Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Most users appreciated the stylishness of the FuelCore Coast v3’s design.
  • Several users liked the lightweight construction of this shoe.
  • A number of runners agreed that the price of the shoe is affordable.
  • Some consumers felt that the shoe gave sufficient underfoot support.
  • One tester was thankful that the shoe’s cushioning felt squishy.
  • Some users were glad to have used the shoe for light workouts and as a lifestyle sneaker.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Most runners observed that the shoe is not ideal for long-distance running or performance training.
  • One tester observed that some of the colorways of the shoe did not appear exactly the same in real life.
  • One user mentioned that the sole unit wore off after only a few uses.
  • One reviewer was disappointed because the laces were not elastic.

Bottom line

New Balance’s FuelCore Coast v3 is an affordable neutral running shoe that seamlessly fuses form, function, and comfort. It features a cleatie construction, a minimalist yet sporty upper, and a speed-lace design for that quick change-and-go action. Runners who are looking for a shoe that they can use for the gym or for an athletic event will find this agreeable.

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Good to know

  • The FuelCore Coast v3 has an extremely breathable upper that sports a modern, minimalist design. Not a lot of overlays can be found in this part of the shoe, with the exception of the midfoot saddle which extends towards to heel. This set-up allows the shoe to be light, airy and comfortable.
  • The midsole unit features the Acteva technology patented by New Balance. This piece of foam cushioning is 24% lighter than any New Balance standard compression molded foam. Also, this technology is mainly the one responsible for the amount of energy return the shoe delivers.

Runners can expect standard sizing with the New Balance FuelCore Coast v3. Ordering a pair using their usual running shoe sizes will work. On the other hand, the width of the shoe has more options. Those interested can procure a pair in either standard or wide widths.

The outsole of the New Balance FuelCore Coast v3 is a ground contact EVA. This material, which is also known as ethylene-vinyl acetate, is an elastomeric polymer that has rubber-like characteristics. It enables the outsole to be flexible, as well as it provides the shoe with a good amount of rebound or energy return with every stride. This outsole material is also utilized in the FuelCore Coast v4.

The tread is symmetrical, designed with several indentions, structures, and flex lines in order for the shoe to move freely with the runner’s movements. This type of tread not only enhances the flexibility of the shoe, it also aids in providing the shoe with a decent amount of grip on most common surfaces.

The primary New Balance technology found on the midsole is called Acteva. Being a highly engineered foam, it resists compression satisfactorily due to its consistent cell wall thickness, uniform cell size, and consistent cell shape. This innovation is made to be lightweight, approximately 24% lighter than other standard foam units from the same company. New Balance, made it so that the durability won’t be compromised.

To make the shoe more comfortable, the Response 2.0 Performance footbed was added. This acts as an extra piece of cushioning that, not only provides comfort but, complements the rebound and responsiveness the shoe awards the runner.

The upper is constructed like a cleatie, making the fit of the New Balance FuelCore Coast v3 more sock-like and snug. This type of construction hugs the foot in all the right areas, but not to the point of constriction. As a result, runners feel more secure and protected during runs without the restraining feeling of a compressed foot.

Mesh mainly makes up the upper. To make the cleatie construction more flexible, a textile-construction was incorporated. This design makes it possible for the upper to cater to different foot shapes. Not only does it have breathable qualities, it also has a flexible nature.

Since the upper of the shoe is stretchable, New Balance added a synthetic saddle that hugs the midfoot and helps keep the heel in place. The support this structure gives is only lightweight, but it still aids in preserving the shape of the shoe while minimally locking down the midfoot and heel.

This entire area of the shoe was made with a no-sew technique. This simply means that New Balance did not use stitches to put the upper together. Although a minute feature, it reduces the chances of skin irritation since the runners don’t have cumbersome thread rubbing on their skin while running.


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