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New Balance 890v4 Shoe Review

Shoe Name: New Balance 890v4

Model: 890V4

Weight: 8.5 oz.  Accurate with my size 9.0.
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Price: 109.99$
You can buy them here:
New Balance 8904 Men’s Running Shoes

Drop: Listed as an 8mm drop but in my opinion the drop feels less than the Fresh Foam which is described as having a 6mm drop.  The Fresh Foam is supposed to compress over time and become less than a 6mm drop but to me it has not felt this way.  I have a difficult time running in the Fresh Foam but the 890 is easier for me to assume my natural midfoot stride.  I feel the heel of the Fresh Foam hinders my ability to mid foot strike and puts my foot in more of and angle and the 890 does not do that.
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Website:  http://www.newbalance.com/pd/new-balance-890v4/M890 V4.html#color=Cobalt%20Blue_with_Black_and_Yellow

Forefoot:  Moderately wide forefoot.  Feels wider to me than the Fresh Foam.
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Cushion: There is a REVlite midsole foam which I like as it feels stiff and not squishy.  I know I keep comparing this to the Fresh Foam (if you haven’t figured that out by now!!)  but they were introduced at around the same time and personally I like this one much better.   It’s described as having an ABZORB® crash pad which cradles the heel area medially and laterally for additional stability.  Not really sure what this is nor do I feel the heel needs to be extra padded.  Again, the heel doesn’t feel as padded to me as the Fresh Foam.
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Flexibility:  Doesn’t really roll up,  but is flexible medially and laterally.  Does bend in the middle of the sole as seen below.
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Overall:  If you haven’t figured this out by now, I like this shoe much better than the much advertised Fresh Foam.  I just think it is a wider shoe and allow me to feel the ground better maybe because it has a wider platform and less padding??  I forgot to mention the “pod-like” sole which New Balance describes as a “unique podular structure maintains notion of full ground contact geometries, preserving the purity of the originally coveted 890 ride”.  
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I agree you can definitely feel the ground better in this shoe.  As a whole, I like this shoe and remember,  I’m more of a minimalist shoe person.

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