Summary

We spent 9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • A wearer commented that the upper fits like a glove.
  • The New Balance 910 v4 GTX offered excellent grip on technical trails, a user remarked.
  • The GORE-TEX® upper proved to be an outstanding feature, especially in snowy runs, wrote a reviewer.
  • The midsole’s close-to-ground feel helped enable a steady run, according to a customer.
  • A couple of runners appreciated the shoe’s lighter weight compared to the previous version.
  • The upper was comfortable and breathable even with the GORE-TEX® membrane wrapped around it, an impressed user said.

5 reasons not to buy

  • One buyer said the colors were loud and unpleasant to the eye.
  • Another felt the toe box was too narrow.
  • The shoe was not stable enough on uneven surfaces, experienced a runner.
  • Many users found that the shoe required a break-in period.
  • The collar was overly firm and rounded, thus making it rub on the ankle uncomfortably, a wearer complained.

Bottom line

The New Balance 910 v4 GTX has gathered many reviews in its favor, notably about the features and ride. However, there were criticisms about the shoe’s construction and fit. Overall, the shoe proved to be an efficient runner with promising qualities, but there is still a significant room for improvement.

Facts

Base model: New Balance 910 v4
Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 9.2oz | Women: 9.6oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Technology: Gore-Tex
Heel height: Men: 26mm | Women: 26mm
Forefoot height: Men: 18mm | Women: 18mm
Brand: New Balance
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $135
Colorways: Blue, Grey
Size
Small True to size Large
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  • The New Balance 910 v4 GTX encourages the runner to log more miles as it promotes running under any weather with the GORE-TEX® waterproof membrane. This shoe features a sleeker design and a lighter construction compared to its predecessor.
  • The upper gets a revamped design with the Toe Protect™ technology and the use of a synthetic saddle. It does, however, retain the air mesh upper that capably confirms a well-ventilated run and the cleatie construction that provides comfort and support.
  • Like the previous iteration, the 910 v4 GTX makes use of the REVlite foam in the midsole. This compound proves to be effective in delivering a responsive ride and a durable cushioning. Also, still present is the HydroHesion Rubber (HHR) outsole, but now with an updated lug pattern.

The waterproof version of the New Balance 910 v4 has a standard running shoe length and is available in various size options. The moderate construction ensures a snug and secure fit from heel to toe. Runners will appreciate the width profiles that come in medium and wide for both the men’s and women’s versions.

The HydroHesion Rubber (HHR) used in the outsole is an advanced rubber compound that specifically works its traction during activities in water environments. This sticky rubber also grips excellently on rugged trails.

The new layout of the outsole displays lugs that have more space between one another, in contrast to the shoe’s previous release that had lugs close together. The flex grooves now focus on the forefoot area and the arch.

Through the use of the brand’s signature REVlite foam, the midsole of the 910 v4 GTX makes the shoe lightweight, yet still has the same bounce and cushioning of traditional, heavier foams.

The REVlite foam brings a light and steady ride and a plush underfoot cushioning, but not at the expense of construction. With its unique structure, the midsole ensures comfort and functionality with each step.

The forefoot area is equipped with a Rock Stop® plate. It protects the foot by dispersing the shock that occurs when landing on rocks and debris.

The upper of the New Balance 910 v4 GTX employs a breathable air mesh, making sure that the foot is relaxed and dry. It is improved with the addition of a GORE-TEX® membrane, resulting in a waterproof shoe that also guarantees durability. This upper material is also present in some waterproof running shoes.

Instead of the usual overlays, this shoe has a synthetic midfoot saddle via a no-sew application. It offers support and maintains the shoe’s structural integrity. The shoelaces are attached to the saddle, allowing an adjustable fit.

The forefoot area is installed with Toe Protect™, a rubber compound that provides reinforcement and shield against the elements that could cause injuries.

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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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