Quality running shoes are a great investment to support your daily running ventures. Unfortunately, most running shoes are also very limited in the terrains they can venture on: ultra lightweight trainers are usually too porous to handle anything but ideal temperatures while many other trainers simply don’t have the tread or tenacity to take off-road. After all, when you’re running through the great outdoors, you need a shoe that can keep up with the rough and ready trail all of the often unexpected surfaces the runner may find out there.
Thankfully, these concerns have been addressed by the New Balance 510 v2. A solid all-around running shoe that’s made to take on the trail, the 510 v2 is a maximalist shoe that can take on the roads of your neighborhood while also able to hit the dirt and traverse the trail.
The second instalment of the 510 takes on the philosophy of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” offering minimal changes from its first edition. However, this affordable trainer is noticeably less bulky, with thinner overlays along with a more sheer mesh upper. Although this doesn’t bring the weight down, the upper is more comfortable than the first edition.
Besides this, the New Balance 510 v2 is also more comfortable than the first edition thanks to a more padded ankle collar, which provides a higher level of step-in comfort. In addition, a new last has been introduced in this version, which leads to a narrower heel that’s more secure and snug in the heel area. With a more stable upper connection to the outsole, the New Balance 510 v2 is more secure and comfortable, providing a supportive ride whether you’re pounding the pavement or tearing up the trail.
Improved design - the shoe is less bulky and more durable
Works great both on the trail and on regular running surfaces
Padded ankle and tongue for a more secure and comfortable fit
Durable tread on the outsole provides great grip
Upper mesh is breathable and protective through the overlays
Slightly heavier than some runners would desire
Midsole doesn’t provide much cushioning
- Offers tenacious tread for the trail
- Dynamic enough to provide a comfortable ride on asphalt and pavement
- An excellent protection offered by the outsole and upper overlays
- Improved design from the first edition has made the upper less bulky
- Secure fit with a great amount of step-in comfort
While some have complained that the midsole isn’t as comfortable as they’d hope and its weight may be a challenge for some runners, overall for its price, its traction, and its standing as a dynamic trail runner, the New Balance 510 v2 may introduce more people to the pursuit of trail running without having to invest too much in their first pair.