New Balance 870 v4
New Balance offers shoes in three different categories: ADAPT (the softest rides like the FRESH Foam line fit here), UNLEASH (which includes responsive, swift kicks like the VAZEE), and COMMIT (encompasses the high mileage daily trainers, AKA NBx Collection). This COMMIT series, or NBx Collection, is where the 870 v4 resides. It’s intended as a daily road runner that is relatively lightweight and can go the distance.
New Balance has created a system of defining parameters in their given shoe models. In the 870 series, the 8 in the hundredths place implies a moderate amount of cushioning, while the 70 signifies light stability (just under neutral). This fourth installment of the New Balance 870 is in keeping with this system. While it is still a road runner and encompasses all the features its fans have come to love in its past 3 models, v4 sports a few upgrades. Now featuring a welded seamless TPU overlay in the upper, a lighter underfoot foam, an asymmetrical heel counter, and a different design in the forefoot for more efficient toe off, the new incarnation just seems to keep improving on the base model. Its improved flexibility and the upper’s now snugger fit lend themselves to a shoe that feels secure and fast letting runners feel confident for daily training like long slow distance runs or even speed work. The New Balance 870 v4 is reported to have accolades for being among the best in the stability training category.
- With the 870 series, as a whole, New Balance has brought forth a class of trainers that seem to do well for all types of runs, distance and pace. Version 4 offers upgrades that markedly improve flexibility, security of fit, and create a lighter weight for an overall better daily trainer.
- The New Balance 870 v4 is a well-designed shoe that most feel meets the needs ofthose looking for a mild amount of stability control for overpronation.
- It is lighter weight which is a welcome bonus for any stability shoe.
- The 870 v4 is easy on the pocketbook and seems to be a smart purchase.
- Available in modern color blends and with a stylish brand logo, these shoes appeal to most runners.
- Some found the 870 v4 too narrow for comfort despite the additional wider width options available
- Not all overpronators were thrilled with the support for this shoe claiming it lacked sufficient arch support. It's important to bear in mind that this shoe is not designed to offer full support in this area and that there are other New Balance models aimed at meeting this need.
It is lightweight and responsive.
Tending to run narrow, this shoe is also offered in multiple widths to aim to accommodate all runners. While some still are unable to fit the snugger shoe, most found it just right and are especially pleased with the wider toe box.
This shoe functions well as a daily trainer and can handle speed work as well.
Featuring a stylish upgrade over the 870 v3, most wearers are pleased with its overall appearance.