Who should buy the New Balance 796 v2

Club players honing their footwork techniques and going for vigorous drills might find this cushioned tennis shoe for hard court appealing. It is a solid option if you:

  • Need a shoe that is superbly light. 
  • Need a shoe that is covered with a no-sew upper but offers stability when darting at different directions, making quick cuts, and doing sudden stops. 
  • Need a shoe that is built with a durable rubber that’s designed to grant good clutch on the hardcourt, especially during pivot turns and lateral movements. 

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Updates to the 796 v2

Improved ventilation

Compared with the flagship NB796 model, this second version is constructed with more perforations on the upper, which helps enhance the flow of air in and out of the shoe. This cushioned footgear is a fraction lighter than the previous model. Aside from retaining the same lightweight REVlite midsole as its predecessor, the middle section of its outsole is significantly carved out.

New Balance 796 v2 Updates

Excellent traction

This trainer is equipped with the Ndurance rubber compound that’s assembled to provide superior grip on the abrasive hard court surface. It comes with a herringbone tread pattern and non-marking property that offers a steady foothold. The rubber compound’s abrasion-resistant quality puts more life to the shoe, particularly on the high-wear areas.

New Balance 796 v2  Excellent traction

Excellent cushioning

It features the pioneering New Balance REVlite foam compound, which is lightweight and responsive versus other midsole properties that are generally 30% heavier. The midsole offers stability without sacrificing underfoot cushioning and rebound capability.

New Balance 796 v2 Excellent cushioning

This athletic footgear comes with an 8-mm heel-to-toe drop. This low-profile built allows the wearer to feel a significant amount of padding underfoot while being able to achieve natural movement.  

Breathable and durable

New Balance made a few tweaks on the design of the synthetic and mesh outer membrane by adding more perforations throughout the cover. This no-sew concept not only enhances the breathability of the shoe but reduces the load for better maneuverability. 

New Balance 796 v2 Breathable and durable

Since toe dragging has become part of the game, this shoe is fabricated with the NDure technology for added protection around the forefoot. 

Secure fit

Like most New Balance shoes, the 796 ver2 is available in wide-width options. However, broad-footed wearers might find the width tighter than their usual tennis shoes, since this NB796 iteration runs relatively narrow.

New Balance 796 v2 Secure fit

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 310g / Women 260g
Shoe Type: Hard Court
Collection: New Balance REVlite
Features: Lightweight, Breathable
Construction: Cushioned
Material: Synthetic/Mesh upper
BRAND Brand: New Balance

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Brenton Barker

Brenton is an Australian with 20 years of experience coaching WTA and ATP professional tennis players, whom have won a total of 10 international professional Tournaments. Brenton holds a Degree in Sports Coaching and was the former Head Tennis Coach at the Japanese Government Sports Science Institute. Brenton was also a former Manager & Head Coach of Australia’s Governing Sporting Body, Tennis Australia, and has been a Dunlop International Advisory Board Member since 2010. Additionally, Brenton was the Head of Player development for World No 7 and two-time Grand Slam Champion Johan Kriek.