The Quest 3 is a lightweight, affordable road shoe, but Nike clearly made sacrifices to bring the cost down. It lacks in some very important areas: flexibility, cushioning, and responsiveness. Not the worst neutral running shoe, but if you honestly value your feet and legs there are better places to spend your hard-earned money.
Who should buy the Nike Quest 3
The Nike Quest 3 is for you if you need a running shoe that is:
a stability shoe for mild overpronation (consider a pair from the Air Zoom Structure line, which is known to offer great cushioning and support)
True to size
Reliable grip on dry surfaces
Not very responsive
Not for long runs
Caused achy feet
Nike Quest 3 fits true to size
One thing the Quest 3 has going for it is that it fits true to size and it has reasonable toe room.
Nike Quest 3 locks your foot well
The laces on these are nothing special which is unsurprising but they do their job well enough. The tongue has gussets down the inside to stop it from shifting around too much.
The collar on the heel stops any heel slip and there's no need to over-tighten the Quest 3 to get them to hold the foot nicely.
Feels like there's no energy return in the Quest 3
I was expecting the Nike Quest 3 to feel very fast on the road, unfortunately, this wasn't the case. Although I didn't feel slow, I certainly didn't feel as quick as I was hoping. The shoe is not very responsive and they feel as though they do not transfer energy very well.
I have a midfoot strike pattern and it's just unfortunate because I really felt as though they were lacking something but I suppose you get what you pay for.
The Quest 3 is not for long runs
I would not recommend these road shoes for long runs. I'd say that they were probably intended for something around the 5K mark. but you have to take note of the poor sole that causes discomfort.
The upper is the best part of Nike Quest 3
Aside from hugging the foot nicely and feeling soft,
the tongue cushioned nicely from any lace pinch
the collar is nicely padded too but not too much
the mesh over the toe area is really light and breathable
The Quest 3 seems to be well made and although they don't have the same premium feel like the Under Armour Machina, I can't foresee anything tearing the upper any time soon. The outsole is also quite substantial for a road shoe so I think that will last for quite some time as well.
Reliable grip for dry surfaces
On the road the Quest 3 grips very well. I didn't feel unsure about them even once. The same goes for gravel tracks, concrete paths, and even a bit of dry trail running, though I would definitely not recommend running with these through any mud. It's unlikely to end well.
The mesh upper on the Nike Quest 3 doesn't allow full airflow through the shoe because the heel area is more closed in. This doesn't cause any issues with overheating however and the fine mesh across the front does a really good job.
The Nike Quest 3 is a disappointment. Picking them up out of the box, I thought they were going to be something a bit special, but as soon as I hit the road they quickly became the worst pair of shoes I've ever run in. Sorry Nike, but it's a no from me.
I'm a 33-year-old British Army veteran with a passion for running and fitness. I've been running on and off my whole life and competed in multiple track and cross country events when I was younger as well as being a competitive swimmer and squash player. In recent years, I have completed several half marathons and aim to run both full and ultra marathons in the not-so-distant future. I run anywhere between 10 and 50 miles a week depending on how much time I have outside of my family life. I am married with 3 daughters so I'm always very busy! My favorite brands for running are Vibram, New Balance, Inov8, Under Armour, Nike, Altra & Newton.