Coming in as the second cheapest shoe on test, the New Balance opens its account well by tipping the scales
at an impressively light 347g. Along with its Gore-Tex outer, this puts it in the same lightweight ballpark as the far more expensive shoes from Inov-8 and Salomon.
Unfortunately, that’s where the similarity ends and, on non-technical terrain, although they give a decent run there’s a sense of disconnection with the trail that you know doesn’t bode well for when things get a bit rougher.
On steep climbs they slip and slide, reducing our tester to a tentative walk and costing valuable energy. The relatively shallow and tightly spaced lugs just can’t deal with any degree of mud on a gradient, and descending on wet grass becomes more like skiing than running.
It’s a real shame, as a bit more flexibility, a tad less cushioning and a slightly more aggressive outer would make all the difference.
Contact : www.newbalance.co.uk