Facts

  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    $150
  • Weight
    Men: 10.4oz
    Women: 8.5oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 9mm
    Women: 9mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Men: 27mm
    Women: 27mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Width
    Men: Standard, Wide, Extra wide
    Women: Narrow, Standard, Wide
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Expert Reviews

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82 / 100 based on 10 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | Mark Clements

    Degrees Spire 3: Too much technology?

    I am a 42-year-old runner, about 170 pounds and 6’1” tall, and my feet are sized 12 (Brannock). I race all distances, from 5ks to Marathons, and spend at least half of my year training for an upcoming marathon.

     

    At first glance

    The Spire 3 is billed as the most premium, neutral, everyday running shoe in the 361 Degrees line up. It looks to have a very solid, wide foundation, a firm but soft heel structure, and a soft tongue.

    Additionally, the mid-foot foam claims to provide high levels of energy return and long-lasting comfort and responsiveness. Underneath, you can see what the manufacturers call a “QU!K SPINE.”

    A“QU!K SPINE” is a thin, carbon-fiber plate to stabilize the shoe and help maintain the integrity of the midsole. There is an almost unnoticeable built-in reflectivity in the toe and the heel.

     

     

    There is a lot going on in this shoe! The $149 price-tag sets the buyer up for high expectations with all the technology included.

    Preliminary fit

    Shoe length

    My feet are size 12 (Brannock). Size 12 in the Spire 3 provided a small measure of extra space. Not a terrible thing since I am marathon training and a little extra toe-space is a good thing.

    Laces

    Nothing too fancy about the round shoelaces. I never had a problem with them coming untied, even though I never double-knotted them. I use a heel-lock tie, which takes up extra length of the laces, so there was no extra length for double-knotting.

    Toe box

    The toe-box is wide enough for my feet. Toes are able to flex and splay as needed.

    Heel/arch support

    Not a terrible amount of arch support, but adequate. The heel sucks down nicely into the shoes, providing exceptional support and comfort.

    Upper

    The upper part of the shoe is way too much structure. It is so rigid, almost painfully so. It fits close to the top of my foot, but it is too close. More on that later.

    Midsole & outsole

    This shoe is exceptionally stiff and clunky. The only part that flexes is the forefoot, and it barely does. The midsole on the forefoot seems to be pretty soft and cushioned, but the heel is hard.

     

    After 118 miles

    I gave the Spire 3 a full range of testing:

    • Short runs (3-6 miles) at recovery pace
    • Track speed work
    • Fartlek runs on the streets
    • 20-mile long run with 9 at marathon pace

     

     

    Unfortunately, I am not a fan of these shoes. They were bulky and stiff from the start and did not soften much, if at all. The midfoot cushion was nice, but too often, the clunky heel got in the way of a nice mid-foot strike.

    A major issue I had was with the construction of the upper. As I wrote earlier, it is just too much structure, too rigid, and the structure around the upper laces ended up causing pain.

    I use a heel-locking tie, and I could not tighten the shoe to my liking because the laces forced the upper into the top of my foot.

     

     

    My only resort was to loosen the laces, which then allowed my heel to play and caused my toes to crash into the end of the shoe. I really felt that on the 20-mile run.

    I think it’s just bad design for so much cushioning around the upper edge on which the laces cinch down on the foot.

    Performance

    For everyday use, this shoe seems adequate. Due to its stiffness and large size, I would not recommend this for speed work or races. For easy to moderately paced workouts, it seems to work fine.

    Expected lifespan

    With 118 mileage on them, the wear seems to be minimal. There is no noticeable change in the feeling of the midsole or insole cushioning, but the outsole shows signs that it is about 1/3 through its lifespan in some places. I would say this shoe will last more than 350 miles.

    Pros

    • Solid, comfy heel structure
    • Great shoe laces

    Cons

    • Too stiff and clunky
    • Painful upper design

    Final thoughts

    If you are looking for a highly structured daily trainer and tend to ignore the minimalist-styled shoes, then this shoe might be for you. If you can figure out the best way to lace the shoes so the upper doesn’t press your foot, then you might like this shoe.

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

  • 88 / 100 | Marijke van den Hamer

    361 Degrees Spire 3 - The underestimated underdog?

    361 Degrees is a fairly new brand on the European market. But they are already a well-known brand in China.

    I had heard of them before, but I hadn’t tried any of their shoes yet. So, when I had the chance to try their new Spire 3, I obviously said yes.

     

     

    The 361 Degrees Spire 3 is a neutral running shoe with a 9mm drop, a 12mm forefoot stack, and a 21mm heel stack. It weighs 241 grams. Surprisingly, those are the same statistics as that of the 361 Degrees Sensation 3, although that one weighs 238 grams.

    The difference between the two models seems to be in the amount of Qu!kfoam used and the Sensation 3 is a stability shoe rather than a neutral running shoe like the Spire 3.

    Qu!kfoam is an EVA foam and rubber blend that 361 describes as cushioned and responsive. While the Sensation 3 comes in an array of bright colours, the colours of the Spire 3 are a bit more subtle. But I do actually like the look of them.  

     

    Upper

    The Spire 3 has a seamless knit upper and I haven’t experienced any hotspots while running in them. The Fitz-Rite Midfoot technology wraps around the midfoot to provide stability and keeps the foot locked in place while running.

    It eliminated unnecessary movements of the foot while running. There is ample room in the toe box, but it isn’t super roomy.  

    The tongue is slightly padded and has a bit of a velvet kind of feel to is, just as the laces of the shoe. However, I do find the tongue too short. If you lace your shoes all the way up to the top or even use the extra shoelace hole, the laces end up higher than the tongue.

     

     

    I found that the upper was actually a bit warm, which I actually didn’t mind during those colder runs. At least my toes didn’t get cold. I did find that the top layer of the upper does take up a bit of water while running in wet conditions, but the smoother second knit layer seems to prevent the water from actually getting into the shoe.

    Obviously, the knit fabric won’t keep your feet dry in a rainstorm (the shoe also doesn’t have a drainage system so your feet will definitely get wet), but it also doesn’t seem to soak up all the water as some other shoes do.

    I found the heel counter to be nice and comfortable, with a nice amount of padding on the collar of the shoe. I did not experience any hot spots in the heel area of the Spire 3.

     

    Midsole

    The midsole contains a carbon fiber plate which 361 Degrees calls the Qu!k Spine. This made me think of the carbon fiber plate in the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%, which is there to capture the energy and then return it back to you.

    Only 361 Degrees seems to use this feature more for stability purposes rather than energy return. The shoe also doesn’t feel super responsive or that it would be capable of making you run 4% faster (I wish).

    Outsole

    The outsole of the forefoot is made out of blown rubber, while the heel is made of carbon rubber. It does provide a nice amount of traction on the road and the shoe does perform alright on easy trails.

     

     

    The front of the shoe has a slight rocker shape that helps you toe off, but the sole itself isn’t very flexible. This could probably be fixed if they would put flexibility grooves over the entire width of the sole.

     

    Performance

    The Spire 3 actually reminded me a bit of the older type of running shoes, before brands came up with interesting sounding new materials and flashy new designs.

    The design is pretty sleek and simple, and although the midsole does absorb the shock it does have quite a firm feel to it and isn’t that flexible. It doesn’t feel like a very plush ride, you don’t sink into the material, probably due to the amount of rubber in the sole.

     

     

    The insole is surprisingly thick. It also seems to be made out of Qu!kfoam. Probably in order to provide extra stability and cushioning, while trying to keep the bulk of the shoe to a minimum, but it does leave you less space inside the shoe, especially in the front.

    I like the overall stability of this shoe, the structure of the shoe gives you enough lateral stability, while the insole provides good medial stability.

    Fit

    The Spire 3 isn’t a very wide shoe, but it does have an upper that does adapt easily due to the knit fabric, so the width of the shoe didn’t form an issue and I didn’t experience any hotspots in this shoe. I wore my regular size.

    Conclusion

    The Spire 3 is actually a very comfortable shoe and I actually could see myself run a marathon in them. And there actually aren’t that many running shoes on the market in which I would consider running a full marathon. The Spire 3 is a neutral running shoe, but if you need a little bit of extra support, the Spire 3 will give it to you. It provides enough medial and lateral support.

    The Spire 3 has a nice seamless upper and good stability, but there are still things about this shoe that I would change if I had the chance. The shoe does have a nice amount of cushioning but is also quite firm.

    Personally, I would prefer it if the shoe would feel a bit plusher and a bit more flexible. And although the responsiveness of this shoe is good, it isn’t great and therefore it also isn’t a super fast shoe. Not like the average Nike running shoe.

    It is a comfortable training shoe, but not a fast racing shoe. All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by this shoe and I am looking forward to trying out other 361 Degrees products in the future.

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

  • 79 / 100 | Believe in the Run

    Right now the product is good, but 361º lacks a personality.

  • 80 / 100 | Runner's World

    Overall, our wear-testers who liked a firmer ride gravitated toward the Spire, and believed there was ample comfort for everyday training and long runs alike.

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Updates to 361 Degrees Spire 3

  • The 361 Degrees Spire 3, a road running shoe, maintains its position in the 361 line up. It is crafted for those who have neutral foot mechanism. With the utilization of the revamped upper, increased comfort is provided without compromising its lightweight structure and breathability.
  • The midsole was redesigned to improve cushioning during the heel impact. With the use of this midsole material, improved responsiveness in the forefoot area is offered.

361 Degrees Spire 3 size and fit

When it comes to size, the 361 Degrees Spire 3 uses the standard running shoe length. It is sure to provide a snugger fit because of the utilization of the engineered mesh upper. A more comfortable ride is then experienced by the user. The available widths are B – Medium for the women’s version and D – Medium for the men’s version.

Outsole

The Blown Rubber is integrated into the forefoot area of this road runner. This component of the footwear is essential in allowing a better shock dispersion. The material also provides a good amount of traction when tackling different paved surfaces.

Lying in the heel area is the Carbon Rubber. The primary focus of this rubber is to give added durability to the platform. With the utilization of this material, the 361 Degrees Spire 3 can withstand the hazardous nature of the roads. It is also vital in protecting the bottom part of the shoe.

A forefoot design called the QU!K Flex is used in creating the shoe. It is composed of a ground-contact external base and a network of grooves. This technology is crafted to help in allowing the foot to achieve a more energized and steady heel-to-toe transition.

Midsole

A full-length midsole top layer called the QU!KFOAM is integrated into the 361 Degrees Spire 3. It is strategically-built to provide a soft cushioning system that is closer to the foot. This dense rubber compound aims to deliver maximum responsiveness during the toe-off phase. With its thick-looking structure, it produces the right amount of bounce that is needed when tackling the roads.

Flexible underfoot cushioning is offered by the Rebound EVA. This material has the purpose of delivering a more responsive and comfortable ride. As a result, a more efficient running experience is provided to the user.

Efficiency is encouraged by the QU!K Spine. This carbon fiber plate that can be found in the midfoot section provides increased torsional rigidity.  This material acts as a shank that aims to delay the breakdown of the midsole section. It also works as a stabilizing element in the midstance phase of the gait cycle. As a result, a more efficient stride is experienced by the runner.

Upper

Utilized in the upper section of the 361 Degrees Spire 3 is the Engineered Mesh. This material provides comfort without compromising its breathability. It is described to be a flexible and soft mesh that offers better inflow and outflow of air. Because of this, a cooler and drier foot chamber is experienced by the runner. As a result, a healthier and fresher interior is provided. 

The 361 Degrees Spire 3 uses the Fitz-Rite. This technology is defined to be a soft midfoot webbing that aids in holding the foot in place. It is composed of internal and external webbing that securely wraps the foot in the Spinject. This Fitz-Rite Midfoot technology is essential in preventing the foot from moving side to side during the running session without sacrificing its natural movements.

A lightweight molded heel counter is utilized in the footwear. It keeps the heel in place in a comfortable manner, especially in every step that the runner does.

Limiting irritation is the work of the Pressure Free Tongue. As a result, additional comfort is experienced by the user.


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