New Balance 880 Review

Zachary Rodasti

Zach's been testing gear with Active Gear Review since day one of the site, and just generally loves being outside doing any outdoor activity. He and his wife race year round, prefer long distance endurance events, and have raced marathons in multiple states nationwide. Recently, Zach added triathlons to his list of endeavors, and has competed in all distances up to a half iron. He has two young boys who are full of energy and get into all sorts of trouble on a regular basis - just like him.

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5 Responses

  1. Shannon says:

    The women’s model comes in at 8.6 oz (based on a size 7) and has been my go to trainer for the past few months. Right out of the box, the 880s were comfy and ready to tackle my 40-55 mile weeks. I was so pleased with the 880s that I wore them during my 7th marathon.
    Entry-level neutral cushion is how some describe the NB 880s. Don’t be fooled by all of the shoes that cost $130 or more, you don’t always need to pay the high prices to get a great shoe. The 880 proves the point and costs $99/pair and their solid construction leads me to believe they will last the usual 300+ miles that I tend to put into each shoe.
    I agree with Zach’s comments on the heel to toe transition, it is not as smooth as some of the other shoes out on the market, yet was not a deal breaker. I may also be getting used to running in my super flexible Minimus or RC 1400s (also by NB). The upper is breathable, yet not seamless like NBs 890 and RC 1400s. I didn’t tend to mind this and found that the seams did not rub or chafe after a few sweaty hours of pounding the pavement. The laces easily stay tied and NB continues to give you plenty of length in the laces to do a double tie. Overall, a great shoe and yet another step forward for NB.

  2. Martin says:

    Do you think I will be able to run an ultra of 56miles in them, or is the mileage a bit high?

  3. LoriL says:

    Martin, since this is not a trail shoe, I assume your Ultra is a road run? While the NB 880 is an excellent training shoe, for that level of running, I would probably recommend the next level or two up to maximize the ride comfort and ease of heel-toe transition (assuming you are a heel-toe runner, as opposed to a ‘natural runner’) – the extra technology can really make a big difference in a concrete Ultra. As I’m sure you know, get a bunch of mileage in your shoes before racing in them, and bring a second pair of shoes (and socks) in your drop bag, just in case.

  4. Robert Miller says:

    I recently replaced my New Balance 759s with a new pair of 880s and I couldn’t be happier. The 880s felt great out of the box and extremely comfortable throughout my first 20 miles. They provide a nice, stable platform and have the right balance between cushioning and support. (I tried the NB 890 but the sole isn’t as wide and didn’t seem as stable to me.)

    The redesigned upper on the 880 seems to fit my mid-foot better and be more secure than the 759s and it feels like the 880s are a bit lighter as my pace has improved about 10 seconds per mile over the 759s. My only complaint is that it feels like the cushioning in the heel of the 880 is not as soft as the 759s as I’ve had some heel pain during my runs. I’ll see if this diminishes over time or not.

    Overall, if you are looking for a comfortable, durable neutral trainer you can’t go wrong with the 880s.

  5. LoriL says:

    hey thanks for the feedback, Robert. Good stuff for other readers.

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