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New Balance 870 v2 – Our Take

August 4th, 2012

New Balance 870 v2 Men's Running Shoe

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Lighter and better fitting, the New Balance 870 v2 makes for a smooth stability trainer with a hint of speed.
(View Men’s 870 v2 and Women’s 870 v2)

Big Updates

  • New Last: The 870 v2 takes on a new shape to give the shoe a more comfortable, running-specific fit.
  • Reduced Offset: In keeping with current trends to promote a more natural foot position, New Balance lowered the heel to toe differential of the 870 v2 to 8mm.
  • Lower Weight: New Balance was able to shave weight from the shoe, bringing the weight to a reasonably light 9.8 oz. in a Men’s size 9 (8.3 oz. in a Women’s size 8).

Road Test

We liked the original New Balance 870 for its good support and responsive ride, though because it was a new model without much promotion, the shoe did fly under the radar for many runners. For this second iteration of this modestly lightweight trainer, New Balance has revamped the shoe into something we feel will catch more attention.

All of our testers appreciated the fit of the 870 v2. The upper is soft and forgiving, ensuring a snug fit without becoming uncomfortable. The upper surrounding the heel is very padded, allowing it to fit a variety of heel widths without being overly tight or loose.

We were impressed with the cushioning supplied by the 870 v2. Though soft, the midsole delivers a surprising amount of bounce and rebound. The reduced heel-to-toe offset gives the shoe a natural feel when both midfoot and heel striking, and the transition to toe-off in this shoe is almost effortlessly smooth.

In all, we were hard up in finding faults with the 870 v2. The accommodating upper in combination with the smooth ride make this shoe a winner. The 870 v2 has much to offer for a wide variety of runners seeking a performance stability shoe.

Runners Say

“This is a great match for longer uptempo work or for daily training.” – Daniel

“The 870 v2 provides a good amount of support, but not to the point where it inhibits the flexibility of the shoe.” – Joanna

“The toebox and midfoot feel slightly narrow for my tastes; probably not the best for those with a wider foot.” – Callie

New Balance 870 v2 Women's Running Shoe

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New Balance 870 v2 Sneak Peek

March 14th, 2012

New Balance 870 v2 Men's and Women's Running Shoes

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.

Launch Date

July 2012

MSRP

$110.00

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.

Men’s Colors

Women’s Colors

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