Nike Dual Fusion Run 3
The Nike Dual Fusion is yet another advance from the giant shoe brand, this time, the feature is a multi-density midsole. Make no mistake, Nike has gone “all in” with this new technology and runners have taken notice. There aren’t too many other companies creating models that stack different foam densities, so runners were eager to give the Dual Fusion Run 3 a try. Touting cushioning and stability, Nike is promising a well-rounded everyday running shoe created with everyone in mind.
With the use of a comfort core that is surrounded by a foam structure aimed at providing support, Nike is pushing the envelope on entry-level running shoe technology and what runners are coming to expect from them. Novice and casual runners should pay extra attention as features like a single layer mesh, inner sleeve, and welded synthetic overlays are the things of much more expensive running shoes. The Nike Dual Fusion Run 3 might just be the gateway running shoe of beginners everywhere.
- Affordable running shoes packed with high-end features
- The toe box that didn’t feel constricted to runners, providing comfort and support
- Visually appealing Nike look and style; Runners enjoyed the color options
- No-sew overlay system offers structural support without adding weight or skin irritation
- Runners were uneasy about taking the shoes out on the trail or in the rain
- Some runners found the midsole of the shoe to be slightly narrow
- Runners with a wider foot may find them tight
Nike seems to understand this concept very well. Runners were also pleased with the flex grooves and molded blades that characterize the outsole They commented that they allowed a more natural movement. Nike pretty much wrote the book on foot mechanics and the Dual Fusion Run 3 demonstrate that knowledge when going through the runner’s gait cycles. Users were also pleased with the increased depth of the flex grooves, as they allow for a more natural stride, gait, and toe off, and increase comfort. Overall, a great upgrade to the outsole.
While hard to describe the two layers working together, the consensus from all test runners are as follows: The upper part of the foam offers comfort and responsiveness, while the lower part acts as a carrier mechanism for the entire sole of the shoe. Runners that have limited experience with feature packed running shoes will enjoy a top of the line performance.
The lack of seams in this upper prevents irritation and skin-related ailments. Upon closer inspection, you will notice how the Midfoot Webbing System is connected to the lacing apparatus. Again, another premium feature from Nike. The best part about the lacing system is its ability to provide a customized fit that can be adjusted to match the needs of the individual runner. It does this by compressing or releasing the inner sleeve and the external fabric when the shoelaces are either tightened or loosened. A nifty little feature that is a perfect compliment to a well thought out shoe.
Another very light component is the carbon rubber outsole. It’s strong enough to resist premature wear and tear, provide runners with impact absorption, and excellent traction, all while being extremely lightweight. The Dual Fusion Run 3 is another example of proper component use by the folks over at Nike.
The cloth like material also helps to wick away sweat and allow adequate evaporation within a reasonable amount of time. Any form of bulk from Nike’s last iteration of this running shoe has been either eliminated or replaced by a lighter and more breathable material. When all is said and done, this translates to a shoe that is perfectly breathable.
•Nike’s dual-density midsole system with a firm Phylon layer for support
•A soft interior Phylon core for a smooth, cushioned ride.
•Waffle-pattern outsole provides a smooth heel-to-toe transition
•Lightweight at 290gms.