The Brooks Pureflow is part of the Brooks “Pure” series and continues to follow the same natural running values and focus that the series is based upon.
The Pure collection was created when minimalism was the trend and runners were looking for shoes closer to the ground that helped to produce a more natural running mechanic. The Pureflow is one of 5 shoes in the series offering up the most cushioning.
Brooks PureFlow 6 General Info
The Pureflow 6 loses some weight from its predecessor and is down to 8.9 0z thanks to a newer lighter upper than what was found in the 5.
The retooled upper seems to have fixed the problems that plagued the 5 giving it a little more room. The Midsole of the 6 still uses the newer DNA LT that was introduced in the 5 with the same stack height of 24mm heel, 20mm toe.
The outsole shows very little signs of change producing an almost identical ride found with the 5.
Brooks PureFlow 6 Sole Unit
When Brooks rolled out the 5th version of the PureFlow, they introduced a new midsole material, DNA LT which stands for light weight.
This midsole was carried over into the 6 making the shoe, aside from the 5, far more responsive that others that I have ran in before.
This newer responsiveness also translates into a midsole that it is firmer than the previous BioMoGo. The 6 has a snappier transition making them well suited for faster paces or speed work like that of the Saucony Freedom ISO.
While I found this faster paced version more versatile and appealing it feels a lot less soft and natural as the first versions of the shoe making it seem to drift away from the pureflowiness of it.
While the podded deep groves of the Dynamic FlexGrid give the 6-incredible flexibility and a natural flow the ground feel is just not the same as the 3 or 4;
Just a note of caution the grooves easily pick up pea to marble sized rocks lodging them in between the pods. Rocks are difficult to remove making the shoe best suited for pavement or concrete.
While not as soft the cushioning is still there and the Pureflow 6 is more than capable of handling some serious mileage days.
Brooks PureFlow 6 Upper Info
The upper of the 6 is where many changes have been made from the 5. The 6 still utilizes the same no sew once piece upper with 3D print overlays.
Overlays have been removed from the forefoot of the 6 and just concentrated in the midfoot and heel areas. This maybe helped lower the weight of the shoes, but has not seemed to compromise the structure in any way.
A couple of negatives that were discovered in the 5 by users, myself included, was that the fit was narrow and the tongue of the shoe was stiff. Both have been corrected in the new upper.
The toebox of the shoe is now wider and more anatomical opening it up, and the tongue has been constructed from a much softer material eliminating any chafing like that of the fat plastic feeling tongue used on the 5.
The heel continues to be generously padded providing superior comfort and lock down.
Brooks PureFlow 6 Conclusions
All in all, the improvements of the Pureflow 6 have made it a much more enjoyable shoe than the 5.
While my feelings about the DNA LT midsole haven’t changed in that its not the same natural feeling material, I have warmed up to it more with this version.
I do feel that the PureFlow 6 is a good overall running shoe for the efficient runner. While no one aspect of the shoe is perfect or stands out it’s a blending of a lot of goods parts which make it a wonderfully versatile shoe.
It’s light, fast, responsive, and has a more natural roll than comparable shoes making it a desirable choice for a daily trainer, or even a ½ to full marathon race choice.
We purchased a pair of Brooks PureFlow 6 from runningwarehouse using our own money. This did not influence the outcome of this review, written after running more than 50 miles in them.