An Illustrated Review of Brooks PureFlow 3
For months I have waited curiously for the launch of the new Brooks PureFlow 3, hoping that this product might be the answer to my running shoe dilemma. I fell in love with the PureFlow 1, and ran my pair into the ground only to discover that finding a replacement pair was problematic. I held on to and ran in these long after the tread had gone to glory and my running partner, mother, doctor, pastor you name it, canada goose outlet authentic told me to throw them away before I slipped and broke something important.
Plan B was to comb the web for PureFlow 1s and buy as many pairs as I could get my hands on: pairs in my size totaled 0 items. Such is life with goose outlet canada large canada goose outlet new york feet in a half size. So here I present to you the fruits of plan C: purchase a pair of PureFlow 2s and the new PureFlow 3s, and evaluate each pair individually and canada goose outlet factory against the PureFlow 1 to make an informed buying decision. What follows are my observations on all three generations of the PureFlow (skip straight to the bottom if you would just like information on the PureFlow 3.)
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B. It’s “Nav Band” hugs the arches for great planar support and the wide toe box lets your toes spread as wide as they need to when toeing off, giving the toe flexors a lovely freedom.
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Other Pros: The material of the upper is soft and flexible for comfort and breathability, yet retains its shape around the toe box so that toe blistering and bruising is minimized. The oval laces that come with the shoes are comfortable, easy to lace and strong.
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The laces are attached through eyelets rather than holes, however the lace pattern is asymmetrical; the outer lace eyelets are staggered in front of the inner eyelets, so that the laces sit in an inward curving pattern on top of the foot. This feature did not impede performance as far as I can see, but it also did not improve canada goose outlet in vancouver the shoe. I worry it could create pressure points during longer runs, and it seems unnecessary in a running shoe.
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Weight. The PureFlow 3 is a few fractions of an ounce lighter at 6.8 oz. Not really noticeable.
The upper material. Much improved over the upper of the 2, and I found it even softer and more flexible than the material of the 1 while still retaining its breathability. I was impressed with the redesign of the upper as a whole, since
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