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New Balance 890

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WHAT’S NEW? A new addition to the New Balance stable, the 890 is aimed at runners who are looking for a lightweight – but not minimalist – shoe.


WE SAY A bold attempt by New Balance to tempt minimalism cynics into trying a    compromise option – which is a good idea, but unfortunately it hasn’t worked here. Lab tests showed it to be among the least cushioned or flexible on test, and our wear testers also  uniformly felt that the light weight came at too great a cost – namely that of comfort and cushioning. Too many sore knees and a loose        heel fit mean NB needs to improve this substantially for next time.


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Fit:
2.0
Responsiveness:
1.5
Cushioning:
3.5
Comfort:
2.0
Breathability:
4.0
Durability:
4.0
Value:
3.0
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