Summary

We spent 8.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • A lot of users have noted that the Reebok Zig Pulse 3 provides excellent comfort during their runs.
  • Most wearers like the invigorating design update that the shoe went through.
  • Some users said that the Zig Pulse 3’s upper is well ventilated.
  • A fair number of purchasers mentioned how they appreciated the energy return provided by ZigTech technology.
  • The shoe's performance and support are consistent even with everyday use, several runners noted.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of users questioned the build quality of the Reebok Zig Pulse 3.
  • The outsole has quickly worn apart after only a couple of uses, according to some wearers.

A few wearers compared the shoe’s durability to that of the overall strength of the Adidas Pure Boost when it comes to its materials and components.

Bottom line

The Reebok Zig Pulse 3 is a road running shoe designed for neutral runners.  The shoe was mostly developed for active walking and low-mileage runs.  The Zig Pulse 3 has an innovative ZigTech outsole that enhances cushioning for a better comfortable ride.  It also has a two-tone mesh upper that is responsible for making the shoes well ventilated and breathable. Most runners like these features of Reebok Zig Pulse 3 but then again, some few purchasers were put off by the shoe’s durability.  Despite the naysayers, the Reebok Zig Pulse 3 still holds its own when it comes to its positive reviews, and most users still choose it because of the comfort it provides whether used at the gym or out on the track.

Facts

Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Features: Slip-on
Brand: Reebok
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $90
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey
Size
Small True to size Large
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  • Zig Pulse 3 has been updated to provide more comfort and breathability.  Although still sporting the trademark ZigTech sole, the shoe itself has had a facelift when it comes to its visual design.  The two-tone mesh upper now has a waffle-like crisscross design instead of the Reebok logo that is found on its predecessors.
  • The Zig outsole disperses energy for a better heel to toe comfort on every stride, while at the same time, enhancing the shoe’s cushioning.
  • The shoe’s synthetic midfoot cage now also offers lightweight support and stability.  This means that the Reebok Zig Pulse 3 feels more natural to wear and provides better support stability-wise.

The Reebok Zig Pulse 3 was made to come in standard sizing, which means it is available in medium size D for men and medium size B for women.  Although marketed as a standard size fitting shoe, the Zig Pulse 3 had a few reviews of it either running too large and wide or too narrow and small.  Best way to get around this dilemma is to have the shoe tested out in an athletic retail shop that offers treadmills for potential users to walk or run on.  This is the best way to find the perfect fitting Zig Pulse 3 for every individual.

The ZigTech which begins from the Zig Pulse 3’s midsole can also be found through the zigzag design of the outsole.  This unique bottom unit has been engineered into an innovative, geometric, zig-zag shape that in conjunction with the midsole, provides a balance of energy and effective cushioning.  The heel and toe outsole areas are made of durable rubber material to provide sufficient traction on different road surfaces. The durable rubber component also gives the shoe a more flexible quality.

The Zig Pulse 3 midsole showcases the ZigTech which helps in absorbing the impact at the heel and evenly distributing the energy to the rest of the wearer’s foot which results in faster forward propulsion.  Its energy returning features aids in reducing stress from the runner’s key muscle groups, allowing a more comfortable and cushioned ride. The midsole area also has a synthetic midfoot cage that is mostly responsible for the shoe being lightweight yet still providing the needed support and stability.

The two-tone mesh upper found on the Reebok Zig Pulse 3 makes the shoe look not only stylish and modern but also makes sure that the shoe’s breathability regulates the user’s foot temperature while running.  It also guarantees that the Zig Pulse 3’s mesh upper offers comfort, fit and durability. And for added cushioning and support, the shoe is also equipped with a PU sockliner.

To finish off the shoe’s upper is the lace-up closure that syncs well with the padded tongue.  The traditional lace-up closure when tightened helps in adjusting the shoe’s fit, ensuring there are no accidental slipping off during the run and the padded tongue keeps the instep protected from possible irritations often caused by the shoelaces.

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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.

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