Nike Frees 3.0 v3

  • Runninghigh

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    Jul 13, 2011 4:13 AM GMT
    I'm really leaning towards picking up a pair of Nike Frees for training. I like to run, and I also like to lift weights. SO... please let me know if these are good for lifting weights. (don't want chucks, or wrestling shoes, or five fingers, maybe those new balance M10's)

    Also, I am not sure I see the difference between Nike frees 3.0 v3, or the Nike Frees Run+2 shoe. Let me know if you know the difference.

    Thanks!
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    Jul 13, 2011 5:58 AM GMT
    There aren't too many differences between the Nike Free running shoes. Now, if you get the Nike Free training shoes, then you'll notice the difference from the running shoes, definitely.

    I think the Frees are perfect for working out, and excellent for working calfs because you get a really great range of motion, especially at the top of the movement. They are actually really good for all types of lifting because they force you to use the smaller, balancing muscles in your legs.
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    Jul 13, 2011 2:12 PM GMT
    get vibram fivefingers!

    i know that doesn't help, but if you do a little research (google "barefoot running"), then you'll see why they're good for you for running/working out/life ;)

    well, actually, you probably already know why they're good. the nike frees are basically trying to imitate what vibrams do. however, they still have the raised heel which causes heel-striking when running, and a slight off-balance when lifting. and the soles are still pretty thick to actually simulate "barefoot running".

    vibrams are pretty hideous though....
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    Jul 13, 2011 2:35 PM GMT
    I find Nike's too narrow, I prefer New Balance. I don't see why you can't use the running shoes while lifting.
  • LaxJock16

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    Jul 13, 2011 2:46 PM GMT
    Get a pair of Vibram Five Fingers. Your feet weren't meant to run in shoes but you were born to run barefoot. Check out Harvard Barefoot Study and then get a pair of Five Fingers either KSOs or Komodo Sports. Pure and Simple.
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    Jul 13, 2011 3:59 PM GMT
    There are a lot of good minimalist shoes out there these days. If your focus is on running with some weight lifting, go with something like the Saucony A4, the New Balance Minimus or a pair of Innov8s. I thought the Merrell Trail Glove had a really weird bend in the break. I had a pair of New Balance M100s and they were pretty narrow in the toe but I've got really big feet (size 13s) so some shoes just don't ever fit right. The Vibram Five Fingers are in that category too. They never fit me.

    I wear A4s unless I'm lifting heavy then I use Pendlays.
  • austex85

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    Jul 13, 2011 4:03 PM GMT
    sorry for slightly derailing this thread, but how safe are vibram five fingers? is the padding thick enough to withstand sharp gravel and shattered glass/screws/etc that might be on the ground?
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    Jul 13, 2011 4:30 PM GMT
    austex85 saidsorry for slightly derailing this thread, but how safe are vibram five fingers? is the padding thick enough to withstand sharp gravel and shattered glass/screws/etc that might be on the ground?


    The VFF soles (at least for the KSOs that I own) are made of 3mm thick puncture-proof neoprene. I've run through gravel and sheets of broken glass multiple times and my feet were fine. You WILL feel stuff like pebbles and gravel beneath your feet (that's what the VFFs are made for - more ground feeling), but your feet are also adequately protected from being wounded. Hope this helps!
  • Runninghigh

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    Jul 13, 2011 4:39 PM GMT
    the new balance minimalist MT10's do look pretty cool, they are really fresh on the market, and seem to do the things I want, plus don't look ridiculous (sorry five finger lovers!)

    That is the only other shoe I'd consider, besides the frees 3.0's.

    I just can't run comfortably in chucks, and don't want to change shoes mid training.

    I want to get better at deadlifting, and squat, and my running shoes, have too high a heel for that.

    before researching the barefoot running shoes, I had no idea about the minimalist new balances, they are making me rethink my choise. haha.

    Thanks for the feed back guys.

    Side question: my bro has flat feet, can he wear these shoes? or is that a recipe for a rolled ankle?
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    Jul 13, 2011 5:06 PM GMT
    Runninghigh said

    Side question: my bro has flat feet, can he wear these shoes? or is that a recipe for a rolled ankle?


    I've been told I have flat feet too, but I do just fine in my NB Minimus Life's and VFFs. The really important thing (for ANYONE transitioning to reduced shoes and minimalist shoes) is to take it easy at first. Walk around barefoot and take up barefoot activities to build strength in the foot muscles.
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    Jul 13, 2011 5:08 PM GMT
    Oh, also check out Saucony Hattori's...
    saucony-hattori1.jpg
  • Runninghigh

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    Jul 13, 2011 11:31 PM GMT
    OK, so I went with the New Balance Minimalist, and they are exactly what I wanted! The Saucany (sp?) are good flat shoes, but there was no snugness around the top of the foot, I didn't like that. They were light and flat, but felt flimsy.

    The Frees 3.0 are HARD to find, and sold out every where. And I mean in Nike Towns, I went to two different ones and even shoe stores didn't carry the 3.0s, lot's of 5.0's and 7.0's though, not what I wanted.

    But, even the run+2's and frees had too much heel. Seemed the same as a smaller heeled running shoe, but with the added mobility because of the grooves. Cool shoes, but not what I wanted for dead lifting, or squatting.

    These NB's trail shoes are perfect. They are snug with a strap across the top (no velcro, just a built in strap), and practically have no heel, good for lifting. Since I can run and hike in these (I do both), these are just right.

    The reebok reflex, is too much like the frees, with still more cushioning than I was looking for. I wanted flat, and I got these which are practically like rubber track shoes.

    There are also NB road running shoes, but they lacked the snug strap across the top and had a bit more heel.

    OH, also, when I walked around in these in the store, I felt the balls of my feet kind of pop, and they are very breathable.

    Thanks for the advise fellas!

    Here's a good review with pics, mine are Yellow and mostly black though.

    http://birthdayshoes.com/new-balance-nb-minimus-trail-review

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    Jul 14, 2011 4:38 PM GMT
    Good choice. I want a pair of the NB Minimus trails, but they never come in the awesome orange and black...at least not in my size. Let us know how those work for you. My VFF KSOs are worn down and I need to replace them. >_