New Balance 730 £50


Posted: 16 June 2000

Nothing more than an even lighter mesh upper for this gem of a lightweight shoe for efficient runners. (A review of the previous version is below). At 290g, it strikes a super balance between cushioning and responsiveness. It’s quick, well-fitting, and a lot of fun – though you’ll feel just how airy the upper is in chill winter air.

NEW BALANCE 729 £49.99
Weight 291g
Evaluation The 729 is one of the most fun-to-wear shoes that New Balance – or anyone – has produced this year. It’s not for heavy runners or anyone with biomechanical problems, but if you’re reasonably light and efficient, you’ll find that it’s a joy to run in. Because it’s surprisingly well-cushioned and reasonably stable (despite a low weight and and a lack of any major stability features), efficient testers were able to enjoy the 729 on multi-hour runs and even on trails. (They commented that the grip was outstanding, even on snow.) It felt fast because, a) it’s light; b) the foot sits close to the ground; and c) it’s very smooth and flexible; and you could completely forget you were wearing it. How does the 729 compare with the 829, New Balance’s £60 performance trainer? The 729 is a full 30g lighter; it has a softer, slightly less sophisticated midsole; it’s not quite as stable or durable, and it uses a significantly airier mesh in the upper.
In short Light, fast and fun: that’s the 729. Whether you use it for occasional brisk runs or you’re light enough to wear it as an everyday trainer, you’ll love its smooth responsiveness and airy feel.
Try it on if you liked Adidas Equipment Gazelle (£80); New Balance 829 (£60); Nike Air Skylon (£60)


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