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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.

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
$90
Weight
Men: 11.4oz
Women: 9.9oz
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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The shoe’s upper is breathable enough and the overall construction is very comfortable.
  • It has conformable saddle with adaptable eyelets that wraps the midfoot for a more secure fit.
  • The Brooks Vapor 3 has segmented crash pad for a smoother heel-to-toe transition.
  • The BioMoGo DNA offers a custom mid-sole that conforms to the exact shape of the wearer’s foot.
  • Some runners were impressed by the shoe’s Progressive Diagonal Rollbar, which guides the foot to a more neutral position.
  • The Flextra Technology encourages better toe-offs and enhances flexibility.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The 3rd version of the Brooks Vapor has a moderately heavy weight.
  • There were issues with the outsole unit because the protective rubber came apart after a few months.
  • The design and color schemes used in this shoe are limited and unappealing.

Bottom line

The Brooks Vapor 3 is a road running shoe that offers a combination of smooth performance and protective comfort. The technologies used in this shoe made it reliable for regular and up-tempo training. Generally, runners liked the comfortable construction of this shoe.


Rankings


Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 31 ratings

5 star
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4 star
3%
3 star
16%
2 star
6%
1 star
6%

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Expert Reviews

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93 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 93 / 100 by Running With Renee • Renee • Level 1 expert

    They fit like a glove on my feet and because they are lightweight, running in them is a dream! 

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Updates to Brooks Vapor 3

  • Brooks presents major changes in the Vapor 3 to improve the line’s stability, shock-absorbing features, and cushioning. Featuring the Diagonal Rollbar in the midsole, this firm and dual-density foam provides much better support on the medial side for a collapsing arch. It effectively enhances the shoe’s ability to hold off overpronation.
  • A BioMoGo DNA crash pad in the heel isolates shock and adds a little more to the heel cushioning. This update helps soften the blow of the impact upon landing.
  • Adding the BioMoGo foam in the forefoot also provides more consistency in the cushioning. Forefoot hitters will likely feel the superb adaptive cushioning of this midsole foam.

Brooks Vapor 3 size and fit

Average fit and sizing continue to be a hallmark of the Vapor series, including the 3rd installment. Runners with medium heel, midfoot, and forefoot are naturally able to get the most out of the shoe’s fantastic fit. The toe box has enough volume and space for those with slightly wider feet. Available are medium and wide. Sizes are from 7 to 14 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.


Outsole

The outsole of the Brooks Vapor 3 is coated with the company-exclusive HPR Plus rubber, which is really good in fighting abrasion and provides more than adequate traction. As with most Brooks outsole, the underfoot displays Omega Flex Grooves or deep cuts running horizontally in the forefoot for added flexibility. The configuration of pods in the outsole and partly in the midsole gives the shoe a natural flex for freedom of movement without sacrificing the support in areas where the runner needs it most.


Midsole

There are two stability features that prominently shape the ride of the Vapor 3. First is the DRB Accel that is made of TPU material to hold off overpronation and to add torsional stability. The second element is the Diagonal Rollbar or the firm dual-density foam that supports the arch to rein in the excessive inward rolling of the foot after landing. The BioMoGo DNA is made of environment-friendly material and viscous liquid that offer adaptable cushioning. It is a result of Brooks’ studies into the biomechanics of a runner so the cushioning happens only when and where the runner needs it. A BioMoGo crash pad in the heel disperses shock and adds more to the cushioning.


Upper

The air mesh is made from resilient and flexible fabrics. They are weaved together to provide durable and breathable coverage. There are synthetic overlays that provide support and structure. Called the Element by Brooks, the upper microfiber upper delivers some element of weather protection as well. The inner part of the shoe is lined with soft and plush fabric with moisture-wicking properties.