A lightweight trainer that is built for the road, the New Balance 890 V2 has a lower drop and a lighter weight than previous versions of the New Balance line of running shoes. I enjoyed the drop closer to the ground, which I feel makes the shoe fit better. Other testers agree for the most part, for those who want a low-volume upper with a streamlined fit. The shoe is capable of helping your foot move fluidly because it has a linear transition, and a double layer of foam technology for extra cushioning. In terms of fit, stability, and cushioning, this latest offering from New Balance has many interesting design features.
The design of the New Balance 890 V2 is most notable in comparison to previous versions of the 890 because it has had the volume of the upper reduced. This can be a problem for some runners who have larger feet, but I found it comfortable. Although the forefoot width is the same as the prior version of the 890, the tautness of the fabric has been increased over the toe box, decreasing volume overall. The laces of this shoe are flat, with less pressure on the tops of the feet as a result.
Revlite is another feature that is a major component of the New Balance 890 V2. This is the material that is used to compose the midsole portion of the shoes, providing responsive cushioning while remaining light and springy. When taking the shoes out on a variety of different types of terrain, this helped my feet stay comfortable everywhere from rocky trails to hard cement. The structure is sturdy enough that these shoes are suitable for long distance running as well as moderate pronating.
The overall response to the New Balance 890 V2 is kind of a mixed bag. On the one hand, I enjoyed the light weight and the responsive cushioning in this light and airy shoe. Other reviewers have also commented on its durability. Yet on the other hand, there have been complaints about the low volume upper, and its uncomfortably shallow toe box which can lead to discomfort for those with larger feet. Further discomfort was experienced by some people due to the lacing system, because it's right on the top of the foot and can be too tight. Yet all in all, this shoe is enjoyed by neutral or mild overpronators in particular.