Verdict from 5.7 hours of research from the internet

7 reasons to buy

  • The 770 v5 is the best training shoe for stability runners, declared some testers.
  • It is a lightweight shoe and it offers great breathability.
  • It is a shoe that functions well for gym work outs, according to reviewers.
  • The New Balance 770 v5 has an improved outsole with great traction on gravel and even terrains, as noted by a couple of testers.
  • A right balance between comfort and support is noticeable in this shoe, noted several users.
  • It is made of high quality materials for enhanced durability.
  • It is an affordable training shoe.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The support is lacking based on a small number of comments.
  • The fit runs small is a mutual complaint by some testers.

Bottom line

The New Balance 770 v5 is a training shoe designed for stability runners who need ample comfort, support, and protection. It can be used for running, work outs, and gym trainings, making it an ideal option for active individuals. It is a wise investment to spend on.

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  • Already in its 5th version, the reliable 770 series gets major changes to make the shoe better than ever. Although not readily apparent, the 4mm drop in the heel drop would be something that most runners will find really important. The new 8mm drop is a sweet spot that both heel and midfoot strikers can be very comfortable in. New Balance also made the transition a bit faster and smoother with this kind of heel difference.
  • Adding the ACTEVA Lite midsole foam is one aspect that is also a result of the new heel drop. It is a very light midsole foam with optimal cushioning properties. Despite the height being substantially lower than before, cushioning will continue to be excellent with the addition of this midsole foam.
  • The outsole gets a reboot as well. There are bigger treads in the central area of the shoe from the midfoot to the forefoot. The forefoot features new and huge flex grooves for more flexibility as well.
  • The 770 v5 has a new upper mesh that is slightly more flexible to make it more adaptable to the runner’s foot. This shoe does not have the same number of overlays supporting the heel, but the fewer overlays doing the work are directly connected to the sole and the midfoot for an all-encompassing fit.

The fit and sizing are standard like those in the past version. Medium-footed runners are likely to be very comfortable in a shoe with good space in the heel and forefoot with a locked-in midfoot. The fit is anatomically very comfortable and should allow most runners to enjoy this shoe. New Balance offers the standard D and B for widths while sizes are from 6 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.

The outsole is a combination of the extremely reliable Ndurance rubber for protection against wear and tear in high-abrasion areas while blown rubber in the forefoot provides adequate traction, even in wet conditions. New Balance uses bigger lugs located in the middle area of the midfoot and the forefoot for better grip on different surfaces. There are also deeper and bigger flex grooves in the forefoot for enhanced flexibility.

New Balance packs the midsole with many of its best technologies. The most important part of the shoe is the REVlite midsole foam, which acts as the primary cushioning tech in this area. 30% lighter than other New Balance foams with the same durability and responsiveness as the other premium foams, the REVlite also offers a softer and more supportive ride. Enhancing the degree of cushioning is the presence of the ACTEVA Lite for the first time in this series. The ACTEVA is included to upgrade the cushioning as a way to compensate for the lower heel drop. Another top feature in the midsole is the ABZORB crash pad. It is made of proprietary rubber and other materials for exceptional shock-absorbing and bouncy features. A medial post that runs half the length of the shoe provides stability in the arches for slight to moderate overpronators.

The FantomFit technology is still present in the upper. It is New Balance’s unique way of using very thin materials that run through the sole to the upper in a seamless construction. This kind of design helps hold the foot in security and adds support to the shoe. A synthetic mesh provides adequate breathability while the overlays improve midfoot lockdown feel and support.

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How 770 v5 compares

This shoe: 80
All shoes average: 86
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This shoe: $85
All shoes average: $119
$40 $350
This shoe: 11oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.5oz 16.2oz
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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