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New Balance 890 v7: What You Need to Know

When it’s time to hit the gas, you need a responsive, lightweight shoe — you’ve got it in the New Balance 890 v7. The 890 has served as New Balance’s core lightweight trainer for the better part of a decade, but this year New Balance has taken it a stride further with some impressive performance updates!

The most noticeable thing about the 890 is that it’s not very noticeable on your feet — they’re extremely light, at just 5.6 ounces for women and 7.2 ounces for men. New Balance is still using their REVlite foam in the midsole, which is some of New Balance’s firmest material in use. So, if you’re looking for a cushy, soft shoe for your longer runs, this isn’t it — the 890, more than ever before, is all about speed. The New Balance 890 v7 goes without a full rubber outsole, another way that this shoe cuts down on weight. There’s a bit of rubber here and there to add durability to the outsole, but it’s generally not big on traction. This shoe was built purely for speed, and it shows!

The heel-to-toe drop on the New Balance 890 v7 is 6 mm, which might hit the sweet spot for a lot of runners, especially if they’re new to speed work or are trying to get away from higher drop shoes. It’ll give those runners a little more of a workout than they’re used to, while more experienced runners won’t get thrown off too much by the drop.

A lot of the drop in weight from last year’s 890 is due to the upper. New Balance got rid of the more traditional mesh upper for a knit upper, complete with a sock-like heel counter. That fit makes the New Balance 890 v7 feel a lot more snug than most other New Balance shoes, although runners with wider feet will still get the usual extra space found in New Balance shoes. The upper is also very breathable, so feel free to get up to speed — your feet won’t get too hot in these.

If you’re thinking of introducing speed work to your training, the New Balance 890 v7 is worth considering as a shoe to add to your rotation. While it can serve as a long run shoe for faster, more experienced runners who have already done a fair amount of full-body strength building, for most of us the 890 is going to be great for the track or for shorter, weekday runs. Anyone starting to train for a race should definitely think about giving them a shot!

Is the New Balance 890 v7 right for you? Use the Fitted Running shoe consultant to go through our gait analysis process and find out!

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