361° Stratomic first thoughts review
Ideal for the road races and training I will be doing through Autumn and Winter and through to my half marathon training for the early part of next year. I have had the 361° Stratomic shoes for just over a week now and have been able to run 3 different runs to test them out.
- 5km Park Run – Park trail environment, some elevation
- 10km road training run – My favourite home run with an up and downhill. All road or pavement
- 5km Treadmill – Steady recovery run
Previous to the 361° Stratomic I have been running in Reebok Pump Fusion 2. They have served me very well and was a little reticent in making the change. However, I can safely say that any concerns I had flew out of the window in the first few metres at Park Run. In fact, at Park Run, I managed to shave a few seconds off my course record. Not bad for the first time of wearing them.
The following day, I ran my favourite home run loop, a steady incline for what seems to be around 3km and then a long flattish down hill for 7km. Road or pavement all the way, it was a good test for comfort, stabilty and grip on some of the uphill sections and “dirty” parts of the road.
I then took them for as recovery run for a 5km treadmill set at 11km/hour and 2% gradient.
Light and Comfortable
My very first thoughts of the 361° Stratomic are that they are really light and comfortable. And even through my second sand third run, this thought has not changed. They feel lighter under my foot than the Reeboks, whilst they definitely cushion and fit to the shape of my feet much better. The toe box was roomy – great for those who have a wide forefoot.
The cushioning felt soft and light – whilst the stabilty of the whole shoe gave me confidence underfoot – especially in some parts of the Park Run, where running over muddy wet grass is sometimesas hazardous venture.
The tread and grip of the 361° Stratomic is much better than the Reeboks. Much more a “rubbery” feel along with a deeper tread makes sure that when I am running in less than ideal conditions, the foot will stay planted and allow me to drive forward.
Really pleased to have picked the 361° Stratomic. They are light and comfy on the foot, whilst the grip will will defintely see me through the wet weather we will be having soon!
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