New Balance 890v4 Review

New Balance 890v4 top view

First Impressions of the New Balance 890v4

When I first saw the 890V4 in the store display I was skeptical. The mid-sole looked very pronounced, the upper looked busy and flashy, with a very padded tongue and collar. It looked like a heavy weight clunker of a shoe, instead of the sleek neutral road trainer I had visioned through reading reviews.

Wearing is Believing

New Balance 890v4 outside viewAny skepticism I had disappeared almost as soon as at laced them up.  I had always been turned-off from New Balance Shoes as I felt that there toe boxes were narrow and shallow. Obviously I wasn’t the only one.  The 890v4 has a much roomier toe box than earlier versions and other model in their line up.

While it is a more substantial shoe than I have run in recently, it is by no means a clunker. While the out-sole of the shoe looks heavy and ‘heel centric’, New Balance’s light weight REVlite  combined with a 8mm drop makes for a surprisingly lightweight and flexible shoe.  This makes it ideal for many mid-foot runners like myself looking for a more natural motion.

On the Run

New Balance 890v4 Top and sole

The NB 890v4 is a great shoe for longer distance road running. Despite being lightweight, it offers enough cushioning and protection to get you through a half or full marathon or a higher mileage training regimen. And while it wouldn’t be my go-to some for speed work or shorter races, it’s weight and flexible sole translates into a noticeable responsiveness at faster speeds.

Overall, this is a solid shoe that will take me through my next marathon.  It is comfortable and supportive enough for long runs yet still responsive when you for some fartlek sessions.

 

Shoe Specs: New Balance 890v4

What New Balance has to say:

New Balance 890v4Featuring world-class design and an amazingly light ride, the New Balance 890v4 neutral running shoe revolutionizes the look and feel of high performance. Responsive REVlite cushioning helps you feel fast mile after mile, while a FantomFit no-sew upper uses panel-like construction to ensure a secure arch wrap. The men’s 890v4 also features a blown rubber outsole and ABZORB® crash pad for even more cushioning, lessening the shock of every strike.

Awarded “Best Update” in the Runner’s World 2013 Winter Shoe Guide (December 2013)

Lightweight

240 grams (8.5 oz)

  • 8mm drop: due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to 8mm drop are approximate
  • ABZORB® crash pad cradles the heel area medially and laterally for additional stability
  • Blown rubber outsole
  • No-sew material application
  • REVlite midsole foam
  • Unique podular structure maintains notion of full ground contact geometries, preserving the purity of the originally coveted 890 ride

New Balance 890v4 - Top view

About Yuri

I'm Yuri and I'm in a hurry to lose weight, get fit, and have fun doing it! This blog is a chronicle of a once fat guy's journey to fitness while training for a marathon—and beyond. You'll also find running-related gear review, links and inspiration.
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3 Comments

  1. Stephani Itibrout

    Do you do your own research for shoes, or do you take the advice of a running store owner? I feel like I should just buy what the guy at the shop tells me to buy after all the measuring and stuff.

    • I usually do my own research and have a ‘shortlist’ of shoes I would like to try on, but when I go in, I’ll ask the shop if there are other similar shoes I should try for comparisons. A few times, I’ve walked out with very different shoe than I was thinking of when I went it. In this case, the 980’s were on my shortlist.

  2. I really wanted to love these shoes but the fit for me was way too narrow for a wide. I usually wear a wide in women & always half size up. But this shoe was so tight that I could see my big toe protruding from the toe box. I’m a big fan of the 890v3, but they no longer carry my size. I’m hoping if I purchase the men’s size in an extra wide (4E) it’ll solve the toe box issue. Thanks for the review!

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