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- Rubber sole
- Lightweight running shoe with one-piece FantomFit upper featuring REVlite foam midsole and ABZORB shock-absorbing cushioning
- 8mm heel-to-toe drop
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- Package Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B00DDQAJXQ
- Item model number: M890 Neutral Light Running-M
- Date first available at Amazon.com: November 20, 2013
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GENERAL COMMENTS: Ultra light for a non-bare foot style shoe. These are still my primary running shoe over other brands. That is a very personal preference oriented statement so it's impossible to say any one brand or shoe is absolute over another. I am not a marathoner, but I run 5-7 miles each go, several times a week (I mix in a little walking on rest days and use a different shoe then). I like a very light running shoe, but I don't go 100% minimalist. The heel drop is about right to still give good cushion for impact on joints. Not so high as to give unnatural can't to your form, not too low to loose shock support. If you are a taller or heavier person, these may be too light for you for any use. You need a sturdy shoe. As with many ultra-light shoes, the uppers are practically painted on to lower weight (they actually are in some areas), so you can't expect them to last as long as a regular shoe. This also limits their use mainly to running (see my activity notes below).
SIZING: Unless New Balance makes a correction, don't ignore the sizing warnings on this page. Unfortunately you may even need to try more than one pair. I wear a size 10 in street shoes. I always go up half a size to 10 1/2 in running shoes to give my toes room. I had to go size 11 in this shoe to get a similar fit to the old M890v2 that these replaced for me. Once I got it right, I was happy again. I have normal to slightly narrow feet so I had no issues with a regular D width. If you have normal, but bordering on wide, you will maybe need to adjust. I recommend 1/2 to 1 full size larger than what you normally order. There is obviously no way for anyone to guarantee what you need.
WEIGHT: These ran just over 9 oz in a size 11 (which is actually more like a 10 1/2 or large 10 in normal comparison). That is actually .5 oz heavier than the older version of 890v2 I had to replace. But then they have a little wear on the sole now. NB does make a significantly lighter shoe like the 1400, but it has a substantially slimmer profile and look. Padding or shock might also change, but that depends on the type of material. For me, this was an excellent balance between a light shoe and getting something that still protected my joints and looked aggressive too. As I said above, it's perhaps one of the lightest shoes you will find that still has fairly traditional structure and construction.
ACTIVITIES OR USES: I only get half a year or so out of these shoes because of the light materials. If you use them in inclement weather or for harsher activities like cross fit, they are going to wear very quickly. Again, it's personal preference, but I don't suggest gym use and weight isn't a big issue if you are just walking for exercise. I use a different shoe with more durable uppers for those activities. I use an old worn pair for inclement weather. I am about 5' 7" 160lbs. I repeat what I said above. If you are taller or heavier and find you really need a sturdy shoe, these are probably not for you in any case.
While V4 it remains true to its overall place in a runner's arsenal, I feel like the shoe has gradually become more and more of a "beginner's shoe". Sure, it's allegedly picked up some nifty fit-enhancing and lightening features, but the shoe overall has just become... odd.
The first and second version of this shoe were my go-to for long-distance runs. They offered just the right amount of cushioning without feeling like I was running atop marshmallows. The V4 just takes things too far. The sole is far too soft and squishy. Road feel? Nonexistent. Responsive? Yeah right. If I wanted a "maximalist" shoe, I'd have bought one.
But here's the real problem: the heel simply feels much beefier than previous versions. It can actually be difficult to NOT heel-strike in these shoes, especially at the end of a longer run. Now, I'm by no means a pro at running, but I run at least 25 miles per week. I also have several half marathons, full marathons, and other endurance races under my belt. My point is that I go through a LOT of different shoes. And I've never had to be so conscientious about proper running form. It simply doesn't feel natural to run in these. And that's a problem. These shoes have now become my "I'm still feeling a bit sore from my last run and need some extra cushioning today" shoes. Meaning they spend a lot of time just sitting there.