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The New Balance RC 1600 v2: Speed Takes on a New Look

January 29th, 2014

The New Balance RC 1400 v2 has harnessed its fair share of attention in the running world as of late. Though not a huge update, the release of version two breathed new life into the shoe, making it a top choice for runners looking for a performance shoe that blends aspects of a lightweight trainer and a racing flat.

The 1400’s slimmed down cousin, the RC 1600, is set to receive a similar treatment this summer. Read more…

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New Balance 1260 v2 Sneak Peek

March 30th, 2012

New Balance 1260v2 Men's and Women's Running Shoes

A fresh take on the max support, max cush trainer for New Balance, the 1260 v2 switches to lighter technologies that still deliver a plenty plush ride.

Launch Date

August 2012

MSRP

$145.00

What to Watch For

  • Updated Support Tech: The 1260 v2 uses a reconfigured Stabilicore design along with a T-Beam midfoot shank to provide stability and arch support.
  • Updated Cushioning Tech: The 1260 v2 features N2 cushioning (replacing N-ergy) contained in Acteva Lite midsole foam (replacing ABZORB FL). These tech updates keep the ride soft while reducing weight.
  • Lighter Weight: Both Men’s and Women’s versions of the 1260 are expected to be a few tenths of an ounce lighter.
  • New Last: The 1260 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 1260 v2 will feature an 8mm heel-to-toe offset, down from 12mm in the original version.

Men’s Colors

Silver/Red/Yellow 1260 v2
White/Black/Yellow 1260 v2

Women’s Colors

Lavender 1260 v2
Raspberry 1260 v2

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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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New Balance 890 v2 – Our Take

February 22nd, 2012

New Balance 890 v2 Men's Shoe

Our Tweet

The 890 v2 is a refined lightweight trainer – low and light with excellent road feel. The full redesign is an evolution, not revolution.
(See Men’s 890 v2 and Women’s 890 v2)

Big Updates

  • Lower Drop: The 890 v2 sports an 8mm heel-to-toe offset, 3mm lower than the original.
  • Lighter Weight: Weight is down by about half an ounce in the Men’s and Women’s versions.

Road Test

The original 890 has received truckloads of positive customer comments since its release in February 2011. Now, just one year later, New Balance has updated the formula. But New Coke this ain’t. The 890 v2 is a subtle update that should keep the faithful happy and win over some new fans.

The shoe has been completely redesigned on a new last with a lower heel-to-toe drop. Even though the original 890 fit well, the v2 fits even better, and most testers liked being a little lower to the ground in the heel. The close fit makes this shoe feel fast, but watch out if you have a high-volume foot: this shoe will make you feel claustrophobic, particularly in the toebox. (Like the original, the 890 v2 comes in wide widths, which will give you a little more room if you need it.)

It’s hard to imagine that the transition of this shoe could be much better. “Linear” is the best way to describe the transition – the shoe keeps your foot moving fluidly whether you strike in the heel or midfoot. Testers were also impressed with the cushioning technology. The dual-layer RevLite and ABZORB midsole foam provides a mix of road feel, cushion and protection unlike any other shoe on the market. Frankly, we’d like to see more shoes treat our feet this well.

Runners Say

“This is a low-volume upper, but I found it very comfortable. The toe box is on the low side, so if you prefer having some room in the forefoot of your shoe, this might not be the best match for you. Personally, I like the streamlined feel.” – Jonathan

“I had a tough time characterizing the feel of the cushioning of this shoe. The ride is firm, soft, light and responsive all at the same time. Maybe like a pencil eraser? A dry sponge? Anyway, I like it.” – Matt

“The excellent transition of this shoe is due in part to its full ground contact. Once you get the 890 going, it doesn’t even feel like you’re wearing a shoe.” – Joanna

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New Balance 730 – Our Take

February 15th, 2012

New Balance 730 Women's and Men's Shoes

Our Tweet

730 is the number to know if you want a light, low and fast road running shoe that feels simple on your feet while you rack up the miles.
(View Men’s 730 and Women’s 730)

Big Features

  • Light and Low Platform: With stack heights of just 13mm in the forefoot and 16mm in the heel, the 730 is one low shoe. The midsole of the 730 is made from ACTEVA LITE, an EVA foam that retains its structure over time for increased durability.
  • Lightweight Upper: Open mesh keeps weight down and breathability up. Overlays provide just enough structure to keep your foot secure throughout the gait cycle.
  • Shaped for Midfoot Striking: Built on the NL-1 last, the 730 has a wide and low toebox that gives your foot room to expand laterally on foot-strike.
  • Widths Available: We are carrying the Men’s 730 in 2E sizes.

Road Test

A Minimus collection shoe in almost all respects except the name, the 730 is about as light as it gets for a daily trainer. You’re looking at 7.0 oz for a Men’s 9 and just 5.5 oz for a Women’s 8. The lack of heft is noticeable both when the shoe is in your hand and on your foot.

The 730 is the perfect example of a “barely there” upper. It fits well – anchoring your heel, giving you structure in the midfoot and offering plenty of room in the toebox. This shoe is built on the same last as the MR10 / WR10 and MT110 / WT110, shoes that we’ve praised on many occasions for their upper fit. The 730 actually feels more deconstructed than either of those models, with light mesh that doesn’t quite hug the foot.

The mid/outsole of this shoe is what surprised many of our testers. It offers good protection given how little material separates you from the road, but most of us thought the shoe would feel softer than it does. The 730′s platform is flexible in all directions, but it’s also firm. We attribute that to the ACTEVA LITE midsole material, which prizes lightweight durability over cushion and softness.

Even though the 730 offers a firm ride, it stays away from the harsh feel of some other shoes with similarly low stack heights. The 730 skews more minimal than the Minimus shoes of just a year ago, and we think it ticks enough boxes to appeal to a wide range of runners today.

Runners Say

“I’d be comfortable in this shoe up to about an hour. It’s not soft, but it’s not as harsh as some other shoes with stack heights in this range. I’m impressed by the amount of protection given the midsole’s thickness.” – Jonathan

“There is a lot to like in this package. I think any runner would give the upper a thumbs up – it just fits so well – and for the person who wants to get in touch with the road, this shoe gives you enough protection to go further than just around the block.” – Matt

“Lightness doesn’t truly capture the feel of the 730. It’s more about simplicity for me. New Balance made some smart choices about where to strip down the shoe so that no part feels compromised.” – Joanna

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New Balance MT110/WT110 – First Look

December 28th, 2011

New Balance MT110 Men's Shoe

New Balance faced a daunting task when updating the MT101 and the women’s version, the WT101. Plenty of customers rave about this shoe, and for good reason. The 101 struck a near-perfect balance by providing protection from lumps and bumps on the trail while still being light and nimble enough to please many in the minimalist crowd.

We think it’s about to get even better with the MT110 and WT110 ($85.00 MSRP each), releasing in early January 2012.

  • New Upper Construction: The innovative synthetic upper covering a soft, breathable lining is highly durable and ready to handle dirt, mud, water or any other elements you want to throw its way.
  • Lower Heel Height: The MT110 and WT110 have dropped the heel from 26mm to 21mm while keeping a 17mm forefoot, giving these shoes a flatter 4mm heel-to-toe differential.
  • More Flexible Midsole: Even with rock stop technology to protect from stone bruises, New Balance has added flexibility in the midsole for more natural heel-to-toe movement.
  • Sticky, Lug-alicious Outsole: New Balance went with directional lugs from heel to toe on this update for better traction on uphill climbs and descents, and the sticky rubber will keep you planted.
  • Still Staying Trim: At 7.75 ounces (men’s size 9) and 6.2 ounces (women’s size 8), the MT110 and WT110 continue to fall on the lighter end of the trail shoe spectrum while offering plenty of features.
  • For Wider Feet: For the first time in this series, widths are available. We will be carrying 2E widths in men’s sizes.
  • Serious Style: For the footballers among us, you’ll be forgiven if you think this shoe looks a little bit like a soccer cleat. The shoe designers were inspired by the flexibility, low profile, and lateral support of soccer shoe uppers.

New Balance MT110 Men's Shoe (Outsole View)

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New Balance RC 1400 – First Look

February 9th, 2011

New Balance Men's and Women's RC 1400 Racing flat

After years of hit and miss in the racing flat arena, New Balance finally nails it with the RC 1400. Fresh looks, a no-sew seamless upper and a rev-lite midsole firmly place the 14oo in the “must be considered” category of neutral racing shoes that, based on the runner’s ability, can span distances from 5K to Marathon. At a reported 7.1 oz for a men’s 9.5 (5.7 oz for a women’s 7.0), the 1400 comes in lighter than The Asics Hyper Speed 4, adidas Adios and Mizuno Ronin 3. The Nike LunaRacer is still lighter, but the 1400 is clearly on target to take on the big guns in the elite marathon world. With the upcoming lightweight 890 and Minimus line set for release in February and March, respectively, and now the 1400 coming in July, New Balance appears to be in the middle of a revolution and the right guys are winning. The 1400 has a list price of $100 and will have men’s and women’s specific fits.

Men's only color of the RC 1400

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