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  • Terrain

    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.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

  • Use

    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.

  • Price
    $90
  • Weight
    Men: 9.1oz
    Women: 7.2oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 33mm
    Women: 33mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 21mm
    Women: 21mm
  • Width
    Men: normal, wide, wide
    Women: normal, wide, wide
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Synthetic materials and mesh make up the more breathable and comfortable upper unit, according to some reviewers.
  • The synthetic lining is easy on the skin, while the included removable insole adds a bit more cushioning.
  • Several runners appreciated the REVLite mid-sole cushioning system, which is a lightweight underfoot platform that the foot can rest upon.
  • Durable rubber covers the outsole unit, effectively protecting the shoe from abrasion and wear.
  • The appealing design of the 2nd version of the 3190 caught the attention of many runners.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt that it was one size smaller than what they were used to.
  • Others noted that it was too tight for wide feet.
  • A few testers thought that it was a bit stiff and unfavorable for natural foot movement.

Bottom line

The 3190 v2 from New Balance is a great update to a starting series that has given a lot of quality service to many runners. It’s efficient in its purpose and with decent arch support, even if it’s a bit tight around the forefoot area.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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62 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 62 / 100 | Running Shoes And Advice

    While it can be found at a great price, I simply do not think I adjusted well with the level of comfort  from these M3190v2’s.

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Updates to New Balance 3190 v2

  • New Balance kept the update to a minimum in the 2nd iteration of the 3190. One very clear modification is the new synthetic mesh with smaller, but countless holes. This mesh is a bit softer than the past version for enhanced adaptability and durability while retaining the same kind of breathability.
  • The really rigid toe protection is replaced by some form of rubber material for improved protection without the stiffness of the plastic or the stitches that came along with it. New Balance makes the toe room less susceptible to irritation or hotspots with lesser stitches in this area. The lessening of the risks to irritation is enhanced further by the removal of the previously stitched overlays in the forefoot.
  • The new 3190 also offers an external heel counter not found in the original model. It provides better heel security while flexibility is still evident to adapt to the runner’s foot.

New Balance 3190 v2 size and fit

New Balance brought back the fit and sizing of the past model, which are of standard measurement, in the 3190 v2. The heel and forefoot areas have enough space with a nice snug fit in the midfoot. Most runners have a very good chance of finding their best fit and comfort in this shoe. Available widths are medium, wide, and extra wide while sizes are from 7 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.


Outsole

A full-contact outsole with tame treads and covered entirely by blown rubber provide more than enough traction and durability on the road. There are also small flex grooves that add a little flexibility to the shoe.


Midsole

The midsole showcases one of New Balance’s best foams in the Revlite. It is made of really sturdy and responsive material at 30% less weight than most of New Balance’s cushioning materials. The full-length Revlite makes cushioning consistent and contributes to the soft feel of the 3190 v2.


Upper

The Fantom Fit technology is the main feature in the upper. New Balance uses the term to refer to the combination of synthetic mesh with superb breathability and welded midfoot overlays that provide excellent support and structure. Toe protection is served by a rubber material with very minimal stitching. Comfort is effectively provided by a well-padded tongue and collar while the removal insole automatically increases step-in comfort and fit.