Who should buy the New Balance 786 v2

New Balance 786 version 2 is added to the growing arsenal of all-court tennis shoes fitted for entry-level, recreational, and club players. It is a solid option if you:

  • Need a shoe that offers the traditional leather and mesh combo but with a few revamps to afford better court performance. 
  • Need a shoe that has Fantom Fit technology for a more supportive upper.
  • Need a shoe that has the ABZORB midsole system that helps minimize shock during impact.

New Balance 786 v2 logo

Abrasion-resistant NDurance rubber compound

The underside is kitted out with an abrasion-resistant NDurance rubber compound. Such New Balance engineering grants the wearer to shuffle, skid, and slide without losing traction, whether on clay, grass, or hard court. 

New Balance 786 v2 Abrasion-resistant NDurance rubber compound

The non-marking NDurance rubber mainly extends the operational life of the shoe with its hard-wearing properties. 

Full herringbone tread

The full herringbone tread isn’t only designed to deliver excellent grip but flexibility too when switching from one stance to another.

New Balance 786 v2 Full herringbone tread

The long-wear herringbone tread extends to the tip of the toe and the medial side for added robustness. These sections are prone to scratches and abrasion due to repeated toe dragging.

Shock-ready ABZORB cushioning midsole

Designed to be efficient regardless of the court layout, the 786 ver2 is manufactured with a shock-ready ABZORB cushioning midsole. This spec is a combination of isoprene rubber and proprietary foam components that disperses shock and delivers energy return. 

New Balance 786 v2 Shock-ready ABZORB cushioning midsole

This means that the ABZORB feature dispels impact as the foot strikes the ground which leads to smooth and protective landings and efficient toe-offs. 

Lightweight build of the 786 v2

It grants comfort in a lightweight build that’s equal to what EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) foams deliver. However, the ABZORB has the potential to endure impact longer than the regular EVA sponges due to its compression capability. 

New Balance 786 v2 Lightweight build

It doesn’t have a low-to-the-ground makeup since it’s made with an approximately 10-mm heel drop. Such height difference between the heel and toe gives the trainer a noticeably thicker heel. This extra volume on the rear side allows the wearers to push off compellingly for the next shot.

Breathable and supportive

Mesh with synthetic leather overlays that take up the entire upper projects classic styling with comfort. The blend of these materials is meant to cater to improved ventilation and lateral support. 

New Balance 786 v2  Breathable and supportive

The toe cap made of leather reinforces the tip of the shoe. Perforated leather is added on the medial forefoot and heel counter for extra stability.

Secure fit of the NB 786 v2

Fantom Fit is fused into the upper to create a no-sew support system. This piece of engineering is kept light with the use of a thin TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) film. Fantom Fit benefits quick court movers as it hinders the foot from flexing excessively. The forefoot has a narrow shape which makes the toe box tight-fitting and less roomy.

New Balance 786 v2 Secure fit

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 13.4oz / Women 8.8oz
Shoe Type: All Court
Construction: Cushioned
Material: Leather
BRAND Brand: New Balance
SKUs: C786CW2 / C786GO2 / C786WN2 / CH786B2 / CH786P2 / CH786WB2

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Brenton Barker
Brenton Barker

Brenton is an Australian with 20 years of experience coaching WTA and ATP professional tennis players, whom have won a total of 10 international professional Tournaments. Brenton holds a Degree in Sports Coaching and was the former Head Tennis Coach at the Japanese Government Sports Science Institute. Brenton was also a former Manager & Head Coach of Australia’s Governing Sporting Body, Tennis Australia, and has been a Dunlop International Advisory Board Member since 2010. Additionally, Brenton was the Head of Player development for World No 7 and two-time Grand Slam Champion Johan Kriek.