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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.

2 reasons not to buy

  • 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.


Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 9.1oz | Women: 7.2oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 12mm | Women: 12mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 33mm | Women: 33mm
Forefoot height: Men: 21mm | Women: 21mm
Brand: New Balance
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $90
Colorways: Pink
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  • 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 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.

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.

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.

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.