We spent 9.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A few runners praise the comfort that the Fresh Foam Beacon v2 offers. 
  • A lot of the runners commend the lightweight feel the shoe has. 
  • The colorway is appreciable, as commented by some wearers. 
  • A lot of the runners commend the lightweight feel that this neutral running shoe offers. 
  • Even with the presence of the Fresh Foam technology, the shoe still provides enough support and stability with its solid underfoot, a few reviewers commented.
  • The shoe enhances speed, noted one runner. 
  • It can be worn for running and casual occasions, remarked some runners. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • The heel slippage of the shoe is very disappointing, remarked one buyer. 
  • Several runners have complained that the shoe does not provide sufficient cushioning. 

Bottom line

A lot of the reviews state that the New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon v2 is an improved version of its predecessor: New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon. Sporting its engineered mesh upper, a lot of the runners have praised the comfort and flexibility offered by the shoe. The employment of the Fresh Foam midsole has also increased the overall comfort of the shoe. Although there have been some comments on its heel slippage, many were still convinced that shoe is still very suitable for long-distance running as it can handle great miles. 

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  • One of the newly added features in the New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon v2 is its engineered mesh upper that allows sufficient airflow into the shoe, making it more breathable. This also helps the foot move more freely with the flexibility it promotes. In comparison, the shoe’s predecessor featured an engineered knit. 
  • There have been some elements retained in the shoe’s composition. Some of these include the blown rubber outsole the shoe employs, the Fresh Foam midsole to ensure cushioning and comfort when running, and the Ground Contact ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) which helps the shoe in terms of versatility for different ground traction and grip. 

The New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon v2 is available standard sizing scheme for both men and women. Thus, users can still fit the shoe with their usual size preferences. However, it is still highly advised that one should try on the actual fit of the shoe first before proceeding to purchase. It is also best to go through several reviews first to ensure an accurate fit. 

This lightweight running shoe's toe box height is medium, while its arch height ranges from medium to high. 

Blown rubber is the material employed in the outsole of the Fresh Foam Beacon v2. This is strategically placed on the lateral foot and medial heel. This provides protection and durability to the high-wear areas of the shoe. 

Ground Contact EVA allows the shoe to have good ground traction while providing a lightweight feel. This technology also features durability properties that help preserve the shoe. 

Rubber pods are strategically placed in the Fresh Foam Beacon v2’s high-abrasion heel and toe-off areas for targeted durability. 

The midsole of the New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon v2 is composed of Fresh Foam which is created from a single piece of foam that provides a plush cushioning and a more natural ride. 

A VL-6 lasting is employed by the Fresh Foam Beacon v2. This is a running-specific last with a standard heel, forefoot, and toe-box height. 

An engineered mesh upper helps the shoe promote a breathable, flexible, and lightweight running feel. This upper component is also common among other running shoes such as the Adidas Ultra Boost

The shoe also features an Ultra Heel that helps minimize the irritation in the Achilles. This also contributes to the overall comfort provided by the shoe. 

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.