New Balance Women’s 860V7 2E Running Shoe

How many things can be said about the simple act of putting on a specific shoe and heading out the door for a run? A lot, but not as much as the shoe geeks in the glossy’s will tell you. As the general wisdom goes: you make the shoes fast, the shoes and their colour don’t. And around now I’d better add that despite that last sentence the only way to get there is to have a reliable shoe, something which the 880V7 provides in abundance. The FantomFit upper that enhances fit and not weight and the ABZORB technology that enables a smooth ride is the fulfillment of the promise of comfort and consistency that every shoe tries to lay claim to. In closing, some words from online reviews: “At first run it was a bit average. But as soon as I got into more miles with the shoe it really started to perform.” (That’s a compliment) “I like the colour.” (So is that.)

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For pounding the pavement mile after mille. The new 860v7 is a premium upgrade to one of our best-loved stability running shoes. Experience smooth support, a secure mid-foot wrap, a streamlined look and our new TRUFUSE cushioning system on your next run.

New TRUFUSE cushioning technology combines ACTEVA and ABZORB foams for the ideal balance of cushioning and support. For even more support, this women’s running shoe features a dual-density medial post to help curb overpronation and T-BEAM technology for crucial torsional stability in the shoe. The asymmetric heel counter and midfoot support you love from the previous model remains the same, while modern engineered mesh adds a fresh look and soft, breathable fit through the forefoot.

  • 10 mm drop: due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to 10 mm drop are approximate
  • Air mesh
  • Asymmetrical heel counter
  • Blown rubber outsole
  • Dual density midsole
  • No-sew details
  • Ortholite® Premium insole provides additional cushioning for arch support and durable comfort. *Ortholite® is a registered trademark of O2 Partners, LLC. All rights reserved
  • Stability post
  • Synthetic/mesh upper

New Balance 860 v7

New Balance 860 version 7 vs 860 version 6

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How many versions will New Balance make of their 860 running shoes?

Only they know for sure, but “new” does not come with a guarantee. Initially, my new my old v6’s, but unfortunately, the verdict is still out.

When runners purchase New Balance 860 v7, decisions must be made based on:

  • Size
  • Width
  • Color

New Balance uses their own color lingo. For example, my aqua shoes are technically called ozone blue and lime glo. They look so clean, I dread getting this spring color dirty.

Sizing

When ordering online, color and sizing can be risky so plan a visit to your local running store beforehand for exact foot measurements. Length needs a thumbs space, but remember not all brands run true to size.

So go ahead and try on several different brands. Next time I plan to compare New Balance against Saucony Hurricance ISO and Asics Gel Kayano.

Since my old Version 7. Once out of the box, it was like trying on a glass slipper conforming perfectly to my foot.

I love these shoes already and I haven’t even gone anywhere yet!

I was almost ready to road test these babies but remembered Toledo, Ohio’s upcoming half marathon so decided to wait. Every now and then I’d take a peek inside and here’s what I noticed.

Comparison

  • Rubber overlays scaled down
  • The “N” emblem replaced with lighter material
  • Mesh material softer, smoother and more flexible
  • Outer soles redesigned

Cushioning

Immediately my first step was like walking on a cushion of air. I could feel a huge difference compared to my purple 860 v6.

The insole was pure comfort and I thought how beneficial they are, for people on their feet all day. Obviously, New Balance is targeting larger audiences, not just us runners.

Since the overall comfort exceeded my old 860 v6, it provoked me to read up on New Balance. I learned the manufacturer uses “Trufuse” with two different foams and a patented insole called “ortholite”. Now there’s a couple of secret ingredients!

The cushioning of the top collar and tongue feels extremely thick and is noticeably comfortable. The only discomfort a runner may initially feel in their 860 v7 is lacing up too tight.

If it’s hard to believe, try out for yourself because you will not be disappointed. Intuition told me these shoes would perform even better than they look and I was right for the most part.

Break In

To break in new running shoes, I run several times around an indoor track or on a treadmill before hitting the outdoor pavement. This way if I experience any issues, I can easily send back.

I’ve only returned shoes once to an 860 v7 because so far I’m experiencing positive change!

Tongue

There was, however, a flaw on my very first run when one shoe felt better than the other. The tongue bothered me to the point where I had to stop early and I hate when that happens.

From then on, I carefully lay tongues out to prevent discomfort. The discrepancy was hard to pinpoint, but the v6 tongue had better material, is larger in size and perhaps even sewn in differently.

See for yourself how the v6 tongue held its shape with no inside creases to bother your foot.

Heel Counter

New Balance does have suburb thickness and durability in their heel counters. Both versions provide outstanding stability and motion control with extra soft heel cushioning and comfort.

The back of my old v6 still look and feel brand new! Obviously, these 860 v6 can withstand more mileage which is why I’m still running them into the ground.

Current calculations tally 350 hard earned miles and counting! With all this bang for your buck, you see why I’m a New Balance return customer.

Support

Mainly, I buy running shoes to correct overpronation, provide stability and support my flat feet.

Brands such as New Balance 860 series meets my needs.

I started out running 3 to 7 miles in my new 860 v7. Gradually, I worked in a few 10 to 17-mile runs. Bravely, after 42 road miles, I attempted that half marathon in Toledo, Ohio.

Afterward, I had no regrets and was satisfied with New Balance’s support and stability. Luckily, I did not develop any blisters either!

However, do not heed this advice to race in fairly new shoes. I forgot most runners allow more time to break in properly. When it comes to distance racing, ultimate comfort is mandatory at the finish line!

Nonetheless, I continued my intense Chicago Marathon Training in my fairly new 860 v7. Unfortunately, after 81 road miles, I started noticing a severe lack of cushioning throughout the insoles.

Running longer miles started hurting the bottom of both feet. This shocked me because the 860 v6 still feel great no matter what distance I run.

Sad to say, I replaced sock liners with inserts to survive longer miles. I am not sure what New Balance changed, but I didn’t buy these shoes to run 5k’s or 10k’s.

However, if you’re a runner specializing in these shorter distances, then 860 v7 will be perfect!

Flexibility

New Balance did make a soft, breathable upper with precise areas flexing and conforming to your feet. You can see how the material is staring to bend and take on the shape of my foot. This is a runners dream when shoes adapt to individual runners.

This “engineered mesh” may be the same material used for Saucony’s New Guide 10 version. This makes you wonder if manufacturers share and sell the same state-of-the art ideas.

In any event, New Balance improved v7 with ultra smooth fabric for comfortable running. The enhanced upper already has me coming back for more because comfortable shoes make running worthwhile.

Nowadays, when manufacturers introduce new versions to the market runners never know what has changed. It definitely pays to do some homework, research brands and read reviews.

Websites like runrepeat.com are valuable tools at our fingertips. There are many expert opinions and non-biased reviews and looking up the facts always helps too!

I wish I had known

  • New Balance 869 v7 is heavier than 860 v6.
  • New Balance 860 v7 provide less insole cushioning than 860 v6.
  • New Balance 860 v7 has a different tongue than 860 v6.

Pleading the fifth may be a good excuse why I didn’t PR my last half marathon. Nonetheless, I still recommended New Balance 860 v7 to my son who recently Boston qualified.

Currently, he rotates this “Hi-Lite” color with an identical white pair. Fortunately for him, his physical therapist recommended adding ProStep orthotics right from the get-go.

Should I write New Balance to suggest incorporating “new insole technology” for their next 860 upgrade? As a customer, I will continue to shop for running shoe loyalty.

After all, many Senior Citizens remain loyal to New Balance’s because of their awesome Medicare reimbursement policy.

In today’s global economy, the athletic footwear industry has its marketing and competition cut out for them. I may try New Balance 1500 v3 or 1400 v5 racing flats or switch brands completely.

Whichever I choose, my only hope is to PR my next race and I’m pretty sure that’s based on running ability, not running shoes.

Until we meet again, happy running!

This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

New Balance 860 V7 Review

Performance Comparison

Responsiveness

This contender was one of the stiffer pair of shoes in our fleet; it’s a supportive model, thus, supportive models tend to be more rigid than their neutral counterparts, and can be heavier due to the extra postings used in structuring the foundation of the shoe. We did feel that the update that New Balance added of having a lower offset in the 860 V7 with a 10mm (compared to the 6 edition with a 12mm) allowed for a balanced ride that felt even and countered the stiff feel. We also found that the natural responsive feel given during the heel strike was completely mitigated by the heel to toe drop, as there was only 7mm from the heel to toe. The 7mm drop allowed for impact to transfer evenly during a gait cycle. Other shoes tested with similar drop and similar overall feel was the Best Buy ASICS Gel-Cumulus 18 and Editors’ Choice Brooks Ghost 10 – Women, with the Salming Race 3 coming out on top, earning the only 9 out of 10.

Landing Comfort

The 860 V7 provided a great balance of cushion and support without being too heavy. The foam technologies that New Balance used added shape and toe spring to the underfoot ride and fit. We found that the 860 v7 compared to the feel of the supreme cushioning of the Hoka One One Bondi 5. If you are a runner in search of a running shoe with the most comfortable landing, the Brooks Glycerin 14 – Women’s scored the highest in this metric, with the New Balance trailing close behind.

Upper Comfort

The mesh on the 860 V7 really excelled during our testing as the soft material was not abrasive. The synthetic and welded upper holds the foot securely in place and the mesh flexes and adapts to the foot, offsetting some of the shoe’s stiff, yet supportive design aspects, making this shoe a good fit for anyone with wide feet. Other options for wide feet are the Altra Intuition 4.5 and ASICS Gel-Cumulus 18 with comparable width. This shoe came out on top for its upper comfort, earning a 10 out of 10 and two thumbs up.

Optimal upper comfort along with the shoes foam cushioning system added spring to the underfoot ride.

Stability

As one of our most stable runners tested, the 860 V7 was a soft smooth ride and offered exceptional midfoot support, earning one of the highest scores in our test. The dual-density medial post helped with over-pronation, while the supportive midfoot (seen on the bottom of the shoe) created max stability. The added cushion in the heel locked our foot down without being too tight or restrictive; the ASICS Gel-Quantum 360 provided a similar feeling. We never felt that these shoes become floppy, even after breaking them in. The 860 v7 performed extraordinarily in the stability metric, as they provided continual support, mile after mile.

Durability

With fewer sewn-on overlays used for the uppers, the sleek look and functionality design provides durability without losing its fashionable appeal. The 860 V7 has fewer seams, like the Salomon S Lab Sonic, allowing for a snug fit, as well as a durable aspect in which the shoe did not become frayed when testing during rainy weather. From the seamless design to the midsole foam that is lightweight, we loved knowing that this shoe was made to last.

Breathability

The new engineered mesh (implement in this new design) added a fresh look that was soft and breathable. The mesh fit well through the forefoot and didn’t suffocate our feet after long miles of pounding the pavement. The Saucony Guide 10 and Brooks Glycerin 14 offered similar breathability, with the Salomon S Lab Sonic earning the only 10 out of 10 in this metric. The mesh molded to our foot shape, providing a custom feel, and exceptional flex. We love the look and feel of the mesh and determined that this shoe represents function and fashion at its best.

Soft engineered mesh found in the 860v7.

Weight

Similar in weight to Best Buy Award winner the ASICS Gel-Cumulus 18, the 860 V7 has wonderful stability features that added to the weight index, but is worth the tradeoff for a more supportive and quality material. Another shoe that provided stability and low weight was the Saucony Guide 10; a lightweight material in its upper allowed for it to keep the weight down on the scale. The lightest shoes in our test were the Salming Race 3 and Altra Intuition 4.5, both scoring a 9 out of 10 in the weight metric.

Additional Design Considerations

860 V6 can be found cheaper, but won’t have the updates added that are found in the 7, such as new TRUFUSE cushioning, lower offset, and softer upper.

Best Application

This is a great shoe for heavier runners and hard to fit foot types that are looking for amazing cushioning and support. It’s also a great shoe for runners that over-pronate, supplying the needed support to help the runner feel secure, mile after mile.

Value

The 860 V7 is priced at $124.99, which seems right on the mark once you consider this shoe is packed with premium materials and an elegant design. It’s a bargain for runners needing support!

Conclusion

New Balance 860v7 was comfortable stability model in our review.

New Balance’s additions made for improved updates to this classic, complete with cushioning, offset, and upper. With its incredible versatility and comfort, we would recommend this shoe to any friend. We can’t imagine New Balance implementing any improvements – this supportive shoe is the whole enchilada, with responsiveness and comfort all wrapped up in one little shoe box.

New balance women’s 860v7

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