Summary

We spent 7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

4 reasons to buy

  • Many runners really liked the extremely lightweight construction of the New Balance 5000 v2.
  • Some runners noticed that the 2nd version of the New Balance 5000 is more flexible and has better traction than the previous version.
  • This shoe features the New Balance FantomFit technology that provides impressive fit and ultralight support.
  • The REVlite technology gives lightweight ride without reducing stability and underfoot cushioning.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners noticed that the sole of the shoe deteriorates quickly.
  • Available in limited color choices.
  • A moderately priced shoe for some runners.

Bottom line

The New Balance 5000 v2 is an ultra-light running shoe that is very flexible and comfortable to wear. The updated version continues to impress runners as it offers mild arch support, improved cushioning, traction and flexibility. This shoe performs best on road races and track workouts.

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Expert Reviews

84 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 | Fellrnr | Level 5 expert

    It's as well cushioned as some shoes that weigh nearly three times as much, and while it's upper is unpadded, it's not uncomfortable.

  • 80 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 5 expert

    Here's the 5000 - a racing flat so light it's incredible (3.6 oz.). 

  • First look | Running Warehouse | | Level 4 expert

    Utilizing a new seamless design paired with FantomFit technology, this racer provides a snug, track-like fit while keeping weight at a minimum.

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  • New Balance goes the opposite way where changes are concerned in the 5000 v2. Since it is already very hard to go much lighter than a stunningly feather-light shoe, the company decided to add more cushioning in the new version. Tests show that the 2nd version of the 5000 now has about as much cushioning as those that weigh 3 times heavier. It currently weighs just a hair heavier, but offers better support and cushioning to runners.
  • The new and extremely-breathable mesh is a bit thicker, which is one of the reasons why it weighs a tad more on the scale. This upper offers a little more support despite being a tad more flexible. Runners should have a more durable upper and enhanced support without doing away the main minimalist character of this area.
  • A new rand in the midfoot is directly connected to the sole of the shoe. It helps with the secure foothold in the midfoot and still allows the most natural stride of the runner.

The New Balance 5000 v2 takes after the original model in fit and sizing, which are very common among racing flats or really minimalist shoes. It has a very snug fit all throughout and a narrow toe box. This is the kind of fit that would favor those who have narrower to medium foot dimensions. Additionally, this shoe is half a size smaller than regular measurement. Available widths are D and B while sizes are from 6 to 14 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.


New Balance uses DynaRide, which is a kind of sticky rubber and outsole configuration for enhanced traction and durability. The outsole is literally filled with hard plastic lugs, especially in the forefoot and the outside perimeter of the heel. While these lugs are not as tough as spikes, they do extremely well on asphalt and track.


Two of the best midsole foams in New Balance’s treasure chest are utilized in the 5000 v2. Just above the outsole is the foam that is 30% lighter than most of the company’s midsole staples, but every bit as cushioned and durable. On top of the Revlite is the Revlite RC, which is basically of the same compound and makeup as the former, but denser and with more responsive features.


The upper is pretty much stays true to the name FantomFit or almost there structure. It is a seamless mix of ultra-breathable mesh and welded overlays for a fit that hugs the foot in comfort. Both the tongue and collar are minimally padded with little or no arch support to truly mimic barefoot running.

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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.

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