DiscontinuedUpdate: New Balance 860 v9
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WeightMen: 11.5ozWomen: 9.7oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 10mm
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.
WidthMen: Narrow, Normal, Wide, X-WideWomen: Narrow, Normal, Wide, X-Wide
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75 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews
Comfort and stability, nothing can go wrong
When I tried the stability shoe with a notable degree of support.
So, if you want to move from a motion control shoe to a less supportive shoe, this model will help that transition.
- Support - Stability
- Heel to toe drop - 10mm
- Heel height - 31mm
- Forefoot height - 21mm
The upper is of very good quality. There is not much plastic in its make-up and it is very soft.
New Balance has a good track record for creating these kinds of supportive shoes where the upper makes you feel as though you are just wearing socks. Usually, I don’t get that ‘sock’ feeling in supportive shoes.
As mentioned above, the 860 v8 is a very comfortable shoe and is true to size.
However, there isn’t a lot of room for your toes, so it’s not a model suited for people with a wide foot or big toes.
Insole, Outsole and Stability Support
The insole provides a fair amount of cushioning, and the support will correct your stride. However, I believe that this shoe offers something in between motion control and stability rather than simple stability. I would call it stability plus.
The outsole is not soft, providing a firm ride, and the material seems to be very durable. You have to log plenty of miles to see any signs of wear on the outsole.
Personally, I haven’t run hundreds of miles in these shoes, but the overall durability seems above average, especially for the outsole.
My guess is that the 860 v8 can last 600km (370 miles) without any issues.
Runner Profile and Workouts
The 860 v8 is definitely a shoe for runners with marked pronation and for those who are coming from motion control and want to move to a shoe with less support.
In terms of workouts, the 860 v8 is suitable for everyday easy running to steady running. If you want to do speed session on a stability shoe you should consider the Adidas Tempo 9.
- Big stability degree
- Quality materials
- Weight, the 860 v8 is not a light shoe, UK 7 is 300g
- Very firm ride
I would recommend the New Balance 860 v8 only for runners with serious pronation, otherwise, I would go for a shoe with less support and a less firm ride.
Unfortunately, the high degree of support comes with a fairly heavy weight, but at the end of the day, it is acceptable.
The quality of the materials undoubtedly justifies the 860 v8’s price tag, and New Balance offers the shoe in a wide array of bright colors, so you don’t have sacrifice a cool design even if you have to go for a supportive shoe.
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I like thm so far. I like them a lot. I had less pain these than I've had in a very very long time.
- The New Balance 860 v8 is a road shoe that’s designed for the runner who has overpronation. It features some components that keep the foot steady and comfortable during the running session. The midsole has a full-length foam that works in conjunction with a stability post to ensure smooth and uncomplicated steps.
- The façade mostly looks the same as the one from the previous version, but there’s a more noticeable focus on printed overlays rather than the stitched ones. There still are stitched sections, but they serve as reinforcements. Engineered Mesh continues to provide a seamless wrap.
- Two types of rubber are used in the outsole unit. Reinforcing critical sections is a highly durable compound that staves off aggressive wear and tear, while the forefoot has a more responsive material that is even capable of adding springiness to each toe-off.
The New Balance 860 v8 is true to size. It follows the preferences of consumers when it comes to length. Regarding width, the options for men are D – Medium, 2E – Wide and 4E – Extra Wide. The women’s version has B – Medium and D – Wide. The foot-shaped last allows the natural curve of the human foot to ease into the shoe seamlessly.
The forefoot area of the outsole makes use of a blown rubber compound. It provides traction and protection against abrasion. But it also adds some cushioning and responsiveness because it has a bouncy nature. It aims to energize each toe-off, that’s why it’s placed in the front section.
Ndurance is made out of rubber that’s highly resistant to abrasion. It covers the sections of the sole which are more prone to wear and tear. It’s also designed to last long.
Flex grooves are patterned across the outsole. They make the rest of the platform more flexible and devoted to the inherent bending capacity of the runner’s foot.
TruFuse is a foam component that’s made out of the amalgamation of New Balance’s ACTEVA and ABZORB technologies. This dual density foam is firm on top yet soft at the bottom, so its goal is to provide a steady yet responsive underfoot experience. The same midsole material is also placed in the New Balance 860 v9.
A stability post is added to the medial side of the platform. It aims to deliver support and steadiness to those who have overpronation. It even has a non-prominent design that blends with the color scheme of the full-length foam unit.
The New Balance 860 v8 features an engineered mesh upper. This material has a cloth-like quality to it, thus bringing a sock-like fit to the wearer. Visible ventilation pores accommodate environmental air into the foot-chamber, delivering a fresh and dry running experience in the process.
Overlays are printed onto the façade. They add some visual flair, but their primary purpose is to provide a secure foot-wrap. Some sections are bolstered by stitches, but they’re not separate layers that add bulk to the shape of the upper.
An external heel counter locks the foot in place and prevents it from exiting the shoe accidentally.
The padded tongue and collar bring cushioning to the top portions of the runner’s foot. They also prevent in-shoe wobbling.