The New Balance Trail 910 v1 did not garner a lot of fans. In my opinion, this was due largely to the fit. It fit my foot really well, which means it was too narrow and snug on the top of the foot for most people. Another potentially off-putting component of the v1 version was a clear rubber outsole in the forefoot. While the outsole performed adequately, it just looked out of place.
For 2015, the New Balance Trail 910 v2, carries over the concept of a rugged, do-everything training shoe, but the shoe has been changed from the ground up. A new one-piece outsole is designed to provide traction over a broad range of terrain. The midsole is now sculpted in a manner similar to the 890, which should allow for better compliance over uneven ground. The upper has a more accommodating fit and is built to help keep out debris and protect toes. Thankfully, the flexible Rock Stop rock plate carries forward to protect against protruding rocks.
While many trail shoes have gone the lightweight route, the 910 v2 is an average weight trail shoe by today’s standards. By not stripping this shoe down, New Balance is offering a versatile, long-distance trail shoe for tough conditions and is squarely set on competing with the very popular Brooks Cascadia.
Available July 2015 – MSRP $110.00
Stack height: 29mm heel, 21mm forefoot, 8mm heel-toe offset
Weight*: 10.8 oz (men’s size 9), 8.9 oz (women’s size 8) *Provided by manufacture
ASICS FujiAttack 4: Available now – MSRP $110.00
Brooks Cascadia 10: Available now – MSRP $120.00