Facts

  • 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
    $70
  • Weight
    Men: 10.4oz
    Women: 8.1oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 8mm

    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.

  • Width
    Men: Normal, Wide, X-Wide
    Women: Normal, Wide, X-Wide
  • Release date
    Unknown
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  • In this version of the New Balance Nitrel collection, there have been some minor iterations to the Nitrel v3. One of which is the discontinuation of the synthetic overlays to provide for structural stability and added support. 
  • However, there have been some numerous features retained in the shoe. These include the shoe’s mesh upper that helps in allowing sufficient airflow into the shoe, thus making it breathable. This keeps the foot feeling fresh even after a long run. This mesh upper is also highly flexible that does not constrict the movements of the foot. 
  • An All-Terrain (AT) Tread outsole is still employed by the shoe just like the shoe’s predecessors. This features lugs that are made for on and off-trail running. With this technology, the shoe still has good traction and grip on different surfaces. This is also known for its durability. 
  • To further protect the shoe from elements and provide reinforcement to the shoe, Toe Protect™ is integrated into the shoe.

The New Balance Nitrel v3 is available for both men and women in standard sizing measurement. 

There are some notable technical components of the shoe that are directly contributing to the fit of the shoe. One of which is the mesh upper of the shoe that gives it a snug fit around the foot. Accompanying the mesh upper is the synthetic overlays, providing structural support and security around the foot.

A traditional lace-up fastening system is also applied to the shoe. This fastening system of the shoe is lightweight and gives security to the foot when running on trails. The shoe also has a padded collar and tongue to ensure that the foot stays in place. 

To ensure proper fit and sizing, it is recommended that one should go through various user feedbacks regarding the size and fit of the shoe first before proceeding to purchase. It is also advised that trying on the fit of the shoe first is the best course to take. 

This New Balance trail running shoe features an AT Tread outsole- a dual-use outsole that also includes the combination of both trail and running lugs. This technology provides durability to the shoe as it protects the shoe from abrasive components. It also allows the shoe to have good traction and grip on a variety of surfaces. 

The midsole of the New Balance Nitrel v3 sports a REVlite midsole. This is a foam compound that allows the shoe to have a lightweight response and lasting durability. The durability provided by this midsole is as strong as the 30% heavier New Balance foams. This midsole increases the cushioning of the shoe, thus giving the foot more comfort. 

Paired with the REVlite midsole is an ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam cushioned insole. This provides added cushioning to the foot 

The Nitrel v3’s upper is made up of mesh material. This mesh upper allows sufficient airflow into the shoe that promotes the shoe’s breathability. This upper also allows more foot movement as it is very flexible. It is also known for its lightweight properties. Mesh uppers are also found on other running shoes such as the Asics Patriot 10 and the Brooks Addiction 13.

The upper also has a padded collar and tongue. The padding contributes to the cushioning and comfort that the shoe has. Additionally, this also affects the security and fit of the shoe when running on trails. 

The Nitrel v3’s upper is supported by Toe Protect™. This technology is made out of a rubber compound that helps protect the shoe from elements, and it also provides reinforcement to the shoe. 

For New Balance Nitrel v3’s closure system, the traditional lace-up fastening system is employed. This fastening system is lightweight. It also provides a secure fit around the runner’s foot. 

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