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
Evaluation The 729 is one of the most fun-to-wear shoes that New Balance or anyone has produced this year. Its not for heavy runners or anyone with biomechanical problems, but if youre reasonably light and efficient, youll find that its a joy to run in.
Because its 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) its light; b) the foot sits close to the ground; and c) its very smooth and flexible; and you could completely forget you were wearing it.
How does the 729 compare with the 829, New Balances £60 performance trainer? The 729 is a full 30g lighter; it has a softer, slightly less sophisticated midsole; its not quite as stable or durable, and it uses a significantly airier mesh in the upper.
In short Light, fast and fun: thats the 729. Whether you use it for occasional brisk runs or youre light enough to wear it as an everyday trainer, youll 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)