Who should buy the New Balance 840 v4

The New Balance 840 v4 is a neutral running shoe that’s created for the roads. This shoe is recommended for you if:

  • You want a long-distance running shoe that is good for heel strikers
  • You need a cushioned running shoe that is versatile enough for walking or jogging

New Balance 840 v4 front view

Updates to the New Balance 840 v4

  • The 840 v4 predominantly features printed overlays with mild stitching for reinforcement
  • instead of open mesh, the cloth-like engineered mesh now graces the cover system
  • Underfoot cushioning is provided by a full-length ABZORB unit and an EVA Strobel Board to keep the foot comfortable

New Balance 840 v4 rearfoot

Protection and traction from Ndurance

The Ndurance rubber is placed in the high-wear areas of the outsole, and its purpose is to protect the rest of the sole unit from the potentially debilitating effects of surface exposure and abrasion.

New Balance 840 v4 Ndurance rubber

The forefoot section of the outsole makes use of blown rubber, which is also used in other New Balance shoes like the NB 990 v4 and NB 860 v9. It is a malleable material that provides traction and protection. Also, its spongy nature adds a bit of responsive cushioning for the foot.

New Balance 840 v4 Ndurance

Flex grooves allow the sole unit to be more flexible. Such a design encourages the natural bending capacity of the toe joints, thus energizing the toe-off phase of the gait cycle.

New Balance 840 v4 flex grooves

The 840 v4's shock-absorbent midsole

ABZORB is a proprietary cushioning system from New Balance. It is a polymer unit that is derived from foam, and it runs the entire length of the New Balance 840 v4. Its job is to absorb impact shock and transmit the energy to the foot and leg, thereby invigorating the runner to take the next step with ease and sureness.

New Balance 840 v4 abzorb

The top section of the platform has an even surface. This configuration allows the wearer to add custom inserts without worrying about insufficient in-shoe space.

Cloth-like upper coverage

The upper unit of the New Balance 840 v4 utilizes engineered mesh which has a cloth-like disposition. This soft and flexible material allows the foot to flex naturally and be free of irritation. Moreover, its porous façade accommodates airflow into the foot-chamber.

New Balance 840 v4 mesh

There are thin synthetic overlays that reinforce the upper. These printed add-ons don’t have a lot of weight, and they help in hugging the foot securely.

New Balance 840 v4 overlays

The padded tongue and collar hug the upper dimensions of the foot. They also mitigate the force of movement that's generated during the run.

New Balance 840 v4 collar

An external heel counter with the ‘840 v4’ branding holds the rear portion of the foot in place, preventing it from wobbling or exiting the shoe unintentionally.

New Balance 840 v4 heel collar

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 12.6oz / Women 10oz
Drop: 12mm
Arch support: Neutral
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Walking, All-day wear / Jogging

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