A little while ago I reviewed the Adidas Adizero Adios and named them my favorite running shoe, well as fickle as this may sound, I’ve changed my mind.
While I still prefer the Adios for road racing and tempo runs, for all around comfort on easy to longish runs and for working on improving running technique, then the Nike Free 3.0 is now the shoe I reach for first out of an ever burgeoning and untidy pile of running footwear.
I’ve been no stranger to the Free 3.0 over a period of more than 12 months, from tentative exploratory and cautious 20 minute jogs, my use of this shoe (and I’m now on a second pair) has grown considerably in volume and variation.
At the top end I’ve run for 90 minutes or close to 20km, I even took them onto the track for a middling 5000m performance (I don’t blame the shoe). At the moment I’ve taken to wearing them for speed work (off the track), in fact I’m wearing them almost all the time!The only environment where they have struggled was in a 16km long cross country race on uneven grass, I developed a callousister that day – no that’s not your callous sister, it’s a blister that forms under a callous. Keep up with your foot maintenance regime to avoid this happening to you!
As I wrote about recently, the NB MT101 trail shoe has given me a good alternative to protect my feet against stone bruising on very rocky surfaces. However, the Free 3.0 also performs pretty well on rough ground, if you avoid the sharp stuff. There’s no glossing over the fact that they do collect a handful of gravel to throw into your landscaping after each run. I wonder if a future version of the Free could be developed with slightly shallower grooves to help avoid the intrusion and collection of my local government’s road surface?nike free sale