The 880v8 is the eighth and newest edition of the popular neutral trainer from our friends at New Balance. The fit and ride of the v8 is essentially unchanged from the previous v7, so if you enjoyed the cushioning and minimal weight of the 880, chances are you’ll be a fan of this one.
New Balance has made some small adjustments to the midsole, outsole, and upper of the shoe. The v8 maintains the same TRUFUSE (the name of New Balance’s cushioning system) composition as the v7, so the shoe feels bouncy and soft from the start of your run all the way to the end. Some small updates in the upper ensure the fit is breathable. The engineered mesh in the forefoot of the shoe allows room for some natural movement, while a structured midfoot locks in the foot comfortably. The men’s 880 weighs in at 11.15 ounces, and the women’s at 9.15. The heel drop is the same as the previous model at 10 mm.
So how does it feel on your feet? Personally, I LOVE this shoe! New Balance accomplishes what they promise without gimmicks; just a great fit and feel. My foot feels securely locked down without any excessive stitching or overlays, and the cushioning is soft, but not too soft, so I can feel energy return throughout my long runs. This shoe is also great in the gym—I don’t feel too high off the ground so I can move laterally with ease.
Want to compare the 880v8 to other shoes? The Brooks Ghost 10 is a similar neutral trainer with a gel-infused foam to feel a touch softer than the 880. The Mizuno Wave Rider uses a firmer wave plate for springy responsiveness with each step, alongside a more narrow, snug heel, but would be a good comparison as well. Be sure to stop by any Columbus Running Company to try out the NB 880v8!
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Carla is the manager at the Westerville CRC and the 2018 champion of the CRC March Madness bracket tournament.