Full review: New Balance 870 £60

This model may still be available on clearance. But we've reviewed a newer version since we published this.

Weight 346g
Evaluation Last year, New Balance showed that it could make good trail shoes after all, with the low-profile, top of the range 904. At a price £10 cheaper, the 870 follows in its footsteps. It’s a less extreme trail shoe – the 904 is lower to the ground for a firmer, more responsive ride – but the 870 is more cushioned and protective. We especially liked its forefoot protection, which helped minimise stone bruising underfoot.
The 870 is slightly better in mud than you would expect for its shallow grip – the grip is well spaced and doesn’t clog – but it’s at its best on firmer off-road surfaces, thanks to its soft-rubber outsole. The upper is light, comfortable and fairly roomy in the forefoot. But the one thing we wouldn’t quite agree with is New Balance’s assertion that it’s ‘lightweight’. At 346g, it’s certainly not heavy, but it’s more of an everyday trainer than a performance shoe.
In short The 870 is a welcome sign that New Balance is now taking its trail shoes seriously. It’s not as extreme as the £70 904, but it’s functional, comfortable and easy to wear.
Try it on if you liked New Balance 904 (£70); Asics Gel Escape (£55)