New Balance 890 Running Shoe 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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60 Responses

  1. Dash says:

    “Passion: There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but few that will catch your heart. Pursue those.” -unknown

    -Female (is contest over?) 🙂

  2. Joe says:

    “The difference between a jogger and a runner is a race entry form”

  3. Ryan says:

    “I just felt like running”
    -Forrest Gump

  4. Nicholas Smith says:

    “I run to revel in the beauty all around me, and I run to escape the world. I run to feel the earth beneath my feet, the wind in my hair, the rain on my face, and the sun on my back. I run to feel the sweat in my eyes, to feel my heart sing and my blood pulse. I run to remember and I run to forget. I run to heal despite the pain in my legs. I run from my demons and I run towards salvation. I run because I must.” – Author Unknown

  5. Nicholas Smith says:

    When is this contest over?

  6. AndyG says:

    To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice your gift.” – Steve Prefontaine

  7. Chris Justice says:

    “It’s unnatural for people to run around the city streets unless they are thieves or victims. It makes people nervous to see someone running. I know that when I see someone running on my street, my instincts tell me to let the dog go after him.”
    -Mike Royko

    or, the best,

    “Someone may beat me today but they are going to have to bleed to do it.”

  8. Bjarke says:

    Running makes me a more positive person. -unknown

  9. dpow says:

    I used to jog but the ice cubes kept falling out of my glass.-David Lee Roth

  10. April says:

    “The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life.” –George Sheehan

  11. Todd M. says:

    “Some people ask why I run so fast…well what do you do when you hear a gun?”

  12. Anna says:

    “Jogging is very beneficial. It’s good for your legs and your feet. It’s also very good for the ground. It makes it feel needed.”

  13. Brendan says:

    “Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or gazelle – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”

  14. Miguel says:

    “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them” -Marcus Aurelius

  15. Benjamin Mena says:

    “Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.”
    -Oprah Winfrey

  16. jax swartz says:

    “You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.”
    – Steve Prefontaine

  17. Daniele Colwell says:

    “No one has ever drowned from sweat.” -Unknown

  18. Emy B. says:

    Self-confidence rules well over another’s selfishness. ~Emy

  19. Alan Morrison says:

    All it takes is all you’ve got.

  20. susan says:

    go and smash it out there at your next race!

  21. susan says:

    go out there AND SMASH IT!

  22. Sherpa John says:

    “There is an “A” and a “B.” It matters not what happens between A and B, but that when we get to B we look DAMN GOOD!” ~Self

  23. Dan S says:

    “Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.”- Thomas Edison

  24. Mordecai says:

    “Walking is not an option.”

  25. Paul Stride says:

    “Learning to run ivolves some pain…learn to use it”

  26. Tony says:

    From my 12 year old son, “You could win, you just have to run faster”.

  27. Pam Crooks says:

    Everyone who has run knows that its most important value is in removing tension and allowing a release from whatever other cares the day may bring. ~Jimmy Carter

  28. Mimi says:

    “Look alive lotta hustle!”

  29. skim says:

    My sport is your sport’s punishment.

  30. Diane Peterson says:

    Whenever I race, I learn something new about myself and those who race with me. I will never be 32 years-old again, but it no longer matters, because I’ve learned that winning doesn’t matter, it’s running that counts. And when I push to the limit, I am a boy again-an untried youth listening to the wisdom of my body. – George Sheehan

  31. Bill Kilbourne says:

    “What distinguishes those of us at the starting line from those of us on the couch is that we learn through running to take what the days gives us, what our body will allow us, and what our will can tolerate.”
    -John Bingham, running writer and speaker

  32. Brent Meyer says:

    Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

    ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  33. John Harrison says:

    “I run everyday
    I run when its raining
    I run when its cold
    I run when its hot
    I run when I dont feel like running
    I run everyday”

    -Kevin Odiorne

  34. L-Boogie says:

    “We may train or peak for a certain race, but running is a lifetime sport.” ~Alberto Salazar~

  35. Stephanie says:

    “If you see me collapse, please pause my Garmin.”

  36. Perry Ligon says:

    “We may train or peak for a certain race, but running is a lifetime sport.” Alberto Salazar

  37. Ian Scholz says:

    Run light, run free!

  38. Joshua Tipton says:

    “I like to run to let my butt get relief from my bike seat”.(plus I sweat more)

  39. Heather says:

    “If you can’t run then walk. And if you can’t walk, then crawl. Do whatever you have to do. Just keep moving forward and never, ever give
    up”.-Father of Dean Karnazes

  40. Bryan McDonald says:

    ” I run, therefore I am”.

  41. Brenda Morris says:

    Running is cheaper than Therapy, and that’s why I need to run ultras, to keep me in my HAPPY place 🙂 Live to run!

  42. cathy crisp says:

    If the bone aint showing keep going….. unknown ultrarunner at a 100 mile race.

  43. Megan says:

    ” We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves. ”
    – Sir Roger Bannister

  44. ron says:

    “There are clubs you can’t belong to, neighborhoods you can’t live in, schools you can’t get into, but the roads are always open.”
    i got my new NB 890 coz i have… “the need for speed”

  45. Amy Ronfeld says:

    It’s not a game. It’s a sport!

  46. Khem says:

    “You will never know your full potential, until you try.”
    – From a fortune cookie

  47. andrew smith says:

    Second place is the first loser…run to win!!

  48. Tim Delss(CB) says:

    “Make friends with pain and you will never be alone!”

    -Ken Chlouber

  49. Kelly Rogers says:

    Let no limitation be your limitation 🙂

  50. Drew says:

    “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” -Mahatma Gandhi

  51. Ethan Cotton says:

    Gold medals aren’t really made out of gold they are really made of sweat, determination, and a hard to find alloy called guts.
    – Dan Gable

  52. Dan says:

    Zach, do you prefer the 890s or 870s now for running on pavement?

  53. Japname says:

    Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.

  54. Kyle says:

    “The only good race pace is suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die.”

    -Steve Prefontaine

  55. Mary Smith says:

    RUN……because you CAN!!!!!

  56. Nathan says:

    Will you be strong,
    Or will you be wimp?

  57. sean o'reilly says:

    your legs are idiots, you tell them to run and they will keep running until you tell them to stop.

  58. Shannon says:

    Quoting an Iowa legend, I like it!

  59. David J Catalano says:

    If you want to run, train your body. If you want to win train your mind.

  60. Adam says:

    Love the shoe BUT I crushed them in apx 35 hours. That said I just bought another pair.
    I’m a big 190lb guy and I run mid foot. The foam on the outside ball area of the shoes crushed to half its original thickness. I normally get twice this mileage out of a shoe like the Nike Pegasus.
    Also, I used the NB 890 in a sprint Tri this past summer and they are very comfortable with bare feet. I’ve used the shoe for 15k runs and its been great … I’m planning to mix up my new 890 with a NB gore-tex trail shoe for winter runs. I’ve just added the NB1080 for longer runs.
    Email me if you would like a pic of the old (3 month) shoes.

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