Thursday, June 20, 2024

Running Shoes: Compare

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Lightweight; durable; comfortable with great support and cushioning; mild to moderate pronation well controlled; biodegradable BioMoGo midsole is environmentally friendly
Comfortable; lightweight (even lighter than the original 890s); durable; good stability for a shoe that is advertised as neutral; good responsive cushioning; REVlite is exceptionally resilient and maintains springy feel even after extended use
Some reviewers preferred previous versions of the shoe
Many complaints about the 890v2's toe box being more narrow/shallow than the original 890s; some complaints regarding discomfort at the top of foot that could be caused by the lacing system or the design of the overlay.
Type of Running Shoe
Neutral Cushioning
Price (MSRP)
30-day 100% satisfaction guarantee
30-day 100% satisfaction guarantee
Weight (ounces)
11.3 (size 9)
9.2 (size 9)
The GTS 12s feature Element mesh and linings, which help to keep the shoes lightweight and breathable. For enhanced comfort and support, the uppers are also designed with a synthetic leather overlay and an adjustable saddle lacing system that is reinforced on the inside.
The 890v2s have lightweight mesh uppers with a welded synthetic overlay, which enhance the shoes' breathability, support and fit. They also have an eyelet lacing system with flat laces and flat lacing holes that provide a snug, comfortable and secure fit.
The tongue and collar of the shoe are lined with a soft, comfortable padding, and the heel counter is friction-resistant so you won't get blisters.
The heel and tongue are padded with dual density foam for a secure and comfortable fit.
Insole/Midsole Technology
For underfoot support and cushioning, the GTS 12s have a Profile Sockliner that is made with a lightweight, biodegradable material called BioMoGo. BioMoGo works together with Brooks DNA technology in the heel and forefoot to provide customized shock absorption and comfort based on a runner's size, foot shape and speed. For stabilization, the GTS 12's midsole also features Progressive Diagonal Roll Bar® (PDRB®) and DRB Accel technology. These technologies support the foot and prevent over-pronation but still allow for independent movement in the heel and forefoot. Lastly, the GTS 12s have a decoupled heel construction, known as Caterpillar Crash Pad technology, so parts of the heel can move independently of each other and smooth out transitions in the gait cycle.
The 890v2s have New Balance's PL-1 Natural Last and a full-length ABZORB® cushioning insert for added comfort. The insert is removable if you want to use custom orthotics or arch support inserts instead. The midsole also features ABZORB® cushioning technology, as well as innovative REVlite technology, which offers exceptional support and responsiveness. In addition to being extremely durable, REVlite is also lightweight and New Balance claims it is 30% lighter than other foams with a comparable performance in underfoot cushioning and stability.
PL-1 Natural
Outsole Technology
The GTS 12's durable rubber outsole is made with HPR Plus, and it has an engineered stable pod construction, which helps to maintain balance in the foot throughout the gait cycle and enhance responsiveness. It also features Flextra rubber in the forefoot, which provides customized flexibility based on the runner's weight.
The 890v2's outsole is designed with Ndurance®, a durable rubber compound, in the heel, and it also has blown rubber around the forefoot that provides additional lightweight comfort and flexibility.
it is available in 4 different color combinations.
It is available in 7 different color combinations.
Customization Ability?
It comes in full and half sizes ranging from 7 to 15 and all are available in a normal width (D). The black/black version also comes in a 2E width and the grey/blue version is also available in B, 2E and 4E widths.
It comes in full and half sizes ranging from 7 to 15 and all styles are available in a normal width (D). The black/white and black/cherry tomato styles also come in a 2E and 4E width.
Runs True to Size?
There were some complaints about the sizing being off and Brooks does suggest ordering a half to a full size larger than your typical dress shoe since your feet will swell when you run.
Yes, New Balance says the shoes run true to size for athletic shoes.
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