Degree to differ
Chinese sportswear giant 361˚ is now in Europe. We test two of its flagship shoes
361˚ Voltar £100, runnersworld.ltd.uk* Key features
Split heel for more effective shock absorption
Blown rubber outsole for softer landing
Snug fit around the heel
Reflective detailing for low-light running
This is a no-nonsense, oldschool workhorse that will do the job for heavier runners looking for reassurance and reliability rather than bells and whistles. The shoe is bulky, durable and very heavily cushioned – so much so that the ride was a little stodgy and it was difficult to pick the feet up and change pace quickly. However, it performs well over long distances.
361˚ KGM2 £100, runnersworld.ltd.uk*
Printed overlays to reduce weight
Carbon rubber outsole for durability
Low weight: 240g (men) 200g (women)
Wide tongue mesh to enhance breathability
This stripped-down shoe will suit speedy, efficient runners as an everyday option; for others, it’s a good choice for races up to half-marathon distance. It’s a lovely shoe to run in. The responsiveness, bounce and ample toe spring encouraged a speedy toeoff, but there was still enough cushioning to give a reassuring sense of heft. With its snug fit it is best for slim-footed runners. Impressive.