New Balance 1340v2 vs. 1340v3 review

New Balance 1340v2 is a motion control running shoe with good cushioning. New Balance 1340v3 has a newly designed upper that should deliver more comfort...

The New Balance 1340v3 is the updated version of the New Balance 1340v2, which is a stability running shoe for moderate to severe overpronators.

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The upper of the New Balance 1340v3 differs quite a bit from the upper of the New Balance 1340v2.

A few of the stitched-on overlays that run on the toe box of the New Balance 1340v2 have been replaced by no-sew overlays in the New Balance 1340v3, which should loosen up any tightness previously felt in the New Balance 1340v2.

The New Balance 1340v3 has kept broad overlays that wrap the midfoot and added stitches to them, so the amount of support around the midfoot should be similar to the amount delivered by the New Balance 1340v2.

Both the New Balance 1340v2 and the New Balance 1340v3 have a good amount of stitched-on overlays at the back, but those on the New Balance 1340v3 cup the heel better than those on the New Balance 1340v2.

The mesh of the New Balance 1340v3 is just a tiny bit more open and thus also more breathable than that of the New Balance 1340v2.

Both running shoes come with a stitched-on toecap so deliver durable support at the front of the running shoes.

All in all, you should be able to get a similar amount of support from the uppers of the New Balance 1340v3 and the New Balance 1340v2, with the difference that the New Balance 1340v3 might feel a bit less constricted and thus a bit more comfortable in the toe box.

The midsole of the New Balance 1340v3 also looks quite different from that of the New Balance 1340v2.

The New Balance 1340v2 has a full-length and well-segmented crash pad on the lateral side that not only increases the stability of the running shoe but also helps you to achieve smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

This crash pad has been removed from the New Balance 1340v3, but its midsole does provide a good amount of ground contact, so you should still be able to get smooth heel-to-transitions.

On the medial side, the New Balance 1340v2 has a very long post that is meant to help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

This post has a length that that makes the New Balance 1340v2 suitable for overpronators who tend to roll in early and late during the gait cycle.

The medial post is reinforced by a midfoot shank that hooks up into the post to increase the amount of support even more.

The New Balance 1340v3 also comes with a medial post, but it is much shorter than the medial post of the New Balance 1340v2.

Because of the shorter length of the medial post in the New Balance 1340v3, the running shoe would be more suitable for the general public and not specifically for runners who roll in early or late during the gait cycle.

The New Balance 1340v3 also has a midfoot shank that hooks up into the post to reinforce it, so this would be similar to what the New Balance 1340v2 offers.

However, when you compare the midsoles of the two running shoes, the New Balance 1340v2 would be the more stable one due to the fact that it has a crash pad on the lateral side and a longer post on the medial side.

Both the New Balance 1340v2 and the New Balance 1340v3 have ABZORB foam in their midsoles. This tends to deliver a good amount of cushioning.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes are well segmented and display a good amount of separation, but the outsole of the New Balance 1340v2 has smaller rubber pods in the forefoot, which add to the flexibility of the running shoe and the smoothness of your ride.

They both have flex grooves on the lateral side, so most of the flexibility you would experience would come from that side of the running shoe. The inside of the running shoes might feel stiffer.

The New Balance 1340v3 for women weighs approximately 12.3 oz (349 grams), and the New Balance 1340v2 for women weighs about 11.4 oz (323 grams).

The New Balance 1340v3 for men weighs approximately 15.4 oz (437 grams), and the New Balance 1340v2 for men weighs about 13.5 oz (383 grams).

The New Balance 1340v3 is heavier than the New Balance 1340v2, so would suit bigger and heavier runners who can deal with such weight.

If you are a moderate to severe overpronator who is looking for a stable and supportive running shoe, you could choose either the New Balance 1340v2 or the New Balance 1340v3.

The New Balance 1340v3 has a more modern look and might deliver a bit more comfort through its upper, but the New Balance 1340v2 might deliver a bit more pronation control and a somewhat smoother ride than the New Balance 1340v3.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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