Good to know
- Upper durability and more cushioning are the main updates in the 5th version of the very popular 880 series. The lack of durability in the upper is addressed by the new model that has more welded overlays. Besides improving durability, the strategic placement of the overlays helps improve the fit and structure of the upper as running downhill no longer causes irritation nor does the fit seem too wide.
- Enhanced cushioning or a softer feel is delivered by making the ABZORB foam full-length in this version. Another contributing factor to the more cushioned feel is the addition of more rubber in the forefoot. There is also better shock absorption as the new version has a larger crash pad than before.
- New Balance utilizes a neoprene stretch tongue in the 880 v5. It gives runners better options in finding their most comfortable zone with this tongue. The tongue is fairly padded and keeps the pressure from the laces off of the top of the foot.
The New Balance 880 v5 remains to be a shoe designed for runners with average foot dimensions. With the new FantomFit technology providing better support, the shoe has better security in the heel and midfoot. There is also decent room in the forefoot to accommodate mid-run swelling for ultra-long miles. New Balance offers medium and wide as the available widths of this shoe. Sizing is accurate in the men’s and women’s versions.
The outsole is very similar to the old version where the forefoot grooves and use of rubber are concerned. It is still largely dominated by blown rubber in most areas with Ndurance rubber for durability in the heel and the lateral side of the shoe. There is a clear addition of blown rubber in the forefoot, which contributes to the more cushioned ride in the shoe.
A new cushioning system is in place in the 880 v5. Sitting just above the outsole is the ACTEVA LITE, New Balance’s midsole foam that is 24% lighter than average EVA and has better resistance to compression set. On top of this foam is the new full-length ABZORB foam that really enhances the transition and the cushioning of this shoe. Between the rubber outsole and the ACTEVA LITE is the patented T-Beam technology or the TPU shank that is designed like a center beam to support the arch and provide torsional stability to the shoe. The same midsole materials were also used in other New Balance shoe like the 880 v8.
The synthetic mesh upper is very breathable and soft. FantomFit or the no-sew overlays are more numerous and strategically place to provide better fit and structure. Including the new neoprene tongue, the entire upper really fits like a glove and enhances the comfortable ride of the shoe. An industry-grade Ortholite sockliner adds cushioning and plush feel upon step-in.