Evaluation This is a good season for New Balance shoes that appeal to lighter, faster runners. The 770 is a stability-enhanced version of the £50 730, which received high praise from our weartesters. Normal-weight runners used the 730 for speedwork and racing up to 10K or half-marathon; very light or fast runners even used it for everyday training.
The 770 takes the low-profile midsole and outsole of the 730, and adds a half-length medial post (a firmer density of foam) for stability. It also has slightly more protection in the upper than the very light, breezy mesh the 730 provided.
How does it compare with other shoes that straddle the line between performance trainer and racer? The most obvious alternative is the £65 Asics Gel Verdict (the latest version of the DS Lyte). Thats 10g lighter and firmer, but a little more racer-like in its responsiveness. Both shoes are great fun, though if youre looking for much forefoot cushioning, you wont find it in any shoe of this weight.
In short This is about as light as you can go in a shoe that still has decent stability and the fit of a trainer. Its not for anyone who needs a lot of cushioning, but it could serve most runners up to a half-marathon, and sub-three hour runners for a marathon.
Try it on if you liked New Balance 730 (£49.99); Asics Gel Verdict/DS Lyte (£64.99); Nike Air Skylon (£59.99)
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