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The FREE 3.0 v2 is designed for efficient runners who seek a unique training tool to strengthen their feet. This hyper-flexible shoe is designed to simulate barefoot running movement while providing protection underneath the foot. Most runners will use this shoe for warming up, cooling down and strides, while others may chose to use it for all of their running.

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Weight:  7.1 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (21mm), Forefoot (14mm) 

How It Fits (based on width D) Width D=Medium

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium
  • Midfoot: Low to medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to narrow width
  • Toe-Box height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Medium height

Product Lifecycle

  • Release date: April 2011
  • Model discontinued: Unknown
  • Heritage: Free 3.0

INTRODUCTION

The Free 3.0 V2 is a minimum featured, minimum neutral shoe deigned for strengthen the feet, speedwork or racing. It is built with a curved shape.

CUSHIONING

  • Phylite is Nike's lightweight midsole material designed for a resilient ride with enough durability to double as an outsole.
MIDSOLE
  • Phylite is Nike's lightweight midsole material designed for a resilient ride with enough durability to double as an outsole.
  • Crash pad is located at the bottom heel. This highly decoupled unit is gender-specific and reduces shock at impact and reduces the degree and rate of pronation.
  • Nike Free sipes is a gender specific decoupling of the midsole and outsole and is designed to allow barefoot-like flexibility and stability.
UPPER
  • Free Specific mesh provides breathability and is constructed with a stitch-less design for barefoot comfort.
  • Overlays are strategically placed to increase flexibility and comfort for use without socks.
  • Molded sockliner is engineered for under foot cushioning and is shaped to mimic the curvature of the foot for greater fit.
  • Slip Lasting involves wrapping and stitching the upper in a bootie-like shape before it is glued to the midsole to increase flexibility and decrease weight.
OUTSOLE
  • Phylite is Nike's lightweight midsole material designed for a resilient ride with enough durability to double as an outsole.
  • BRS 1000 carbon rubber is located along the heel for durability.
  • Nike Free sipes is a gender specific decoupling of the midsole and outsole and is designed to allow barefoot-like flexibility and stability.

Comments: I'm on my 2nd pair and could not recommend them more highly.  They have enough heel for everyday walking, but really shine as a minimalist shoe.  They are equally capable for midfoot strike and forefoot strike due to firm foam/rubber with siping in just the right places.  Ground feedback isn't great, so use barefoot running to fine-tune your form.  As others have noted, it's difficult to run slowly in these shoes, due to the fast foot turnover.  Running 15-30% faster feels natural, but anything beyond 6:00/mi pace causes friction for me.  Cons - rocks in the sipes.  First pair wore a hole through the liner above my big toe (repaired with moleskin and doubled the shoe's life).
From: Chris, Houston, TX, USA

Comments: I have been running for just over 1.5 yrs and ran dozens of races including 3 half marathons already...I've become a much more efficient runner in recent days and have been flirting with running in less shoe...I thought I would never run in anything other than the Free Run+ after running in them for the first time, but when I tried the 3.0's for the first time in the store (in the hopes of getting the same pair of Free Run+'s which sold out in all black) I decided to get the 3.0's for the hell of it...just to have...I needed a new shoe to break in for the NYC Half this past April, but after walking around in the 3.0's...the Free Run+ felt like crap afterward.  So I decided to run the NYC Half in the 3.0's having never run in them before with only 3 days of breaking them in...I finished 1:39:01. At mile 9-10 I ran a 5:39...(my fastest mile EVER) I will never run in anything else and plan to run in them for this years NYC Marathon (my first) hope this helps...Good Luck!
From: Paul, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-To-Toe Drop (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+