Running shoe reviews
Fall 2012 Running Shoe Guide
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New Balance 870 V2, $110
Height: 35.3 mm (heel); 22.6 mm (forefoot)
Weight: 10.0 oz (M); 8.1 oz (W)
The 870 V2 is an agile shoe with a nice blend of cushioning and mild stability. Some testers found the original 870 to be too narrow through the toebox. In this update, New Balance changed the last—the foot-shaped form the shoe is constructed around—to provide more room in the forefoot. In the process, though, it may have made the shoe slightly too roomy, as seen in the scan below. "I think my shoes were a half size or even one size too big," says Wanda Wang, 48, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, who runs in New Balance shoes regularly. Good cushioning in the heel, combined with a slightly firmer forefoot and a standard ramp angle, gives the 870 V2 a fast-feeling ride.
Bottom Line: A responsive daily trainer for runners who need stability.
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