Weighs 10 oz. (283 g.) for a US M9 / 8.2 oz. (232 g.) for a US W7.5
An upper that only a mother (or anyone else) could love
Qu!kflame and Qu!kspring, but is that a good thing?
At least 361 Degrees keeps on truckin’
Available now for $160
LINDSAY: In case anyone else was wondering, it’s pronounced Three-Six-One-Degrees. “One Degree Beyond” is their motto. Get it? Bueller? Bueller?
I had to do my research before writing this review because I’d never heard of this brand before. Not entirely a shocker to those who know me — I’m one of the more novice runners around here — but I digress. 361 Degrees launched in China in 2003 and is now making its way across the Pacific to our great United States.
The Spire 5 is 361’s latest shoe. It comes in three different colorways (magenta, black, and turquoise), and I think all three are very simplistic with a modern design. Nothing flashy here, just some daily colors on a daily trainer. It’s worth mentioning that only the magenta comes in Wide, though. Are you taking notes?
When I first put this shoe on, I was floored by how comfortable it was. Did I just put on a Hoka? Is this going to be my new go-to? Unfortunately, it didn’t pan out like that, but it’s not all bad news. Let’s get into it.
JARRETT (WIDE FOOT): Like Lindsay, I, too, am brand new to the world of 361. I wasn’t expecting to be on the review for the Spire 5, so when it showed up, I was able to go in without any expectations. After my first run, I decided to look up the shoe, and 361 says it’s introducing race day foam into the comfort of a premium trainer. That’s a bold assertion. One that I’m not too sure I agree with.
Lindsay is an optometrist by day and runner by… all other hours. Originally from south Florida, Lindsay started running with Believe Run Club when she moved to Baltimore and the rest is history. When she’s not running or fixing eyeballs, you can find her exploring with her dog, Iris, or grabbing a beer with friends.
All-time favorite shoes: Asics Novablast, Saucony Endorphin line, Nike Vaporfly NEXT%More from Lindsay
Wide Foot Jarrett likes talking about wide shoes. Did you know he wears wide shoes? You should probably know he wears wide shoes. Besides running, Jarrett is a lover of coffee, donuts, pizza, and tacos. Basically, Jarrett is the ultimate race-cation travel companion because he will be on food duty while you’re busy panicking about whether you want to try and break your PR. Will also sleep on the floor. He’ll also answer any question in his DMs.
All-time favorite shoes: New Balance Vazee Prism v2, New Balance FuelCell SC Trainer, Asics Metaspeed Sky.More from Jarrett