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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.


Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 10.3oz | Women: 7.9oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Brand: New Balance
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $75
Colorways: Blue, Grey
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  • 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.

This very affordable running 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.

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.

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.

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.


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.