DiscontinuedUpdate: New Balance 990 v5
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WeightMen: 13.4ozWomen: 10.5oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 12mmWomen: 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 heightMen: 32mmWomen: 32mm
Forefoot heightMen: 20mmWomen: 20mm
WidthMen: Normal, X-WideWomen: Narrow, Normal, Wide, X-Wide
Release dateApr 2012
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Although the New Balance 990 is far from the cheapest of running shoes, it is the quality that you are paying for here.
At the end of it all, if we take the basics into account, this New Balance 990v3 shoe is satisfactory.
I love the feel and comfort of these shoes, but I am rather disappointed that getting water on them causes such a horrid stench, the removal of which is a major hassle.
- Reducing weight is the theme behind the introduction of the 990 v3. It starts with the slight reduction of the rubber in the outsole. New Balance also uses bigger flex grooves in the forefoot to give more flexibility. These updates give the shoe a feeling of nimbleness that was previously lacking in the earlier model.
- The overlays are not as thick as before, but still deliver superb security and structure. By reducing the thickness of the overlays, New Balance reinforced the heel lockdown feature without adding weight. The result is a shoe that is at least half an ounce lighter, but with the same familiar comforts, security and improved ride.
The average fit of the 990 continues in the 3rd iteration of this series. There is decent room in the heel and the forefoot with a comfortably snug midfoot. As always, this should allow most runners to be very comfortable while slogging through training every day. The available widths of the shoe are 2A, B, and D for the women’s and D-2E for the men’s. Sizing is standard in the men’s and women’s versions.
The nearly flat outsole is designed for even surfaces on the road. New Balance’s reliable Ndurance rubber covers areas the heel and lateral areas of the shoe, which are always prone to wear and tear. There is also blown rubber in the midfoot to the forefoot for added cushioning, responsiveness, and traction.
The two-way cushioning of the shoe is presented by the ABZORB and ACTEVA LITE foams. With the former lying just beneath the foot, it gives the runner a very cushioned ride with excellent shock-absorbing features. The ACTEVA LITE, which is 24% lighter than average foam is right above the outsole for improved responsiveness. This midsole material is also present in the New Balance 990 v4.
Further cushioning is provided by the Encap foam in the heel. New Balance offers stability in the 993 v3 in the form of a single density TPU post beneath the arch.
The upper is a superb mix of Nubuck leather, pigskin, and mesh. This combination offers the shoe an unbeatable blend of excellent breathability, upper durability, and the classic looks that have impressed hordes of runners through the years. Additionally, New Balance utilizes reflective details in the upper for safety when used in low-light conditions.