Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$75
Weight
Men: 10.3oz
Women: 7.9oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 8mm
Women: 8mm

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Most customers admired the light weight of New Balance 690 v2 Trail.
  • Many runners found the pair highly comfortable, even after spending a considerably longer time on trails.
  • Most purchasers supported the extra cushioning in the heel region since it made running on the particularly rough terrains more exciting.
  • The users liked how the shoe felt against their feet: soft and silken.
  • A few people also highlighted the great traction of 690 v2 Trail.
  • The users praised the overall design and look of the upper.
  • A few customers appreciated this running shoe’s apparently reasonable price.
  • The runners also noted the bright colors of the shoe.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A purchaser felt that the shoe was made using ‘cheap’ materials.
  • A runner was dissatisfied with the level of cushioning throughout the midsole since his feet hurt during trail running.

Bottom line

The light weight, clever cushion and the great aesthetic look of the New Balance 690 v2 Trail have earned the pair its popularity in the market. Also, being very reasonable in price, the shoe has become the choice of most neutral trail runners who fancy bright colors in their footwear.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 66 ratings

5 star
55%
4 star
21%
3 star
11%
2 star
5%
1 star
3%

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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78 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 by Runner's World • Rae Trew-Browne • Level 1 expert

    One of the highlights of the 690v2 is how the upper and the midsole seem to work so well together out on the trail. Not once did I feel my foot moving off the edge of the sole on a steep gradient, nor did the foot slip and slide inside the shoe.

  • 80 / 100 by Best Walking Shoe Reviews • Maddalene • Level 1 expert

    As a mid-priced trail running shoe, we think these 690v2 Trail Running Shoes are an excellent choice for the money.

  • 75 / 100 by Red Squirrel • Nathan Flear • Level 1 expert

    Overall, the new balance 690v2 all terrain trail shoes have been a pleasure to test, and I will definitely be wearing them again on the trails.

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Updates to New Balance 690 v2 Trail

  • The lugged ‘AT tread’ outsole is an optimal combination of traction and flexibility. The rubber performs exceptionally well on a variety of trail surfaces.
  • The Injection Molded EVA Midsole adds an extra bounce to every stride and ensures great energy return. Resultantly, runners are able to perform well on longer distances without worrying about the fatigue.
  • The tongue has been strategically placed and attached to the sides of the upper for additional protection against debris and better lockdown of the foot inside the shoe while running.

New Balance 690 v2 Trail size and fit

The shoe is available in the standard running length. It comes in the medium width of D and B and the X-wide lengths of 4E and D for men and women respectively. The shoe offers sufficient space in the toe box for flexing of toes and also for the swelling of feet which usually happens after long distance running.

Outsole

The ‘AT tread’ outsole is aggressively lugged for maximum traction and great flexibility on rough terrains. It is suitable for both rocky and loose surfaces. The lugged rubber, being highly durable and resistant to abrasion, bashes through the very harsh and tricky situations very well.

Midsole

The Injection Molded EVA foam (IMEVA) happens to slightly lighter than a compression molded midsole. It also offers a better energy return and a springier ride for its users.

The smooth lining, cushioned insole feels very soft against the feet and the NB Response 2.0 performance insert is the brand’s exclusive sock-liner which offers additional comfort to the runners.

Upper

The 690 v2 trail has the synthetic mesh upper, which ensures an optimal mix of breathability and comfort. The seamless textile provides a sock-like fit to the users. The shoe’s upper works together with the midsole to avoid slipping of the foot inside the shoe from the sole’s edge especially on steep gradients.

There is also the padded collar and a gusseted tongue sewn in place for protection of midfoot from debris. The strategic attachment of the tongue to the sides of the shoe’s upper also helps in keeping the foot firm inside the shoe.