Press Release: New Balance 860v2


Boston-based New Balance will offer the award winning New Balance 860v2, a stability trainer, as part of its NBx running collection. Designed for moderate pronators, the 860v2 will launch January 2012 and retail for $175.

The New Balance 860v2 represents an evolution, not a revolution, from its predecessor. New Balance designers and engineers focused on maintaining what worked well in the 860, finessing and improving certain aspects of the shoe to deliver the athlete an even better running experience. To that end, flex groove placement and the overall forefoot template remains consistent, as does the size and density of the medial post, which works to control the rate of pronation. The geometries of the lateral heel crash pad also remain the same, allowing for safe impact at landing and a smooth ease into midstance.

Nergy cushioning and an ABZORB® crash pad continue to work together to ensure a smooth transition and responsive ride through each step. By bringing more medial ground contact through the use of rubber surfaces, the Stability Web on the 860v2 is able to be slightly smaller. The upper package of the 860v2 has also been updated to utilize even more premium materials, including mesh uppers with integrated overlays and screen applications that offer breathability and cosmetic appeal. Pliable synthetics and a beautifully designed mono-mesh saddle offer the best in form and function – securely holding the runner’s foot in a visually compelling way.

Asymmetry in the forefoot material, including a super thin yet sturdy synthetic with stretch on the medial side, accommodates bunyan windows and offers additional foot freedom. The 860v2 promises to deliver a technical, stable and safe running experience in a bold and striking.


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