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.
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WeightMen: 7.7ozWomen: 6.6oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 6mmWomen: 6mm
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 heightMen: 29mmWomen: 29mm
Forefoot heightMen: 23mmWomen: 23mm
WidthMen: Normal, Wide, X-WideWomen: Normal, Wide
Release dateJun 2019
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88 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews
This shoe just eats miles.
A great, simple daily trainer. Not as exciting as some other new foams, but a great transition shoe from totally traditional trainers to the new foams.
The upper changes sell me on the V2.
It’s a solid blend of durability and comfort wrapped up in a lightweight package.
The changes to the upper are fantastic, and the lack of changes to the midsole/outsole might be even better.
I will definitely use the Beacon v2 for daily training, but it's not my choice for runs over an hour and a half, as I feel like I need more forefoot cushioning than this shoe provides on longer runs.
- One of the newly added features in the New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon v2 is its engineered mesh upper that allows sufficient airflow into the shoe, making it more breathable. This also helps the foot move more freely with the flexibility it promotes. In comparison, the shoe’s predecessor featured an engineered knit.
- There have been some elements retained in the shoe’s composition. Some of these include the blown rubber outsole the shoe employs, the Fresh Foam midsole to ensure cushioning and comfort when running, and the Ground Contact ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) which helps the shoe in terms of versatility for different ground traction and grip.
The New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon v2 is available standard sizing scheme for both men and women. Thus, users can still fit the shoe with their usual size preferences. However, it is still highly advised that one should try on the actual fit of the shoe first before proceeding to purchase. It is also best to go through several reviews first to ensure an accurate fit.
This lightweight running shoe's toe box height is medium, while its arch height ranges from medium to high.
Blown rubber is the material employed in the outsole of the Fresh Foam Beacon v2. This is strategically placed on the lateral foot and medial heel. This provides protection and durability to the high-wear areas of the shoe.
Ground Contact EVA allows the shoe to have good ground traction while providing a lightweight feel. This technology also features durability properties that help preserve the shoe.
Rubber pods are strategically placed in the Fresh Foam Beacon v2’s high-abrasion heel and toe-off areas for targeted durability.
The midsole of the New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon v2 is composed of Fresh Foam which is created from a single piece of foam that provides a plush cushioning and a more natural ride.
A VL-6 lasting is employed by the Fresh Foam Beacon v2. This is a running-specific last with a standard heel, forefoot, and toe-box height.
The shoe also features an Ultra Heel that helps minimize the irritation in the Achilles. This also contributes to the overall comfort provided by the shoe.