Summary

We spent 7.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Some runners liked the comfortable and lightweight construction of the New Balance 780 v5.
  • The upper construction of the shoe is very lightweight and breathable.
  • Most runners noticed the enhanced cushioning and improved ground feel of the shoe.
  • The midsole have the dual layer foam that provides added cushioning for long distance runs.
  • An affordable shoe.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt that the 5th version of the New Balance 780 has a too wide toe box.
  • Others don’t like the laces of the shoe.

Bottom line

The New Balance 780 v5 is a road running shoe designed for neutral pronators. The updated version of the shoe offers added cushioning and promotes a responsive ride. This shoe is reliable for high-mileage runs and good as a daily training partner.

Facts

Update:
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 9.9oz | Women: 7.8oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 12mm | Women: 12mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 27mm | Women: 27mm
Forefoot height: Men: 15mm | Women: 15mm
Brand: New Balance
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $85
Colorways: Silver
Size
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  • New Balance made a few minor changes in the upper of the 780 v5 to make it more adaptive to the runner’s fit. Very noticeable in the modification is the lesser number of overlays in the midfoot and forefoot. The remaining overlays still hold the midfoot well while the shoe has better adjustability and more room in the interior.
  • The heel, this time around, gets more support and structure in the form of a more substantial overlay covering the area. It greatly helps secure the heel from slippage without being too stiff for comfort.

The fit of the 780 v5 is in the mold of the previous version. It is fairly standard in the heel and forefoot with a really secure midfoot. The almost natural last in the shoe makes this a very comfortable fit for most runners. Available widths are D and B while the regular sizes are from 6 to 14 for the men’s and 4 to 12 for the women’s.


The outsole of this cheap running footwear is divided between the traction-friendly blown rubber and the sturdy Ndurance rubber for protection against wear and tear. New Balance uses moderate treads in a full-contact outsole for moderate grip on different surfaces, even in wet conditions.


The Dupont Engage Isoprene Rubber-made ABZORB provides great shock attenuation and is very resilient. Runners will get to enjoy premium shock-dispersal features with this midsole tech. Running the whole length of the shoe is a standard EVA for adequate cushioning and responsiveness.


The topmost layer of the shoe is made of synthetic mesh for excellent breathability while the lesser TPU overlays make the upper more adaptable to the runner’s foot. A traditional sock liner and Strobel Last offer additional underfoot cushioning. The seamless upper and the well-padded tongue and collar offer great comfort from start to finish.

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