The original 870 was a fantastic shoe that slipped under the radar for most runners. It offered an excellent fit, good support and a nice blend of cushioning and responsiveness. But it was unremarkable in the looks department, which may be why so few runners noticed it.
It’s pretty hard not to notice the new design and colors shown above. The 870 v2 is called a new version, but it’s really a whole new take on the moderate support, moderate feature category from New Balance. New cushioning tech, lighter weight, a lower drop, and a redesigned last (shoe shape) are the big highlights of the v2.
We hope to see the 870 v2 on the feet of more runners who need moderate support but want a fast-feeling, responsive daily trainer.
What to Watch For
- Advanced Cushioning Tech: The 870 v2 switches over to Revlite midsole foam for lightweight cushioning, and continues to feature premium Abzorb cushioning material.
- Lighter Weight: The Men’s 870 v2 is expected to come in almost 3/4 of an ounce lighter than its predecessor, with the Women’s model weighing about a 1/2 ounce less.
- New Last: The 870 v2 is built on the “natural” PL-1 last, which is constructed to closely contour the foot for a running-specific fit.
- Lower Drop: The 870 v2 will feature an 8mm heel-to-toe offset, down from 12mm in the original version.