Pure Flow 3

Has anyone tried?

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13/02/2014 at 11:03

I have tried these now for a week in the Brooks Try-it-on project.

I loved original pure flows, hated version 2 and moved on to Sketchers GoRun Ride.

Pure Flow 3 - quite like these though I am not sure if more or even as much as the original edition. The fit is very nice, they are not as flexible though as Sketchers. Would be interested in other people's views?


13/02/2014 at 17:54

Currently trialing the Pure Connects (my last run tonight before I take them back and report). Used to love Cadence 1. got Pure Grit 2 and hated it. Thought I'de try these. They look to fit the same as the flows, which for me is a bit long and narrow-had to go up half a size but seem a bit long now.

The good is, that I don't notice them on my feet when I run, but all the same thwey seem a bit unremarkable and overly fussy. They don't deserve the name 'Pure' anymore. I don't think I'll buy them. I'm going to try the new Inov8 Tri-Extreme 225 instead.

13/02/2014 at 21:01

well, I think version 3 is certainly an improvement on 2.. I went for the last run tonight stopping every so often to change shoes just to get the feeling of how they compare to my Sketchers - I think the fit is very good for me, though I can feel the edge of the tongue on the lateral side. Nice cushioning, not very flexible - but with history of PF it's probably good for me - I decided to keep them. 

Innov8 extreme I think are quite minimal? After dabbing with barefoot style, I decided I like a bit of cushioning after all


14/02/2014 at 14:56

I'm assuming by the weight that the 225 won't be too minimal


14/02/2014 at 16:54

...just been informed the Inov8 is 16.5mm stack height

14/02/2014 at 21:03

@SSLHP right, no so minimal after all

@Flob they are probably as cushioned though less bouncy, if this makes sense.. Fit is actually what I prefer to Sketchers - nice and snug over mid foot and arch, wide enough in toebox

Rides feel like comfy slippers more than pure flow


14/02/2014 at 21:20

I had the flow.  Quite hard but they "flow" or roll.  Only did 4 miles as I had tonsillitis.  Quality upper though.

15/02/2014 at 16:08
I think the saucony kinvara is far superior to the brooks flow range, it has the weight of the connect with the cushioning of the flow! I used to like the brooks before I discovered the kinvara too but now can't bear to put them on!
15/02/2014 at 16:37

I looked at the Kinvara online and the taper on the big toe side near the front put me off. It just looks like it would rub

15/02/2014 at 16:41
I've never had any toe rubbing problems but I guess it depends what shape your feet are ????
15/02/2014 at 17:20

My big toes doesn't taper in like the shape of those shoes!. It's normal LOL

15/02/2014 at 17:22
No less toe room than the brooks IMO apart from version 1 that had quite a taper!
15/02/2014 at 17:33

Pure cadence 2 are a winner for me.  I have a noticeable bunion on my right foot so was wondering how the split toe box 'thing' would impact and it hasn't. They are so comfortable and I'm lumping 13 stone plus round over half marathons. 

PSC    pirate
16/02/2014 at 06:50
How do the sketchers size up? Are sized accurately? I'm a size 8 shoe in a brooks. Cheers
17/02/2014 at 12:52
touie2 wrote (see)
I think the saucony kinvara is far superior to the brooks flow range, it has the weight of the connect with the cushioning of the flow! I used to like the brooks before I discovered the kinvara too but now can't bear to put them on!

I  do some of my faster road runs in Kinvara 3's.  Having tested a pair of Pure Grit's (both on road and trail), I feel the cushioning is much better in the Pure range  Once the Kinvara's have had it, I'm going to move to Pure Flow.  I guess I have been spoilt wearing Ghost for the last couple of years. 

17/02/2014 at 15:28
I'd say the sizing on brooks is slightly smallerthan sketchers - my usual running shoes size is 7 ( including sketchers) but I take 7.5 in pure flows
17/02/2014 at 15:39

Before I changed to Hoka (4mm drop) I ran in Pure Flows and Kinvara. I liked the earlier versions of both shoes, and also liked the Pure Flow a lot. Bought the latest Kinvara end of September 2013 and did not like it at all. This later version was smaller at the toe box. The Pure Flow 2 was higher at the ankle and did not seem right for me. As I said, I switched to Hoka (trail, road and a mix variant) and am happy ever since.

BTW I have one pair of brandnew Pure Flow size 9,5 UK (men) for sale in de box ith the tags attached if anyone would be interested in the old version.

PSC    pirate
23/02/2014 at 21:44

got some Sketchers and Brooks Pure Cadence off Amazon.  The Brooks are fab - long ran in them straight out of the box.  The sketchers felt bloody awful - the toe-box rubbed my big toe and the strengthening for the laces also rubbed - and that was just walking around the house.  They are going back!  

PSC    pirate
24/02/2014 at 21:48

go run ride 2's.  They were horrible... the toe box curls around the side of the toes and the stitching on the top of it was pressing into my big toe, likewise the stronger materiel that held the laces - it was too long so pressed into the top of my foot - otherwise they were a good width (quite wide I would say) and the sole felt right, about a 4-5mm slope back to front and quite spongy.  Not exactly a decent review as I only wore them for 5 mins around the house, but just didn't feel right in them so back they go.  I found them on amazon for about £50.  

In fact, here you go... http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00B5JSR50/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Edited: 24/02/2014 at 21:50
PSC    pirate
24/02/2014 at 21:53

I didn't look at the kinarvas but found the pure cadence for about the same price.  The cadence is meant to be a bit more supporting than the flows and therefore meant to be a bit more pricey.  

Ouch - just looked at those too - I paid about £50 for them but they have gone up to £85!  

Good luck searching!

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