If you are looking for a running shoe that combines style, comfort and performance, you might want to check out the Reebok Zig Kinetica 3. This is the latest version of the Zig Kinetica series, which features a distinctive zigzag design on the midsole and outsole. In this review, we will go over the specifications, design, fit, ride, ventilation and gym performance of this shoe, and give you our bottom-line opinion on whether it is worth buying.
The Reebok Zig Kinetica 3 is a neutral running shoe that weighs 11.8 ounces (335 grams) for men and 9.9 ounces (281 grams) for women. The heel-to-toe drop is 10 millimeters, which is fairly standard for a running shoe. The shoe is available in a variety of colors, but the one we tested was pure favorite colorway of Pure Grey 7 / White / Core Black.
The unique zigzag design of the Zig Kinetica 3 makes a bold style statement. The woven Flexweave upper has a retro look, combining grey, white and black in a sleek pattern. Stretchy bands wrap horizontally across the shoe, complementing the zigzag midsole. A thin flag tongue nods to classic sneakers. The amplified zigzag shape is eye-catching from all angles. Small Reebok logos blend subtly into the look. Overall, the Zig Kinetica 3 has a fashion-forward design that stands out.
The Zig Kinetica 3 fits true to size with a comfortable contoured upper. The woven Flexweave material provides soft, flexible support that moves with your foot. Strategically placed stretchy bands offer resilient structure. The lace-up closure allows you to customize the fit, while the textile lining feels smooth against your foot. There is ample room in the toe box for natural toe splay. The low collar around the ankle prevents any rubbing or irritation. Overall, the Zig Kinetica 3 offers an adaptable fit.
The Reebok Zig Kinetica 3 offers a smooth and comfortable ride, thanks to the Floatride Fuel midsole. This is a lightweight and responsive foam that provides ample cushioning and energy return. The shoe feels soft underfoot, but not mushy or unstable. The shoe also has a good amount of flexibility, especially in the forefoot, where there are deep grooves in the outsole.
The Zig Energy Shell and Bands add some bounce and springiness to the ride, as well as some stability. The shoe does not have a traditional stability feature like a medial post or a guide rail, but the plastic cage and the rubber strips help to keep your foot aligned and prevent excessive pronation or supination.
The Reebok Zig Kinetica 3 is suitable for various types of runs, from short to long distances, from easy to moderate paces. However, it is not a very fast or agile shoe, so it may not be ideal for speedwork or racing.
The woven Flexweave upper and textile lining of the Zig Kinetica 3 provide breathability during wear. The open-knit material allows air flow to reach your foot. This prevents overheating inside the shoe when wearing for long periods. The low cut around the ankle also enhances ventilation. Though not the most airy shoe, the Zig Kinetica 3 offers adequate airflow for casual use.
In the Gym
The Zig Kinetica 3 can be worn for light gym sessions, but is not ideal for intense training. The Flexweave upper is durable enough for weight machines and light free weights. The Floatride Fuel midsole cushions landings if doing bodyweight exercises like lunges or plyometrics. However, the flexible low profile design does not provide enough stability for heavy squats or deadlifts. The zigzag traction pattern grips gym floors well during multidirectional movements. For ultra-sweaty cardio, the ventilation could be better. Overall, the Zig Kinetica 3 works for light gym use but not hardcore lifting or HIIT-style training.
The Reebok Zig Kinetica 3 is a stylishly modern sneaker optimized for casual everyday wear. It provides a comfortable fit with strategic stretch and support in the woven upper. A responsive Floatride Fuel midsole and Zig Energy Shell deliver an energized ride. Though traction and ventilation allow for light gym use, the shoe truly shines as an athletic lifestyle shoe ideal for all-day wear. With its standout zigzag design, the Zig Kinetica 3 makes walking, working and living more comfortable and fun. For those seeking a versatile shoe that combines retro and modern styling with energetic comfort, the Zig Kinetica 3 is an excellent option.