The RW Takeaway: Levitate 3 is for runners looking for a more robust and inflatable trainer with a solid midsole.
- DNA Amp midsole for high recovery
- Cushioning is solid, especially on the heel
- Heavier than Levitated 2
Levitate 3 forced us to define the road and the track from the beginning with its elastic and solid midsole. The arrow-tipped floor facilitates heel transitions, even if the flat fins are not so sticky on smooth surfaces and slag paths. The shoe offers a high energy return, according to our RW Shoe Lab measurements and tests. Branded Shoes
Launched about three years ago, the first Levitate introduced the DNA Amp, the Brooks version of a foam based on polyurethane / TPU (think: Adidas Boost or hybrid foam Puma) Brooks claims that the DNA Amp returns 70% of the energy to the corridor , compared to the industry average of 50 to 6%. Our lab results show 60% (the previous model was around 70%), but that still represents about 80% more energy return than average running shoes.
Firm but flexible
Best Sneakers, You could say that this review is part 3 of a trilogy. I recently covered Bedlam and Ricochet, who belong to the same Brooks shoe family: the energized line. Of the trio, Levitate is the oldest and weighs more.
The flaw that I keep reiterating in my analysis of energized line sneakers – including this one – is that, although the recovery obtained from a midsole with DNA amplifier, you also suffer from its stiffness, weight and firmness.
I felt overwhelmed while walking in Levitate. But that recovery you get when you run makes it lighter; some of our testers even described it as “light”. although the shoe is heavier than the second iteration. It is also moderately flexible, in contrast to the more rigid previous version. And there is a niche of runners who really want their stretchy ride with a less padded platform. Shoes And Sneakers
“The cushioning of the shoe is very adequate compared to most others that I find,” said a tester. “The sole is solid, but has a slight recovery, which makes it comfortable. That said, though, if you are used to wearing padded shoes (also known as Hoka), this shoe is not for you. Basically, if you’re a runner who prefers minimalist shoes, but want to play a 180, he said, Levitate is the “toughest” option you didn’t know you were looking for.
Don’t be too welcoming. Levitate 4 will launch in late summer and its new and enhanced midsole with DNA amplifier weighs 20% less. I’m already on my way to the new coach, after testing him in some races. The three Levites are the precursors to a shoe that really fits your name. And that, I assure you, is something to look forward to.
In addition to the shoe’s responsiveness, the upper was a favorite feature among our testers. He liked the way the shoe hugged his feet and the inner boot looked as comfortable as a slipper. “The shoes have an excellent fit and a high quality feel,” said a tester. “There are no problems with the seams.”
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Like its energizing line brothers, Levitate 3 also received treatment with a heel flap. Tightening your foot in this collar has never been easier. Kacamata Rayban
However, I am still perplexed that my claustrophobic impression of the superior places me in the minority. Maybe it’s the hybrid nature of everything’s pantyhose (is it one or the other?), Or the light rub of the ankle next to Achilles, if I wear socks that don’t show up.
However, 3 certainly has a better fit than the second iteration. Instead of feeling trapped in a slightly loose top, where my foot slid, I felt more secure.