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New Balance Leadville v3 Trail Running Shoe - Men's

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    Lead legs be gone.

    While you may do multiple hot laps around your local park in anticipation for the West's most legendary race, there's truly nothing easy about Leadville's 100 mile run. Built to tackle scree fields, log jumps, and long miles, the New Balance Men's Leadville v3 Trail Running Shoe offers dynamic responsiveness, springy return, and paramount performance throughout your training and beyond. Crafted with a no-sew, breathable upper, the Leadville v3 provides crucial stability and arch support for a smooth transition from heel to toe while the forefoot N2 cushion and REVlite midsole encourages ample and responsive cushioning, but without the platform look. Additionally, the Leadville v3 sports a gusseted tongue, protective toe cap, and rugged, multi-directional Vibram sole that keeps you on your toes rather than four paws up in a ditch. 

    • Seamless upper
    • Scree guard
    • Gusseted tongue
    • Toe protection
    • Forefoot N2 cushion
    • REVlite midsole
    • Vibram sole
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    Sad I listened to reviews

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 12
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    Reviews say to size down half size. I currently wear a new balance mt910v2 size 12.5 and sized down to 12 on this shoe, I wish I didn’t. Have only ran a few miles in them but so far I’m noticing hot spots on my big toe, I suspect because it slightly rubs the wall of the shoe or does so occasionally. Half size down might work if you are hiking or walking but if you are running I think you need the extra room. Disappointed in my decision and really don’t want to deal with the hassle of shipping and returns and all that so I’m just going to live with it and learn my lesson.

    Nice shoes but too much drop

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 11.5

    I tried these out for long runs and they caused me quite a bit of knee pain. I normally run in the minimus or barefoot and am a forefoot striker. These just have too much heel and the added stability isn't something I liked too well. They feel very comfortable though. I would size down a half size from your normal NB size.

    If you can handle the amount of drop these will be fantastic distance shoes.

    Light, agile, fast drying, good looks

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 15 2E
    • Height: 6'5"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    I suppose I need to say this in advance: I wear a size 15 2E (Backcountry does not stock this size; I ordered directly from New Balance), so there really aren't many choices for me. So perhaps I'm excited simply to have anything... Yes, there's some of that, but this is a pretty great shoe so far.

    It looks great (not the ugly bright blue; Backcountry, stock the Black with neon trim, it's substantially more appealing). It has a decent amount of lateral stability, as one dances around rocks -- though not as good, here, as the Montrail Sierravada. It's overall pretty nimble. The Vibram sole is quite a bit better at adhesion than that of the Montrail. It dries rapidly as one sloshes through much and waterways. The Montrail, while available in size 15, is not available in 2E. And, anyway, Columbia bought them out, and seem to have discontinued the Sierravada.

    Another shoe option also available in a 15 2E is the Brooks Beast. While trail running, there is a night and day difference between the two, in favor of the Leadville. The Beast leaves one with little trail confidence: it's not very nimble, and has very poor lateral stability when dancing on rocks. And much lower rock adhesion.

    Light, agile, fast drying, good looks

    Just Okay

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    Cruisers. Okay cushion, not super soft . Stack height not as bad as Hokas, but definitely not a nimble shoe. I don't like the little medial support wedge they threw in them; feels like they put it too far to the rear of the shoe to give any good arch support. As others have said, the toe box is nice in that it's fairly roomy (not as generous as Altras). Just okay. I'll use them a trail trainer, but no plans to race any trail ultras in them.

    So sad it didn't work for me

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: True to size

    I really wanted this show to work out because of all the good reviews it gets but it just did not work out with my feet. I'm running in the Cascadia's now and these felt a little roomy and there wasn't as much arch support as the Cascadias.

    Not bad, but not great....

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large

    I'm coming out of an outstanding Pearl Izumi N2 and was hoping the Leadville's would be a good replacement. The fit however is not great for me (:::lots::: of room in the forefoot/toe box, a bit shallow in the heel). The are definitely not as neutral as the Pearl's and the cushioning is a bit firm for this type of shoe in my opinion. The quality is typical New Balance excellent.