I picked up a pair of the new Brooks PureDrifts from TriSports.com to use as my race day shoes for this season. I chose these since I train in the Brooks pureGrits and the Pure line up of shoes all have the same 4mm hill offset (with the insert removed the Drifts have 0 offset)so this would make for a smooth transition from one shoe to the other.
The Drift is a neutral shoe and as with all the Pure line are designed for a mid/fore foot strike. The Drifts are not a fly weight shoe, but at 5.6oz. they are a great light shoe for longer distance races. The soles have two grooves that allow for toe flex. The cushioning is firm and allows for good feel of the surface. The lacing uses 6 loops and your choice of 2 sets of holes at the top.
My first test of the Drift was the Tucson Triathlon. The run was 5k. I used stretch laces but in trying the shoes on prior to the race found that with the laces tied in a comfortable tightness the shoes were hard to put on in a fast manner So I added lace locks. The stretch lace/lace lock combo combined with the Drifts one piece wrap around tongue made for a fast transition from bike to run. The shoe has lots of room in the toe box and the heel cup cradled my heel nicely. I ran the race sockless and had no issues with friction, blisters or hotspots. My foot stayed planted in the shoe. The upper material breaths well and molds nicely around the foot.
If you are a user of the Pure line up of shoes this is a great choice for a race shoe.
I had TriSports.com special order me a pair of the new Brooks Pure Grits (they carry the rest of the Pure line). I had been running in the Brookd Cascadia’s (very happy with the 5’s, not so happy with the 6’s) prior. I have been wanting to try a more minimalist shoe so decided to give these a try.
Out of the box.
I immediately noticed the light weight. The Grits weigh in at a hair under 10 oz., where as the Cascadia’s are just over 12 oz. The outsole is wide for a stable platform. The upper is a mesh type material. The Brooks stripe on the side is reflective for low light safety. The insole is soft and spongey to the feel. The Grits have a great fit. The toe box is wide and the heel fits snuggly.
On the trail.
Once on the feet the “spongeyness” of the midsole disapears and has a firm feel. My first run was a 9 mile run on desert trails…dry, hardpack, rocky, sand, and gravel with 1500 feet of accending and descending. During the run my feet stayed firmly in place in the shoe. I had no blisters or hot spots. The lug pattern of the soles had great grip on the varying ground surfaces. The soles offer much more flex than typical trail shoes. The uppers left my feet cool in the late morning heat (85-90 degrees). The minimal heel drop is great for mid/fore foot runners. The split toe is actually functional as I could feel the movement it allowed of the big toe. The wide sole is very stable. Rocks were not an issue…the soles offer plenty of protection. Overall, these are one of the best trail shoes I have worn. If they wear well this looks like my new favorite trail shoe!