361 Degrees Strata 3 Shoe Review
I was first introduced to the 361 Degrees a few years back when Brittany from 361 Degrees sent me an email asking if I had tried any of their running shoes. Fast forward to 2019 and 361 continues to be a shoe I rotate in while training.
The Sensation 3 was one of my favorite stability shoes in 2018. When I heard the Strata 3 was available, I had to pick up a pair to try of this highly rated stability running shoe. As I have mentioned in a previous 361 review, once you see this brand you will notice more and more runners wearing this shoe. Ironically my boss at work even had a pair.
361 Degrees is an ever growing shoe brand that includes a sole foam technology called QU!KFOAM.
The Strata 3 shoe retails for $155, which is higher than I usually want to spend, especially when the shoe weighs over 11 oz. This shoe almost reminds me of the Asics Kayano, max support and slightly heavier than a daily trainer.
Here are a few pros and cons of the Strata 3 running shoe.
Below are a few pictures of the shoes worn for this review.
361 Degrees Strata 3 Shoe Initial Thoughts
When I first opened the box of the Strata 3 I was immediately impressed with the look and feel of the shoe. The soft upper and comfortable sole felt like a great combination of feel and stability.
While the shoe wasn’t as light as I usually wear, the tongue was padded and felt soft to the touch. The mesh upper felt a little stretchy, something that I was hoping would expand with my feet without being too narrow.
My initial thoughts about these shoes were that they would be a great shoe to wear on longer or recovery runs. The sole and shoe felt like a max stability shoe..
361 Degrees Strata 3 Shoe Specifications
- Shoe Type/Category: Maximum Stability
- Weight: 11.6 oz (men’s size 9 D)
- Shoe drop: 8mm
- Shoe Height: 28mm (Heel), 20mm (Forefoot)
- Sizing: Order 1/2 size up
- Heel: Medium
- Forefoot: Medium width
- Previous model: Sensation 2
361 Degrees Strata 3 Shoe Overview
The 361 Degrees Strata 3 is a max stability running shoe designed for runners with a mild overpronated running motion. This shoe is built for the demand of high mileage.
The updated version of the Strata 3 has an updated lacing system and a softer foam layer above a firmer and more responsive sole. The 8mm drop is an average drop and felt just right. I have recently been wearing the Saucony ISO Liberty and that has a 5mm drop. The 3mm difference didn’t bother me at all.
The seamless mesh upper and the foam sole are a great combination for a springy feel and comfortable running shoe.
Weighing in at 11.6 oz for a men’s size 9 sounds heavy, but these shoes feel lighter than advertised.
361 Degrees Strata 3 Shoe Upper
The 361 Degrees Strata 3 upper was one of my favorite things about the shoe. The mesh upper was seamless, providing a great fit and improve breathability. Even without common overlays, the mesh upper easily accommodates different foot shapes and provides enough support expected of a highly rated running shoe.
Additionally, the shoe has an updated lacing system, which was something I wish other shoes had. It not only improved comfort, but helped keep my foot secure while running.
The one thing that I really liked was the tongue on this shoe. While it is padded in the middle the outer ring of the tongue is thin and comfortable.
I was a bit skeptical of the upper mesh due to how well it breathed, but it continues to perform and have noticed no issues with it.
Below are a few pictures of the Strata 3 upper part of the shoe.
361 Degrees Strata 3 Shoe Sole
The 361 Degrees Strata 3 midsole is an integral part of this shoe. The QU!K Flex 4foot improves responsiveness while the QU!KFOAM provides that foam like support that runners appreciate.
As mentioned above, one of the great things about this shoe is the QU!KFOAM midsole. The fulllength foam is responsive, flexible, and very comfortable. The QU!K Spine carbon fiber improves stability while adding a bit of firmness.
I would recommend running in these shoes on roads or light trails.
The Strata 3 sole is made of high abrasion rubber which provides increased durability. The blown rubber material increases traction with increased durability.
Below are a few pictures of the Strata 3 sole.
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