Overall, we rate the Nike Free Run 3 as a worthy update to the Free Run nike free coral 2. The upper is roomy, accommodating a variety of foot types, with lot of vents to let the breeze in. The outsole is typical Nike Free, very flexible throughout, with a large contact area for stability.If we had to nitpick, it'd be two things - the collar/heel area grip does not inspire confidence due to lack of adequate padding and heel support, and the shoe could do with a little more reflective details for low light conditions. Other than that, a great shoe which lives up to its promise of delivering a minimalist running experience.
In continuation to last year's release of the Shield Pack, Nike released the new Shield pack for 2012's Holiday (Oct -Dec) season - with a winterized version of the Nike Free Run 3 included. Built on the same base as the Free Run 3 from this summer's intro, the Shield version features a water resistant (not proof) upper, with abundance of reflectivity.While it works to keep you warm and relatively dry in damp and cold weather, this shoe will run warm when you're running in sunshine. But overall, a good addition to the Nike Free line for runners who are not so fortunate when it comes to sunshine.
Only if all movie sequels were like the Brooks Ghost. We first reviewed the Ghost in its fourth version, and ever since, shoe has continued to blaze the path of neutral running excellence. Year after year, small yet meaningful changes made the newer version of the Ghost better than the last. The Ghost 6 released in Fall 2013 is no exception. So what makes the shoe so good.The fundamentals of a good running shoe are fairly uncomplicated. A footwear last which results in a great fitting upper. Quality materials which feels comfortable, and upper design which do not pinch or dig while allowing flexibility and grip.
Top that off with a sole construction which translates into a great ride. By the latter we mean excelling in weight distribution while running, and being cushioned or stable depending on the category. Sounds simple enough? But it is amazing how often brands get it wrong, and it never seems to come all together, even though individual elements might shine on their own merit.Because a good running shoe isn't about just how the upper looks or feels, or what the level of midsole cushioning is. A good shoe is a sum of parts, with all it's elements teaming up to deliver a wholesome package of competence.The Brooks Ghost 6 does better than competence.
It has character. And its character comes from its versatility, the shoe's unique ability to be able to appeal to a broad spectrum of runners. At the heart of all this is the Brooks Ghost 6's DNA cushioning system, which employs gel inserts in heel and forefoot.The DNA is different than other gels because the behaviour of the cushioning changes based on variables such as running speeds or weight of the runner, both of which result in different impact pressures on the shoe. The whole concept sounds like textbook marketing gimmick, but our experience supports the claim, which happens to be true.
We talked about this in our Ghost 4 and 5 review, but we'll cover it here again. The DNA gel units act in the way they do because these are made of special 'non-Newtonian' fluids. Sounds very geeky and all-science-y? This video is a great example of what non-Newtonian liquids are.A swimming pool filled with corn-starch is seemingly liquid, but you can run on it, provide you keep nike free run 5.0 up pace. The science behind this is that certain 'non-Newtonian' liquids behave like solids when pressure or stress is increased.