Utilizing what the brand calls Ud Foam at the midsole, the CTM Ultra 3s are one of the most surprising sneakers we’ve gotten hands-on with as of late. The upper mesh pattern is very thin yet provides a solid lockdown, and the midsole tech gave our tester plenty of energy return to tackle those speed-focused sessions. The biggest feature of note across this silhouette, though, is the lug-centric outsole. Most speed training shoes are designed for the road, so this feature is a unique implementation. In testing, we were happy with the traction underfoot, even when tackling a few less-than-technical trails with a heightened zest of velocity.
The CTM Ultra 3s are an engineered fit to create a streamlined aesthetic, but we did notice a slightly cramped toe box upon initial wears. It felt as if our digits were jammed into the component, which could lead to blisters and rubbing down the road. It may be best to order a 1/2-size up to alleviate this front-of-shoe congestion.