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  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    $120
  • Weight
    Men: 10.2oz
    Women: 8.7oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 9.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • The 860 v5 feels very comfortable right out of the box, based on most comments.
  • The price is well within the normal range for a shoe of this kind.
  • It has 5 different color combinations.
  • A good number of runners loved its trendy style.
  • The mesh is very breathable, according to several reviews.
  • An additional midfoot loop enhances midfoot security.
  • Quite a number of overpronators loved the thermoplastic shank beneath the arch.
  • The cushioning is very noticeable right at the first go, as noted by a handful.
  • Observation from a group of runners praised the grip of the 5th edition of the 860.
  • Some mentioned that it can effortlessly be used a casual and everyday footwear.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A small number of runners experienced tongue slide in this shoe.
  • Almost non-existent reflectivity coming from a shoe of this price.
  • The outsole durability is a bit frustrating to some.

Bottom line

The New Balance 860 v5 is a much-sought after trainer because of its superb stability, comfort, and cool looks. Besides the stability, mild to moderate overpronators can get their kicks out of the responsive cushioning, serious traction, and breathable coverage. It is a shoe that nails the right balance between cushioning and stability.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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89 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 94 / 100 | Canadian Running Magazine

    The 860v5 shows that the company is also able to deliver a nice looking stability shoe.

  • 90 / 100 | Runner's World

    Stability in a light package.

  • 83 / 100 | Solereview

    We'll come around to discussing the upper fit and material details later, but we'll start off by saying the 860V5 has a higher level of gait influencing behavior that its higher priced counterpart. Yes, this defies expected tiering logic, but it's true.

  • 90 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru

    New to this model, The heel unit of the shoe is asymmetrical, curving the rear part up. This helped prevent heel striking.In the middle, is a hard piece of plastic called "TBeam" giving extra support to my arches.

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Updates to New Balance 860 v5

  • In its 5th coming, the 860 offers a ton of updates for an even better performance. Straight out of the box, fans of the line will notice right away the removal of most of the stitched overlays. The stitched overlays are now found around the toe box and near the heel. The midfoot is basically a network of welded overlays. This change helps take half an ounce of weight without compromising lockdown feel.
  • As the overlays are not as big as before, New Balance compensates by adding a new midfoot strap between the eyelet rows. It runs straight to the midsole and is directly connected to the laces. Hence, there is an even better midfoot fit without adding pressure or constricting the foot.
  • A quick look at the outsole and modifications are obvious as well. The large hexagonal-like pattern is replaced by numerous square pods. As the pods are separated by cut outs, there is much better flexibility this time around. The crash pad in the heel has better articulation for enhanced shock attenuation. A huge heel cavity helps make heel striking a luxury in this shoe.
  • Speaking of the heel, there is now a new asymmetrical heel counter. New Balance designs the medial wall of the heel to be slightly taller than the lateral part. The idea is to add some muscle in the prevention of excessive inward movement.

New Balance 860 v5 size and fit

The fit of the 860 v5, in relation to the prior model, is very similar. From the heel to the forefoot, the fit is quite average with just more real estate in the forefoot for the toes to splay. The added midfoot strap really enhances midfoot security in the shoe. Narrow to extra wide are the available widths of this shoe. Sizing is standard in the 5th rendition of the 860.


Outsole

The outsole is predominantly blown rubber with the usual carbon rubber in the heel for better durability. Square configurations with several flex grooves characterize the midfoot and forefoot parts of the outsole. The segmented crash pad has better delineation for improved shock attenuation and cushioning.


Midsole

Midsole setup is quite intricate in the New Balance 860 v5 to carefully juggle stability and cushioning. On the medial side of the midsole that stretches from the heel to the midfoot is a very stiff compression molded EVA to really support the arch while the lateral side is softer EVA. The same setup happens in the forefoot. In the middle of these two are the ABZORB and ACTEVA foam. Using these two, gives a nice blend of shock-absorbing features and responsiveness.


Upper

An AirMesh upper has excellent breathability. A combination of stitched overlays in the heel and toe box and welded overlays in the forefoot give the upper much-needed support and structure. As mentioned, the heel has an asymmetrical heel counter to help provide stability. The interior of the shoe is quite plush and is only enhanced by a dense Ortholite sockliner.