Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Price
$120
Weight
M: 357g | W: 275g
Heel to toe drop
M: 12mm | W: 12mm
Heel height
M: 34mm | W: 34mm
Forefoot height
M: 22mm | W: 22mm
Widths available
M: Narrow - B, Normal - D, Wide - 2E, Extra wide - 4E | W: Narrow - 2A, Normal - B, Wide - D, Extra wide - 2E
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 4.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The amazing comfort is what the majority of runners are impressed with about the New Balance 840 v3.

  • The roomy toe box accommodates runners with slightly wide feet.

  • A large portion of satisfied users also point out the shoe’s exceptional cushioning as one of its best assets.

  • There are no stability issues despite the 12mm heel differential as some runners have noted.

  • The heel has a very comfortable and snug feel that most of the runners really appreciate.

5 reasons not to buy

  • The New Balance 840 v3 is a bit stiffer than several runners would have preferred.

  • The fit slightly suffers for those who have narrow forefoot.

  • Runners who expected more than sufficient flexibility for a well-cushioned shoe were a bit disappointed.

  • The most common knock against the 840 v3 based on online reviews is the poor quality of materials being used.

  • High price tag.

Bottom line

The New Balance 840 v3 is engineered to provide superior comfort and cushioning for runners who love to pile on the miles. The arch support is good enough for neutral runners to enjoy. It is a running shoe that is every inch patterned after traditional shoes, especially the heel height, heel offset, cushioning, and weight.



World wide, 840 v3 is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, New Balance, is the 4th most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 967 shoes


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 158 ratings

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4 star
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3 star
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2 star
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1 star
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Updates to 840 v3

The 3rd edition of the 840 sees a couple of changes that are all geared towards making cushioning better than ever. In this model, New Balance goes back to the original 12mm heel differential and stacked it with more than adequate midsole foam for superb and almost oversized cushioning. It will make the run more plush and comfortable.

Another change is the removal of the N2 cushioning. It has been replaced by the ABZORB foam, which is known for its shock-absorbing features. The new foam is also a bit softer and contributes a great deal to the plush feel with every stride during training sessions.

A more flexible mesh is used in the upper to accommodate a wide variety of runners. This upper adapts better to the foot for more comfort and better fit.

New Balanced also ramped up the flexibility of the 840 v3 by making the forefoot grooves bigger and deeper than the past version. The deeper and bigger grooves are essential in providing flexibility to a heavily-cushioned midsole.

840 v3 size and fit

Like the past model, the fit of the 840 v3 is quite full. It has a standard fit that provides just enough space in the heel and spacious forefoot with a secure midfoot. Most runners will find the fit to their liking, especially for numerous hours of training. Available widths are medium, wide, and extra wide. Sizing is on the money with options ranging from 6 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.

Outsole

The outsole has non-aggressive treads and covered with blown rubber in the most part for better traction. Shielding the high-impact areas is the durable Ndurance rubber for an enduring outsole lifespan.

Midsole

A full-length EVA provides decent cushioning and durability in the outsole. New Balance made the ride a bit softer by using the ABZORB foam in the shoe. It is a top of the line midsole foam that offers excellent shock-absorbing features and resiliency. Together, they make the cushioning slightly softer, more durable, and with better shock dispersal.

Upper

The topmost layer is made of open mesh, which ensures breathability and flexibility. The Phantom Liner supports the mesh panels and improves the structural control of the shoe. The tongue is padded while a Dual Density Collar Foam offers better step- in comfort and helps keep the heel in place.


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