For those seeking a verstatile spikeless offering that provides excellent golf-specific performance in all conditions, the Biom Hybrid 3 should be a shoe you try in 2018.
Surprisingly high level of grip for a spikeless shoe from different lies. Excellent protection from the elements while the modern styling will suit a variety of tastes.
The shape won't suit everyone and some may prefer a softer feeling shoe.
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ECCO Biom Hybrid 3 Shoe Review - We put Ecco's latest spikeless shoe offering through its paces on the course to see if it warrants its premium price tag
ECCO Biom Hybrid 3 Shoe Review
Aimed at This shoe is aimed at those seeking premium looks and on-course performance as well as off-course versatility.
Key technology The new outsole design ensures multi-purpose zonal performance through three segments; one for stability, another for durability and a third for rotational support. A Racer Yak leather upper provides both breathability and durability while the 100 per cent Gore-Tex waterproof protection is guaranteed for three years and there’s the option of a BOA closure system for optimum fit.
How we tested We played a round at Goodwood Golf Club wearing a pair of the BOA laced option (£200) to assess performance and also tested the non-BOA option in Orlando, Florida.
Styling It’s fair to say the designs will divide opinion but with so much choice in the line, ranging from clean and classic to outlandish, every taste should be catered for.
Performance Despite the wet and hilly terrain we tested on, the Biom Hybrid 3 more than held its own. They felt stable and gave us excellent grip from different lies.
It was interesting that Golf Monthly Editor Mike Harris found these to be extremely comfortable, while technical editor Joel Tadman didn't quite agree to the same extent. ECCO shoes have quite a unique shape, which for some may take some getting used to while others will instantly love the feel and fit out of the box.
There’s very good support and traction from a spikeless shoe on offer here. There were times when we were worried about going after a shot from a wet, sloping lie but we needn’t have been, as the Biom Hybrid 3 maintained our connection to the ground with ease.
Some of the styles have limited appeal and some may want a softer feeling shoe - there are many options that offer this for a lower price - but the Biom Hybrid 3 has a level of golf-specific performance that warrants the premium price. The upper feels soft and premium and provides the required year-round protection. As a bonus, minimal dirt gathered on the sole and they look at home off the course as well as on it.
Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.
One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.8.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-7 iron, TaylorMade P7MC 8-PW
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x
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