De­gree to dif­fer

Chi­nese sports­wear gi­ant 361˚ is now in Europe. We test two of its flag­ship shoes

Runner's World (UK) - - Gear -

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

RW ver­dict

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*

Key fea­tures

Printed over­lays to re­duce weight

Car­bon rub­ber out­sole for dura­bil­ity

Low weight: 240g (men) 200g (women)

Wide tongue mesh to en­hance breatha­bil­ity

RW ver­dict

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.

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