Who should buy the New Balance 996 v3

Following the release of the 2nd generation 996 covered with mesh with TPU, New Balance dropped its first-ever knit and nylon-made tennis trainer, the 996 v3. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a shoe that provides durability and strength remarkably during a prolonged practice sessions and intense court matches.
  • Need a shoe that offers support and helps control the foot during multi-directional movements. 
  • Need a shoe that is fitted for clay, grass, and hard court.

New Balance 996 v3 Logo

High-wearing Ndurance rubber compound

The heel and ball of the foot are areas of the outsole that are most prone to wear and tear. To strengthen these areas, New Balance layered them with the high-wearing Ndurance rubber compound. The main objective is to put more life into the shoe. 

New Balance 996 v3 Outsole

Abrasion-resistant rubber

This abrasion-resistant rubber is designed with a herringbone tread pattern which is equipped to dole out the right amount of grip on different court scenarios. Such a non-marking unit allows the wearers to slide and skid without leaving any scuff and scratches on the court surface.

New Balance 996 v3 Abrasion-resistant rubber

Lightweight New Balance cushioning

The middle layer of the shoe is dominantly made of a lightweight type of foam unit called REVlite. This innovative feature compresses and thereby cushions the foot from impact during heel-to-toe and sideway movements. Its lightness is around 30 percent lower than the typically heavy and dense foams used in tennis shoes.

New Balance 996 v3  Lightweight cushioning

Supportive and stable

The support unit placed under the midfoot called Probank is also made light. Despite slashing off much weight under the arch, this stability element helps guide the positioning of the foot during directional changes and lateral cuts. It prevents awkward rolling of the foot.

New Balance 996 v3  Supportive and stable

Protective upper of the 996 v3

This 3rd generation New Balance 996 comes in different gradients of colors utilizing the state-of-the-art knitting process. Synthetic material is fused onto the high-stress areas like the forefoot to provide another layer of protection.

New Balance 996 v3 Upper

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 12.5oz / Women 11.8oz
Shoe Type: All Court
Collection: New Balance REVlite
Features: Lightweight, Breathable
Construction: Speed
Material: Knit
BRAND Brand: New Balance

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Brenton Barker
Brenton Barker

Brenton is an Australian with 20 years of experience coaching WTA and ATP professional tennis players, whom have won a total of 10 international professional Tournaments. Brenton holds a Degree in Sports Coaching and was the former Head Tennis Coach at the Japanese Government Sports Science Institute. Brenton was also a former Manager & Head Coach of Australia’s Governing Sporting Body, Tennis Australia, and has been a Dunlop International Advisory Board Member since 2010. Additionally, Brenton was the Head of Player development for World No 7 and two-time Grand Slam Champion Johan Kriek.