Triathlon Magazine Canada - - RUN GEAR -

CHI­NESE-BASED 361° IS a rel­a­tively new footwear com­pany here in Canada, but they’ve ac­tu­ally been pro­duc­ing shoes in China since 2002. The com­pany has steadily built its lineup over the years and now of­fers a com­plete line of footwear and ap­parel. The orig­i­nal Sen­sa­tion shoe was de­vel­oped in Cal­i­for­nia and fea­tured a new foam and con­struc­tion tech­nol­ogy de­signed to of­fer the best com­bi­na­tion of dura­bil­ity and per­for­mance. Three it­er­a­tions later, the Sen­sa­tion con­tin­ues to be an out­stand­ing op­tion for triath­letes look­ing for a speedy shoe that still of­fers lots of cush­ion­ing and sup­port.

The Sen­sa­tion 3 fea­tures the 361 QU!KFOAM mid­sole that made the orig­i­nal Sen­sa­tion such a hit, of­fer­ing lots of cush­ion­ing with­out leav­ing you feel­ing like you’re run­ning on a pil­low. There’s a spe­cially de­signed mid­foot area that holds your foot se­curely, and pro­vides a sta­ble feel as you start to push the pace. The spe­cially de­signed tongue, breath­able air mesh up­per with an open toe box and seam­less fore­foot area make this a great shoe for triath­letes look­ing for ad­di­tional com­fort com­ing out of T2.

Once you have your legs un­der you in a race you’ll en­joy the nine mil­lime­tre drop and spe­cially de­signed fore­foot area that makes it easy to toe off as you ramp up the pace. You’ll en­joy those same ben­e­fits, too, if you’re us­ing the Sen­sa­tion 3 for some faster work­outs.

The durable out­sole of­fers lots of trac­tion and is also de­signed to help ab­sorb shock, which makes the Sen­sa­tion 3 a great op­tion for longer runs, too.

The lat­est ver­sion of the Sen­sa­tion is a bit stiffer than the pre­vi­ous edi­tions, which is a bit of a down­side, but de­spite that, it re­mains an ex­cel­lent op­tion for triath­letes look­ing for a com­fort­able, sup­port­ive shoe that of­fers an ex­cel­lent feel for the road re­gard­less of the pace you’re run­ning.—KM

361° Sen­sa­tion 3 $170

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