Verdict from 10 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • The Test Run Project 3.0 is supportive, some users claimed. 
  • Many buyers mentioned that this shoe is comfortable to wear. 
  • This running gear offers just the right amount of cushioning, said a reviewer. 
  • A few runners appreciated its roomy toe box. 
  • People loved the unique design of this running shoe

2 reasons not to buy

  • A tester returned his shoe due to the uncomfortable insole. 
  • One commenter noted that it does not offer a snug fit. 

Bottom line

Featuring a unique design, the New Balance Test Run Project 3.0 is made out of recycled materials, ensuring that no two pairs are identical. This running shoe is designed for people who do not overpronate or with a neutral gait. It is manufactured with a supportive midsole and durable outsole, which aim to provide a comfortable running experience.  

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Good to know

  • The New Balance Test Run Project 3.0 is a limited-edition running shoe that utilizes surplus materials. It is a product of a test program, which intends to upcycle post-production waste and prevents the disposal of left-over materials. 
  • This one-of-a-kind running shoe features a multi-colored upper design that delivers a bold, stylish look. The upper utilizes various leftover colors of mesh, synthetic fabric, and other materials. 
  • The Vibram® Ecostep is incorporated into the shoe for excellent traction. This material contains scrap rubber from Vibram's® own sole production. 
  • For a comfortable and responsive ride, the New Balance Test Run Project 3.0 integrates the Fresh Foam material. It gives excellent comfort for an extended period.

When it comes to the sizing, the New Balance Test Run Project 3.0 follows the standard running shoe length. Runners are welcome to get a pair in their usual sizing preferences. However, it is recommended to get a proper shoe fitting or utilize the general feedback of consumers about sizing to ensure a perfect fit. 

With the features and materials used in the upper of the New Balance Test Run Project 3.0, a comfortable in-shoe wrap is sure to be experienced by the user. Another element that affects the fit of this neutral running shoe is the sockliner, which delivers added comfort and underfoot protection.  

In the outsole of the New Balance Test Run Project 3.0 is a highly durable rubber material called Vibram® Ecostep. This high-quality rubber compound formulation is created from a minimum of 30% recycled rubber from Vibram’s own sole production. 

The Vibram® Ecostep outsole is coupled with an aggressive lug pattern for an enhanced grip. It delivers aggressive traction on both wet and dry surfaces. It also protects the foot and the rest of the platform from sharp objects and uneven surfaces. 

The New Balance Test Run Project 3.0 utilizes different leftover colors of raw Fresh Foam materials, which were taken from ongoing Fresh Foam production runs. 

The Fresh Foam technology is a thick midsole foam that is included in the shoe for a soft and responsive ride. This cushioning material provides long-lasting comfort and support. Other popular New Balance running shoes that feature the Fresh Foam technology are the New Balance Fresh Foam Roav and New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v9

Providing additional comfort is the soft sockliner that is integrated into the shoe. It is positioned above the Fresh Foam material to deliver added underfoot protection. Just like the other materials used in the shoe, the sockliner is also repurposed from another shoe model’s leftover pieces. 

The upper section of the New Balance Test Run Project 3.0 is made out of repurposed surplus materials such as mesh and synthetic fabric. The mesh provides structure and breathability, while the synthetic fabric protects the shoe from tear and wear. The upper also features a webbing closure design for a bolder look. 

The padded tongue and heel collar give added comfort and help prevent irritation. A thick pull tab is also attached at the top of the tongue for easy on and off. Underneath the pull tab is the bright-colored ripstop strap that extends from the collar and crosses over the forefoot section. The ripstop strap is used to provide support while walking or running. 

Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.