The evolution of the New Balance Rebel v3 is nothing short of impressive. From the first iteration, which was great, to this 2022 edition, New Balance really has struck gold with this newer road running shoe. The upper scores on the Rebel are 8s across the board, definitely the best Rebel upper to date. The key feature that New Balance enhanced with the Rebel v3 is the collar and the heel counter. As I always say in the Shoedio, the “gentle achilles tendon hug” is what you will experience in the heel flare (elf heel), it’s exceptional. New Balance running shoe engineers placed the perfect amount of padding in that heel counter.
For the summer months, your feet will have a nice breathable experience. The engineered mesh is spot on for breathability. And the vamp, which is the medial and lateral side of the toebox, where the upper attaches to the midsole, this has been reinforced from the second iteration of the New Balance Rebel line up. Yes, in 2021, the “Rebel-Rip” was a newly developed phraseology within running circles around the world. Many, maybe not all, but many New Balance Rebel v2 vamps tore or ripped on the lateral, and sometimes the medial side of the shoe. Bottom line, New Balance fixed this issue, and the upper has certainly improved from the v2. Last quick point, it is a semi-gusset for the tongue attaching to the inner wall, perfect work New Balance.