361 Degrees Chaser ReviewSeptember 22, 2016
- Smooth ride quality
- Springy energy return in midsole
- Great forefoot flexibility
- Sloppy upper security
- Midsole breaks down quickly
The 361 Degrees Chaser is part of the 361 Degrees “Speed” lineup (as opposed to the Training line), and this shoe is well suited for fast workout sessions or races of 10K to half marathon. It provides great ride quality on a low platform, but we had significant fit issues with the upper. Also, midfoot or medial foot strikers will break down the midsole quickly.
The last of the Chaser contours to the foot quite well, and widens out nicely in the toe box. Our testers had difficulty with the lace and tongue mechanism; the laces don’t hold their tension effectively, and the tongue migrates laterally after just a few miles.
Light padding in the heel area holds the rearfoot comfortably, and good ventilation through the airmesh upper is effective for cooling and drying. The toe box is wide enough to prevent chafing and accommodate most foot sizes. Underfoot cushioning is impressive; for such a low platform, the Chaser provides comparable softness to shoes with significantly higher stack heights.
Proprietary QU!KFOAM midsole material is a blend of EVA and rubber encapsulated in PU; the Chaser has a nice combination of cushioning and responsiveness, and we felt good energy return from ground impact.
A graphite midfoot shank creates efficient transition of momentum from the rearfoot to forefoot, and flexible forefoot construction makes for smooth toe-off transition. The Chaser’s outsole is a “cloth rubber” compound that helps to further soften impact, but is only sparsely present in the rearfoot area; users with any degree of pronation will land predominantly on the QU!KFOAM.
Many elements of the Chaser are ideal for speed: soft footstrike, energetic midsole, 9mm drop to accommodate some heel striking, and overall light weight. However, security of fit through the upper affects its overall agility.
Donald Buraglio- Minimalist Running shoes
Donald is a physical therapist, ultrarunner, barefoot aficionado, and father of three with more than 20 years of experience in endurance sports.