Facts

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

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
$100
Weight
Men: 10.5oz
Women: 9oz
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.

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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 10 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • Most of the reviewers valued the comfort of the Prism v2.
  • The stability is noticeable without being intrusive, according to several runners.
  • It is more breathable than the original model, based on the comments of a handful of testers.
  • The toe box gets a little more room with the removal of the forefoot/toe box overlays.
  • A few experts appreciated the softer heel, which does not compromise the secure fit of the rear section.
  • It comes in multiple color options.
  • New Balance continues to offer wide widths for the Vazee Prism v2.
  • The price is less compared to some of its competitors.
  • It rides a bit softer, which a handful considered as an improvement over the stiff ride of the earlier version.
  • Some runners have used it for gym workouts because of the lightweight support.

2 reasons not to buy

  • It is noticeably heavier than the original model, according to a handful of reviewers.
  • The midsole foam lacks the responsiveness of many of its competitors, according to a few runners.

Bottom line

The 2nd instalment of the Prism continues to provide the only stability option in New Balance’s Vazee collection of shoes. It is a shoe that still performs a little faster despite the added bulk. Additionally, it becomes a more viable option for those who require lightweight stability when running in half or full marathons. With a very reasonable price tag, the shoe is an excellent value for the money choice for many runners.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 42 ratings

5 star
57%
4 star
10%
3 star
10%
2 star
2%
1 star
2%

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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93 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 91 / 100 by RunRepeat • Joseph Arellano • Level 4 expert

    On the road, the Vazee Prism feels heavier than its listed weight. In terms of road feel it brings to mind a 90s-era training shoe. Surprisingly, for a shoe intended to be used by heel strikers, the heel landing is quite soft. A harder rubber heel might inspire more confident heel plants, but this is just one runner’s opinion.

  • 100 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Jon Ober • Level 4 expert

    The New Balance Vazee Prism v2 is another home run from New Balance’s Vazee line. It is equal parts fast and supportive.

  • 85 / 100 by Kikay Runner • Noelle De Guzman • Level 2 expert

    The New Balance Vazee Prism V2 is a great all-around shoe and I love that I have it in my arsenal.

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Updates to New Balance Vazee Prism v2

  • Seemingly, many of the updates in the New Balance Vazee Prism v2 are in response to past issues of the original Prism. Most conspicuous in the changes in the upper is the use of a very breathable and softer mesh. The large holes in the forefoot and the sides guarantees a sweat-free and dry run.
  • The soft, but dense mesh also helps with the form-fitting upper. It plays tag team with the bootie construction for a personalized fit that many runners should find very nice.
  • A little more room in the toe box is answered by the removal of the substantial forefoot to toe box overlays. There should be more vertical space in this shoe than the prior version.
  • The previously stiffer ride is answered by a larger cut out in the outsole. This gives the shoe more compression, particularly for those who land on their heels.
  • This kind of improvement is also manifested in the side walls of both the medial and lateral sides. There are perforations or dimples in most parts of the side walls for a bit more flex and a softer ride.
  • New Balance also made some considerable changes in the forefoot section of the outsole. There are more prominent podular rubber pods that increase softness and the smoothness of the ride.
  • As there are huge podular pods, this create cut outs for enhanced flexibility.

New Balance Vazee Prism v2 size and fit

The fit of the Vazee Prism v2 is somewhat similar to the original. One can notice that the upper has more room in the toe box and a more form-fitting fit. There are overlays on both sides to hold the foot well. The external heel counter may have been removed, but there is still sufficient support and security for neutrals and mild over pronators. It generally runs true to size.


Outsole

Most of the outsole of the New Balance Prism v2 is composed of blown rubber for more traction. Only the heel section sports a harder carbon rubber to give the shoe a long-lasting performance. There are podular pods in the forefoot in answering the call for a smoother and softer ride. The resulting grooves should only improve the shoe’s flexibility.


Midsole

New Balance remains to be steadfast in the choice of the REVlite foam as the midsole technology for the Vazee line. This foam is supposedly 30% lighter than the basic New Balance midsole foams. It has ample durability with a decent amount of cushioning and responsiveness. In order to add more compression for a softer ride, the lateral and medial sides of the foot are covered with small perforations. A co-molded post on the medial side, beneath the arch deliver lightweight stability for minimal overpronators.


Upper

Superb breathability arrives in the 2nd version of the Vazee Prism because of the large holes of the soft mesh. There are strategically placed overlays for midfoot security. New Balance uses a very plush lining in the interior and a bootie construction for exceptional comfort. An internal, pliable heel counter with a tab of overlay keep the rear section secured and supported. For those who may require orthotics, the removable insole should be an excellent feature. A traditional lace-up closure holds the fit from the first stride until the last.