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New Balance gives a new twist to one of its flagship Trail models: New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v7. The American company's best-known trail running shoes have undergone a total transformation, becoming a new, lighter, more dynamic and versatile concept.
The Fresh Foam Hierro has undergone a total overhaul in 2022. With the Iron v6 version, but now, with the v7, a leap has been made that places it as one of the bestsellers in the 365Rider Trail Running catalogue.
Versatility on all terrains
Weight reduction is the big evolution of the New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v7 . The 38 grams reduction is plausible (359 g in 2020, down to 339 g in 2021 and now, in 2022 we are going under 300 grams), but this doesn't mean that this is a short distance shoe. Far from it.
As a proof of this we can see that the outsole has been improved in all aspects. Although it is true that the Vibram compound has been maintained , it has evolved to Vibram MegaGrip which has been designed to favour traction with less weight, maintaining its durability and reliability guarantees. The tread pattern has undergone a radical change, with the distance between the lugs being more spaced out and with a thickness of 4.5 mm, which improves traction uphill and downhill. This improves grip on wetter terrain. In addition, the new knob position avoids muddy muddy conditions.
New Balance keeps its Fresh Foam X technology throughout the midsole. If something works, don't touch it, right? It is the softest compound of the brand, but it does not renounce to the firmness required for the most radical descents or the highest paces.
The upper has also been renewed from top to bottom. It keeps a resistant technical mesh, but just as breathable as in the last two versions, and they keep placing different materials, such as the Toe Protect in the whole front part, providing durability, protection against chafing and preventing moisture from getting inside with all that this means for the feet. The cushioning is still very comfortable. Despite the reduction of materials, the level of support and protection in this strategic point of the shoe is practically perfect.
Type of runner
So much so that we are witnessing a shoe that shows great performance in any distance, from 10Km sprintrail to ultradistance. They are very cushioned for medium to heavy runners who face long distances, but the substantial weight reduction provides the reactivity that lighter runners demand.
New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v7 data sheet
- Brand: New Balance
- Model: Fresh Foam Hierro v7
- Midsole: Fresh Foam X
- Outsole: Vibram Megagrip.
- Drop: 8 mm
- Available sizes: 40 to 47'5
- Weight: 300 gr (size 9 USA - 42 2/3 EU)
- Available colours: Orange & Blue; Gold & White; Purple & Pink (women).