New Balance 880v10 Review

New Balance has made some significant changes with the 880v10 – with a new midsole featuring Fresh Foam X. It changes the overall feel of the shoe to be a little higher but also a little softer. How does New Balance’s latest version of the 880 stack up to previous versions and its competitors? Let’s find out!

New Balance 880v9 vs 880v10:

New Balance has stuck to the formula that has made the 880 their go-to standard-weight neutral shoe, but the midsole changes that they’ve made in the 10 do alter the overall feel a little bit.

  • The upper is almost identical to the 880 v9 – few overlays, engineered mesh, with some flexibility to accommodate runners who need a little stretchyness
  • Width has also remained the same, with a very similar toebox shape and size – it may be slightly smaller overall, but nothing to change your sizing
  • The big change is to the midsole – changing to almost entirely Fresh Foam has created a slightly higher, noticeably softer ride
  • The overall character of the shoe as a more traditional, structured, middle-weight trainer has remained the same despite the foam change

New Balance 880 V10 Review

Fit

The 880v10 fits pretty standard across the board. It’s a little on the wide side (although not so much that it would alienate a standard foot) and has about average toebox room. The upper is pretty flexible, but the heel counter provides some amount of structure to the shoe.

Feel

New Balance has maintained the ride of their classic neutral shoe – it’s a cushioned yet not cloud-like ride. It’s a trainer that you could use for faster runs as well as your long runs.

Function

As a standard weight neutral shoe, the New Balance 880 v10 is one of the classic neutral trainers. While the new version feels softer than previous versions, we haven’t seen any difference in the amount (or in this case, lack) of support.

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New Balance 880 V10 Review

Comparisons:

New Balance 880 vs Nike Zoom Pegasus:
What a difference in approaches to the standard trainer! The Nike Zoom Pegasus 37 is lower and lighter than the 880, but still feels significantly softer. The 880 is more substantive and feels more solid, with the Pegasus feeling really flexible in comparison. While the 880 is a pretty standard fit, the Pegasus goes with a pretty tight-fitting knit upper that allows for a lot of stretch. Neither shoe provides much in terms of guidance for pronation.

New Balance 880 vs Mizuno Wave Rider:
Overall, there’s actually not too much between the new 880 v10 and the Wave Rider 24. Both shoes feature a bit more of a performance-based ride than some of their standard-weight competitors. The 880 is a little narrower than the Wave Rider and has less depth in the toebox. One of the big differences in the two is that the Rider has a noticeable drop right where the wave plate stops, while the 880 has more consistent cushioning all the way to the toebox. Both provide minimal amounts of guidance for pronation.

New Balance 880 vs Brooks Ghost:
The Ghost 10 is much softer than the 880, both in upper softness as well as the overall ride. The 880 feels more substantive, with the Ghost feeling much more flexible and playful. Both shoes are about equal in terms of width, but the Ghost’s flexible upper gives you a little more flexibility. Neither shoe provides much in terms of guidance for pronation.

New Balance 880 vs ASICS GEL-Cumulus:

With the newest updates of each shoe, the New Balance 880 feels a little lower and a little firmer than the Cumulus 22. Both feature a pretty traditional ride for a standard-weight trainer. The heel of the 880 feels pretty stable, but neither shoe provides any noticeable guidance for runners who pronate. The widths of the shoes are pretty similar, with the Cumulus having a little more depth in the toebox. The 880 is slightly heavier, but it’s unlikely that you would actually feel the weight difference on a run.

New Balance 880 V10 Review

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