Who should buy the New Balance Fresh Foam X Tempo v2 

Don't skip the Fresh Foam X Tempo v2 if you're looking for a:

  • versatile running shoe for both speed training and daily runs
  • responsive yet cushy ride for running newbies

New Balance Fresh Foam X Tempo v2 new balance fresh foam

Who should NOT buy it

If you're looking for a wide-feet-friendly running shoe from New Balance, take the NB Rebel v2 instead. Looking for something breezy? Don't pass up on the New Balance FueCell Prism v2.

NB Fresh Foam Tempo v2 vs. v1

A crossover between three shoes—the first NB Tempo, the NB Zante, and the NB Beacon—this version of the Fresh Foam Tempo offers a whole new ride by: 

  • Generating a plush, cushy ride with its new Fresh Foam X midsole
  • Offering more durability and grippier traction owed to the new and improved outsole
  • Keeping weight down by having some exposed midsole
  • Providing a stretchier upper for a more accommodating fit

New Balance Fresh Foam X Tempo v2 forefoot

Ready for any ride

Whether you're running fast or slow, the NB Fresh Foam X Tempo v2 can handle it. For mellow days, it's soft and plush; reviewers say it's a cushier take on the Saucony Kinvara.

Even more, they find it "one of the softest Fresh Foam running shoes" from any New Balance series. And if you pick up the pace, it offers a snappy ride that drives you forward.

New Balance Fresh Foam X Tempo v2 midsole foam

These aside, the Tempo v2 also delivers sufficient ground feel. Imagine the NB Beacon v3 but with a lower stack. This said, it allows plenty of ground control plus flexibility (taken after the NB Zante), making the ride feel natural. 

Don't worry about foot drag

In US M 9, the New Balance Fresh Foam X Tempo v2 only weighs in at 221 g/7.8 oz. For a quick comparison, the average road running shoe weighs in at 273 g/9.6 oz. 

New Balance Fresh Foam X Tempo v2 lightweight

Clings like claws

Everyone agrees that this shoe "digs in." When faced with hard turns, it becomes "mad sticky." 

New Balance Fresh Foam X Tempo v2 grip

The New Balance Tempo v2 offers a fantastic fit

The upper is flexible in the toe box and in the midfoot, it has some rigidity for a lockdown fit. On top of this, it has a gusseted tongue (tongue is attached to the sides); many find it supportive. 

New Balance Fresh Foam X Tempo v2 fit

Heel lock has also been nothing but great. Apart from security, the collar and heel counter are a touch padded, preventing abrasion and rubbing. 

Not for wide feet

Broad-footed testers agree that the midfoot and toe box are just too tight; their feet feel cramped. Even with the shoe's wide version (2E), they still feel constricted to the point where it "feels like they're going to have blisters."

New Balance Fresh Foam X Tempo v2 toe box

So-so for summer runs

Experts warn against the Tempo v2's new Hypoknit upper. Because breathability is barely noticed in moderately warm temperatures; they're hoping it "won't become a sweat towel" during hot summer days.

New Balance Fresh Foam X Tempo v2 heel hold 

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 221g
Arch support: Neutral
Collection: New Balance Fresh Foam
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch
Release date: Apr 2022

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