Brooks Neuro 3 Fully Reviewed for Quality
Where do we start with the Brooks Neuro 3? Brooks’ third installment of the Neuro model of the sneaker comes with a more subtle design than its predecessors. The company chose to scale down on the crazy designs and keep the shoe sleek and simple. The shoe’s midsole offers an exceptional level of cushioning while not being too bulky and also contains a responsive propulsion plate designed to not only push you ahead faster in your run but also to protect the shoe’s platform, aiding in durability. A Dynamic Hammock System makes up much of the Neuro’s upper and is designed to cradle and support the foot thoroughly, helping you to maintain better foot alignment. With its split single gearing mechanism design, this shoe is engineered to give you a fast-paced and flexible performance. This sneaker is designed for the neutral everyday runner and is an excellent option for a large population of runners.
Keep reading our in-depth Brooks Neuro 3 review to find out if it is worth the investment.
- Lightweight upper allows for great breathability
- Rounded heel helps to keep your feet better aligned
- Gearing mechanism helps the shoe attain superior flexibility
- High Propulsion Rubber pods on the outsole deliver a responsive ride
- Just enough cushion and support in midsole without being too bulky
- Some worry that the foam in the propulsion pods may wear quickly
- Not many color options
You will find propulsion pods placed throughout the outsole, of which the perimeter of each pod made of this HPR compounded and they are engineered to give you a responsive ride, from heel strike to toe-off. At the center of each propulsion pod, you will find a foam material designed to heighten underfoot cushioning and aid in supplying responsive energy return. You will also notice that the sneaker’s outsole is separated into the forefoot and heel section, allowing both parts of the foot to act independently, helping aid in flexibility - this is referred to as the shoe’s “gearing mechanism”.
However, this shoe still offers a significant amount of cushion with its responsive outsole pods, BioMoGo midsole, as well as the top layer of the midsole called the S-257 Cushsole. It is a soft, flexible top layer that will not hinder the rest of the flexible midsole from bending naturally with the foot. As mentioned in the explanation of the outsole, the gearing mechanism, where the shoe splits into the rear and forefoot sections, extends to the platform of the midsole.
It will enable maximum flexibility and will aid in shock absorbency upon heel strike and allow for a smoother heel-to-toe transition. The midsole’s propulsion plate supports the platform of the shoe, giving it more durability. This sneaker also has a soft removable insole that adds additional cushioning. Another excellent feature of the midsole is the rounded heel, which will allow for better alignment while running.
This Woven Air upper can be found on the forefoot of the upper, while the heel section is more of an open mesh material, with larger ventilation holes to prevent your foot from overheating. The heel collar of this sneaker is very cushiony and will help keep your foot in place as well. One excellent feature of this shoes upper is the Dynamic Hammock System that wraps around the front and midfoot of the shoe.
This system is designed to adapt to the tightening and loosening of shoelaces, keeping your foot snug and secure. The cords of the Dynamic Hammock System run from the bottom part of the upper to the instep and contain loops to act as eyelets for the laces. It allows for a secure and unrestricted fit, as well as acting as a means to prevent hot spots on the top of the foot that may come from lacing issues.
The heel collar and padded tongue make it soft on the feet, not to mention the extra support supplied through the additional removable insole. Many users comment on how comfortable yet supportive and fast; this sneaker is.
Both the men's and women's shoes only come in one colorway, which may be a downside to some, but both colorways are tasteful and attractive. They do not have an overly bulky midsole, so their design is a little sleeker than some of the company’s other shoes.
The propulsion plate found in the midsole will also help protect its platform, adding increased durability. These sneakers are meant to be worn on the road for everyday running and should hold up to the typical 300 to 500-mile mark.
The rounded heel design will keep your heel in line and protected from injury because it allows for better heel strike.
Both the heel section and forefoot are allowed to act independently of one another, which will help you get an incredible amount of flexibility out on the road. The mesh upper also hugs the feet well and aids in helping to make these shoe supremely flexible.
- High Propulsion Rubber makes up the perimeter of the propulsion pods found on the outsole
- Gearing mechanism on outsole and midsole for maximum flexibility
- Rounded heel helps the foot stay in better alignment
- Removable insole
Because the gearing mechanism enables these sneakers to be amazingly flexible, you’ll be able to tackle your next run without feeling like you’ve got stiff, overly supportive sneakers strapped to your feet. The sneaker’s midsole propulsion plate will also add some pep to your step and help you propel forward faster from landing to take-off. Its BioMoGo DNA midsole will adapt well to any foot shape and will allow for a more customized and comfortable feel.
Your feet will feel comfortable, not too overly squishy, and supported thanks to the Dynamic Hammock system that will cradle your foot. In the end, if you are looking for a sneaker that will give you a supportive, fast, and responsive ride without too much spring or weight, then the Brooks Neuro 3 might be the shoe for you.