Good to know
- New Balance gives the 3rd instalment of the 730 a complete makeover. From a rather standard upper, this new version is almost a full-blown minimalist version with nary a padding in the tongue and collar. While these may be quite thin, the plush fabric lining and soft interior still create a comfortable feel without the added weight of more foam.
- The upper completely removed the welded overlays. It is now a one-piece upper with compression-like fit. Only a very thin, but wide printed overlay in between the midfoot and forefoot can be found as an overlay. The form-fitting upper design gives just the right amount of stretch to be not overly constrictive while support and security are adequate.
- The outsole is completely changed as well. From regular-sized rubber pods, the underfoot is now almost flat rubber with indentations provided by numerous flex grooves ranging from the forefoot to the heel. It gives the shoe a smooth ride, excellent flexibility, and a more stable platform.
The fit of the New Balance 730 v3 is a little different compared to its predecessor. Since the latest version of the 730 no longer employs overlays for support, it relies on the compression-like design to hold the foot in place. The shoe has a snugger fit this time around from the heel to the forefoot. It is suitable for those with narrow to medium foot dimensions. The shoe generally runs true to size.
The 730 v3’s outsole is mostly blown rubber for enhanced traction. New Balance uses carbon rubber on the lateral side of the heel and beneath the toes for durability. A new proprietary outsole design called the Flexzone uses flex grooves from the heel to the forefoot for excellent flexibility. Since the outsole is almost flat and broken only by the flex grooves, there is also enhanced transition and stability.
The midsole is a single strip of New Balance’s Acteva Lite midsole, which is 24% lighter than standard EVA. It gives decent cushioning and responsiveness in a quite firm ride. The firm ride creates a pep in the runner’s step for quick-paced runs.
The one-piece upper offers precision fit courtesy of a breathable mesh and printed overlays. It has a unique upper setup as the lateral side of the upper forms a side panel or a side wall to complement the burrito style tongue. The medial side of the upper has straps where the laces go through and greatly helps with the locked down feel and security.