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.
NEW BALANCE 890 V6 R2 000
WEIGHT: M 261 grams, W 215 grams DROP: M 7.3mm, W 5.8mm CUSHIONING: 38
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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.