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  • Terrain
    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
    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
    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
    Price
    $115
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 8.6oz
    Women: 8.7oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 8mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 23mm
    Women: 23mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 15mm
    Women: 15mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Mar 2015
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Summary

We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

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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83 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

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Updates to New Balance 890 v5

  • 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.

New Balance 890 v5 size and fit

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.


Outsole

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


Midsole

The shoe uses the RevLite midsole that is much lighter compared to the traditional midsole foam yet, it delivers durable and responsive cushioning. This works perfectly with the brand’s ABZORB cushioning system that gives excellent shock absorption for a more responsive ride.


Upper

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.