Verdict from 9.6 hours of research from the internet

6 reasons to buy

  • Considered by a good number of runners as a versatile running shoe because of the various activities that they can do with the New Balance 890 v5.
  • For better traction, especially on wet surfaces, the 5th version of the New Balance 890 also includes a tough rubber compound as noted by a few runners.
  • The FantomFit technology, a skeletally engineered upper made of mesh and synthetic layers enhance the fit and breathability of the 890 v5.
  • The REVlite midsole foam makes the heel to toe transition more responsive, which results in better heel strikes, observed a handful of users.
  • Many liked the seamless upper of the shoe that promotes an irritation-free environment for the foot.
  • A significant number of users found the New Balance 890 v5 to be lightweight and fast enough for uptempo training.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners say this shoe has a narrow fit because of its small toe box, which results in limited forefoot flexibility.
  • It takes time before finally feeling comfortable running in it.
  • The New Balance 890 v5 is not durable.

Bottom line

The New Balance 890 v5 is a neutral running shoe perfect on the road, gravel and track terrains. Most often, it is used for daily running and other general fitness activities. Runners who are mild pronators are the ones who will most likely benefit from this shoe.

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Expert reviews:

  • The New Balance 890 v5 only have very minimal changes. One of the minor update is in the upper. It comes with an improved upper that delivers breathability and comfort. It also has a new lacing system and improved tongue.
  • The updated version also features an improved cushioning. It has a softer forefoot and heel cushioning for a well-cushioned, responsive ride.

Due to the minimal changes in the 5th version of the New Balance 890, the fit and sizing is still identical with its predecessor. It is still available in standard sizing. The midfoot and heel area offers a snug fit. The shoe is available in both medium and wide widths.


The outsole of the New Balance 890 v5 uses a durable blown carbon rubber, which is also present in the NB 890 v6. It delivers enough amount of traction while running on the road without affecting the shoe’s cushioning and the responsiveness.


This New Balance shoe uses the RevLite midsole that is much lighter compared to the traditional midsole foam yet, it delivers durable and responsive cushioning. The RevLite is also present in the popular New Balance 990 v4 running shoe.

The RevLite works perfectly with the brand’s ABZORB cushioning system that gives excellent shock absorption for a more responsive ride.


The upper of the New Balance 890 v5 is still breathable because of the open mesh covers. It keeps foot cool and dry. The no-sew upper offers soft, irritation-free and secure fit. The upper built functions efficiently with the Fantom Fit that delivers a lightweight supportive fit.

Size and fit

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Large (0%)
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Same sizing as New Balance 890 v8.

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How 890 v5 compares

This shoe: 91
All shoes average: 86
53 98
This shoe: $115
All shoes average: $119
$40 $350
This shoe: 9oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.5oz 16.2oz
Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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