on the top of my foot and my arches - neither of which I experienced in the PF1 (although those pains seem to go away after about 2 miles). Other than that, the ride is similar to the PF1. Whereas I enthusiastically recommended the PF1 to friends, I would recommend the PF2 with reservations. It is still a good shoe, but as usually seems to be the case, not as good as the previous version.
I am 6'1" 165lbs and run 30-35 miles a week. Recent 5K time of 19:25. Previously ran in ASICS Gel Landrith 7. Wanted to transition to a flatter shoe to get a more efficient foot strike. Have over 100 miles in the PureFlow2 and absolutely love them.
I used a build up approach over several weeks to transition into the PureFlow2, but now run in them everyday - typically 5-6 miles at 6:30-7:00 min pace. I am getting a very efficient mid-foot landing with good cushion. Plus these shoes are very light. The only negative is the poor traction on wet asphault or concrete (no problem on dry surfaces or wet packed dirt trails) - otherwise I would have given 5 stars.
If you are looking to transition to a flatter shoe, I would highly recommend the PureFlow2.
I really liked the Pure Flow 1(PF1). I ran over 300 miles before the mesh near my small toe started to rip on both shoes. I believe 50-100 miles were left in the shoes if not for the tears. I emmediately went to the store in pursuit of the PF2. I immediately noticed the shoe runs a 1/2 size smaller. Not a big deal if you figure this out prior to purchasing the shoes. I then realized the PF2 is more narrow than the PF1. Once again, not an issue if your feet are average width. I took them home and ran 7 miles right out of the box. No issues at all. No break in time needed. I also noticed the lace design changed from traditional to offset. This didn't change the fit of the shoes. I highly recommend this shoe to those who don't heel strike. Awesome.
happy with this shoe
Nice minimal shoe that doesn't feel overly minimal. I used it to train for half marathons - anywhere from 15 to 30 miles per week, and the shoes are over 200 miles so far with no sign of undue wear. I'm mostly on paved trail or road/sidewalk surfaces, but I also do some grass & gravel trails, and these shoes seem fine anywhere. I had seen other reviews saying that these shoes are slippery on wet pavement. That is somewhat true, but it's not near as bad as I thought it would be.
I've been very pleased with the fit and feel of this shoe - very comfortable. I can't find anything negative to say about these shoes.
The Brooks Pure series creators seem to know more about creating great shoes than most others. For me, this version is considerably better than version 1, and the improvement is mainly in the toebox. I have a wide forefoot, but the Pure Flow 2 accommodates it nicely. Some have said the 2 is narrower than the 1--I don't think so. In any case, the shape of the toebox is an improvement and allows for a solid ball-of-the-foot landing without pinching. I like the feel of the shoe on pavement, not too hard or soft but protective and yet supple. I do Chi and Pose running form, and this shoe is the best I've found so far at supporting my desired gait. Highly recommended.
Even better than the original
5/11 180lbs male runner 25 miles a week. Ran in the original Flow for over a year, went through three pairs. These are better than the originals in that the upper is a bit more comfortable without being constrictive. Lower and mid are the same, feels like the first iteration on the bottom, more elastic and form fitting on top, while having the same wide toebox. I tossed the laces Brooks sent for a pair of lock laces...even better. Bottom line: buy these while you can! Phenomenal shoe.
Lips the Marine
Liked the 1 better than the 2
Ran in the Pure Flow 1 for 300 miles and really liked it. The only problem was the tongue moving to the side but it was not big of a deal. Was excited about the 2 b/c one of the improvements was the tongue problem. Unfortunately, it does not seem as wide and consequently my feet tend to hurt on most runs. The 1 also seemed to have a bit more cushion. Ultimately, I am running again in the 1 until I can find a suitable replacement in the minimalist category. I am 5'9", 160# and run 20 mi/week at 730-800 pace. I am open to suggestions for a minimalist shoe. Have been running in minimal shoes for about 3 yrs now.
Loved the original-new one not so much
I use this shoe at the gym. The first pure flow model was awesome. I ended up buying three pair. The pure flow II came with two changes I'm not crazy about.
The toe box is cramped (I have a wide foot) and the tongue is attached on one side.
They're ok, but I'm not crazy about them like I was for the original. Also the toe box has an annoying habit of pinching my toes when doing push-ups or other floor exercises.
tighter and more narrow than the flow 1
If you came from wearing the first generation of the flows, you will walk away feeling a little to confined in these in comparison. I don't feel my toes have the room to move around like the flow 1s. Also, I liked the tounge in the first gen more in that the shoe was easy on and easy off. Now the new upper makes the shoe more difficult to put on.
They also seem to be less flexible compared to the first generation. Im going to return these for either the connect or some other brand.
Love these shoes. I've been running in New Balance Minimus for road running for the last couple of years and wanted to get more cushioning. It took a few runs to get used to the extra cushioning but now I don't want to run in anything else. My legs feel less tired after runs and I feel more efficient. Very happy with them.
San Diego, CA
Crazy light and comfy!!
I ran a three mile trail run the first time out with these, they felt comfortable so I did a 12 mile road run the next day finding them to be comfortable, flexible and just enough cushioning for the run. I continue to use these for about 20 to 30 miles of my runs each week.
Great transition shoe
Bought these for my transition from cushion to minimalist running. The drop from 12mm to 6mm toe to heel offset seems perfect, but the surprise was the extra power I got from freeing the big toe due to the extra width in the toe box.
More stable, better push off. Couldn't be happier.
I just switched over from a 3-year run with Asics and found the teansition to be seamless. The lightest sneaker I've ever run in and feels like a mid-weight shoe! The only drawback is I'm seeing a tendancy to revert to mid-to-heel strike vs. mid-to-ball strike.
Garden City, NY
I'll buy this product again.
I'm 66 and have been running since 1979. These are the best shoes I've found in many many years. However, their traction is questionable on snow/ice covered roads and I wish they came in a basic white color. Still, I will buy them again and again.
Worst shoe ever
Shoes felt comfortable when put on, but after one minute of running my calves were is sharp pains. Had to take off shoes and walk home. Switched into pair of Saucony Kinvaras went right back out to run and was fine. Never had that happen with shoes before.
would not buy this shoe
They put a 4mm wide strip on the top of the toe box for style. The strip starts in the front center and continues out and up to the eyelets. that strip rubbed the top of my toe raw on a 10 mile run.
The only issue is the lacing system.
I run 4.5 hours per week and wear these shoes for 75% of that time. I like the feel and the fit but am not enamored by the lacing system, seems to squish up toward the toes.
New upper is fantastic
I was a fan of the first version, with these carrying over the great sole while improving the upper. I particularly love the new tongue and lacing. Highly recommend.
Just so comfortable and light. Great fit for a wide foot since Nike Free are no longer wide enough with new styling across the top of the shoe.
Solid shoe; will consider buying again
This is my training shoe. I put them and just started my session as normal. Second run was a 20 miler with no pain; hot spots or issues
I've been searching for a minimal shoe with enough cushion to rack up miles in and I think I've finally found the one.
Atlantic Highlands, NJ
Love these shoes
Love the shoes. I even got them wet running on the beach and still ran another 8 miles in them.
this is a great shoe
Love this shoe. It is my fourth pair since the show was launched just over a year ago.
A little tight compared to the PureFlow1
Tight fit. Narrow in the toe box compared to the PureFlow 1
Frank the jogger
Run about 25 miles a week. Lightweight. Great shoe.
Great feeling shoes! switched from Asics
Nice shoes! Thanks for helping me find them.
Fountin Valley, CA
Great shoe. Felt good in last 5k
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