New Balance Leadville V3 Review

The New Balance Leadville V3, as named after the legendary Leadville Trail 100 Ultra Race is also known as the shoe for all-day cruisers in a battlefield. Why call it that way? Because it’s rough and rugged. It’s a hard rock shoe that shows excellent stability and durability in the most robust terrains and irregular surfaces. Follow the article to see a detailed review of the shoe and its manufacturing benefits.

Ratings by Runner's Choice
  • 9.0/10
    Stability - 9.0/10
  • 9.2/10
    Comfort - 9.2/10
  • 9.3/10
    Design - 9.3/10
  • 9.2/10
    Cushioning - 9.2/10
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PROS

  • New Balance Leadville V3 is a debris-free shoe, ensuring that none of the debris or particles get inside your shoe.
  • The shoe tends to be light in weight and heavy in performance.
  • While on the trail, the shoe gives protection and stability with its gusseted tongue and toe bump.
  • It has proven to be a great help to runners who break down in their form during ultra-marathon trails.
  • Out of all the series, this one is proven to have the most effective breathability and comfort.
  • The breathable mesh allows the shoe to dry off easily.

CONS

  • It may seem a bit pricey as compared to others shoes.
  • Some feel that the arch support is not sufficient for long hour running.
  • Since it has little cushioning, you cannot beat the speed.

Bottom Line

In actual, the shoe appears to be lighter in weight so running for long hours becomes easier.  With its ability to last long in life and on your foot, it is also known as ultra-distance shoe. It is uniquely customized for runners who wear trail shoes for long hours. Super light in weight, the shoe holds extra cushioning to make it a comfortable choice for runners and athletes. While this is a marathon shoe, viewers have used this for casual purposes and equally appreciated its feel. The updated version is springier than the previous one. Available in various color combinations to fit your style and personality. Some frequent users think that the shoe wears down easily and is not a long investment to make.

New Balance Leadville V3 Review

Size and Fit

The 3rd version of Leadville is designed to fit the needs of marathon racers. The shoe is highly spacious and accommodates runners with medium to wider feet easily. The size of the shoe runs half a size larger than the ordinary running shoes. So when you shop, make sure to buy half a size down for a better snug fit. However, if you wear thicker socks, you might want to go for your actual size because it will be a bit larger than standard size. You can find various sizes and width available for men and women easily in online stores.

Breathability

Leadville V3 is covered with a breathable and flexible mesh that allows air to pass through. Being an all-day shoe, it ensures that the feet remain sweat-free, cool and dry. An addition to this version is also the new seamless sock liner that keeps your foot odor-free, giving more comfort and fit.

Upper Construction

In the new version of Leadville V3, you will find synthetic overlays instead of laminated ones to provide durability. As compared to all previous versions, the synthetic overlays all around the upper give much more breathability. These overlays serve as toe bumper and protect the foot from hitting rocks and getting injured. Interestingly, the tongue of the shoe is well padded, but you wouldn’t feel the weight or bulk of your foot. Ankle collar padding is quite resilient to provide you with a snug fit. The laces also have a firm grip on each other and they stay tied for long.

New Balance Leadville V3 Upper

 

With all these technicalities, the shoe manages to remain spacious and has plenty of room for natural movement. If you experience swollen feet after long races and running, this is for you because it serves best for wider forefeet.

Outsole

Leadville V3 is made up of a sticky rubber material. The rubber ensures improved tractions on uneven surfaces, including snow, rocks and wet grounds. To make the grip of the shoe stronger and stable, there are multi-directional lugs placed on the central portion. In between the midsole and outsole is a Rock Plate that protects your foot from sharp, pointed objects. Some viewers also say that the outsole easily sheds of mud, which is a plus point and will help you much in keeping the shoe it clean and tidy.

New Balance Leadville V3 Outsole

Midsole

The midsole of the shoe is what makes this piece a good fit. The shoe gives excellent cushioning for runners who run longer hours. From heel to toe, the shoe remains comfortable and smooth. Whether on a concrete or rock surface or a technical trail, traversing uphill or downhill, you will never feel unstable or heavy.

New Balance Leadville V3 Sole

The midsole consists of N2 and Revlite cushioning which is made up of high-density EVA foam. The foam is appropriately firm, even if you run hundreds of miles. If you are a professional or even an updated runner, you will know that most running shoes cause overpronation. However, New Balance uses this EVA foam especially to reduce over-pronation, preventing your foot to bend inwards.

As you take steps, you will notice that the heel and forefoot both are very soft. This softness allows you to make more natural and comfortable steps, even in the toughest circumstances.

Conclusion

If you are new to running or perhaps, ultra running is your seasonal game the New Balance Leadville V3 will undoubtedly suffice your needs. Known for its simplicity, durability and effectiveness, this shoe can take you miles and miles, without you wanting to change into another pair. The style of the shoe and color combinations is not very vibrant and flashy, so it easily suits all ages. In general, the shoe delivers quality, durability and confidence which I believe are the core essentials when one shops for a trail shoe. It’s definitely worth giving a try.

New Balance Men's Leadvillev3 Trail Shoe

New Balance Leadville V3

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