Ecco continue to lead the way with hybrid spikeless shoes and the Biom Hybrid 3 is the latest in the line that goes back to the Fred Couple's original.
The main upgrade from the previous Ecco Biom Hybrid 2 is a new Tri-Fi-Grip which sounds like something you should log onto, but in fact is there to ensure your feet log on to the ground.
As you might expect when Tri is in the name, there are three zones that work together, starting with the main part of the sole that now features this wavy design of different TPU grips that are all linked together.
It looks like it should be softer to touch than it is as the durable TPU is pretty robust and you will almost here it clack a little if you walk over concrete.
The peaks are rectangular and a departure from diamond shaped square nodules that Ecco has used on Biom Hybrids in the past.
The darker sections on the outside of the heel and toe of the sole is the zone for lateral stability and these are larger diamond shaped grips made of firmer TPU that have less give than the main sole.
Finally the third zone is the rounded lugs on the front of the sole to help your foot rotate more easily through the swing.
The overall feeling on parkland courses and longer grass is one of excellent comfort as the sole works with the ground and the grip is very good for a spikeless shoe.
The firmer sections on the sole combine with rasied up parts of the outer sole in the inside of the toe and around the heel to give the feeling of greater stability than the Biom Hybrid 2 during the swing.
On firmer turf you may feel the tread a little more, but the good thing is that this style will rarely pick up any grass so the traction is going to be as intended most of the time.
The upper is made from a lovely soft Ecco Racer Yaks leather that has Gore-Tex protection for a 100% waterproof and breathable guarantee for 3 years.
It hardly needs breaking in at all the padding around the tongue and the high heel give a comfortable fit in a rounded style that will appeal to those of you with wider than average feet.
The upper is bonded to the sole using what Ecco call FluidForm that works without the use of glue or stitching for greater durability, flexibility and to save weight.
Take the rather thin Ortholite insole out and you will feel the contouring of the inside of the shoe that is the Biom element and aims to match the shape of your feet and their movement.
For the Biom 3, the styling takes a different tack and the range looks a little more traditional with the introduction of a couple of print styles like the white/silver you see here.
Apart from a couple of the coloured options they do seem to be aimed more at travelling to and from the course rather than wearing to the pub on a Saturday afternoon like the original hybrids and at this rather steep price, you might want to keep them for what they are intended.
Overall this is another classy and very comfortable waterproof, spikeless shoe from Ecco with a unique style. The Tri-Fi-Grip sole is probably more of a technical golfing sole than the nodules of the previous models, so what the Biom 3 may lose in off course comfort you are going to gain in on course stability and traction from that clog free sole.