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361 Degrees Spire 3
Type: Neutral cushion trainer
Heel-toe drop: 9mm
Weight: 295 grams
361 Degrees is a relatively new shoe brand on the running scene, and a brand you should consider trying. The Spire 3 is their newest neutral cushion, lightweight trainer. Right out of the box, this shoe feels ideal for a long run. It’s light enough that you’re not weighed down, but cushioned enough to withstand a lot of consecutive miles.
What sets the Spire 3 apart from its previous versions are the QU!K Spine, Fitz Rite midfoot and a pressure-free tongue.
The upper of the shoe is a sleek black, with a mesh overlay that encompasses the new midfoot material. Enter Fitz Rite, the soft webbing fabric around the midfoot that keeps the foot snug in the shoe. The Spire 3 fits close through the midfoot, but wider in the toe box. Exactly what you want in a long run shoe. This particular fit keeps your foot in place, while allowing your toes to splay with every step. We found the shoe fits true to size and comes in a wide version if needed.
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The pressure-free tongue feels amazing. The tongue stays put while you work out, and the added cushion ensures no irritation to the foot.
The QU!K Spine is a built-in carbon fibre plate that adds support to the midfoot. QU!K Spine is part of what makes the shoe so responsive. You’ll notice this feature as you get into the later stages of your long run. The QU!K Spine delivers high energy return so that your shoe isn’t causing you to lose momentum–it’s pushing you forward.
The Spire 3 Quick Foam midsole is 361 Degrees’ own blend of EVA and rubber that is designed to provide a combination of cushioning and responsiveness. The outsole of the shoe has a blown rubber forefoot and carbon rubber heel. Blown rubber is a lighter material that is often used in the forefoot for added cushioning, and carbon rubber is used in higher-wear areas, like the heel, for durability.
This shoe is an ideal a long run shoe, but a little on the clunkier side for track use or speed work. This would be a great shoe to have in rotation with something a little lighter and less cushioned for your top-end workouts. If you’re looking for a no-nonsense trainer to go the distance in your long run, consider giving the Spire 3 a try.