New Balance 610v5

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New Balance 610v5 Review Facts

“There’s always more to explore further down the trail.” The New Balance 610v5 is a neutral cushioned trail running shoe. Specifically designed for off-road running, it improves on the fourth version by using an AT Tread outsole with multi-directional lugs around the shoe’s perimeter so that runners can tackle any trail. It’s lighter, has fewer stitches to reduce irritation and hot spots, and has a more open mesh to increase breathability. The ABZORB cushion provides comfort while reducing shock for a smooth trip down the trails. The EVA foam provides firm, yet flexible cushioning. The shoe offers medium, wide, and extra wide options, giving a comfortable fit for many foot types. In short, the 610v5 is a shoe comfortable enough for running on trails, but stylish enough for everyday use.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Good cushioning
  • Available in wide sizes
  • Great traction on trails
  • Protects against shock on uneven grounds
  • Great stability, support, and responsiveness for neutral runners
  • Attractive style and color choices for both men and women
Cons
  • Runs large: some runners report that the shoe is too wide
  • Questionable durability: some buyers report wearing in the upper
  • Runners with plantar fasciitis may want to replace the insole with a more cushioned one
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Positive
  • These shoes run larger than most NB , which was actually nice. The toes were roomier. I wear thick socks with these.
  • These replaced my 9 year old NB trail shoes. When I first wore them, they were a bit tight, almost returnable. However, after about 4 hours of walking around, they didn’t even feel like they were on. These are carrying me graceful over all the rugged terrain I go through as a photographer and I am just as happy with these as I was with my old tires. The laces have loosened a few times but nothing major to report.
  • I love the traction on these. They are bigger than I am used too and way comfortable. They breath well and are really durable with great traction.
  • After a week, I have had no issues. I have been on a long hike ad these are light and comfortable. I like that they are easy to put on.
  • These have the best arch support in any shoe I have ever owned. They do not pinch or make my feet ache. I am in love.
  • These have worked on gravel and some harder terrain trails. They are very stable and cradle my fet just right. MY feet are wide and they fit perfect. Maybe not good for narrow feet. They have really nice thick cushioning. I replaced the insoles with some high arch support ones. These seem to be a little flat. They have nice deep lugs and the sole covers the whole shoe. This helped me a lot running over all the debris and mud and what not. These are not made for pavement, that might be a struggle.
  • These shoes dry well and work great over roots, rocks, and other unstable type of terrain. My last pair averaged about 400 miles before it started to break down. This is a great durable and fun shoe.
  • The upper mesh makes the shoe real airy and I can feel it on my toes when I run. They are very light while still being very durable. The shoe is super comfortable inside and show no uneven ware like I am used to in my other shoes. I usd thee or boxing training, the trails and running, they are holding up great. It is my second pair.
  • NB have proven to be my go to for my wide feet. They are the best in size as well as comfort and design. They are also affordable. The comfort always pleases.
  • I have put these to the test and they are not failing me at all. They fit great and have a roomy toe box. They have some mean grip and traction. After a month the shoe has a small tear in it but it has not affected the shoe.
  • I love the arch support and they are wildly appropriate from anything from muddy trails to grass. They are really soft in the soles, that is how they are made, so if you use them on pavement, they will break down a lot faster.
  • I have had these for 2 years and I trail run on a regular basis, These shoes are my buddies and they never let me down. After about a year of down hill type running , they ripped a bit in the pinky toe but still held together great. They are really durable and comfortable. I hate that they are discontinued in my width. I was able to run in these.
  • My orthotics fit in these best with the top lace undone. They do come up high on my feet and un a bit narrow for a D size. They are pretty comfy shoes.
  • I put on 8 miles right out the box without any discomfort at all. Thy have great to space. Really nice comfy shoe.
  • Great hold on the heel while allowing plenty of toe room.I always have to get the widest size ever. They have great ventilation and keep my feet protected when running on loose terrain. These are good for my normal arches,, may need a little extra if you have high ones.
  • Not made for pavement. They are strictly a rugged terrain shoe. They are so comfy and you glide right over all the debris.
  • These are great wide footed shoes. They’re cushioned great and seem to be really durable and very stable.
  • These are super comfy and have a great stability and support. These have worked extra great on all the rugged terrain I have to be on at work. Super supportive in my heel and midfoot area.
  • I have crossed toes and need a ton of toe space. They are super duper supportive in my arches and comfortable throughout the whole shoe. NB is the oly shoe that seems to make shoes wide enough for me.
  • The price had me and then the comfort to go with a great price made me happier. They are stable and comfortable and offer tons of support. They are really wide, which I need. They are always consistent with their sizing and that is hard to find these days.
  • I tried wearing Nike runners on a trail and broke my leg and tore my achilles. I now know I need trail shoes. Due to this accident, my foot swells and is bigger. These have offered the width and support I need. They are comfortable enough that I wear them all day everyday. I love these shoes and they keep the pain away.
  • These shoes are magic. They are light and comfortable and really hold onto my wide feet without any extra pressure. I may need a better insole but I'm gonna give it a little more runs. These are really nice and affordable trail shoes.
  • The grip in these is average and the comfort is over the top. They need a bit more support in the arch but an isole fixed that. NB is always on point with the sizing so I knew they were going to fit to size.
Negative
  • These shoes were way more flimsy than my 809 models. They were longer than my normal NB size. They looked wied and felt weird on my feet and seemed cheap.
  • I only buy NB and these suck. They kept sliding off my heel and caused me blisters. They have a weird bump in the heel and it is really uncomfortable.
  • The insoles are way too thin and have no support to them. The shoes are too wide so I had to get a normal width, which is wild since I have really wide feet. They made my Plantars flair up bad. I used the insole to my uper old 890s to see how different they were. They really downgraded the inside of the shoes.
  • Worst NB made to date. They feel really cheap and have zero support. These really hurt my feet after a little bit of use.
  • After a week, the shoe started separating from the shoe. These are obviously made horribly. I bought these for my trip and now I have to waste money on another pair over here.
  • My foot was all over the place and these had no stability. The shoe also sits really high up on the back of my ankle.
  • Compared to the 510’s, these have way less arch support. My heels slipped awful. The sizing was way off for a NB.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The sturdy AT (all-terrain) Tread outsole provides traction and control for on- and off-road runs and keeps rocks and gravel out of the tread. It features multi-directional, moderately aggressive lugs under the foot and around the perimeter of the shoe. The perimeter lugs bite the ground so that running on trails is as easy as running on roads. The deep flex grooves enhance flexibility and improve transitions from the heel to the forefoot for a smooth ride. The rubber is durable so that runners can go over rough surfaces without deteriorating, and supportive to prevent injury during off-road runs.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole is made from injection-molded EVA foam that is firm enough to support the foot, soft enough for comfort, and flexible enough to run in. The injection process uses less EVA foam and is softer and bouncier than a standard compressed sole. There is some arch support. It also features the rubber ABZORB crash pad to prevent shock while running over rough terrain. ACTEVA LITE offers resiliency and cushioning for a smooth, responsive ride. The XLT footbed at the bottom of the midsole adds durability and cushioning.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper gives the shoe breathability, support, and structure. The outside is mesh with synthetic overlays, and the lining is mesh. Compared to the previous edition, the 610v5 has fewer overlays with the remaining ones more strategically placed, making the shoe lighter overall. The more open mesh increases breathability. The heel, tongue, and collar are padded for comfort and the nearly seamless interior reduces the risk of irritation and hot spots. The heel also offers stability and, along with the laces, keeps the foot in place. The two problems with the upper were that the inside padding near the toes wears out after a while and that some reviewers thought that the laces were too long.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The men's shoe weighs 10.4 oz and the women's shoe weighs 8.3 oz. This is advertised as a lightweight shoe, with many reviewers noting that the shoe is neither too light nor too cumbersome. The upper was redesigned to have fewer overlays, which make the 610v5 shoe lighter than the previous version. Like the previous edition, the EVA foam is injected rather than compressed, which uses less foam and results in a lighter shoe compared to compressed soles. The weight makes this shoe a great choice for running on trails, as it allows the runner to maintain energy and control while going over hills or technical surfaces. However, it is heavier than some road running shoes, as the rubber on the bottom has bigger lugs to go over rough terrain, which means this shoe isn't the best choice for road racing.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Although the 610v4 had great breathability for a trail running shoe, one of the major improvements to the 610v5 was to make it even more breathable. Removing and restructuring the overlays has allowed for more mesh, resulting in improved breathability. This improves the airflow and reduces the chances of overheating, sweating, and blisters. In addition to the increased amount of mesh, the shoe also uses a no-sew upper design, giving a sock-like feel that also reduces the chances of blisters, irritation, and hot spots.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The New Balance 610v5 has several features that make it a very comfortable shoe. In the midsole, the injection-molded EVA foam offers firm yet flexible cushioning, the ABZORB crash pad reduces shock while going over rough terrain, and the ACTEVA LITE and the XLT footbed provide additional cushioning. The upper contains a lot of mesh, with a padded tongue, collar, and heel. The no-sew material application upper gives a smooth feel and reduces the risk of blisters and hot spots. Many reviewers with a variety of foot profiles and recent surgeries noted how comfortable the shoe was for them. Some reviewers with plantar fasciitis noted that the insole did not have enough padding, so runners with plantar fasciitis may want to consider replacing the insole with a more cushioned one.
Style
Style

Style

The 610v5 has a classic look and is available in a variety of colors and styles for both men and women. Men can choose between black/gold rush, grey, navy, grey/orange, pacific/black and cyclone/black. Women also have six choices: black/pink, icarus/crater, grey/purple, purple/yellow, speed/trek, and thunder/sea glass. Many reviewers noted that they liked the color choices. Some women thought the shoes might be too masculine based on the pictures, but were happy to report that the colors looked feminine when the actual shoes arrived. This shoe is sturdy and comfortable enough to use for trail running over technical terrain, yet stylish enough for everyday use.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Durability is a very important feature for a trail running shoe. If the lugs wear out, it no longer has the necessary traction to go over technical surfaces, and the upper needs to be durable enough for the runner to go up and down hills without it wearing out. The New Balance 610v5 uses an AT Tread outsole that gives traction and control, which had mixed reviews. Some runners reported wearing the shoes almost every day without issue, while others said the lugs wore out more than they would have liked after 300+ miles. The biggest criticism on durability was that the mesh in the upper starts to wear out around the toes after a while.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The 610v5 provides protection in a few ways. The upper and overlays protect against the elements. The ABZORB crash pad absorbs the shock when runners go up and down hills or over rough terrain, and the ACTEVA LITE cushioning in the insole gives a soft landing. There is also padding on the tongue and collar, around the toes, and around the ankle for a smooth ride. The shoe also provides some support on the arch and around the heels to prevent rolling. These features protect against injury while running on- and off-road.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The shoe gives a good amount of responsiveness to allow for trail running. The ABZORB crash pad absorbs the shock while allowing energy return. The injection-molded EVA foam is soft yet bouncy. ACTEVA LITE gives resiliency. The 12 mm drop promotes forward momentum. The light weight allows the shoe to be carried easily over hills and rough surfaces. The flexibility provided by the deep grooves in the outsole allows the runner to move comfortably over technical terrain.
Support
Support

Support

Users' feet will feel locked and secure in the 610v5 shoe, as support comes from every direction. The outsole elevates the foot and the midsole provides upright support. The heel, tongue, collar, and midfoot have padding, and the overlays and laces give lateral support. The insole provides some arch support, although runners who require a lot of arch support should consider either wearing arch supports or replacing the insole.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

New Balance categorizes the 610v5 under Men's Trail Running and Women's Everyday Running. The AT Tread outsole lugs are designed to keep rocks and gravel out of the tread while runners go over rough, technical terrain during on- and off-road running. The outsole is also designed to keep water out of the shoe. The ABZORB crash pad gives a smooth ride by absorbing the shock and cushioning the foot. The shoe's treads make it flexible enough to go up and down hills and comfortable enough to wear for daily runs.
Price
Price

Price

When the 610v5 first came out, some reviewers commented that the price was high, but many retailers are now offering the shoe for almost half price, which is a great deal for the latest edition shoe of a popular brand like New Balance. Even at full price, the 610v5 was cheaper than a lot of other similar shoes, which makes it a great choice for either daily road runs or technical trail runs.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The AT Tread outsole lugs give the 610v5 excellent traction over rough surfaces. There are also deep flex grooves giving flexibility for going up and down hills. The outsole is designed to keep rocks and gravel out of the tread and water out of the shoe. The traction makes the 610v5 a good shoe for running on roads, trails, and hills. The lugs will work for walking on slightly wet or muddy parts of a trail, but it does not have the spikes required for snow, ice, or slippery surfaces.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Flexibility features can be found throughout the shoe. The outsole contains deep flex grooves from heel to forefoot transitions. The injection-molded EVA foam in the midsole gives firm yet flexible cushioning. The upper's overlays are firm and stable enough to hold the foot in place, yet flexible enough to allow the foot to move in order to run. The mesh allows movement and the laces keep the foot in place. The flexibility of the 610v5 allows runners to go on roads, over hills, or through rough, technical terrain with ease.
Stability
Stability

Stability

While the 610v5 is not categorized as a stability shoe, it offers plenty of stability for neutral runners. The outsole is sturdy enough to go over technical terrain trails. The midsole offers some arch support and the ABZORB cushioning gives some stability while absorbing shock. The shoe also has some support around the ankle and heel to prevent rolling. The laces and sides keep the foot stable and in place while running on and off trails.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The heel height is 35 mm and the forefoot height is 23 mm, giving the shoe a standard drop of 12 mm. A 12 mm drop promotes forward momentum, distributes cushioning around the foot (with a little extra in the heel), and reduces strain on the Achilles tendon, making 12 mm a good drop for a running shoe. New Balance notes that due to variances during manufacturing and development, the 12 mm drop measurement is approximate.
Key Features of the 610v5
Key Features of the 610v5

Key Features of the 610v5


  • AT Tread outsole provides traction and control for on- and off-road runs

  • Injection-molded EVA foam midsole gives flexible, firm, and responsive cushioning

  • No-sew material application in upper gives a softer feel without risk of heat or irritation

  • ABZORB midfoot crash pad absorbs shock

  • ACTEVA LITE provides resiliency and cushioning

  • XLT Footbed adds durability and cushioning

  • Midfoot loop gives personalized fit and comfort

Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The New Balance 610v5 is a great shoe for neutral runners who want to be able to run on both roads and trails. It provides good traction and control. It is flexible and light enough for movement, yet stable enough for technical terrain. It has a decent amount of cushioning and shock absorption to keep the foot comfortable while going over hills and rough surfaces. It is stylish enough to use as an everyday shoe, breathable, and uses a no-sew upper to reduce irritation and hot spots.

Areas for improvement include durability, especially in the upper, and improved cushioning for runners with plantar fasciitis. It could also be lighter to make racing easier or a little more stable to accommodate runners who over-pronate. In sum, whether you're looking for a trail hiking shoe or every day running shoe, with the attractive price tag, popular brand name, and technical capabilities, the New Balance 610v5 is definitely worth your attention.