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The Brooks Anthem 3 is an update to a series of lightweight running shoes that are designed for the roads. The design is similar to its predecessor, the Anthem 2, with an uncluttered facade governing the visual aspect. Yet the performance-ready construction works to enable comfort throughout the run. The updates come via the use of engineered mesh for the upper, as well as the inclusion of a molded thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) heel counter and a stitched-on pull tab.

Runners are welcome to get a pair of the Brooks Anthem 3 with their usual sizing expectations in mind because it has been made using the standard sizing schemes. Still, it is highly beneficial to test this shoe personally to get ahold of the quality of the in-shoe experience.

When it comes to the sideways fit, the elements that join to deliver a secure yet accommodating wrap are the form-welcoming upper fabrics and the semi-curved shape of the platform.

The external pad of the Brooks Anthem 3 features an abrasion-resistant rubber. The job of this layer is to shield the bottom part of the midsole foam from the potentially debilitating effects of surface exposure and continued use. It is also responsible for doling out traction throughout the running session.

A Segmented Crash Pad governs the design of the platform. A bevy of ribbed patterns marks the horizontal aspect of the outsole. Flexibility is the goal of these elements and smooth steps allow confident performances. The segments also help in isolating the impact shock to the parts that are in immediate contact with the ground, thus staving off any residue force from branching out to parts that aren’t supposed to experience it.

Underfoot cushioning is the responsibility of the BioMoGo DNA. This full-length foam is used in many Brooks running shoes as it is a proprietary technology that aims to take the lead in user comfort and environment-friendliness. Though it has all the aspects of responsive foam, it is also made of biodegradable materials that ultimately make the product less wasteful to nature. The DNA aspect allows this piece to accommodate the exact user’s footprint.

A fabric-topped sockliner is placed right above the primary cushioning system. This add-on provides a soft surface on which the foot can rest. It offers a bit more oomph to the underfoot experience. It can even be removed or replaced with a new one if the runner wants to do so.

The upper unit of this road running shoe features engineered mesh and a lattice-like construction that moves away from the woven design of the previous Anthem model. Improved airflow is the goal of the gauze-like structure, though it is also stretchy enough to welcome the natural shape and swelling capacity of the foot as it tackles the running session. Breathable meshes grace many performance shoe series in the market, including the Nike Revolution roster.

Printed overlays grace the sides and the eyestays, and they’re meant to bolster durability and help in the attainment of foot-security.

A thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) counter holds the heel in place, preventing it from wobbling or exiting the foot-chamber unexpectedly.

A pull tab is stitched onto the back of the collar to help the runner in widening the shoe’s opening during the on-and-off experience.

Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.