New Balance 870–($95)

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Dec. 8, 2010

The 870 is a low-profile, mildly posted trainer for high-mileage runners looking for moderate stability on long road runs. The heel fit was not what some testers expected, finding it too wide or too low, so that slippage became a problem. This was especially the case in light of the relative rigidity of the 870’s midsole, which reduced the forefoot flex, causing the rear of the shoe to fall off the heel for some testers. Fortunately, lacing the shoe at the top eyelet reduced the amount of slip. The 870 comes in two different widths.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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