Overview of this review
Good to know
- The 361 Degrees Ortega 2 was equipped with the QDP (Quick Dynamic Performance) System. To provide superior cushioning, responsiveness, and protection, the midsole was designed with three buffering layers. Each layer has its own specific purpose to enhance the performance and ride delivered by the shoe.
- The top layer of the system is made of the QU!KFOAM. It delivers comfort underfoot. Plus, it’s a material that permits a good amount of flexibility. It also gives a high level of energy return and responsiveness for an energetic ride.
- For extra protection, an ESS Rock Plate was added as the middle component of the QDP System. Because the shoe was meant for both road running and light trail running, it needs a rock shield to safeguard the foot from injury.
- Compression Molded Ethylene Vinyl Acetate or CMEVA is the last layer of the QDP System on this shoe. This layer complements the protection given by the ESS Rock Plate, and it also enhances the cushioning of the platform.
The 361 Degrees Ortega 2 is available in standard running shoe sizes. Those who wish to purchase a pair can make use of their usual length measurements. The same goes for the width; it comes in D – medium and B – medium for male and female runners.
Carbon rubber makes up the outsole of the Ortega 2. This rubber is tough, durable, and is also used in the making of vehicle tires. Its robustness delivers protection to the bottom of the shoe, as well as enough traction on common surfaces and non-technical trail terrain.
Instead of covering the entire underfoot area, the rubber was separated into patches by several flex lines. These lines allow the outsole to adapt to every movement the runner makes while in motion. Each patch has a wide contact area with dots. These provide sufficient grip and traction.
The midsole was created with the QDP (Quick Dynamic Performance) System. The top foam is called the QU!CKFOAM. It is a special blend of EVA that delivers a combination of cushioning and responsiveness. It was proven to provide a higher energy return, as well as long-lasting comfort throughout the shoe’s lifespan.
The middle plate of the system comes in the form of the ESS Rock Plate. From its name, it basically protects the ventral part of the foot from rocks and other objects on the trail that could cause injury. The plate adds a bit of integrity to the midfoot as well. It delays the breakdown of the midsole, allowing runners to run more miles with the shoe.
The last layer in the system is a CMEVA (Compressed Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate) weighing foam. It completes the midsole layers, acting as a responsive stabilizer. It enhances the cushioning of the shoe and complements the protection provided by the ESS Rock Plate.
The upper is made up of a lightweight mesh that doesn’t weigh the shoe down. The mesh material is also water-resistant, minimally keeping liquids from entering. It also has breathable characteristics, affording the upper with much-needed ventilation.
To reinforce the mesh, synthetic and film overlays were added. Slightly locking the midfoot in its place is the cage-like overlay found on both sides of the shoe. The signature “3” logo is also found on the same area, delivering a similar function. The rest of the overlays were strategically placed on the forefoot and heel for minimal support.
A heel counter can be found on the back part of the upper. This component provides a bit of support and stabilization to the heel.
The 361 Degrees Ortega 2 is also made with a gusseted tongue to keep small particles from entering the shoe while the runner is going over the trail. The tongue is also padded which provides comfort to the instep and reduces the pressure felt on this part of the foot as the traditional lace-up closure is tightened.
To add extra comfort underfoot, the QU!KFOAM insole was added to the platform. Because this feature is molded, it follows the natural grooves underfoot, improving the fit and support felt by the runner from within.