New Balance 889 Multisport Review
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John Coyle
(Bigsac)

Locale: NorCal
New Balance 889 Multisport Review on 04/12/2013 13:05:26 MDT Print View

Thanks for an interesting review. I think it would be interesting for you to review this shoe:

http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/gear/gear-of-the-year-spring-summer-2013/#/hoka-one-one-shoe_65642_600x450.jpg

I know, they look a little different from the flat shoes that are in style now, but National Geographic seems to like them!

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: New Balance 889 Multisport Review on 04/13/2013 05:13:49 MDT Print View

Hoka, $170?
Come in sucker.
(They probably cost about $10 at the factory in Asia.)

> National Geographic seems to like them!
Errr ... yes, well ... um ...

Sorry, but!

Cheers

Jon McConachie
(hyker) - MLife

Locale: Sierra Nevada
Gusset on the tongues? on 04/15/2013 12:43:49 MDT Print View

Do these shoes have gusseted tongues to reduce dirt/sand entry?

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Gusset on the tongues? on 04/15/2013 18:19:55 MDT Print View

> Do these shoes have gusseted tongues to reduce dirt/sand entry?
No, but the tongue is well-padded, and we have never had any problems with sand or dirt getting in. In fact, I think our feet have been cleaner at the end of the day with these shoes than with many others. That open mesh on some shoes does let the dust in!

Cheers

Edited by rcaffin on 04/17/2013 19:04:21 MDT.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
New Balance 889 Multisport Review on 04/25/2013 06:38:59 MDT Print View

"Well, I was rather pleased to see at the end of the day that neither my feet nor Sue's feet were pruny. Despite the reinforcing all around the shoes, not to mention the very hot weather in the Australian summer, they must have breathed fairly well."

I just wore a pair of these yesterday. Got up to 80 degrees.

There is no mesh and these shoes do not breath. Not like a Innov-8 Terroc 330 for example. Even the nylon outer fabric is lined inside. Hot.

That Vibram sole has zero traction (when new at least) on tile floors, be careful.

These will take too long to dry out after getting wet for me to consider them for trail use. These will be for work, in town.

Got mine for less than $70 shipped. Not the worst money I've spent on shoes. That nod goes to Brooks.


Just ordered something else for trail use.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: New Balance 889 Multisport Review on 04/25/2013 15:54:05 MDT Print View

> That Vibram sole has zero traction (when new at least) on tile floors, be careful.

I don't think the Vibram rubber is designed for tile floors.

Cheers

Jon McConachie
(hyker) - MLife

Locale: Sierra Nevada
grippy soles on 05/11/2013 12:14:32 MDT Print View

I've used my NB 889s now a handful of times on granite, even polished, without them feeling slick. The rubber may not be climbing shoe sticky rubber, but it does grip well in my experience. Not bad on wet surfaces either. Good shoe.

Dan D
(TXBDan)

Locale: Boston, MA
Re: Re: New Balance 889 Multisport Review on 08/15/2013 14:52:18 MDT Print View

Where do these fall on the backpacking/hiking to actual trail running spectrum? I'm looking for something with heftier soles for rocky terrain hiking/backpacking. I'm currently looking at the La Sportiva Wildcat and Salomon AX Pro Ultra. NBs generally fit my feet well, should i consider these for my needs as well?

Thanks

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: Re: New Balance 889 Multisport Review on 08/15/2013 15:52:02 MDT Print View

> Where do these fall on the backpacking/hiking to actual trail running spectrum?
Definitely on the serious backpacking end of the spectrum. 'heftier soles for rocky terrain' is an exact match for them.

If you want something a little more towards trail running, try the 'Leadville' 1210s - we have a review coming for them as well.

Cheers

Dan D
(TXBDan)

Locale: Boston, MA
Re: Re: Re: Re: New Balance 889 Multisport Review on 08/15/2013 16:53:10 MDT Print View

Sounds like the 889s have a lot of potential for me. I'll check them out soon. Thanks!

Ron D
(dillonr) - MLife

Locale: Colorado
Re: New Balance 889 Multisport Review on 09/07/2013 14:41:32 MDT Print View

Just used the 889 shoes for a week long backpack in Yellowstone and they were exceptionally poor performers for the conditions. Lots of stream/river crossings and they retain tremendous amounts of water and do not dry. Spent a lot of time squeezing them out and trying to blot water out of the inside with a towel but they still immediately soaked even dry socks and stayed wet (not damp) virtually the entire time. They seem to work well in the dry Colorado conditions where I normally hike, but not a great piece of gear for wetter terrain.
Ron

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: New Balance 889 Multisport Review on 09/07/2013 16:03:05 MDT Print View

I just wear mine at work. I would never hike in them. That suede upper on the footbox. WTF were they thinking?

Ron, did you find them hot?

I find that I can feel plenty of the rocks I'm walking on through the sole.

Edited by kthompson on 09/07/2013 16:06:06 MDT.

Ron D
(dillonr) - MLife

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: New Balance 889 Multisport Review on 09/07/2013 16:19:50 MDT Print View

Hi Ken - You're right about the suede upper over the toes, after a few days of it being wet it made a large sore on top of my big toe joint. Mesh would have been fine. I didn't have any problem with them being hot, but I have a fairly wide comfort range. I'll still hike in them, but never again multi-day trips in wet areas.
Ron

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
re feeling the ground on 09/07/2013 16:27:59 MDT Print View

> I find that I can feel plenty of the rocks I'm walking on through the sole.

Yes, and in my book that is good. In face, essential.

Let's imagine you are wearing some big clompy boots which do not allow you to feel rocks and roots on the ground. What's going to happen? Pretty soon you are going to really miss a step because you can't feel the ground, fall over and sprain your ankle. Or maybe you are going to stand on a sloping rock and not be aware of it - and slip off into a hole in the scree and break a leg.

Your feet have a lot of sensor nerves which can give you excellent proprioception. That means your feet, ankles and legs can respond to the ground you are walking on without you having to make a conscious effort. An experienced walker can trundle along a rough path at some speed while apparently paying no attention to the surface. How? His proprioceptive system is doing it all for him. An ocassional glance to see where the track is going and his feet do the rest.

This myth that you need to be blissfully unaware of what the ground is like under your feet is one of the more dangerous ones floating around. Without that sensory feedback, you are blind! And will shortly be crippled.

Cheers

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: feeling the ground on 09/07/2013 17:34:28 MDT Print View

We all know this Roger. These shoes need much refinement. Where's that 1210 review.

Dan D. is looking for a beefier sole. I just don't consider these to be "beefy".

Edited by kthompson on 09/08/2013 08:13:35 MDT.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: feeling the ground on 09/08/2013 01:56:21 MDT Print View

> Where's that 1210 review.
According to the calendar, next week.

Cheers

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: re feeling the ground on 09/08/2013 02:13:57 MDT Print View

Exactly why I switched to very minimal shoes. I am much safer on rocks and such.