Nike Revolution 3

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For runners who want a neutral running shoe for regular training purposes, the Nike Revolution 3 is a good choice. Runners who tried the shoe loved how comfortable it felt and said it was an all around great buy. Even non-runners found themselves drawn to and falling for the Nike Revolution 3. Reviews are overwhelmingly positive and there’s very little not to like about the shoe. It’s a great choice for anyone who wants a reliable and comfortable shoe, whether it’s for run training or walking the dog. It comes in a variety of attractive color options and is highly durable.

The only two negatives? There isn’t enough arch support for very high arched runners and the insole isn’t removable so you’re stuck with it. Some might also be put off by the firm midsole cushioning but that’s a personal preference. Keep in mind, it’s not meant to be a highly cushioned shoe. If you’re looking for a long-distance trainer, you may want to consider a shoe with a little bit more padding. Otherwise, the Nike Revolution 3 is a great choice for runners looking to train for their first 5K or 10K or for seasoned runners wanting to get through half marathon training season unscathed.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Very comfortable
  • Responsive, firm cushioning
  • Wide toe box
  • Flexible design
  • Lightweight
  • Very durable
  • Great fit
  • Nice style
  • Fairly priced
  • Plenty of support
  • Snug fit for stability
Cons
  • Lacks arch support
  • Insole cannot be removed
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Positive
  • My 2nd pair, I’m a distance runners 59 years old, the last pair did 400 miles, no damage no tears and the out sole held up superbly, nothing dropped off for the insole, I find these durable and relatively comfortable. Cushion performance wears gradually but so does all shoes. I will keep with these, they are basic but very good.
  • Great pair of low cost shoes, nice light feel, durability is ok so far, cushion level surprisingly good, I do have a wide pair of feet 4E and the Fit is good, no problems, I loved the price, I know there basic but that's all I need.
  • Like the traction, its there when I need it, good for long walking and moderate jogs, comfort at the start is great but gradually drops due to cushion wear, these are my 3rd and I love these.
  • I have dodgy knees and these shoes are light so I enjoy the absence of weight dragging on my feet and knees, I like the heel support a lot, recommend these as a nice priced standard shoe.
  • Love the heel stack, perfect for walking and lots of support, the cushion is solid and holds well, I just jog twice a week and for the price I got my monies worth.
  • As shoes for casual, strolling around the parks, even for travel, these are great, I do a bit of running and cycling and so far these have been fine.
  • These are comfy, feel good and supportive at the heel and lots of comfort, I’m on my feet a lot and I can’t fault these. Nice casual shoe but not waterproof.
  • I had the previous style, like the modifications, good shoe and really sturdy, cushion level is basic but fine, fit is nice and for warm days these are good for running but not distance running or trails.
  • Appearance is important, I love the color choices, the shoe feels really light and does not drag on the foot, the upper does breath so less sweat on the feet but if it rains I get wet feet. Nice lights sports and casual shoe.
  • My son does have huge feet, and wide, triple E and I found a pair of these that fit him perfectly, he does indoor track and says the shoe is great, he said the cushion is balanced and the traction seriously good. I will buy these for him again.
  • These look good, they run good, easy to clean, the heel support is a really nice feature and the upper keeps my feet cool, the price is decent, no complaints.
Negative
  • My ankles bend inwardly when I run and this makes my legs hurt, the shoe took too long to break in, the worst was the cuts that I got on my Achilles, no mater what socks I tried it made no difference. I run a lot and I don’t recommend these for running but fine for casual.
  • The shoes were weak and fell apart, starting at the front, the glued area just drifted off, six months wear maximum if you’re lucky. The ankle support is not there, I do triathlons and know when a shoe is not up to scratch. Walking around yes, running distance, a big no.
  • Forget ankle support, there ain’t none and I can feel every stone I step on, some parts of the shoe are solid and other parts squishy and not supportive touchdown and my feet lean inwards which really is not a good thing. This is a cheap shoe, it looks nice but it’s a moderate use shoe.
  • The sole confuses me it made from different thickness or materials and underfoot feels like a mixed solid and soft sensations, I can feel that in some areas I feel stones and these are uncomfortable while running.
  • The shoe lacks mid foot support as I found out by the end of two runs, my feet also roll in these and this causes a lot of discomfort, don’t get caught out in the rain, this will not protect your feet.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Nike Revolution 3 features a standard rubber outsole with the addition of some fairly deep Flex Grooves for a better transition as the foot moves from heel to toe. Overall, reviewers were happy with the durability of the outsole and its ability to provide grip underfoot.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Nike Revolution 3 features a Phylon midsole. The midsole cushion is what really makes the shoe. Reviewers loved how comfortable it felt to run or walk even long distances in the Nike Revolution 3. The cushioning is firm without being too squishy so it's comfortable but supportive. The midsole also happens to be quite flexible making the ride in the Nike Revolution 3 feels super smooth.

The cushioning is definitely hard, though, so don't be surprised by the firmer ride. It's less of a negative than it is a personal preference. The firmer cushioning does offer more support which may be something to consider.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The Nike Revolution 3 features a synthetic mesh upper. While the rest of the shoe is well-built, the upper construction is probably the most impressive. The upper has mesh panels which help with temperature regulation. These panels are more breathable than the rest of the upper and help air to circulate in and out of the shoe. Also present in the upper's heel and forefoot areas is a thicker material which is meant to provide additional structural support and enhance durability. The upper is very well protected against wear and tear because of this reinforced material and reviewers were quite impressed with how solid the upper felt.

Inside the shoe, there's a cushioned insole which both adds comfort and provides a bit of extra support for wearers. The insole cannot be taken out, though, so if you have custom orthotics or like to add extra cushioned insoles make sure to try the shoe on with those slipped in before buying. Both the tongue and heel of the shoe have plenty of padding to ensure the wearer stays comfortable and there's nothing that rubs the ankle area raw.
Weight
Weight

Weight

For a standard trainer, the Nike Revolution 3 is fairly lightweight. It doesn't have a ton of midsole cushion which helps to explain the lighter overall weight, but even then, most reviewers were pleasantly surprised with how light the shoe felt. The men's version weighs about 8.8 oz and the women's clocks in at about 7.35 oz.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The Nike Revolution 3 is quite breathable thanks to its synthetic mesh upper. The upper is covered in a lightweight material and breathable mesh panels. Other areas are reinforced to enhance durability but this doesn't negatively affect durability at all. Reviewers were pleased with the amount of air circulation afforded by the upper and didn't complain of unpleasant blister formation.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Nike Revolution 3 is ultra comfortable. Reviewers brought up how comfortable the shoe was over and over again. It's what makes it perfect for both runners and non-runners, wearing it feels great, no matter what you're doing or how far you're going.

The upper fits snugly but also breathes very well. Runners didn't feel like they were overheating inside the shoe. The cushioning is firm but provides plenty of energy-return. A wide toe box is perfect for runners who require a little extra room but not too roomy that it causes regular footed runners to slip and slide inside the shoe. Overall, reviewers were super pleased with the shoe's great fit.
Style
Style

Style

The Nike Revolution 3 features simple branding and a minimalist style. Fresh color options are available for both men and women and it looks great whether you're planning to use it for running every day or heading out to the grocery store.

Many reviewers chose to purchase the Nike Revolution 3 as a casual wear shoe and had no intention of even running with it. It's a well-designed shoe that's backed up by a quality build.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Nike Revolution 3 is super durable. In fact, reviewers were impressed with how well the shoe stood up to regular use. The rubber outsole is highly resistant. The midsole cushioning is firm with plenty of bounce that feels fresh even after multiple runs. The upper is the piece de resistance. It's a well-designed component of the shoe. Many shoe uppers are prone to tearing since they are made of mesh. Mesh breathes well but it's thin and full of holes that can easily rip. The Nike Revolution 3's upper is designed with mesh but there are also reinforced portions that help to prevent ripping and tearing.

Overall, reviewers loved how durable the Nike Revolution 3 was and felt it added to the value of the shoe.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Nike Revolution 3 provides plenty of protection for wearers in the outsole, midsole and upper. The outsole is highly durable and keeps runners from wearing down the sole to the bone. It also keeps runners stable as they move on wet or dry pavement. The midsole full of firm cushioning provides protection against shock that comes from running. The upper is also highly resistant and the strong material works to protect runners from instability by locking down the foot.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Nike Revolution 3 is super responsive thanks to the firm but flexible midsole. It sounds counterintuitive, right? Well, the midsole provides firm supportive cushioning but also offers plenty of give to flex from heel to toe. This flexibility helps runners stay connected to the earth as they land and move through their gait cycle. The midsole cushioning also provides plenty of bounce without being so thick that it prevents runners from getting feedback as they move.
Support
Support

Support

The Nike Revolution 3 is plenty supportive. The firm midsole Phylon cushioning provides impact protection but also a nice amount of support. The upper, too, provides an excellent degree of support for wearers. It wraps the foot snugly and prevents wearers from moving too much inside the shoe. Runners should feel tightly planted and tethered to the Nike Revolution 3.

Some reviewers did point out that the Nike Revolution 3 is not a great choice for high arched runners since there's just not enough arch support in the midfoot area. Runners worried about their ankles will feel well supported by the Nike Revolution 3, however.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Nike Revolution 3 is meant for running on the roads, on the pavement, and basically anywhere but the trail. The tread underfoot isn't anything impressive but it provides enough traction for road running. Even with a reinforced upper, trails aren't an appropriate place to train with the Nike Revolution 3. The upper could handle plenty of strain but won't be able to keep debris out as well as a trail-specific shoe could. The midsole also doesn't have a rock plate and provides quite a bit of feedback which may feel a little too au naturel for trail running.
Price
Price

Price

Reviewers agreed that the Nike Revolution 3 is fairly priced. Plenty of non-runners found themselves choose the shoe for everyday wear but it's just as good for run training. It's comfortable, not too heavy, and fits super well. It's also very durable. Reviewers felt that the price was well worth it considering how well the shoe could stand up to everyday use.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The Nike Revolution 3 provides enough traction for your standard road running experience. The rubber outsole provides grip underfoot. It's not outstanding, by any means, but it's enough. Reviewers didn't find anything negative to say about the shoe's traction, after all.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Nike Revolution 3 is quite flexible. Both the outsole and midsole provide some degree of flexibility making the ride in the Nike Revolution 3 feel very natural. The movement from heel to toe-off doesn't feel stiff or uncomfortable because of how flexible the midsole and outsole are. The outsole, made of rubber, features Flex Grooves for added flex. The midsole is also super flexible which reviewers loved. The result is a super smooth ride that doesn't feel tough.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Nike Revolution 3 is a neutral shoe but it provides enough stability to keep neutral footed runners comfortable and feeling confident. The upper fits very securely so runners shouldn't move too much from side to side. Even with the wide toe box, the rest of the upper wraps the foot snugly. The overall sound construction of the Nike Revolution 3 ensures wearers get a stable running experience. The shoe doesn't feel flimsy or structurally unsound at all.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Nike Revolution 3 features a fairly standard 10mm drop. This promotes a heel strike but forefoot runners were comfortable running in the shoe as well. The standard drop makes the shoe a great choice for non-running activities such as walking, too.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- Synthetic mesh upper
- Mesh panels for enhanced temperature control
- Thicker mesh in high-wear areas
- Cushioned insole is comfortable and supportive
- Phylon midsole material is firm but responsive
- Plush tongue and heel areas
- Regular lacing system
- Rubber outsole is durable and grippy
- Flex Grooves for flexibility
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

It's simple, the Nike Revolution 3 is an excellent choice for both runners and non-runners looking for a durable, comfortable shoe. The sizing is bang on and standard laces will allow users to tighten or loosen as they see fit. A wider toe box provides a bit of extra room for wide footed runners and a stylish design looks great on a run or out with friends.

Very few reviewers had negative remarks about the shoe except perhaps for some comments about firm cushioning. It's true that the Phylon padding is hard but this ensures a supportive base. The Nike Revolution 3 is not a heavily cushioned shoe but there's enough packed into the midsole to protect against shock. The Nike Revolution 3 is a great all-around shoe and comes in plenty of different color variations to suit runners and non-runners alike.