New Balance Fresh Foam Boracay V3 Fully Reviewed
The trendy looking New Balance Fresh Foam Boracay V3 is a reliable option for neutral road runners who are looking for a shoe that delivers in terms of both form and function. It’s a daily trainer that features a high-quality build. The shoe is well-liked by reviewers who liked the fresh and attractive design. It’s hard to ignore how good looking the shoe is, but it’s not the only thing that reviewers want about the Fresh Foam Boracay V3. It delivers in several other areas including, comfort, overall fit, and ride feel. Reviewers were not disappointed when they took the shoe out for a run. It looks great but also provides a steady, streamlined ride.
Keep reading our in-depth New Balance Fresh Foam Boracay V3 review to find out if it is worth the investment.
- Attractive design
- Great fit
- Shoe collar caused blistering for some runners
- Some found the toe box a bit too narrow
- Some reviewers didn't like the snugger upper fit
The hexagon shapes carry over into the rest of the shoe's design, too. The outsole is plenty grippy enough to handle a variety of surfaces. The outsole is also flexible enough that there's no need for a breaking in period. The ride feels good right out of the box.
If you take a look at the side profile of the shoe, you'll notice the same hexagon-shaped detailed from the outsole. It's a nice design touch and showcases the thick midsole.
Compared to the previous version of the New Balance Fresh Foam Boracay V3, the Fresh Foam provides better impact protection and a lot more energy-return. The cushioning also feels firmer this time around which results in a more supportive ride.
The shoe packs enough cushioning for long distance runs and is well-suited for high mileage runners.
The seamless nature of the shoe makes it easy to wear, too. Once again, we find hexagon-shaped detailing on the upper. This time, they are part of the overlays which help enhance support. The shoe also features some reflective detailing and has stretchy semi-flat laces. Inside there's a sock liner for added comfort and a new Duropontex liner. The updated liner is a little less plush than before.
Reviewers liked how well the shoe fit and was happy to report that the seamless upper prevented uncomfortable rubbing. Users also liked the roomy toe box. A few reviewers mentioned that they disliked the heel collar, which tended to rub and cause blisters.
Again, it's clear New Balance has paid close attention when designing the Fresh Foam Boracay V3. They have shaved off excess weight wherever possible.
A few reviewers did comment that they felt the toe box was a bit too narrow, but they were a select few. The true to size shoe moves along with the wearer for a comfortable ride experience. The shoe never feels too tight, but nor does it feel excessively roomy.
The shoe fits well, too, and the majority of wearers had no issues with sizing. A few did complain about the narrow toe box or tight upper, but they were a select few. For those concerned about the narrow fit, a wide width version of the Fresh Foam Boracay V3 is available for purchase. Overall, the shoe is super comfy. There's not even a need for a breaking in period!
The Fresh Foam Boracay V3 is a shoe that can easily be worn casually. It's hard to imagine there aren't any users who purchased it because of its unique design.
The firm cushioning is responsive and doesn't fall flat. The open mesh upper is both stable and breathable. The outsole is covered in blown rubber to protect it against any friction caused by running or walking.
Overall, it's a shoe that should last a decent amount of miles in training. It's perfect both long distance training and more casual use.
There will be no slips or falls in the Fresh Foam Boracay V3. The midsole is the second layer of protection. The rigid foam cushioning is solid enough to provide support, and there's plenty of padding there to ensure wearers don't get hurt as they train.
The mesh upper protects wearers from getting too hot, getting nasty blisters and instability. The great fit and open mesh help to contribute to this.
The reflective parts of the shoe are perfect for running in populated areas and keep wearers visible when night falls. The mesh upper is better suited to non-trail conditions, too. The open construction isn't appropriate for keeping debris out but is excellent for running on hot pavement.
The design is super attractive, and there's no reason why you wouldn't wear this shoe around town when its use as a running trainer is done and over with. Technically, you're getting two shoes in one if you look at it that way!
This really helps make the shoe comfortable to wear even on long distance runs. Foot swelling is never an issue since the upper material allows for some extra volume.
The hexagon-shaped overlays help with foot lockdown and ensure runners stay put inside the shoe.
- NEW flex grooves for a more flexible ride
- Fresh Foam midsole cushioning provides protection
- Interior liner for added comfort
- NEW Duropontex insole
- Open mesh upper is both lightweight and breathable
- Seamless design prevents blisters and hot spots
- Hexagon shaped overlays help with fit and support
- Stretchy laces
- Reflective bits for visibility
The new midsole composition offers better impact protection and a higher degree of bounce. A firmer midsole cushioning provides enhanced support, and a tighter upper significantly reduces instability. Added grooves in the outsole promote a more supple ride.
The New Balance Fresh Foam Boracay V3 is a significant improvement over its predecessors and delivers a journey that doesn't fall flat. The shoe is more supportive than ever and just as comfortable as before.