New Balance 805 AT
Road weary? Not in these! This baby's got fullfoot ABZORB for undaunted trailblazing! It is a favorite of the high-mileage runner seeking stability, who has a small- to medium-frame build and medium to low arches.
"I wore these to run on snow & ice, on asphalt and on trail. For a board-lasted shoe it had nice flexibility on snow, ice and trail but a very "hard" feel on asphalt. That's okay, it just takes more breaking-in time. The shoe (sock) felt flexible and was comfortable."
"Compared to other trail shoes, these are generally superior except on very rough terrain where the technical trail shoes (Montrail, The North Face, etc) excel. One feature I really liked was the tread. It worked amazingly well on slippery snow and ice. I will be curious to see how it does on ball bearing trails and loose gravel or climbing really steep grassy trails this summer. The toe bumper is too small to protect more than the very front of the foot. Padding in the forefoot is good but I think a carbon fiber plate to protect feet from protruding rocks would be better use of the weight. I recommend these to pronators and totally neutral runners. There might be too much motion control for underpronators."
"I've been in a Montrail funk for a while and though I still like them, I'd buy 1-2 pairs of these 805's/year just for variety. I liked the lace type and really liked the stable heel with its firm heel cup. These had excellent traction. I wore them on icy roads and trails. The toe bumper is sturdy (definitely improved since NB 803) the night reflectives were good. The NB trail running shoes have evolved nicely. I am curious to see if these will hold out for the 600 miles I usually put on my shoes."