Summary

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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.

Facts

Update: New Balance 890 v7
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 8.6oz | Women: 8.7oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 23mm | Women: 23mm
Forefoot height: Men: 15mm | Women: 15mm
Release date: Mar 2015
Brand: New Balance
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $115
Colorways: Blue, Green, Grey, Pink, Purple, Silver
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe

Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 | LaMontage Photography | Level 2 expert

    Get them because they're good shoes.

  • 85 / 100 | Men's Health Singapore | Level 1 expert

    I like the weight of it. It's light. It feels like a lightweight trainer, yet it offers you quite a reasonable amount of cushioning.

  • 82 / 100 | Solereview | Level 5 expert

    Hence in theory, the 890 should vaguely sit between a 980 Fresh Foam and a 1500 V1, along with some speedster leaning, correct? This seems like a legit line of thought, unless we've tied ourselves in confused knots. New Balance's description of the 890 - 'built to withstand fast' is a nod to our thinking too.

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  • 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.

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