The Brooks Revel 3 is a reliable road running shoe designed for neutral pronators. It features a street-ready design for style and versatility. It also comes with a much lower heel-to-toe drop compared to its predecessor, the Revel 2 (from 12mm to 8mm). The Revel 3 uses the same materials in the upper, midsole and outsole but the overall design has been modified for a fresh look and softer feel.
For those who are looking for an affordable running shoe for the roads, these elements are what you can expect from the Brooks Revel 3:
It has a lightweight construction.
The toe-box has enough wiggle room.
Great color options for both the men and women’s versions.
Superb durability, considering the affordable price.
It offers a smooth and comfortable in-shoe feel.
It delivers durable design from the upper to the outsole.
The flat-knit upper is not as breathable as expected.
Cushioning feels a bit firm in the heel area.
Redesigned flat-knit upper for a stylish look
The Brooks Revel 3 features a flat-knit upper derived from heat-activated yarns that do not stretch over time. The upper is not as stretchable compared to other mesh variants but it does not provide a constricting fit. It wraps the foot securely without giving too much pressure on the forefoot area.
The upper is very durable but it is not as breathable as expected. It gives the foot a noticeably warm coverage, especially in hot running conditions. It is not ideal to wear along with thick socks as it will bring with it a warm in-shoe experience.
Overall, the redesigned upper of the Revel 3 delivers a street-ready aesthetic, allowing runners to wear the shoe at work, during the workout and after sweating it off at the gym.
Lightweight, durable cushioning
Brooks employs their proprietary cushioning, the BioMoGo DNA, in the 3rd version of the Revel. It is designed to adapt to every runners’ running style.
The midsole has been modified to give off a soft underfoot feel. True enough, it feels reactive near the forefoot. But while running, the heel area feels a little firm, which is strange because it has been marketed as a soft road running shoe.
Despite being a bit firm in the heel section, the BioMoGo DNA midsole still evokes a light and durable construction. It provides consistent cushioning throughout the run. And since it is not heavy, it is able to provide runners with a faster feel.
Comfortable and secure fit
For a more comfortable fit, the Brooks Revel 3 features an inner bootie design. It brings with it a smooth, sock-like wrap for all-day comfort that the foot can enjoy.
When it comes to the overall fit, Revel 3 is truly a rockstar. It has a roomy toe-box that gives the toes extra room to wiggle. From the forefoot to the heel section, the fit is just right. It is very welcoming, especially for runners with medium to slightly wide foot shapes.
Reliable grip on both dry and wet surfaces
The outsole of the Brooks Revel 3 is made up of the HPR Plus material, which is a high abrasion-resistant rubber specially designed to resist abrasion and typical wear-and-tear. This outsole material is also used in the Revel 2 but has been slightly modified for enhanced grip and flexibility. Used as well in other Brooks running shoes, the HPR Plus won't disappoint even on wet and slippery surfaces.
The majority of the outsole is covered by the durable rubber; the rest of it is the exposed BioMoGo DNA midsole foam. It maintains a light and well-cushioned ride throughout the running session.
Lower heel drop for improved ground contact
Compared to the previous version of the Revel, the new Revel 3 now features an 8mm heel-to-toe drop. The reduction of 4mm from the heel-to-toe drop does not only offer a closer ground feel but also helps in reducing the overall weight of the shoe. Version 3 now weighs 40 grams lighter than the Revel 2.
Brooks Revel 3 compared to other neutral shoes
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36
The Pegasus 36 is one of the popular road running shoes from Nike. Just like the Brooks Revel 3, it gives runners a good combination of style and performance.
On the roads, both shoes won’t disappoint. The Pegasus provides a more responsive and softer ride but the Revel 3 is the source of lightweight and consistent cushioning throughout the run.
When it comes to durability, these neutral shoes deserve high praise. Coming from big brands like Nike and Brooks, users can expect these shoes to last for more than several miles of running on paved surfaces.
Hoka One One Bondi 6
The Hoka Bondi 6 is a maximalist neutral shoe with zero-drop design. Compared to the Revel 3, the Hoka One One Bondi 6 is more expensive and more cushioned. The Bondi 6 delivers a plush and balanced ride.
One of the outstanding features of the Hoka Bondi 6 is the breathable and comfortable upper. It is made up of engineered open mesh that is flexible and lightweight.
The outsole of this shoe, which is made up of rubber compound, is also as durable and grippy as the Brooks Revel 3.
New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon v2
The Fresh Foam Beacon v2 is a lightweight and affordable road running shoe. It features a fresh new look for a more comfortable running experience. It also has a fashion-forward design like the Brooks Revel 3.
This product makes use of the popular Fresh Foam cushioning which also serves as the outsole of the footwear. To aid durability in the outer sole, rubber placements are strategically added in the forefoot and heel sections.
When it comes to the fit, the New Balance Beacon offers a snug coverage near the forefoot, midfoot and heel sections. The toe-box also offers enough wiggle room for the toes to splay.
The Brooks Revel 3 has been a successful update. There are so many things that made this shoe a worthy investment. It is stylish, durable, lightweight, and affordable. Performance-wise it won’t also leave runners dissatisfied.
The minor negative point tackles the firmer feel in the forefoot, which is not much of an issue since some runners would also prefer a firmer cushioning.
Overall, the Brooks Revel 3 is a reliable road running shoe that the average runner will surely love.