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The New (Balance) Garmin
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Friday 3rd May 2013


Tags  Garmin  |  New Balance  |  Team Garmin


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I took a little trip into London yesterday to take a look at the new season 'Autumn/Winter 2013' collection of running shoes from New Balance (www.newbalance.co.uk). You will see these hitting the shelves of your local running emporium (or images on your friendly online retail provider website, if the virtual world is your purchasing environment...), very soon.

And you will see them certainly. In fact, you can't miss them, as the full spectrum of the rainbow appears to be present - in a some instances all on one shoe - as a brand perhaps more typically associated with the traditional, understated, performance end of the market has been given free reign to attack the colour palate. And attack it they have... and then some. Expect many of these shoes to be worn as fashion statements down Carnaby Street rather than chasing PB's over 10km.

New Balance M890v3 'Crushed Pink' edition - with rainbow laces!

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS / IMAGES OF THE FULL RANGE

Anyway, back to the original headline...

With the Giro D'Italia starting tomorrow, where defending champion, Ryder Hesjedal (Team Garmin) will be hoping to dent the hopes of Bradley Wiggins, it was great timing to find this shoe on display, the Team Garmin-Sharp edition of the M890, a shoe now in its third iteration.

New Balance M890v3 Team Garmin edition

Ironically perhaps, for a cycling team that has been closely associated with its distinctive bold 'Argyle' design cues through its various kit iterations, this was actually one of the most subtle and understated models on display from New Balance, and personally, I really like it.

New Balance M890v3 Team Garmin edition

We suspect that on the feet of Team Garmin and its staff, this edition of the 890v3 will primarily be used for walking to and from the team bus, into and out of hotels and - hopefully - standing on a few podiums rather than being pushed to the limits in on the run.

That said, this is more than just a badged up podium shoe for a bit of cafe culture posing. The 890 model is one of the best selling lightweight performance shoes in the New Balance range. This is the shoe that has had extensive design input from Olympic 1500m runner and New Balance sponsored athlete Andy Baddeley - several colourways on the shoe carrying his name.

New Balance M890v3 Andy Badeley edition

If a racer-trainer style, performance shoe is the type of footwear you run in, this would be well worth considering - especially if you have a particular affinity to the cycling team! I actually own the 2012 edition of this shoe in the 2012 'rule britannia' edition... and it was even part of my Olympic Torch carrying outfit.

It weighs 271g (men), 217g (women) and has an 8mm heel-toe drop, with an RRP of £79.99.

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS / IMAGES OF THE FULL RANGE


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