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New Balance 860v7

- published February 2017

80

2017

RATINGS

Comfort
6
Fit
7
Responsiveness
7
Speed
5
Ride Quality
5
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
80

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THE GOOD

  • Flexible well fitting upper
  • Exceptional stability for overpronation
  • Durable midsole and outsole

THE BAD

  • Firm midsole offers little forgiveness
  • Heel orientated

THE VERDICT

The New Balance 860v7 is a stable and durable everyday trainer. The 860v7 offers exceptional support for overpronation with an incredibly comfortable upper, making it our top pick for runners needing stability. Ideal for heavier runners, the 860v7 will feel rather rigid and stiff for lighter runners and those who don’t need stability. 

FULL REVIEW

Excellent for those needing overpronation control, the 860v7 offered the greatest amount of stability of all the shoes tested. Designed with a T-beam support in the midfoot and a medial post, the 860v7 aids in overpronation control. The new TRUFUSE midsole combines two foams that work to deliver sustained cushioning while increasing durability. The upper retains most of its design from the previous model including a mesh upper, an asymmetrical heel counter and midfoot support to hug the arch and allow these runners the security they need.    

Comfort
The engineered mesh upper is the highlight of the 860v7. The upper is soft and breathable yet supportive. Generous padding along the tongue and heel collar create a soft and welcoming opening.

Fit 
The 860v7 is a well-fitting shoe that’s true to length. Between the elastic laces and mesh upper it was easy to get a dialed-in feeling. A lot of detail went into designing the heel area of the 860v7. New Balance uses an asymmetrical heel counter where one side sits a little higher for additional support.

Responsiveness 
Compared to others in the test, the 860v7 scored on the lower end of responsiveness, but that would be expected from a stability shoe. While the midsole was firm, responsiveness will greatly depend on the size of the runner. Heavier runners placing more force on the midsole will compress the midsole more, thus getting more back, whereas lighter runners may find the midsole to be a little dead.

Speed
Given that the 860v7 is a stability shoe focused on support, it feels rather light and agile, which is surprising because it was one of the heavier shoes tested.  

Ride Quality
Structural elements such as midfoot support beam and medial post that aid in stability contribute to a stiff and rigid ride. One tester summarized the ride quality perfectly by noting how unforgiving the ride was.  Despite a smaller heel drop from the 6th version, the 860v7 is still a very heel oriented shoe. Heavier runners that pronate will find the 860v7 to fit the bill perfectly.

How We Tested It

The shoes in this test were used by multiple testers over varied terrain including concrete, dirt, grass and track ranging from 4 to 15 miles. Testers covered a wide range of paces to determine performance. All testers used Farm to Feet socks for consistent fit and feeling.

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our other cushioned road running shoe tests, lightweight road running shoe tests, trail running shoe tests, along with other related running gear tests

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Donald Buraglio

Donald Buraglio

Donald is a physical therapist, ultrarunner, barefoot aficionado, and father of three with more than 20 years of experience in endurance sports. When he's not training for ultramarathons, he enjoys hiking or slacklining with his family in Monterey County, CA.

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MSRP
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$124.99
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Comfort
6
Fit
7
Responsiveness
7
Speed
5
Ride Quality
5
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
80

Specs

  • Heel Height: 31mm
  • Forefoot Height: 21mm
  • Heel Drop: 10mm

Weight

11.4 oz

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