DSB Giveaway: New Balance Team Garmin-Sharp 890v3 Running Shoe

For my triumphant return to outdoor Refine Method, I wore a new pair of shoes: the limited edition New Balance Team Garmin-Sharp Argyle 890v3 Performance Running Shoe. The shoes looked great and I received a number of compliments during the short time I had them on.

It’s a bonus that they performed very well too.

Outdoor Refine Method

New Balance Team Garmin-Sharp 890v Argyle Performance Running Shoe

And by bonus I mean the entire reason I tried them out. I needed to see how the shoes performed and I decided that I’d start with short, fast distances first. As a lightweight shoe, the 890v3s are very different than the thicker shoes I usually wear to run.

At the same time, I’ve been wanting to dabble in lightweight running shoes for shorter, faster distances and had no idea how to decide which to go with. When New Balance offered me the chance to try out their limited edition New Balance Team Garmin-Sharp 890v3 performance running shoe, of course I said yes. And then they asked if I wanted to give away a pair to a reader — so, we all win. Well, two of us win, and one of the two is me. Mazel tov in advance to the one of you who wins.

As an injury-prone runner who loves lightweight sneakers for cross-training but needs cushioning for longer runs, I wanted to be careful. Outdoor Refine includes about four sprints up a hill, at just over 100 meters, in addition to all the other exercises we do. This seemed perfect for trying out a lightweight shoe with more flexibility than a standard running shoe.

The shoes, despite my initial concerns that they were too big (more on that below) were incredibly comfortable. I felt light on my feet and more importantly, I felt FAST during those sprints. Despite running up a steep hill, I felt like I was running on air as I zipped past people.

I also felt completely comfortable during walking lunges, jumping jacks, deadlifts, moving ladder jump squats, fast feet in and out of the ladder and all the other Refine-y moves that are much better performed with a flexible shoe.

Edited to add: these are more supportive than the New Balance Minimus.

New Balance Team Garmin-Sharp 890v3


I haven’t gone on a run in them yet, but I plan to later this week when I have 30-35 min with 4x100m strides on my plan. I’d love to see how I feel during a short run with a few bursts of speed.

If all goes well, I will incorporate them into more of my Richmond Marathon training runs!

About the shoes

Why are they called Team Garmin-Sharp?
New Balance has once again been named the official off-bike shoe of Team Garmin-Sharp, the American professional cycling team.

The argyle design is very pretty. Why argyle?
To commemorate the third year of partnership, New Balance has introduced the Limited Edition Team Garmin-Sharp 890v3 running shoe, featuring the bright blue hues and argyle patterns reminiscent of the team’s cycling uniform, which earned them the nickname “Argyle Armada.”

Any other interesting tie-ins to the cycling team?
The shoe also includes a custom insert, or sock liner featuring the riders.

New Balance Team Garmin-Sharp 890v3

Cool. Unless you put your own orthotics in. Then, less cool.

What size should you get?

As for sizing… this is something I struggle with because every brand runs differently on me, and I size up for running which usually means my running shoes don’t work for regular wear.

New Balance shoes seem to run a little large on me and I was torn between two sizes. I ended up asking for the larger size, figuring my orthotics (should I choose to have extra support with these) would fit into the larger size better.

Check out the New Balance Team Garmin-Sharp 890v3 performance running shoes – if you like what you see, you can enter to win your own pair thanks to New Balance! You can get up to two entries.

New Balance Team Garmin-Sharp 890v3 Giveaway

(1) For one entry, leave a comment telling me if you run in lightweight shoes. I’d also love to know if you run lightweight for all your runs or just some.

(2) For one entry, Tweet the following:

I entered to win @newbalance Team Garmin-Sharp 890v3 argyle running shoes from @dysterious. http://dorishinyblog.com/?p=10301

Then come back here and leave a comment letting me know you did so.

(3) If you have a contact at Twitter that can help me get my (extremely inactive/no tweets/no followers) name as my handle, you automatically win. Kidding. But let me know.

*I must receive all entries by Tuesday, August 6 at 12am and the odds of winning are determined by the number of entries received. Prize value is $109.99. No purchase necessary to enter.

They’re great shoes. Good luck!

**I received my New Balance 890v3 performance running shoes at no cost for review. All opinions are entirely my own.

84 comments on DSB Giveaway: New Balance Team Garmin-Sharp 890v3 Running Shoe

  1. Amber
    August 1, 2013 at 2:47 pm (4 years ago)

    I actually run in the 890 v2s so I would love to try these and see what’s different!

  2. Kelly D
    August 1, 2013 at 11:02 pm (4 years ago)

    I have never ran in lightweight shoes, but I would like to try the difference.

  3. Nikki
    August 2, 2013 at 5:08 pm (4 years ago)

    I do not run in lightweight shoes, but with these bad boys I def would

  4. Rebecca
    August 3, 2013 at 7:12 am (4 years ago)

    i usually only wear minimal shoes on shorter runs (up to 3 miles) or sometimes for sprint interval runs (400 or 800 repeats)

  5. Rebecca
    August 3, 2013 at 7:13 am (4 years ago)

    i tweeted about the giveaway too!

  6. Patrick Antonetti
    August 3, 2013 at 7:15 am (4 years ago)

    I run in lightweight shoes. Use NB now. In the market for a new pair, may go with Asics or Saucony.

  7. Leah
    August 3, 2013 at 2:21 pm (4 years ago)

    I run shorter distances and easier runs in my Brooks Pure Cadence shoes and do longer, harder runs in more supportive shoes.

  8. Mackenzie
    August 3, 2013 at 8:52 pm (4 years ago)

    I wear minimalist shoes for about half my runs and I always wear them when I lift. Love them!

  9. JustClaudiaNYC
    August 4, 2013 at 4:10 pm (4 years ago)

    I don’t run in minimalist shoes, but I do use NB minimus for Refine. I question their support sometimes, especially during sprints, lunges, and side jumps/leaps. I run using the NIKE FLEX 2013 run, which are muct more supportive. I may try using these for Refine, pending Brynn approval! :)

  10. JustClaudiaNYC
    August 4, 2013 at 4:11 pm (4 years ago)


    Claudia M ‏@JustClaudiaNYC now

    I entered to win @newbalance Team Garmin-Sharp 890v3 argyle running shoes from @dysterious. http://dorishinyblog.com/?p=10301

  11. Beth
    August 4, 2013 at 11:00 pm (4 years ago)

    I prefer a lightweight shoe, but I over-pronate slightly with my right foot so I wear a heavier shoe with special cushioning. I think a light shoe would work for cross-training, though I agree with JustClaudiaNYC in that the lightweight shoes don’t seem to offer as much support. Would love to be able to compare!

  12. Barbro
    August 5, 2013 at 4:07 am (4 years ago)

    Trying out my first pair of lighweight shoes now and love them. Working on improving my technique and running faster. Would be great to have a pair of these!

  13. Kristy Marino
    August 5, 2013 at 9:14 am (4 years ago)

    I do not run in lightweight shoes — never tried them because I always figured I needed heavy duty ones for my orthodics! I love that you tried these and liked them!

  14. Shaena
    August 5, 2013 at 9:57 am (4 years ago)

    I don’t run in lightweights, but I would like to try. I have really flat feet and often times running causes me pain when I wear really cushiony shoes. I wear minimal walking shoes and really like those, so maybe I will try lightweight running shoes!

  15. Jen, a priorfatgirl
    August 5, 2013 at 10:38 am (4 years ago)

    I’m embarrassed to admit this but I don’t know if I’ve run in lightweight shoes or not! I always buy “running” shoes and only wear them for running. When they get older and I buy new running shoes, the old pair become regular gym shoes. I’d love to try lightweight running shoes!

  16. Stacie
    August 5, 2013 at 10:52 am (4 years ago)

    I’m a relatively new runner — the last 5 months or so — so I’m still trying to figure out what kind of shoes are going to be the best for me. I’d love to give these a try!

  17. Stacie
    August 5, 2013 at 10:54 am (4 years ago)

    I also tweeted! (stacccer)

  18. MelissaH
    August 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm (4 years ago)

    My current sneakers are Asics and are a bit bulky. I’d love to win these to try something lighter!

  19. MelissaH
    August 5, 2013 at 2:30 pm (4 years ago)

    Just tweeted!

  20. Floey
    August 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm (4 years ago)

    I don’t have any lightweight running shoes! :( Would love to try some out!

  21. Floey
    August 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm (4 years ago)

    tweeted! @Squigglemefloey

  22. Alice
    August 5, 2013 at 11:39 pm (4 years ago)

    I do run in lightweight shoes. I find them to make me feel less constricted but I am not a fan of the almost barefoot running shoes (need support and light).

  23. kolpin
    August 6, 2013 at 1:15 am (4 years ago)

    i prefer a lightweight shoe, but I do need a little support and cushioning for longer runs.

  24. Ashley
    August 6, 2013 at 1:33 am (4 years ago)

    I run in lightweight shoes.

  25. mariloly
    August 6, 2013 at 2:14 pm (4 years ago)

    i spent part of last weekend looking for new running shoes and almost got some NB’s team garmin 890v3’s but needed to wait until pay day (which is today, and now i’m seeing this which is a sign they are the right pair!).

    here’s hoping!! thanks!

    ps: i tweeted also :)

  26. Mel
    August 6, 2013 at 4:38 pm (4 years ago)

    I run in supportive shoes, but do all other workouts/ circuits/ classes in a lightweight Reebok pair. They desperately need a friend I can take on walks, switch out to help ease the building smell. TMI?
    These look pretty and I love the concept. Vote for me 😉

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