Verdict from 23 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • The New Balance 99 v2 Trainer received high marks for its comfortability.
  • Many consumers regarded it as stylish for everyday wear.
  • A lot of users appreciated that it was true to size and offered an excellent fit.
  • Several fitness enthusiasts recommended using it for workouts because it was lightweight and flexible.
  • Some owners claimed that it provided adequate traction.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Many were not pleased with the material used because they felt that it was low in quality.
  • Some did not like using the shoe for training because it lacked lateral support.
  • The footbed was not comfortable for a few owners.
  • One person ranted that his heel kept slipping out during the workout.

Bottom line

The New Balance 99 v2 Trainer received mostly positive reviews. Consumers found it to be light and comfortable to wear for everyday use. It was also a recommended training footwear. However, there were complaints about the inconsistent quality of the materials used in the shoe.

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Good to know

  • The New Balance 99 v2 Trainer uses technologies developed in the company’s Sports Research Lab. One such tech is the FantomFit, which is a material that fits like a second skin and promotes proper foot movement. It is also breathable as it keeps the foot from getting overheated while training.
  • Though it may have a different upper than the 99 v1, they do share the same midsole. The Flexonic sole provides a flexible yet supportive platform that also absorbs shock from impact. This component, which also serves as the outsole, has flex grooves throughout the entire length of the bottom to support natural foot flexion.

The 99 v2 Trainer features an exposed Flexonic midsole that has prominent flex grooves throughout the entire bottom for added flexibility. The trenches increase the surface area of the outsole and enhance the traction that it offers.

Rubber pods are available in critical areas of the forefoot and heel. They are abrasion resistant and make the outsole grip the surface better.

The 99 v2 Trainer uses the Flexonic midsole, a cushioning unit that is responsive to impact and flexible throughout the movement. This material ensures a smooth and comfortable ride for the foot.

The shoe also uses the NB Response 2.0 insole. It contributes to the comfort and support delivered by the sole unit.

The New Balance 99 v2 Trainer features a lightweight and flexible material called FantomFit. This technology is the result of the fusion of two thin elements: mesh and synthetic overlays. It was engineered to provide precise support as well as sufficient in-shoe ventilation.

The trainer employs a traditional lacing system. It keeps the foot locked down while the user is on the move.

The tongue and collar do not have pads because they were designed to follow the contours of the foot for a second-skin-like fit. This design promotes agility as no material hinders the movement of the ankle.

How 99 v2 Trainer compares

This shoe: 63
All shoes average: 79
57 93
This shoe: £80
All shoes average: £90
£30 £290
This shoe: 232g
All shoes average: 289g
110g 454g
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Nicholas Rizzo

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