Another lesser-known Nike hit is found in the Nike Revolution 3. If you are either a casual wearer, light runner, or are simply looking for a sleek, stylish, and athletic shoe, then this may be the shoe for you. Compared to other lower priced Nike running shoes such as the Nike Dart 11 and Nike Downshifter 6 Read the rest of the Nike Revolution 3 review to find out for sure.
EVA Midsole Provides decent Cushioning.
Not Available in wider sizes.
Lacks Arch Support for some runners.
Slightly narrow fit.
Sizing and Appearance of the Nike Revolution 3:
If you’ve worn a lot of different shoe brands, whether running shoes or not, you may already know certain shoe line ups or even brands go by different sizing modules. A lot of people say NIKE shoes are naturally narrower compared to a brand such as ASICS. The Nike Revolution 3 is probably a little narrow in the toe region, and considering there are no 2E and 4E options available, this shoe is probably not for users with wide feet. You can always upsize, but I never like to upsize too much because while I may gain extra toe-width, I don’t want too a lot of extra space between the tips of my toes to the end of the shoe.
I’m not entirely sure if it’s the close-up from the online pictures, but I find they look much better from a distance, or just in person in general. I don’t like to make a lot of judgements on the looks of a shoe, because everybody has different tastes, but from other reviews that I’ve been able to seen, these shoes are visually-appealing and should draw a lot of compliments.
Construction of the Nike Revolution 3
Upper: The Nike Revolution 3 is constructed primarily of a breathable mesh that keeps the shoe lightweight and breathable. For added support and protection, its toe capped is filled with a layer protection. To hold the mesh together well, NIKE has also added synthetic overlays to ensure structural integrity.
Something not to underestimate with the Nike Revolution 3 is the padded tongue. Too many running shoes seem to take out some comfort in the tongue in order to create a lighter shoe. Sometimes, it’s not always the best trade-off. I’m glad NIKE stuck to the basics here in this area of the shoe.
Midsole: EVA Midsole foam may be one of the most popular forms in creating a light, cushioned feel for a running shoe, and while some more expensive running shoes may take on more advanced measures, the Nike Revolution offers a nice feel with this traditional midsole foam.
Outsole: The rubber on the outside of the shoe, presented in the toe-region, and of course across the bottom of the shoe in its own unique pattern offers a lot. Not only is it covered well enough to give the Nike Revolution 3’s a satisfactory amount of traction, but the rubber is self is very flexible. I think it offers a good balance between traction and flexibility. Neither are over the top, but neither dip below average as well.
Performance of the Nike Revolution 3:
The performance of any running shoe has so many factors, and is truly impossible to rate because each runner or wearer will have different expectations. A casual wearer may be much happier with the performance of a shoe where a near daily medium distance runner may hate the pair of running shoes. When looking at the performance of any shoe, make sure you pay attention to your own individual needs before making a purchase.
The Nike Revolution 3’s are officially running shoes, so naturally they’re made specifically for running. Given the price tag for a Nike shoe and it’s lack of superior qualities that many superior running shoes have, I’d rate this an entry-level running shoe.
Lets first talk about comfort. At first, the shoes were a little tight in the toe region for my liking. But after breaking them in (mainly by walking/working in the shoes) I was able to loosen them up to my liking. For being on your foot all day, the Nike Revolution 3 does a pretty good job of keeping your feet comfortable. There is enough cushion in place to keep you happy if you have a job that requires you to be on your feet all day.
Now while there is enough cushion for more casual uses (even when those uses are for long durations), I don’t consider this an every-day running shoe. A lot of runner like shoes with a solid amount of cushion, and while I think the Nike Revolution 3’s have some cushion, I don’t think a lot of runners would be overly satisfied with the cushion levels of this running shoe. This is true is especially true for runners who hit the streets, as pavement and road are some of the hardest surfaces on your knees.
One area of concern with the Nike Revolution 3’s may be noticed by runners who need a lot of arch support (those with flat feet). The Nike Revolution 3 is probably below average when it comes to arch support, so whether you’re a runner or casual wearer, wearing these for long periods of time will cause some discomfort. The bottom line: I would not purchase these if I needed ample arch support.
Performance Bottom Line: Its overall performance depends on your foot and how you may intend to use this shoe. Are you purchasing for casual use? Are you a light runner without a need for much arch support? Then this shoe will probably be great for you. Are you an avid runner looking for a cheaper end shoe without giving up comfort and cushion? Then you may want to look elsewhere instead.
How do I rate the Nike Revolution 3
(from a ranking system of 0 to 5 stars)
I’m rating this as neutral road, entry-level running shoe, so even with a decent ranking, it’s ranked in comparison to similar shoes, and not running shoes that may sit at a MSRP of three times the Nike Revolution 3.
As a quick reference on how I rate, 1 is well below average, 3 is average in comparison, and 5 is a superior, near-perfect product.
Cushioning: 3.5 Stars out of 5. It lands above average and will be comfortable for most users, but it’s nothing that isn’t beatable.
Responsiveness: 4.0 Stars out of 5. I the Nike Revolution 3 offers impressive responsiveness in part because it isn’t overblown with a cushioned feel and the rubber is made of a very light material.
Upper: 3.5 out of 5. The upper is an area that I find is easy to hit for most running shoes, as long as its design allows for a comfortable breathable setting, without losing much durability. For that, I give it a 3.5 out of 5, which isn’t a knock on the Nike Revolution 3, but reveals that most companies can hit this on the nail in this modern age.
Design: 4.5 out of 5. I usually don’t rank design in my upper-tier running shoes, but as an entry-running shoe, the Nike Revolution 3 is more likely to be used by casual wearers, who care about a shoe’s design as much as any other feature of the shoe. I think the Nike Revolution’s mesh creates a bit of a washy-look when looking at the pictures online, but when wearing them in person, and not a zoomed-up picture, I think the simple mesh designs create a classic look paired with the classic Nike Swoosh.
Weight: 4.0 out of 5. Most comparable running shoes that offer an entry-level neutral running shoe, sit at least at about 9.5 ounces, sometimes even over 10 or 11 ounces.
For an overall ranking of : 4.0 out of 5 stars for most runners. This ranking should be knocked down some by users if they are looking for a running shoe with a lot of arch support, or require extra toe-width space, which would be my bigger warnings regarding potential buyers of the Nike Revolution 3’s.