We spent 9.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Offers nice aesthetics with cool highlights and bright colors.
  • A comfortable running shoe that keeps the runners' feet dry and cool while running, according to several testers.
  • The upper mesh of the New Balance 860 v6 perfectly molds the foot that result in a snug-like fit.
  • With the presence of the ABZORB crash pad, a higher-density EVA foam and ACTEVA lite, this road running shoe provides great shock-absorbing features.
  • Some runners love the 6th version of the New Balance 860 for long mileage.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The New Balance 860 v6 is a bulky running shoe, which may not look good in runners who have slender feet.
  • A couple of runners experience having blisters with this shoe during their first few uses.
  • According to many runners, they had issues with the shoe's sizing.

Bottom line

The New Balance 860 v6 is a stability running shoe that casual runners can consider, especially those with moderate overpronation. Though it received positive and negative comments, some users still considered the shoe as a worthy investment. This shoe is designed for terrains such as roads and works extremely well as a sturdy training partner.

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  • The 6th version of the New Balance 860 features an updated upper. It comes with an improved padded neoprene tongue that holds the lace in place while giving addition support and comfort. The midfoot and forefoot is a lot wider, giving a roomy toe box.
  • The forefoot was also enhanced to increase toe spring. It also has added cushioning and improved dual density post for stability and support in the early stages of the running gait.

The New Balance 860 v6 has a standard running shoe length. The midfoot, heel and forefoot are of standard measurements, just like the New Balance 860 v9 running shoe. This shoe is also available in both narrow and extra wide widths, accommodating a wide range of feet.

The outsole unit utilizes the brand’s Ndurance Carbon Rubber technology that delivers reliable traction on both wet and dry surfaces while giving added cushioning and responsiveness. This carbon rubber is highly reliable and offers optimal durability in high wear areas.

This New Balance shoe uses the ACTEVA LITE midsole foam that is extended to the entire midsole, giving a durable underfoot cushioning. This works impressively well with the shoe’s Medial Post that is strategically placed in the midfoot to correct overpronation.

The ABZORB Crash Pad is another midsole foam that delivers great durability and additional cushioning needed during heel strike. It efficiently absorbs impact for a more stable ride.

The upper of the New Balance 860 v6 uses an open mesh that is breathable and lightweight. It performs efficiently together with the TPU Skin Upper that gives second-skin fit while securing the foot for a much better performance.

The shoe uses the traditional sockliner that gives more underfoot cushioning while the Asymmetrical Heel Counter offers heel lockdown and aids in addressing overpronation.

Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.