These five shoes floated to the top of our lab data charts as the light­est shoes in the guide. Our wear-testers gen­er­ally raved about how ef­fort­less kilo­me­tres felt in them, par­tic­u­larly for shorter-dis­tance runs.

Runner's World South Africa - - HUMAN RACE -

NEW BAL­ANCE 890 V6 R2 000

WEIGHT: M 261 grams, W 215 grams DROP: M 7.3mm, W 5.8mm CUSH­ION­ING: 38


The 890 was re­born as the V6 af­ter be­ing re­tired over four years ago, with a one-piece mid­sole and up­dated last.

This shoe strikes a bal­ance be­tween feel­ing light and feel­ing cush­ioned, ac­cord­ing to testers. A TPU (ther­mo­plas­tic unit) in the fore­foot gives the shoe a ‘snappy feel’; which our lab tests noted as stiffer, but testers en­joyed as ‘re­spon­sive’.

This ver­sion has a lit­tle more vol­ume in the fore­foot, for a roomier fit.


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