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Trail • May 18, 2023

New Balance More Trail v3 Review: Fat Tire Fun

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What You Need To Know


11.3 oz. (320 g) for a US M9,

7.8 oz. (221 g) for a US W7

Stack Height / Drop

40 mm in heel, 36 mm in forefoot (4 mm drop)

Best For

Rolling over any terrain, stability on trails, long distances

Key Features

Large, 5 mm Vibram Ecostep Recycled lugs, accommodating upper with plenty of toe space, exceptional comfort

On The Run
Exceptional comfort Surprising stability A bit heavy, especially when wet Not very nimble


The Intro

ROBBE: These days, comfort is king, and it doesn’t look like it’s relinquishing its throne anytime soon. Drive-thrus, food delivery, Oofos– what La-Z-Boy started, AI will finish until we’re force-fed our fantasies through a Matrix-style lifestraw from the comfort of our own prison cell…er… home. Damn, things got real, real fast. Robots will do that.

Before things get too bleak, we may as well enjoy the moment we’re in. After all, a mere 15 years ago, people were trying to convince us to run in our bare feet. Things really went from zero to sixty since then. Maybe we’ll circle back to that period in time, or maybe we won’t ever say things like “circle back” again for the purposes of this review.

Maybe we’ll just start talking about the New Balance Fresh Foam More Trail v3, because it’s a whole lotta cush and a whole lotta comfort and a whole lotta rolling rolling rolling (what). After all, a Limp Bizkit sounds like a food you’d find at the mile 80 aid station right before you DNF.

The More Trail v3 (it’s confusing because we’re on v4 of the More road shoe), is a major update to the More Trail of old, both in function and in style. With a 40 mm stack height in the heel, the shoe seems absurd on paper, especially since the sidewalls make it look even bigger. It’s not absurd, but more on that later. A wide platform made of Vibram Ecostep rubber is chunked out with thumb-sized, 5 mm lugs.

The upper design might be the prettiest of any trail shoe in recent memory and is probably the reason the white colorway is on its way to selling out at the moment. Weight-wise, it lives up to the More name, coming in at 11.3 ounces for a men’s size 9. The good news is that it actually is a trail shoe and not just a road shoe with a bunch of random outdoorsy stuff slapped on it.

Let’s get into the why.

THOMAS: As you can see, Robbe took the red pill, and by now, he’s riding shotgun on the Nebuchadnezzar while eating a paste that tastes like chicken. I’ll stick with the blue pill and spread the joy that max cushion shoes provide while bounding through the lush green of the East Coast trails.

Robbe mentioned the minimalist movement above, and in 2013, my favorite trail shoe was the New Balance Minimus 1010v2. Minimal shoes were just much more palatable on trails than they were on roads if you ask me. I had no problems tackling ultras in the nimble, light (at least for the time, 8.2 oz. was light), and thinly cushioned Minimus without beating my legs up too much. Of course, my legs were a decade younger, too.

Nowadays, I enjoy the extra bounce you get from higher-stack trail shoes. Runners used to cut across the single track like wildcats, but now we get to cruise them like we’re on fat tires. Both approaches still appeal to me, but if I were to sign up for a trail ultra in 2023, I’d be reaching for that sweet cush.

Crispy white colorway of the More Trail v3

The Good

ROBBE: Look, if you want to feel comfortable on the trails it’s going to be hard finding something that does a better job than the New Balance More Trail v3. There’s a reason we gave the road version of this shoe the award for Best Max Cushion shoe of 2022– the huge stack of Fresh Foam is all the cushion you could ask for and more.

I was a bit concerned with that kind of stack on a trail shoe. In the past, it hasn’t worked out so well, making the shoe either too unstable (Saucony Endorphin Edge) or way too heavy (Saucony Endorphin Trail). But it works here, though the shoe is still a bit on the heavier side. 

On trails, you don’t feel anything– rocks, roots, jagged things– they all cry “mercy” when engaged in foot-to-ground combat with the More Trail. We’ve likened other shoes like the Brooks Caldera 6 or Asics Trabuco Max 2 to a monster truck. If those are Gravediggers, then this is Gravedigger with juiced up tires and an extra Hemi under the hood.

As I noted, it’s a surprisingly stable shoe even with all of that cushion. There’s a few reasons for this. First, the sidewalls are higher than the actual stack height, so your foot actually sits down a bit inside of the midsole. Secondly, the base of the shoe is ridiculously wide, which is both good and bad (more on that later). Third, the midsole is so wide that it actually comes out a few millimeters to each side of the upper. Meaning, it’s very hard to roll your ankles in this shoe. I never felt like I was close to doing it in any of my runs.

The upper itself is very accommodating, and should work well for people who like more volume or have a wider foot. The toe box is plenty round. That said, it didn’t feel like too much room; I felt that the lockdown was pretty solid overall and didn’t have any slippage on the run.

Moving onto the outsole, the Vibram lugs are huge and do a good job getting into the mud and softer surfaces. The downside is that they contribute to the somewhat heavy weight of the shoe. Speaking of weight, the shoe does seem to run lighter than it actually is, and it transitions surprisingly well to roads.

Style wise, this shoe has to be one of the prettiest trail shoes I’ve ever seen, both in its designs and colorways. The New Balance design team really knocked it out of the park on this one.

THOMAS: Robbe covered the technical details of the More Trail v3, so I’ll stick to how it fits and feels. First off, the road version, the More v4, ran big, so I had to go down half a size to get the best fit. Even then, I felt like the road version was a bit too roomy. On the trail side, however, my US M10.5 fits just right, and the fit is one of the most important features of a trail shoe. If your foot slips and slides, uneven surfaces will, at a minimum, irritate you. At worst, slippage can set you up for an injury. On the other end, a shoe that’s too tight means hot spots, blisters, and numbness, especially on longer efforts.

I felt confident trudging over the hard, damp, well-packed single track, dodging roots and rubble. I was surprised by the More Trail v3 on the small sections of asphalt and concrete we traveled on during our test runs. Even with 5mm lugs, the More Trail v3 offers a good ride — it just rolls over everything. The 10.9 oz. (332 g) weight wasn’t noticeable on the trail, either. No, it’s not as agile or weightless as the Minimus 1010v2, but it smashes the minimal shoes when it comes to mowing over anything in its path. 

I’d agree with Robbe on the look of the shoe as well. My pair is covered in dirt now, and even though the upper was white, the mud adds to the design nicely.

New Balance More Trail v3 heel

New Balance More Trail v3 upper

New Balance More Trail v3 lacing

The Bad

ROBBE: Until I started writing this review I thought this shoe used Vibram MegaGrip as its outsole rubber. And I was very confused because I thought its traction on wet rocks and other mildly slippery surfaces was pretty poor, something that Vibram MegaGrip typically excels at. Turns out, it’s not MegaGrip, but Vibram Ecostep Rubber, comprised of “virgin” rubber and 30% recycled rubber.


That recycled rubber makes a difference, and it probably doesn’t help that the lugs are so chunky. I was slipping on creek crossings that I usually felt pretty sure about, and on one hike, fell straight into the water. It’s not Nike Trail-level bad, but it’s not good.

Speaking of falling in– when this shoe gets wet, it gets heavy with a capital ‘H’. If you want a comfortable upper, know you’re getting a sponge with it. 

While I genuinely love the wide platform and wouldn’t change it, if you’re looking for a shoe that’s nimble and can navigate crevices and rocks at a faster speed, well– this ain’t it. It’s a comfort cruiser through and through. Oddly enough, I found it to be an unenjoyable hiking shoe. I only mention that because I suspect this shoe will be on the feet of a lot of casual wearers thanks to its exceptional design.

Because it’s so “boaty” and wide, it’s kind of annoying to walk in because of how it hangs over any surface that’s mildly uneven, or, alternatively, just lands on everything in its way. I found myself wanting something more normal to walk in. In that way, I think it’s a better running shoe, because the compression from running helps mash down the midsole and the surface type doesn’t really matter– it just rolls over everything.

Playing devil’s advocate again– the shoe has zero ground feel. So if you actually like feeling the trail, just move right on. This is for pure comfort and pure protection– set it to cruise control and let it ride.

Switch the laces out. They’re pretty lifestyle-ish and kind of floppy. I don’t know, I just didn’t like them.

THOMAS: I agree with Robbe that water is the More Trail v3’s enemy. However, I can’t entirely agree with the bit about it being the wrong choice for hiking. Meg and I have used the shoe for casual wear and find that comfort works across the board. Besides the shoe being a sponge, I have a minor issue with the lacing throat. I have to cinch it down to get a secure fit. It isn’t horrible, but it does create a small amount of puckering.

The More Trail v3 is plush… and then some

New Balance More Trail v3 Conclusion

ROBBE: Overall, I really enjoyed this shoe, especially for what it is. It’s a set-it-and-forget-it kind of shoe for logging big, comfortable miles with no specific pace (leave those faster miles for the Supercomp Trail coming this summer). It definitely does the job it’s supposed to do, and it looks fantastic both on and off the trail.

While I’d stay away from slippery surfaces, I think it can handle just about everything else, including roads. If you’re looking at buying this shoe, you’re probably expecting to get a lot of comfort in a chunky, fashion-forward package. And that’s exactly what you’ll get, which is really all you can ask for.

THOMAS: The More Trail v3 is a shoe that makes me want to hit the trails. The grip, cushion, and fit work together to make you forget about the shoe and focus on the beauty of the trails. At $160, the More Trail v3 will get you many enjoyable romps through the wilderness, as well as probably Target, Home Depot, and REI. I’d check out our reviews of the Asics Trabuco Max 2, Salomon Glide Max TR, Brooks Caldera, and Hoka Challenger ATR for other trail shoes in this category. Damn, it’s an excellent time to be soft on trails.

You can pick up the New Balance More Trail v3 now for $160 by using the shop links below.

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  1. Phillip Sinclair says:

    I own two pair of the More Trail v2’s, as well as the More Trail v3’s. All of you statistics and comments pretty much apply to the Hoka Stinson ATR 6’s as well. Exceptions being only 4mm lugs and an extra .4 oz with the Stinsons. With my years and miles on my feet I’ll take softness over bounce for my hikes/runs. The Stinsons are softer. Also, you guys didn’t mention what Megan mentioned on your YouTube video, that the More Trail v3 has a firmer step in feel than the v2. In fact, the v2 is softer than the v3.

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