Summary

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4 reasons to buy

  • It features the protective forefoot rock plate that is very useful for rough surfaces.
  • The New Balance 910 v2 has a gusset tongue that keeps debris and small rocks from entering the shoe.
  • Some runners took note of the impressive cushioning of the shoe.
  • It provides superb traction for different surfaces.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The men's version is slightly heavy.
  • Based on some reviews, the fit is not as impressive as the original model.

Bottom line

The New Balance 910 v2 provides runner an impressive combination of protection, cushioning, traction and responsiveness. It is one of the shoes that will not disappoint when used in varied terrains. This New balance running shoe is great for daily runs, workout and daily running.

Facts

Update: New Balance 910 v4
Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 10.8oz | Women: 8.9oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 29mm | Women: 29mm
Forefoot height: Men: 21mm | Women: 21mm
Brand: New Balance
Type: Heavy | Big guy | Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $135
Colorways: Blue, Green, Orange
Size
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Expert Reviews

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80 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 81 / 100 | GEARIST | | Level 3 expert

    I just really think this is a solid all-around shoe.

  • 84 / 100 | Canadian Running Magazine | Level 5 expert

    New Balance is making really pretty shoes, and this is sure to be a standout on the trail or cutting through the the snow.

  • 81 / 100 | Gearist | | Level 5 expert

    I’ve said several times in this review that the New Balance 910v2 is quite a bit of shoe but I’d also like to insert the caveat that that is incredibly subjective to the runner.

  • 60 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

    All that material made the fit stiff, and they felt heavy on the run, but testers praised the support.

  • 85 / 100 | Running Competitor | | Level 3 expert

    Cushioning was adequate in absorbing impact and protecting the underfoot from jabs.

  • 84 / 100 | SGB Today | Level 3 expert

    This is more of a high-mileage trainer than ultralight racer, and is reminiscent of more classic styles favoring heel-strikers, and offering responsive overall performance for varied terrain. 

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  • New Balance rebuilt the 2nd edition of the 910 from the ground up to bring its performance on the trail to another level. For a trail shoe, the most logical update often happens in the outsole. The 910 v2 has a deeper set of multi-directional lugs that blankets the entire outsole for a really enhanced bite on different trail surfaces. New Balance designed the specific spacing of the lugs to keep mud from sticking on the outsole.
  • The sole gets a makeover in the form of a new heel drop. From 10mm to 8mm, the change is seen as the best way to find a sweet spot for runners who love the traditional offset and for those who are looking for something that is closer to the 4-6mm heel drop range. This update results to better transitions and a closer to the ground feel than the past version.
  • New Balance improved the upper by making it more adaptable to the runner’s foot. The upper is a bit more flexible and lighter with still enough support for long training sessions on the rugged trail. Breathability gets a turn for the better as it features a new mesh with substantially bigger holes.
  • Upper durability gets an upgrade as there are a few additional stitched overlays. One very notable addition is the presence of a prominent rand that offers a 360-degree of protection and support. Runners who were looking for a more robust and long-lasting ride will find the updates to their liking.

New Balance made the fit and sizing of the 910 v2 basically the same as the original 910. It has good space in the heel and forefoot and a snug midfoot. This is the type of average measurement that benefits most runners. Available widths are medium, wide, and extra wide while sizes are from 7 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.


The outsole is perhaps the best part of the 910 v2 because of two main elements. One is the new, deep, and aggressive multi-directional lugs that really offer superb grip on different trail surfaces. Number two is the Sticky Rubber compound that New Balance uses in most of its trail shoes. It brings superior traction, even in wet conditions. There is a Rock Plate right between the outsole and the midsole for protection against sharp objects.


Taking sole position of the midsole is the Revlite foam, which has all the durability and responsive cushioning of all New Balance foams, but is 30% lighter. It gives the midsole a really good feel of softness upon landing and firmness for take offs. This midsole material is still used in the 4th version of the NB 910.


A synthetic mesh offers a really breathable ride. It is now a bit softer, which helps the upper adapt better to the runner’s foot. New Balance offers the Toe Protect or the rubber-like material in the toe box to prevent the toes from getting bruised while the gusseted tongue keeps dirt and trail debris off. There is a standard sockliner for more step-in comfort and a fit that hugs the foot.

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