361° Spire 3 Review

361 Spire 3

I must admit, I had never heard of 361° before and was immediately intrigued when asked to review a pair of their Spire 3s. One of the best things about being clueless is it allowed me to review these without any pre-conceived opinions. Normally, I’d jump on the world wide web and read all the blogs about something I know nothing about. But I wanted to give these shoes as honest and objective review as possible. So, I waited until they arrived and “ran with it.” Here’s what I learned:

Fit

This shoe was a very comfortable fit out of the box and would accommodate a varied range of foot types. The toe box was spacious. The uppers around the forefoot are seamless and supple, reducing the potential for hot spots and uncomfortable rubbing. Having a narrower foot, I generally end up judging shoes by the midfoot fit. The pressure-free tongue design allowed me a snug midfoot fit without the uncomfortable pressure spots I sometimes have on the top of the foot from pulling the laces too tight. This also complemented the heel fit, with a comfortable and form fitting collar that locked my foot in nicely. There was no real “breaking in” period with these shoes. They just fit well and were very comfortable.

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The Spire 3 on a nice Thai waterfall

Performance

Not having researched the shoe before trying it, I was unfamiliar with the technology behind it until after I tried the shoes for a bit. My initial reactions on my first run were immediately positive. They have a sweet and unique feel that I haven’t found in other shoes. They provided me that comfort and cushioning I wanted on a harder surface without losing the energy on the push off. A lot of shoes struggle with providing a good balance of cushioning and performance. Sometimes shoes are too soft and make you feel like you waste a lot of energy…and sometimes it’s the opposite. The Spire 3 provides the perfect balance between comfort and performance. Little did I know that this was the unique QU!CKFOAM technology designed by 361° which created a very commendable midsole (see below and here for full specs). They are also a flexible shoe, making it great for a neutral foot type.

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Matt puts the Spire 3 through its paces

Verdict

I thoroughly enjoyed running in these shoes. They are a great addition to the rotation and have become my “go to” shoe for runs around town. I cruised around with these shoes on a variety of terrain: road, track, and gravel/dirt paths. They performed well on all these surfaces. I have close to a month’s worth of running on them and they are still as comfortable as the day I took them out of the box. I look forward to putting in some more miles on the Spire 3’s…and trying out a few other 361°.

Specifications

  • Fitz-Rite midfoot has soft internal webbing to hold the foot secure
  • Lightweight molded counter comfortably keeps the heel in place during gait
  • Pressure Free Tongue designed to provide comfort and avoid irritation
  • Full ground contact outsole. Blown rubber forefoot, carbon rubberheel
  • The QU!K Spine is a carbon fiber plate that adds integrity to the midfoot
  • QU!K Flex forefoot engineering provides for natural and balanced toe off and enhances ground contact for better acceleration
  • Powered by QU!KFOAM

Weight: 295g
Drop: 9mm
Stack: 12-21mm

Find out more about 361° shoes HERE 

See our review of the 361° Sensation HERE