At a Glance:
- 4mm offset (24mm heel, 20mm forefoot)
- 10.5 ounces in weight (men’s size 9)
- Fresh Foam midsole technology that delivers plush cushioning
- Multi-directional lugs that offer traction for climbing and descending
- No-sew synthetic mesh upper and gusseted tongue designed to keep out debris
A low offset, highly cushioned trail shoe that meets the demands of daily trail runners as well as fans of the New Balance 980 road version.
Maximalism. It’s one of the buzzwords that has put itself into existence in the running world over the past year, indicative of a full pendulum swing away from the minimalist trend of the Born to Run days. What is it? The “maximalist” category hasn’t been clearly defined at this point, but the differentiator is an obvious one – plenty of cushioning.
So is this new trend just a revamp of plush traditional trainers like the Nimbus or the Vomero? Not quite, though some premium trainers are going in that direction. Instead, shoe manufacturers are looking for ways to incorporate learnings from minimalism into shoes with a lot more protection underfoot.
New Balance’s first contribution to this trend is the 980, which recently found its way to our doorstep. The 980 is the introductory carrier of Fresh Foam, a new compound that promises a super soft ride. Always fans of new shoes and new technologies, we were quick to give this new shoe a try. Read more…
New Balance 980 Trail; M 10.2 oz, W 8.1 oz, 4mm offset, $110*
The release of the New Balance 980 is upon us, and with it we will see the introduction of the company’s new Fresh Foam midsole material, which promises a super soft & pillowy ride, keeping in with the trend of increasing cushioning between you and the road. The 980, which features a flexible, 4mm offset to keep your stride uninhibited, is starting to get some buzz going for it and should be a good option for those who want a plush ride without the look of an oversized midsole. Read more…
Running Shoes, Sneak Peeks
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.
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Running Shoes, Sneak Peeks