New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Review: A Better Fresh Foam

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Earlier this year I reviewed the New Balance Fresh Foam 980. It was an interesting shoe in that it was far more responsive than the marketing associated with the shoe would have suggested. The 980 was firm, not soft and foamy, and I liked the ride. Unfortunately it suffered from a cramped toebox that left […]

New Shoe Previews: New Balance Zante and Boracay, Altra Superior 2.0, Instinct 3.0, and Salomon Sense X-Series

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Yesterday I provided previews of upcoming shoes from Brooks, Saucony and Skechers, and today we’ll take a look at new offerings from New Balance, Altra, and Salomon. As with yesterday’s post, photos and most of the info were provided by Sam Winebaum. Sam attends the Summer Outdoor Retailer Show each year and graciously offered to […]

New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Review: Firm, Responsive, and A Bit Pointy

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The New Balance Fresh Foam 980 seems to be a shoe experiencing a slight identity crisis – it doesn’t really know what it wants to be. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as I like shoes that are innovative and buck the traditional mold for a running shoe, but I think the marketing of this […]

Summer 2014 Running Shoe Previews Part 3: New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Trail, New Balance MT110v2

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This is Part 3 of a 4-part series – you can also view previews of Altra, Newton, and Hoka summer 2014 releases. Since these shoes have yet to be released, I have not run in any of them. If you have, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! I’ve had mixed luck with […]

New Balance Fresh Foam 980, Pointy Shoes, and Toe Blisters

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Sometimes the running gods can be cruel. Yesterday I wrote a post on how to avoid chafing while running. One of the anti-chafe products that I recommended is called Hike-Goo, and after I wrote the post I emailed my contact (Vito) to let him know that I had finally managed to try it. Vito responded […]

The Return of the New Balance MT101 Trail Shoe

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I’ve run in a lot of shoes over the past 5 years since starting this blog. Some were memorable, others not so much. And there are a few that rose above the rest and found a special place in my heart. The original Nike Free 3.0. The Brooks Launch. The original Saucony Kinvara and the […]

New Balance 890 v4 Review: The Barcalounger of Running Shoes

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One of my top shoes from last year was the New Balance 1400v2. It’s a simple, comfortable, no frills shoe that provided just enough cushion – kind of like an Ikea Poang chair: = Given that I tolerated the 9mm drop 1400v2 just fine, I thought I’d give the 10mm drop New Balance 890 v4 […]

New Balance 1400 v2 Review: A Candidate For Shoe Of The Year

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“The 1400 are what running shoes are pretty much supposed to be.  That’s not to say that shoes that aren’t like this are no good. I know they are. And not everyone can wear one model. But running is supposed to be simple. At some point we came to believe that our running shoes weren’t […]

New Balance 730 v2 Review: Fun Shoe, Bargain Price, But With Possible Durability Concerns

I really want to like New Balance shoes. They make a lot of shoes that fit right into my sweet spot, but I’ve had a lot of issues with shoe durability and construction over the past few years, and it has made me hesitate to recommend a lot of their recent offerings. First, the MT10v1 […]

2014 Shoe Previews: New Balance Minimus Trail Zero v2, 980 Fresh Foam, and 890 v4

Runningshoes.com has shared a bunch of additional videos of new shoes that were previewed at the 2013 Outdoor Retailer show. In this installment we take a look at three new offerings/updates from New Balance. New Balance Minimus Trail Zero v2 (MT00v2) I really don’t understand why New Balance chose to call this shoe the Minimus […]