New Balance 608v5 Review
New Balance has a long and successful history in the shoemaking business. From walking sneakers and training shoes to running models and casual styles, this brand continues to surprise with innovations. With the creation of new and updated versions, New Balance not only improves their products but also enhances the runner’s performance. Always striving to deliver the best for athletes, the brand continues to produce high-quality trainers, with the latest science and modern technologies. Part of these innovations is the 5th iteration of the 608 model. Since the discontinuation of the 608v4 style, the 608v5 version quickly became famous as the new workout model, designed especially for those long hours in the gym.
Released in November 2018, this newest generation has many great qualities that athletes can contribute from. Featuring an enhanced ABZORB® heel pad for optimum cushioning, together with outsole flex grooves for superior flexibility, the New Balance 608v5 is an ideal choice for fitness fanatics, long gym sessions, light jogging and walking. With their constant changes and developments, New Balance has once more succeeded in delivering a good quality trainer. Not only is the 608v5 versatile but it’s also comfortable, supportive and very affordable. If you want to find out more about the 5th version of the 608 model, remain alert.
- Supreme cushioning
- Comfortable fit
- Slip-resistant outsole
- Versatile design
- Breathable upper
- Average support
- Durability issues
When compared to the 608v4 model, the 5th iteration is better cushioned, more supportive and the toe box is slightly bigger. This gives you more space in the instep area, which makes the 608v5 design ideal for athletes with wide feet and a high instep. On the inside, there is a lightweight Phantom Liner® that offers a snug and comfortable fit. In addition, when compared to its discontinued predecessor, this upgraded model feels a bit lighter.
Besides its use for running and working out, many customers said that they often use this style as an everyday casual model or as a dress shoe. The upgrade that was done to make this design even more comfortable includes the multiple perforations throughout the entire upper to improve breathability. Although some customers were not happy with the leather, they were pleased with the style and that they clean easily with a damp sponge, making them an ideal pair of shoes for winter. In addition, an ABZORB® cushioning is applied in the midfoot that provides exceptional shock absorption.
Furthermore, the dual-density collar foam helps prevent irritation at your ankles. This updated model comes available in 3 widths, and almost all sizes. Men can choose between US sizes 6.5 and 18 while women have the option to choose from US sizes 5 to 12. The comfort levels are maximized with the use of polyurethane insert which provides cushioning all day long. The 5th iteration is a versatile workout shoe which can be used for walking, light jogging, in the gym or for fitness classes.
The heel section is boosted with Abzorb technology. This is the brand’s proprietary innovation, which is a mix of lightweight and responsive foam with a hard-wearing Dupont Engage Isoprene rubber. This rubber is known to withstand repeated impacts longer than a standard EVA foam. In addition, the Abzorb heel pad is supposed to protect the athlete’s feet against the harmful effects of repeated impact. Furthermore, due to the lightweight foam, the midsole is light and flexible enough to deliver a pleasant and comfortable ride. Last but not least, the midsole in the new model is known to provide lateral support.
The rubber is designed to be durable and helps protect against abrasion. In addition, the updated flex grooves should make the forefoot more flexible. In order to reduce the weight of the shoe, there is a carved out piece at the bottom of the sole, making the New Balance 608v5 model slightly lighter than the 608v4 design. Last but not least, the updated outsole features slip-resistant properties. Tested by ASTM F2913-11, the outsole is supposed to provide superior traction under various conditions and terrains.
Many customers agreed that despite the neutral support, they didn’t have to add arch supports in this model since they had no trouble wearing this pair all day long. The back of the 608v5 design is slightly higher than previous models and grip the heel better. For people with a narrow heel, this is a great feature, that comes in handy during jogging and walking. Customers with plantar fasciitis highly recommend this design for anyone who needs average support.
This model features a Phantom Liner on the inside, which is a smooth and lightweight material, designed to prevent blisters and irritations. Moreover, there is a padded collar and a breathable mesh tongue that add to the overall comfort of the design. Compared to the 608v4 upper, this updated model features more perforations throughout the leather, to keep the foot fresh and dry during long workouts. Also, there are added leather overlays in this model, that are placed around the heel and the toes. This update is supposed to reinforce the structure and improve support.
The outsole received an upgrade too. Now, with added flex grooves, there is improved flexibility at the forefoot area. The outsole is designed with rubber that is slip-resistant and in addition, durable too. Even though there were a couple of negative comments about the durability of the 5th iteration, many reviewers thought it was well worth the price and they were pleased with the other qualities the trainer offered.
The New Balance 608v5 version comes in medium, wide and extra wide width and its available in almost all sizes. This model is available for both women and men who lead an active lifestyle and need comfort, stability, and support during their workouts. With a decent selection in colors, this style makes versatile footwear, easy to be matched with jeans, pants or shorts, and performs great in the gym, walking and light jogging whether it’s on a track, treadmill or outdoors. With the all-day comfort the New Balance 608v5 offers, it’s easy to be motivated to move, work up a sweat and stay active and healthy.