New Balance 860 (X-WIDE) v7 W
Version 6 of New Balance’s essential stability model, the 860, is on a mission to cushion and protect the mileage-hungry. Overpronating runners are met with a tried and true stability quotient crucial to the 860 series, but carefully wrapped now in a sleeker package. New Balance’s proprietary combo of responsive, cushioned foams interfaces with an obsession to their geometry, including a redesign of the lateral (outside) heel for a smoother, softer landing. In the 860v6 an updated T-Beam contributes torsional stability through midstance, complementing a trusted formula in the dual-density medial post. As the runner transitions to the forefoot, a carefully thought-out flex pattern in the blown rubber sole encourages a crisp toe-off. Upper materials use soft, pliable overlays to wrap the foot in all the right places and allow appropriate freedom in others. Luxe synthetics, a supportive midfoot wrap, and breathable air mesh combine to provide a sleek, yet non-negotiable level of support. Engineered on the PL-10 last, the 860v6 lets runners enjoy more toe spring compared to the 860v5. The 860v6 is New Balance’s go-to stability offering, and it’s ready to run. Compare with the Brooks Adrenaline, ASICS GT-2000 series, or the Saucony Guide. Weights: 8.7 oz. women’s; 10.2 oz. men’s Heel-Toe Offset: 10 mm.