New Balance REVlite 890 Shoe Review
I recently had a chance to run in the New Balance REVlite 890’s. Right when I picked up the shoe I noticed that New Balance was on to something. The 890 is incredibly light, but it doesn’t sacrifice it’s structure and support to get there. I like that you get to enjoy the weight of a minimalist shoe but still are able to utilize the plush cushioning of the midsole.
Another rad feature is just the fact that the men’s and women’s shoe is a namesake shoe. The names Andy Baddeley and Jenny Barringer (now Simpson) are stitched into the heel wrap of each respective shoe. I’ve been following both there careers, especially Jenny’s, for some time now and I love the fact that they are endorsed my these great runners. One of my favorite races of all time was seeing Jenny go sub-4 in the 1500 in Eugene, OR at Hayward field in her last year as a Colorado Buffalo. That was her first big moment when people were like, “Hold up, this girl is gooood. Nike better get on that.” But somehow New Balance picked her up and this shoe is evidence that they are investing a lot in her and her future.
In addition to the super light material of the midsole, it also sports a 23 to 11 cm drop. This is just enough to cushion your heel but still remain close enough to the ground to feel that natural roll of your foot as you strike and roll to push off.
The upper is manufactured with no-sew seamless welding which provides a comfortable, non abrasive experience for the foot inside this shoe. The weave of the upper is breathable and made with wicking materials to decrease moisture build up for improved comfort.
I’m falling in love with shoes that are considered to have ‘full ground contact geometry.’ This basically means that the outsole is not separated from the heel to the forefoot with a plastic plate or other divisive material. With the REVlite 890 you are in constant contact with the ground for better grip and a more natural ride.
This neutral light weight trainer can truly be used for your day to day runs. This shoe can handle anything from a long 20 miler to a 5 mile tempo run. The cushioning can handle the long stuff and the weight is great for when you want to feel fast and snappy! The only segment that may want to steer clear of this shoe is heavy over-pronators and larger folks. It doesn’t quite have the lateral support to protect this segment.
First the Minimus line now the REVlite 890, it seems New Balance running is really starting to take off. During my years working in a running shoe store, New Balance was always popular with older folks who had been wearing New Balance for decades. Yet they hadn’t quite figured out how to compete with the big boys like Asics, Brooks, and Nike with the running market core. After picking up some great athletes in Anton Krupicka, ‘Jenny B’ as I like to call her, and Andy Baddeley, and then re-vamping their entire ideology and design/management team; New Balance is now a major force to be reckoned with.
Final note: New Balance is the only major running shoe brand to be manufactured in the USA, 25% of the shoes sold in North America are made in the USA. Maybe it’s just me, but in these economic times, I want to support brands that provide jobs domestically, and I like the ongoing commitment of New Balance to do just that.
The New Balance REVlite 890 retails for $90 at Amazon.com
as well as other vendors.