Thursday, April 30, 2015

Brooks PureConnect 4 Review

by Meghann on April 30, 2015

They’re here! They’re here! The new Brooks PureConnect 4 is here!

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I can not tell you how excited I was to receive my first pair the other week. I’ve been running in the PureConnect since 2012, when Brooks first introduced the PureProject line. Here’s a full review of the PureConnect 1, PureConnect 2, and PureConnect 3.

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Long story short, I thought the PureConnect 1 was okay, I was obsessed with the PureConnect 2 (seriously I went through several pairs of this shoe and even crossed the finish line of my IRONMAN wearing a pair), and wasn’t really a fan of the PureConnect 3 (meh – they took away a lot of what I loved about the 2, which made me sad). With all that in mind, I had really high hopes for the PureConnect 4, crossing my fingers they would bring back some of the features I loved so much about the 2.

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Now, I won’t say these shoes are the same as the PureConnect 2, but that doesn’t mean I hate them. There’s something about the PureConnect 4 that I really enjoy.

Let’s start with what’s new. First of all, the PureConnect 4 ditched the original burrito-styled tongue that was big with the original PureProject line release. Instead the PureConnect 4 has more of a traditional tongue, where it is detached on both sides. Luckily the elastic nav band is still there, which I believe allows for a tighter, more secure fit of the shoe.

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I know it’s not right to judge a pair of shoes on shoe laces, as they’re totally removable and replaceable, but I wanted to point out the PureConnect 4 shoe laces because they are definitely different. They’re not the same stiff shoe laces from shoes of the past. Instead these are lighter and more flexible, which are great as the laces are easier to tie and less likely to come undone on a long run.

Probably my favorite feature of the PureConnect 4 is the BioMoGo DNA in the midsole. The special DNA was previously reserved for their shoe core line (including the Glycerin – my favorite core). It adds a lot of cushion to the shoe without a lot of weight or bulk. I’m a fan of the luxurious feel of the shoe.

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One last thing is the rounded heel and omega grooves which adds stability and flexibility to the shoe.

I am a tad sad that the width of the 4 is similar to the 3, meaning it’s a little wider and not as snug as the 2. However, the other upgrades do make up for it and I’ve been warned that my feet will grow during pregnancy, so maybe a wider shoe will be a good thing.

I should also note that due to my current exercise restrictions I haven’t had a chance to take the PureConnect 4 for anything longer than a 3 mile run. In order to really put them to the test, I’d love to get some true distance on them, but for now they’re great for my 3 milers with Maddie. 🙂

When all is said and done I really like the PureConnect 4. I think they’re a big improvement from the 3 and I look forward to continue to run in them this season. I have three pairs of running shoes sitting by door and these are quickly turning into my go-to shoe with every run. 😉

Have you tried the PureConnect 4? What did you think?

I was sent a complimentary pair of the PureConnect 4 as part of my Brooks RunHappy Ambassadorship. As always, all opinions are my own. 

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