New Balance Men’s 510V3 Trail Running Shoe Review: Yay Or Nae?

The idea of changing your shoes whenever you want to change up your run can be both stressful and boring at times. Nothing feels better than having a pair of shoes that can provide you with all the traction and comfort you need not only when you are on the trail but also on the pavement. Luckily, there are many running shoes that can help you achieve that and the New Balance Men's 510v3 is one of the best among them.

Built with thicker cushioning and higher heel drop, this versatile running shoeenables you to change up your run without changing your shoes. Thanks to its complete cushioned midsole, you can enjoy the same level of comfort as you would on a normal workout pair.

The New Balance Men's 510v3 comes with a good number of updates-especially in its outsole and upper design-while also preserving some of the features of its predecessor (a good example is the outsole tread). Comfort and traction are greatly improved while a more aesthetic design is added.

Before we discuss the shoe's main features, let's quickly look at the upsides and downsides, so you will be ready to make an informed decision at the end of the review.



  • Versatile running shoes that can easily go for any occasion; whether for thru-hiking or normal workout on the road
  • Offers great comfort and stability
  • Offers reliable traction (grip) when navigating both wet and dry surfaces, as well as rocky and plain ones
  • Comes with an elegant design and colours that makes it blend in as a traditional road running shoe
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    Comes with a unique outsole system including thicker cushioning that ensures its durability
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    Provides maximum protection even on difficult terrains
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    Comes at a great price which makes it a good catch


  • You might find shoes a little heavier than normal, which makes them not the best for speed work
  • Many users have described the shoes as “bulky”
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    You may not be impressed with the sizing; it’s smaller than the standard sizing which may be a problem for runners with large feet.
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    Many users have also complained that the shoes are very narrow

Main Features It Partakes:

Ndurance Outsole

Like its predecessor, the New Balance 510 v3 features a dual-use tread on its outsole. However, it also comes with some updates like the AT Tread while the lugs are made to be more aggressive in order to provide reliable traction on various types of surfaces and terrains. This makes the shoe versatile and suitable for both trail running and traditional road workout.


The use of the popular New Balance Ndurance rubber also adds to the shoe’s reliability and durability. In other words, you will not need to replace after many uses.

Molded Midsole

If you are familiar with the previous version of the New Balance 510 v3, you will agree that the major component of the midsole is the full-length molded EVA, a compound mostly employed as a cushioning material for making modern sports.

Expectedly, the new version also utilizes the same material in its midsole, which runs from the heel region to the forefoot. As earlier indicated the major job of the material is to provide cushioning, though it enhances flexibility and also helps to absorb momentary impacts. This enables runners to have a comfortable ride when striding on uneven surfaces.

Size and Fit

It might interest you to know that the sizing scheme of the New Balance 510 v3 is half-size smaller compared to the standard. And so even though it comes in various width options, you may not find a perfect fit if your feet are “extra” large.

However, the fit is comfortable especially in the heel and midfoot region. Like many traditional shoes, the 510 v3 allows a heel drop of 12 millimetres which enhances cushioning and protection of your feet.

Ultra-soft Upper

The upper of the 510 is another area that received a retouch in the new version. The original mesh breathability was conserved while more openings were made to increase ventilation so that the feet will remain dry and cool even in wet conditions.

The new design of the New Balance 510 utilizes an ultra-soft insert that can be removed and a mesh that helps to provide maximum breathability to your feet while you are in motion.

Also added for additional support and comfort are synthetic leather overlays and lace-up closure. To reduce irritation, some padding was also added to the collar and tongue of the footwear.


If you need a trail running shoe that can also fit in well as a casual shoe, then you should look beyond the New Balance 510v3. Why? Because it has a rugged looks; the kind that only trail runners are familiar with.

The use of leather overlay even makes it take a more aggressive appearance. The colour options are not many with most of them coming in dark tones.

So if you’re getting this shoe, have it at the back of your mind that you will be using it only for the mountains.

What You May not Like about the 510v3

No doubt, the 510 v3 is a great choice for navigating different types of terrains; thanks to its AT Tread in the outsole design an expansive upper unit which features a lot of updates. It is highly rated in terms of the comfort, durability and traction it provides for both trail running and traditional road workouts.

However, every shoe has its flaws, especially when it’s “heavy duty”. And for the 510 v3, it’s the tight fitting of the shoe compounded by its off sizing.

Many runners have also complained about the weight of the shoes. Some were said to have described the shoes as “bulky” and this is no surprise considering the fact that the shoes weigh 12.3 ounces for the men’s size 9.

Of course, this makes the shoe not the best option for fast runners.

The Bottom Line (4.85)

If you need a trail running shoe that a little over the edge between the world of minimalism and “battleship”, then the New Balance 510v3 will make an ideal choice. With this pace setter, you can easily switch between the road and the trail without having to change up your run.

For its price, this model is not only a great catch but also a budget friendly option; one that will give you the best value for your money. Many users have already attested to its comfort, cushioning and responsive traction. The shoe style is rugged and doesn’t look unappealing like average trail running shoes.

You shouldn’t hesitate to get this shoe if you need something flush and dependable for the trail and traditional runway.

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