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Locale: Mid-Atlantic
Question for New Balance fans on 04/05/2013 11:56:52 MDT Print View

I have used New Balance 690s for a few years now (the predecessor to 790 and 890s), for running, etc. Itend to hike in my Vasque Breezes but I'd like to upgrade to trail runners.

I find New Balance's numbering system to be pretty confusing - can anyone tell me what trail runner I should look at if I like the fit of the 690/790/890 running shoe? This is their lightweight (but not minimalist), basic neutral trainer.

I tried looking on Zappos but quickly got overwhelmed and apparently EVERYTHING is minimalist now? I don't mind a small heel drop but I need SOMETHING beneath my foot...thanks!

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
NB on 04/05/2013 12:16:43 MDT Print View

I run in 990s but found that I was the most comfortable in their 510 trail runner; as luck would have it this is their cheapest TR.

It was nice to check out their factory store in Charleston where I could compare them all side by side. I don't know if you ever go to Williamsburg but they have a factory store there.

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
NB on 04/05/2013 12:23:39 MDT Print View

FWIW I've been buying NB shoes for the past 20+ years and I don't have any real understanding of their numbering system.

Maris L
(Ablaut) - M
NB #s on 04/05/2013 14:13:14 MDT Print View

Apparently the first one or two digits indicate the 'quality' of design materials, higher number being 'better'. The last two digits indicate the 'performance series' for which the shoe is intended.

Copy/pasted info regarding the last two digits -

60: stability (860-1260)
70: mild stability (870)
80: neutral (880-1080)
90: lightweight, modern (890)
00: spikes and racing flats

40: Optimal Control
Supported by medical and podiatric experts, shoes in this category provide maximum control, stability, cushioning and support for biomechanical needs such as pronation and low arches.

50: Fitness Running
For training on roads or for indoor workouts, the 50 Series offers the combination of visual attitude and innovation with the responsiveness and power athletes need.

60: Stability
Designs that offer industry-leading stability to reduce pronation while also providing unparalleled cushioning and comfort.

70: Light Stability
70 Series shoes offer the perfect combination of stability and speed, all in a lighter, sleek profile designed for runners who train at a faster pace.

80: Neutral
For high-mileage runners who require light shoes and the protection of superior cushioning.

90: Speed
For faster runners who want every advantage, including a superior ride and fit. The choice trainers for professional and non-professional speed and distance runners.

00: Competition
Racing flats and spiked shoes that define high performance. Competition-level footwear for athletes who want to maximize performance, set records and win gold.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Question for New Balance fans on 04/05/2013 14:58:52 MDT Print View

I have never really understood whether there even IS a 'real system' behind the numbering.
The letters usually mean something: MT = Mens Trail, WO means Womens Outdoors (I think), etc.


Michael Ray
(topshot) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Re: NB #s on 04/05/2013 21:07:55 MDT Print View

They've been using the system Maris indicated for 2 years now supposedly. I wish they would have included the last style in the model number. They allow you to search what shoes are made with each last but most of those (eg, RL-3 used on the new 889) return nothing. :/