This spankin’ fresh model from New Balance is getting some serious buzz. The 980 introduces the brand’s latest midsole compound – Fresh Foam. How can you tell that it’s fresh? Just like a good pear or kiwi, you squeeze it, of course! But Fresh Foam isn’t the whole story here – the elemental design of the shoe makes it a welcome competitor in the popular class of shoes including the Saucony Kinvara, Brooks PureFlow and Pearl Izumi EM Road N2.
What to Watch For
- Fresh Foam: This new compound is designed to deliver soft, plush cushioning to runners who want a more “natural” experience.
- No-Sew Upper: All overlays on the 980 are welded in place to keep the shoe light.
- 4mm Offset: We measured stack heights of a sample of the 980 at 26mm/22mm heel/forefoot.
- On the Light Side: At 9.3 oz for Men’s size 9 and 7.2 oz for Women’s size 7 (RW measurements), the 980 is light compared to traditional running shoes, but a bit heavier than many other elemental models.