|Weight:||Men: 8.2oz | Women: 6.8oz|
|Heel to toe drop:||Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm|
|Arch type:||High arch|
|Strike Pattern:||Midfoot strike|
|Heel height:||Men: 23mm | Women: 23mm|
|Forefoot height:||Men: 15mm | Women: 15mm|
|Width:||Men: Normal | Women: Normal|
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Can You Go One Degree Beyond?: The 361 Degrees Chaser 2
The Chaser 2 is a running shoe from the new brand 361 Degrees.
Is this shoe recommended? See the verdict below.
Running Warehouse describes the Chaser 2 as, “A fast option for race day with versatile cushioning to handle longer, uptempo workouts. [The shoe] is built to chase down the competition.”
The shoe is quite attractive in its Jolt and Black colorway, and it presents the look and feel of a racing flat. This is especially true of the shoe’s sole.
The Chaser 2 has an 8mm drop and weighs 8.2 ounces. It feels lighter than this on the road. The fit of the shoe is excellent, but it is overly snug over the top of the foot. More headroom can be achieved by removing the thick insole and replacing it with the insole from a racing flat.
The laces on the Chaser 2 stay tied, but one needs to resist the urge to tie them tightly. It would be nice if 361 would switch to elastic laces in a future update.
An extremely thin, pressure-free tongue attempts to alleviate some of the top-of-the-foot pressure issues. And there’s a rubberized pad on the top of the tongue which successfully keeps it from moving around.
The Chaser 2 has a seamless breathable air mesh upper. It won’t get too warm during the upcoming summer months.
The shoe has a Qu!k Spine carbon fiber plate (shank) which adds integrity in the midfoot and an overall feeling of solid presence. (I first came across a midfoot carbon fiber shank in the Reebok Zig Carbon trainer, and I loved that shoe.)
The Chaser 2 has a blown rubber forefoot and durable carbon rubber heel pods (pads). The pods jut out in a retro fashion. The heel padding is semi-firm and just right. You can feel the heel strikes but they do not feel jarring or punishing. There are three forefoot grooves upfront which provide for a nice measure of flexibility.
The front of the Chaser 2 has an Asics-like moderately wide cut in the forefoot which allows the toes to splay away to their merriment. And the wide track up front provides for inherent stability. The shoe is just stable enough for a performance trainer/racer.
On the Road
As you first run in the Chaser 2, you’ll notice that the shoe feels low to the ground. However, the feet feel more protected – especially up front, than they would be in most racing flats or road racers.
There’s a nice measure of responsiveness in the Chaser 2, due in part to the midfoot shank. It’s an excellent shoe to use for pace runs on concrete or asphalt. On asphalt, there’s some energy return although the shoe is not noticeably bouncy.
This is a high performance trainer/racing flat hybrid which reminded me of some classic Nike light, fast-paced trainers: the Pegasus Racer, the Air Myriad, and the Ghost Racer.
As with the New Balance 1400v6, the sole of the shoe makes for a fine, nimble runner on both light trails and high school and college tracks.
The 361 Degrees Chaser 2 is light, secure and stable. It’s both a cushioned trainer and a fast race day shoe.
Further, it’s a great-looking shoe that offers bold, non-traditional styling. It is praiseworthy that 361 is making fashion instead of imitating the styles of other running shoe companies.
The Chaser 2 is an excellent value for $99.95. Let’s hope the shoe gets even better in versions 3, 4 and 5.
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361 Degrees Chaser 2 - Effective MimicryMore photos
Upon receiving the 361 Degrees Chaser 2, the first thing I noticed was the carbon fiber plate.
There’s only one other shoe I know of that has this feature - the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%, famous as the shoe at the center point of “Nike's Breaking 2” project.
The Chaser 2 comes in at $99, as opposed to $250 for the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%.
Advertised Weight: 8.2 oz (size not specified)
Measured Weight: 8.1 oz (Men’s 9.5)
Drop: 8 mm
Tagline: “Lightweight and cushioned just enough to get you quickly from tempo workouts to race day results.”
Keep looking and you’ll see even more similarities to Nike’s Zoom Fly line - a knit upper rather that one made of synthetic mesh, a larger drop than you’d typically see in this type of shoe, and a slightly narrow fit.
It’s as if someone reverse-engineered a handful of different Nike shoes and came up with this.
And the result is...not bad!
- Strange tread pattern
- Could be slightly more supportive at this weight
- Some might not like a narrow fit, especially in the forefoot
The Chaser 2 has a slightly narrow fit, but the upper is so flexible it hardly matters. Those that prefer a wide toebox might do better to stay away from this shoe, which has a more dart-like shape, but others will love a good shoe that isn’t following that trend.
Laced up properly, these fit snug, but not tight. Running shoes are supposed to fit that way, particularly fast ones like these.
Sizing is as expected.
As previously mentioned, the upper is more of a knit material than a synthetic canvas. It’s more like an afghan and less like a running shirt. This makes the Chaser 2 particularly breathable, more so than most any shoes I’ve worn in the past year.
The flexibility of the Chaser 2 is also a bonus. The upper is almost more like a thick pair of socks than a pair of shoes.
That’s not good if you want support but that’s not the point of these shoes. What it means is you get a near-perfect fit, more like a second skin, and the shoe responds to what you want it to do.
Among road racing shoes, tread doesn’t vary much and hardly warrants discussion. This time though, there’s something odd about it. It almost looks like part of the tread under the ball of the foot is missing, as if it’s been torn away.
I might’ve assumed it was a defect, only the exact same piece is missing on each shoe, with perfect symmetry. A quick check on 361’s website indicates yes, this is the way the shoe is supposed to be. Still seems odd.
The colored sections are made of a more durable rubber, whereas the white sections are essentially exposed foam. This is a fairly typical design choice in light speedy shoes; rubber is heavy and isn’t completely necessary for the entire outsole.
By only placing durable rubber in key locations, you can save a lot of weight on the shoe without sacrificing much durability. The Chaser 2 accomplishes that well, only the heel piece of rubber sticks out more than one might expect. It takes a little getting used to, after which it’s not a problem.
When you first put these on, they feel as if they’ve hardly got any cushion, but once you start running, you notice.
There isn’t a lot of cushioning, but there’s enough to finish a marathon and little enough to finish in under three hours. :)
Like the upper, the ride is flexible, which is a good thing for this type of shoe. You want to be able to use your feet when you’re running fast. A stiff, heavily-cushioned shoe is for slowly stomping your way down the road, but these are for gliding at speed.
As long as you have good form, these are adequate for a full marathon, but not recommended for daily high-mileage use. That said, in the last few miles of a marathon, there’s a reasonable chance your feet will start getting sore.
The inclusion of a carbon fiber plate had intrigued me, and I figured the shoe would give you a sensation like jumping on a diving board. I’m not sure the plate does much of anything, aside from adding some structure to the shoe.
They’re flexible, but not overwhelmingly flexible, and the plate probably has something to do with that. It’s possible there’s a springboard-like effect to some degree, but it’s not enough to notice in a big way.
I like the electric blue color, and bright or royal blue looks good with black. I’m not sure what the pattern on the aft section of the shoe is doing. Is it tiger stripes? Fluorescent camouflage?
It would look better if it were a simple gradient from blue to black, or if the whole shoe were blue. But at least it doesn’t have a NASCAR look, nor like a disco floor puked on the shoe.
The outsole is light green and white. Or at least it was. It stayed that way for about 10 minutes of running.
White shoes can look good on the shelf, but any runner knows it’s the worst color to pick for running apparel. Especially for the part of the shoe that comes in contact with the ground. Why is this a common design choice?
The Chaser 2 may or may not have been inspired by different ideas and cobbled together, but whatever the approach was, it works. It’s a lightweight, speedy, responsive shoe that’s easy to run in.
I’ve only run in a few shoes that felt as fast, and if your form is solid, it’s just enough to get you through a marathon. Also, kudos to 361 Degrees for providing an accurate measurement for weight. These even came in slightly below the advertised weight, off by only 0.1 oz.
For the weight, it could be a little more supportive. By comparison, the popular Saucony Kinvara has a little more cushion and support and accomplishes that at a slightly lower weight.
But these are worth a try, and at $99, it’s one of the better deals out there.
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The design, looks, fit and weight of this shoe have drastically improved over the first version. The Chaser 2 is lighter, leaner and faster, which differentiates it from the uptempo and protective 361 KgM2 2. I would still use this as a long distance racer, however it has the versatility to be used down to the 5K. For those looking for a versatile, snug fitting and eye catching racer, take a look at the 361 Chaser 2.
As a racing flat, I’d like to see the next Chaser update drop in weight. 6-7 ounces would be ideal, at least for me. Aside from this critique, I didn’t observe any major shortcomings with the shoe.
- The 361 Degree Chaser 2 was designed with the QDP (Quick Dynamic Performance) System. This system is made up of three buffering layers that compose the midsole. Each layer does its job to enhance shock absorption upon landing, as well as the responsiveness felt by the runner.
- On the midsole is the QU!K SPINE plate which is part of the QDP System. It sits in between the two other layers, acting like a shank and giving a bit of integrity to the midfoot. As a result, it reduces the excessive inward rotation of the foot and enhances propulsion efficiency.
- 361 Degree’s QU!KFOAM is also part of the QDP System on the midsole. It delivers comfort and flexibility to the shoe. It also gives a high level of energy return, plus enough responsiveness for an energetic ride.
This 361 Degrees running shoe is available in standard running shoe measurements. Those who wish to get their pair can make use of the length measurements they are most comfortable with. As for the width, it comes in D – medium and B – medium for male and female runners.
Carbon rubber has been strategically placed on a high wear area, the heel. It is a type of rubber that’s also used in making tires for vehicles. Since the heel area is the one that takes the most beating, the rubber enhances the durability and traction of the outsole.
The forefoot area on this part of the shoe is covered with blown rubber. This material is not as durable as carbon rubber, but it is lighter and softer because it has been air-injected. It mainly delivers a better feel, more flexibility, as well as lightweight traction.
The tread pattern is composed of triangular shapes and linear tooling. The contact area of the rubber on the heel part has lines that complement its traction. On the forefoot area, several lines that converge to a point are formed. This pattern also provides traction but gives way to optimal movement.
The midsole was designed with the QDP (Quick Dynamic Performance) System. The top foam is called the QU!CKFOAM which is a special blend of EVA rubber. It delivers the right combination of cushioning and responsiveness and was proven to provide a higher energy return and long-lasting comfort throughout its shelf life.
The middle component of the system is the QU!K SPINE which acts as a shank. This plate adds integrity to the midfoot part as it is made of lightweight carbon rubber - it delays the breakdown of the midsole. It’s also a stabilizing element during the midstance phase of the running gait cycle for a more efficient stride.
The last layer is an EVA weighing foam. It is a bit denser than the other two foams in the system so it can provide a bit of protection and durability underfoot.
The upper is a seamless blend of Air Mesh. The material is breathable and lightweight, allowing proper ventilation to the foot without adding significant weight. The seamlessness reduces the risk of irritation caused by traditional seams and stitches.
The 3D overlays that form a camo pattern running from the midfoot to the heel give a bit of structure to the upper as well as improve its fit. Additionally, the trademark 3 logo of 361 Degrees on one side does the same purpose as well as aesthetic value to the shoe.
The Chaser 2 is equipped with a traditional lacing closure. It comes with flat laces since they don’t unravel easily. Tightening the laces also tightens the fit, preventing accidental slipping off of the shoe during runs.