For the past couple of years, running shoe companies from left to right have been becoming too innovate to the point that they’re focusing too much on cushioning and giving fewer priorities to the overpronators’ department. Good thing for New Balance that they retain their loyal fanbase by simply releasing the latest version of one of their popular stability running shoes: The 860v10
I received a pair of 860v10 last November in my favorite colorway: Black with Phantom and Lead. I had multiple test runs with this pair of running shoes for several weeks to have a feel it.
Weight: 325 grams (11.8 oz) approx.
Size: Men’s 9 Wide (U.S.)
Color: Black with Phantom & Lead
Toe drop: 10mm: Due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to 10mm drop are approximate.
Price: PHP6795 (SRP)
|Blackout (NEW)||Blackout (NEW)|
|Supercell with Orion Blue & Sulphur Yellow||Twilight Rose with Oxygen Pink & Peony|
|UV Blue with Bayside & Pigment||Steel with Light Aluminum & Light Reef|
|Raincloud with Ginger Pink||Team Carolina with Moon Dust|
|Black with Phantom & Lead||Black with Gunmetal & Lead|
The highly-breathable engineered mesh upper of 860v10 is the same material used for its 860v9 but there are dramatic changes in this new model starting with the no-sew construction and more protected forefoot. The ankle construction also had a complete makeover. Instead of the single cut-like construction, the 860v10 has a new 3D modeled heel made of different materials attached to the upper. The new heel collar is leaner and more contoured to the heel that effectively prevented us from slippage. However, the heel collar has a lining that gave me some blisters after wearing it with a pair of no-show running socks. So, I’d recommend anyone to wear at least ankle or crew socks.
Known for its great traction and durability, the Blown Rubber outsole is still the same as before. It is as impressive as ever even when running on inclement weather. But there is a major change in this current version by the absence of a shank called TBeam which was connected to the forefoot and heel of all previous versions. It was removed to help the flexibility of the outsole.
The materials of the TruFuse midsole remains the same and still provides good energy return. Although, the medial post located on the inside edge of the shoe is noticeably taller and curvier than the previous version to improve the stability of overpronating runners. This improved feature proved to be beneficial for midfoot strikers with mild overpronation. Please take note that this is not a speed shoe. If you prefer speed shoes with mild support, the returning 870v5 may be the right pair for you.
One of the biggest cons is the new version is quite hefty. It’s nearly 10 grams heavier than 860v9 based on men’s size 9. Maybe because of the new heel counter material and bigger medial post. Also, I am not a huge fan of the lacing construction. I have to exert more effort to make sure that the shoelaces are secured enough before lacing. It is also very difficult to loosen the laces after running.
Overall, the New Balance 860v10 is a superior update. Despite its imperfections, this remains one of the most reliable stability training shoes in the market today. For sure, runners will get their money’s worth. New Balance never fails to cater runners with wide feet and overpronation like me! However, the true test is to run a marathon wearing a pair of New Balance 860v10.