Facts

Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Use: Jogging
Weight: Men: 9.8oz | Women: 8.2oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 28mm | Women: 28mm
Forefoot height: Men: 20mm | Women: 20mm
Brand: 361 Degrees
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $110
Colorways: Grey, Blue, White, Black, Red, Pink
Size
Small True to size Large
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87 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

  • 77 / 100 | Joseph Arellano

    Can You Go One Degree Beyond?: The 361 Degrees Spinject

    The Spinject is in many ways a traditional running shoe.

    Running Warehouse refers to it as “A responsive, neutral running shoe ideal for daily road training.”

     

     

    It weighs 9.7 ounces (1.5 ounces more than the Chaser 2), has an 8mm drop, and provides plenty of room for one’s feet. It comes with a medium-sized insole (labeled: “One Degree Beyond. Soft. Fast.”), which is expected in a daily trainer. The tongue on the Spinject stays in place.

    There are acres of space in the forefoot. It’s wide-track up front. If Pontiac Motors were still in business and happened to produce a running shoe, the Spinject would be it.

    The colors on the Spinject – black and white/lime green are very attractive (the insole is lime green). However, some will mistake it for a large tennis shoe.

    The sole provides for full ground contact at all times. As a full ground contact shoe, the Spinject should prove to be reliable on wet surfaces and light trails.

     

     

    The Spinject is slip lasted, and the top surface of the midsole has a slick, rubbery feel to it. (Press down on the material, and it presses back.) It’s been my experience that this type of material enhances a shoe’s cushioning properties.

    On the Street

    The Spinject is most definitely a neutral shoe, and perhaps it might be labeled neutral, minus. It rides like a bigger version of the Brooks Launch. On my feet, the Launch feels floppy, sloppy and unrestrained. But I know a number of runners who love the Launch. Good.

    As might be expected, the Spinject is quite protective on concrete surfaces and feels fast – or faster, on asphalt. The forefoot is composed of soft, lightly flexible blown rubber.

    The shoe provides for a matching soft heel strike. Heel landings are so soft that it felt like I was running in one of the running/triathlon shoes produced by Zoot Sports.

    The Spinject has the characteristics of a running shoe that might have been produced in the late 70s, 80s, or the 90s. It’s retro in form and function, but it gets the job done at a price of $99.95.

     

    The Verdict

    Between the Chaser 2 and the Spinject – which share the same price point - I would much prefer to run in the Chaser 2, which has a modern look and feel to it. But there’s nothing to complain about with the Spinject. There are no apparent defects in the shoe. It’s attractive, clearly well manufactured and will prove to be roomy enough for almost all in its target audience.

    What is the target audience for the Spinject? I see it as being the perfect shoe for new runners seeking to build up their confidence by amassing a ton of training miles prior to running a first 5 or 10k.

    The Spinject is a steady, reliable trainer for those without stability needs. Its width and Qu!kFoam cushioning will create confidence in runners, and it should prove to be an exceedingly durable runner.

    Recommended.

    A Closing Note

    I would personally love to see a Spinject Lite shoe, a light performance trainer/road racer with a hard plastic midfoot shank; a companion to the Chaser 2, if you will. Having to choose between two models like that would be living.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 90 / 100 | Matthew Liu

    361 Degrees Spinject - A surprisingly good shoe

    The 361 Degrees Spinject is a neutral running shoe that weighs 9.8 ounces and has a drop of 8mm. It has good responsiveness and comfortable for daily training.

     

    Technology

    Seamless kit upper – An upper similar to Nike’s flyknit which secures your foot and comfortable

    Fitz-Rite Midfoot – Both internal and external part of the upper that secures your mid-foot to keep your foot secure while running.

    Pressure Free Tongue – From 361’s website, it says that the tongue has an “Anatomical pattern and super soft materials that effectively remove the pressure to the ankle during dorsiflexion. Thin padding is also positioned to avoid stress on top of the foot.”

    QU!K Flex 4foot – Groves on the outsole of the shoe located near the front of the shoe to address the natural movement of the metatarsals in the foot. It is supposed to provide a more natural and balanced toe-off. Its design is also for better traction and acceleration.

    QU!KFOAM – 361’s midsole that is made of an EVA rubber blend that 361 claims “provides an amazing combination of cushioning and responsiveness” and “energy return and long-lasting comfort throughout the life of the shoe”

    QDP System – 361’s QU!KFOAM layering system which stands for quick, dynamic, performance.

    The Look

    The Spinject comes in comes in the colors ways Cali Coral/Ebony, Denim/Midnight, Microchip/Ebony, White/Black (with blue outlining), White/Black (with green outlining), and Ebony/Black.

     

     

    These colorways look pretty flashy for a running shoe but as a casual shoe to wear, I would say it doesn’t look too good.

    My only gripe with the design is that it makes it look a little “dated” and it doesn’t look as cool as other modern-day running shoes because of the blocky look it has.

    Comfort

    I normally wear a size 10 for my shoes and a size 10 for the Spinject fit my feet perfectly so I would say these shoes fit true to size.

    At first, however, the shoe was little tight until you break in the shoe which only took a day or two. Also, the first time I ran in this shoe it just felt horrible. It felt blocky and it stiff, it was like there was no cushioning at all.

    But after breaking it in, it felt comfortable inside the shoe while running and walking. I didn’t feel my foot slipping at all which shows the Fitz-Rite Midfoot in action. The seamless kit upper allowed my foot to stretch a little so that my feet didn’t feel constricted and I can still have some freedom without my feet being loose.

    The pressure-free tongue prevented the uncomfortable feeling when I tie my shoes too tight. The cushioning of QU!KFOAM helped support me on road runs without feeling too soft or plush. It was the right amount of cushioning which similar to the Pegasus 34.

    Durability

    I have only run in this shoe with about 50 miles in total but I am pretty confident that the shoe can sustain a good amount of wear and tear.

    I’ve used this room for long runs on the road and repeats on the track and so far the shoe hasn’t shown any signs of damage which is awesome! I have crushed the shoe in my bag sometimes by accident and the shoe is still great. There’s not a whole lot to say but that the shoe is very durable.

     

    Performance

    The Spinject performed very well at every day running activities. I took this shoe out for long runs, hill sprints, and tempo runs and it seems like the shoe can do it all. For my long runs rain or shine my feet felt comfortable and there wasn’t any irritation.

    The ride felt smooth and the little bit of responsiveness made me have a little bit of a fast feeling. I don’t know much about “energy return” but when I ran in these shoes it didn’t seem like I had to work for every step. The shoes weigh 9.8 ounces which makes them a little lighter than my Pegasus 34 but it didn’t really feel the weight difference between the two.

    For my faster runs like hill sprints and tempo runs the shoe felt fine. There was no slipping and it was light enough that it didn’t feel hard to run faster.

    The traction on the shoe was also pretty good. I don’t know if it’s the QU!K Flex 4FOOT but when running on some light trails, sandy, and wet roads but I barely slipped at all. The performance of the shoe was basically the same as the Pegasus 34.

    Pros

    • Only took 1 day to break in
    • Comfortable
    • Good traction
    • Light
    • Pressure free tongue is very comfortable
    • Enough lace for runners knot

    Cons

    • Before breaking in it felt horrible
    • Colorways are bland
    • Blocky design
    • I got three blisters (just a onetime thing since I haven’t received more)
    • Dirt and pebbles get stuck in the groves of the outsole

    Final Thoughts

    The 361 Degrees Spinject is a lightweight trainer that is good for everyday running use. It is comfortable and has the right amount of cushioning to support long and fast runs.

    It comes in 6 colorways but they are bland. It fits true to size and has a comfortable snug fit that keeps your feet from slipping. It has good traction in the rain and is very similar to the Nike Pegasus 34.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 88 / 100 | Doctors of Running | | Level 5 expert

    The 361 Spinject is a fantastic demonstration of how wonderful simplicity is. The consistent QU!CKFOAM sole combined with the moderate consistency of the sole, the midlevel drop and the simple upper make this shoe my first choice for a variety of runs.

  • 93 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 4 expert

    The 361º Spinject is a simple, lightweight, durable daily trainer. While I wasn’t in love with the underfoot feel, it performed well for an easy day running. For $100, you can’t beat the value.

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  • On the upper is the Fitz-Rite Midfoot Technology. From its name, the main purpose of this feature is to improve the fit and security delivered by the shoe, allowing the runner to move with confidence even during acceleration.
  • The Pressure-Free Tongue reduces the tension usually felt on the instep as the laces are tightened. This allows a more customized fit without increasing the risk of irritation or tightness felt on the middle of the dorsal part of the foot.
  • One of the foams on the platform is called QU!KFOAM. It mainly provides comfort and flexibility underfoot. In addition to this, it gives a high level of energy return and responsiveness so runners can indulge in an energetic ride.
  • The outsole has the QU!K Flex 4Foot Engineering which provides a natural and balanced toe-off, as well as a decent amount of ground contact for better traction and acceleration.
  • The 361 Degrees Spinject was designed with the QDP (Quick Dynamic Performance) System. To provide superior cushioning, responsiveness, and protection, the midsole was designed with three buffering layers. Each layer has its own specific purpose to enhance the performance and ride delivered by the shoe.

The 361 Degrees Spinject is available in standard running shoe sizes. Those who wish to purchase a pair can make use of their usual length measurements. The same goes for the width; it comes in D – medium and B – medium for male and female runners.

The outsole is made up of Blown Rubber. It is a kind of rubber that is air-injected, producing more bounce, softness, and flexibility, as well as a reduction in weight. It delivers adequate traction but is less durable than the robust carbon rubber. Despite this, its highlight comes in its improved impact dissipation characteristic.

The tread pattern is composed of rectangular segments with wide contact areas and several flex lines. These segments allow the outsole to move together with the runner. Because there is enough flexibility, the runner’s movements are not limited.

The forefoot area of this part of the shoe has the QU!KFLEX 4Foot Engineering. Grooves and Flex lines were specifically placed where the inner and outer ball of the sole is to cater to the natural movement of the metatarsals. It enhances efficiency upon toe-ing off, as well as helping the runner accelerate.

The 361 Degrees Spinject’s midsole was designed with the QDP (Quick Dynamic Performance) System. Three buffering layers were added to deliver cushioning, responsiveness, and protection. The Qu!KFoam is the topmost layer, in the middle is the QDP L!TE, and finally, CMEVA (Compressed Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate) was placed as the last layer.

The first layer, QU!CKFOAM runs the midsole’s full length. It’s 361 Degree’s special blend of midsole foam that maintains a high level of responsiveness for an energetic ride, plus long-lasting underfoot comfort, not just during runs but, throughout the life of the shoe.

The next foam is the QDP-L!TE which combines the QU!KFOAM material and CMEVA. It also runs the platform’s full length, delivering a ride that makes the runner more aware of the ground. At the same time, it also brings plenty of energy return, allowing runners to feel the spring with every stride.

The last layer in the system is the CMEVA (Compressed Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate). This foam undergoes a unique manufacturing process wherein a block of EVA is compressed into a metal mold. When heat and pressure are applied, the foam inside the mold begins to change. This process produces a foam that’s firmer and more responsive.

The upper of this road running footwear is made up of seamless knit. It doesn’t have the traditional seams and stitches that could potentially irritate the skin. Aesthetically, it looks smoother and updated. The material also has elastic characteristics that allow the upper to adapt to the runner’s movement.

Even though the upper is seamless, the patterns on it don’t make it seem so. Two thread colors were used to create a cool and unique look. The design awards the shoe with a sporty vibe that isn’t too loud or eye-catching. It is topped off with 361 Degree’s signature “3” logo on the sides of the midfoot.

There is an external and internal webbing that provides secure wrapping of the foot on the Spinject. It is called the Fitz-Rite Midfoot technology. It secures the fit on the midfoot, minimally preventing it from moving side to side during runs without restricting movement.

A Pressure-Free tongue was added to provide comfort to the instep. Even though the laces are tightened, the top middle part of the foot’s dorsum won’t feel compressed. It also minimizes irritation as well as hotspots.

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