Brooks Catamount 3 Review

I was very excited to try the Brooks Catamount 3 as I loved the second model. This model is a great trail running shoe that offers moderate traction, lightweight frame and sufficient cushioning. In this Brooks Catamount 3 review I will go over my personal experience with this and see how it compares to its predecessors.

Cushioning

A good level of cushioning is an essential component of a great shoe. A cushioned midsole helps relieve stress from the joints and provides support that makes long distance runs much easier.

Support

Good support is essential for all runners, so it is very important that when buying trainers an individual buys running shoes that have enough support. That may look different for all runners but it is important to consider.

It is important that a supportive running shoe provides a stable platform and reduces the risk of potential injuries.

Durability

I believe that it is important to buy shoes that have been built to last. If you are going to spend your own money on shoes then they should stay in good working condition for many months to come.

Fit

Making sure your shoes fit properly is very important as if a shoe is too big it can cause the shoes to start to rub against you feet causing blisters and other discomforts. By not having a shoe that fits it will also get rid of the possibility of a comfortable run.

Breathability

Breathable materials in the upper part of the shoe helps keep the feet cool and dry during runs. This is because it helps prevent the build up of sweat and moisture in the shoe which reduces discomfort and irritation when running.

A breathable upper shoe enhances comfort and can be a life saver when running in hot days as it helps prevent overheating. This makes shoes with this feature an excellent choice as well as a comfortable fit.

Value

Running shoes can get really expensive and if you are someone that runs a lot you will have to keep coming back to buy more. This can really add up which is why I have added cost to the list of important factors.

Price: £160

Weight: 266g

Stack height: 22mm

Usage: Trail

Pros

  • Light
  • Fast
  • Can be used on both trail and tarmac
  • Nimble
  • Upper is snug

Cons

  • Not as good on roads or gravel paths
  • Energy return: 8/10
  • Durability: 10/10
  • Support: 10/10
  • Grip: 10/10
  • Style: 9/10
  • speed: 8/10
  • versatility: 8/10
  • Value for money: 8/10
  • Upper breathability: 9/10
  • Comfort: 8/10
  • Width: 10/10
  • Overall Rating: 87/100

Brooks Catamount 3 First Impressions

When I first saw this shoe I was impressed with the aesthetics. I really liked the colourscheme and as well as the overall design. This is defininetly a shoe that stands out on your foot which I really like however if you don’t like that then you can easily get a different colourscheme so they blend in.

Anyway onto its performance. My first run in these shoes was a 25km race and these shoes performed very well. Right awat I was impressed with how responsive this model felt. It was fast and light which allowed for me to really pick up the pace. I also found the cushioning was very good which meant that I could wear these shoes for long distances and my feet still felt great. Brooks says that this shoe is best suited for 50km to 100km runs however I think that 50km is the upper limit for this shoe.

I was also impressed with the upper. I found it very comfortable and loved how much protection it offered. I felt very comfortable running through tough trails knowing that my feet were adequately protected.

Why Should You Buy These Shoes?

If you are in the market for a long distance trail shoe that offers excellent support, speed and comfort then this is a great choice for you. The grip on this model was also excellent which really allowed me to make tight turns and go over slippery surfaces with no worry.

Why Should You Not Buy These Shoes?

If you are in the market for a shorter distance trail shoe to help tackle very technical trails then this isn’t the shoe for you. I would recommend having a look at the Salomon Xa Pro 3D V9 which is much better for offering support on technical trails.

Upper of the shoe

The upper has recieved significant updates since the previous model including the construction which has promised to enhance performance and comfort on the trails. I found this upper to be much better than the previous model as it offered more flexibility, was lighter and was able to adapt to different terrains better.

Instead of having a dual layer fabric This upper has a single layer of mesh which offers excellent durability and comfort. The construction of the model allows for a much more natural foot movement which really helps during tough hills climbs and lateral maneuvers.

Foam of the shoe

This shoe has a DNA Flash midsole that is infused nitrogen, making it lightweight and providing runners with a more agile experience on trails. I found this shoe much more comfortble and responsive than the previous model.

One downside is that this shoe does feel harsher on roads or gravel paths however if you are mostly interested in using this shoe on trails it feels fine on roads for short distances. This is one of the shoes only limitations.

Sole of the shoe

The outsole of the shoe is covered in TrailTrack Green rubber which offers exceptional traction and durability. The traction is amazing in both wet and dry conditions. The Catamount lugs are 3.5mm and are not overly agressive yet they still manage to keep me feeling secure and confident on the hardest and trails and worst of weather conditions.

Conclusions to the Brooks Catamount 3 Review

Overall, I would highly recommend this shoe for long distance trails runs. This shoe allows you to pick up the pace while still remaining lightweight and comfortable which is a very hard combination to offer. I personally use this shoe for long distance trail runs and Couldn’t recommend it enough. One limitation is that it doesn’t feel great when running on roads however it feels fine over short distances, just over longer distances it isn’t as good but this is the only critique I can give this shoe.

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