Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe

Men's New Balance Fresh Foam 980

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Men's NEW BALANCE® FRESH FOAM 980 :: You're gonna be psyched on this brand new New Balance® running shoe that offers natural running with unnaturally good cushioning, the Men's Fresh Foam 980. Experience that full-ground contact you crave with this shoe's 4mm heel drop, while running protected in the soft, supportive foam that provides you with cushioning equal to, or better than, that of premium neutral category shoes. Your feet will also be held securely and comfortably in place compliments of the Fresh Foam's no-sew upper, and you can count on these babies to last you for the long-haul thanks to their excellent durability. 8.8 ounces

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PERFORMANCE NEUTRAL [?]
If you're a runner with high arches and you love to race or train fast, Performance Neutral shoes are right for you. Enjoy a lightweight, low-to-the-ground design that's perfect for picking up speed. When choosing running shoes, find your perfect fit using this chart. Category types are based on factors like arch height, running habits and body frame.

Features & Benefits:

  • Fresh Foam midsole: Performance midsole compound that delivers soft plush cushioning to runners that want a lower, more natural underfoot feel
  • Breathable, no-sew upper
  • Blown rubber outsole: Added durability
  • Softwear assist design
  • NBW2681
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Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe
 
4.4

(based on 35 reviews)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (29)
  • Comfortable (26)
  • Cushions impact (24)
  • Breathable (17)
  • Fast (17)

Cons

  • Narrow / tight (5)
  • Wears out quickly (3)

Best Uses

  • Road running (23)
  • Pavement (6)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      79% 

      (26 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      88% 

      (30 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (27), High arch (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (24), Casual/ recreational (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (33)

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4.0

A Natural Shoe w/ More Cushion

By Don't Love to Run!!

from Paramus, New Jersey

About Me Avid Athlete

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Breathable
  • Comfortable
  • Cushions Impact
  • Fast
  • Good Traction
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road Running

    Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

    I bought this shoe a few months ago for my first marathon. I had been running in Nike Free 5.0s, which are great but I found on longer runs (5+) to lack enough cushion. I purchased this shoe in hopes that it would have close to the same flexibility as the Free, be light weight, and provide more cushion. I can say it has delivered and I will be buying another pair before my run in January.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Average Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Great shoe overall

    By Larry

    from MD

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Breathable
    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Fast
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Wears Out Quickly

    Best Uses

    • Road Running

    Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

    Only issue with this shoe is the mesh on top wears out pretty fast. Big toes seem to wear it out quickly. They should add a small extra piece of material across the front / top of the foot and it would be a perfect shoe

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Average Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    NB Fresh Foam 980 - Comfort &Versatility

    By Racquet Man Bob

    from San Antonio, TX

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Pros

    • Breathable
    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Fast
    • Good Arch Support
    • Good Traction
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Wears Out Quickly

    Best Uses

    • Pavement

    Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

    I'm a 70 year old runner/tennis player with a wide toe span who also works out for strength regularly. The 980s not only fit the bill for comfort on and off the tennis court, but also have very good traction. I've been playing tennis (5 times a week)and running with them since they became available months ago. Of course the soles are not as durable as regular tennis shoes, but their lightweight permit me to move so much faster than previously without foot problems. I wear comfortable ankle supports under them to add more stability when playing tennis. I now own 4 pair in some great colors. Love 'em.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels half size too small
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Average Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Minimal Drop with great cushion

    By Tim

    from Long Beach, CA

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Running

      Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

      I have had awful problems with forefoot and 1st Metatarsal pain while wearing Nike free 3.0. I like the flexibility, low drop, and fast ride of the Free's, just needed more forefoot support and unilateral (left foot) pronation control. The foam 980's fit the bill so far. Great training shoe. I use the in-store custom orthotics and have been extremely happy with them! Not sure if this is an ideal race shoe, but great for training.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Average Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Firm and comfortable.

      By Matt

      from East Bay, CA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Breathable
      • Comfortable
      • Cushions Impact
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Running

        Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

        Run 20-25 miles/week

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Arch Type:
        • Average Arch
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Awesome shoes. Very comfortable.

        By Jim

        from Rocky Mount, NC

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Good Traction
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Walking

          Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

          Great pair of shoes.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Arch Type:
          • Average Arch
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          3.0

          not for wide feet

          By Fred

          from Colorado

          About Me Avid Athlete

          Pros

          • Breathable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Narrow / Tight

          Best Uses

            Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

            Not for wide feet. Toe box snug. great ventilation

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels too narrow
            • Arch Type:
            • Average Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Promising shoes

            By timeitself

            from Hoboken, NJ

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Cushions Impact
            • Low Drop

            Cons

            • Not Flexible Enough
            • Relatively Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Road Running

            Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

            I run on asphalt and concrete tiles, having no alternatives around.
            I used minimalistic shoes for a while, but I was looking for more absorption, with the same minimalistic feeling.
            The 980 are not quite so. They absorb impacts but they lack of the flexibility I was used to.
            There is room for improvement in future versions, like the tongue: unreasonably too bulky.
            I have the wider size (2E), but they are still on the narrow side, far from the wide toe box I was used in minimalistic shoes.

            Considering pros and cons, I will most likely keep those shoes, even if I'm not fully sold.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels too narrow
            • Arch Type:
            • Average Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            very comfortable, light, roomy toe box

            By Surfnsfari

            from South Orange County, Ca

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Pros

            • Breathable
            • Comfortable
            • Cushions Impact
            • Fast
            • Good Arch Support
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Endurance Training

              Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

              I was wearing the Kinvaras for a while. Loved the glove like fit but my feet couldn't take a lot of mileage in them. Too thin. The 980 is a great alternative for me. They weigh more but still feels light enough and the trade off for the extra cushioning is worth it. They are still flexible enough and I love the new laces.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
              • Arch Type:
              • High Arch
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              I would buy these again!

              By Blademan

              from Homestead Fl.

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Breathable
              • Comfortable
              • Cushions Impact
              • Good Arch Support
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Road Running

                Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

                I use the 980 to run in, usually 25-30 miles pre week.The shoes for me were perfect out of the box with a light but soft cushiony feel, and at 62 years old that is what I am looking for.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Arch Type:
                • Average Arch
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Perfect Shoe for me!!!

                By Trick22

                from Fort Worth, TX

                About Me Gym Rat

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Cushions Impact
                • Fast
                • Good Arch Support

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Pavement

                  Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

                  These NB Fresh Foam 980's have turned out to be the perfect running shoes! I haven't ran consistently in about 3 years and in that time, I never went greater than 1.5 miles at a leisurely 11:30 pace. 1st run in these, I went for 2:25 miles at a 10:15 pace and the next day I went for 3 miles at a 10:15 pace. I'm 6'2", 215 lbs, and these shoes were like a Godsend! These might not be for everyone, but they sure are perfect for me...so much so, that I'm ordering a 2nd pair to rotate them!

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Arch Type:
                  • Average Arch
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  4.0

                  Fantastic running shoe! Very Fast!

                  By AT

                  from Arlington, VA

                  About Me Avid Athlete

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Breathable
                  • Comfortable
                  • Fast
                  • Good Traction
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Road Running

                    Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

                    I run 30 miles a week and I am currently working on my speed and hill running. I bought these shoes a week after my first marathon and ran five miles much faster than I have in a while. They feel great and I am going to buy tow more pair to rotate with the first pair. This will mean retiring my mizunos and my brooks. It is well worth it.

                    • Sizing:
                    • Feels true to size
                    • Width:
                    • Feels true to width
                    • Arch Type:
                    • Average Arch
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Great for 890 fans

                    By Balgera

                    from Washington, DC

                    About Me Avid Athlete

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Road Running

                      Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

                      I've been wearing NB 890s since v2, but the most recent update seems to be too tight in the toe box. I found myself with a shoe full of blood after every long run. Not fun! But otherwise I love the 890s, so I was looking for something very similar with a bit more width in the toe. I tried on a dozen different pairs from different brands but this felt the most similar to the 890 to me. I broke these in on an 18 mile run today and they were fantastic. Even better than the 890. They feel even lighter, and a bit more flexible. I would not call these overly cushioned, but they are a bit softer than the 890s. Very happy with these so far.

                      • Sizing:
                      • Feels true to size
                      • Width:
                      • Feels true to width
                      • Arch Type:
                      • Average Arch
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Great shoes worth every penny so far

                      By runningman21

                      from Canton, GA

                      About Me Avid Athlete

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Cushions Impact
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Tongue

                      Best Uses

                      • Road Running

                      Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

                      Great shoes love the look and feel

                      • Sizing:
                      • Feels half size too big
                      • Width:
                      • Feels true to width
                      • Arch Type:
                      • Average Arch
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Grat shoe

                      By Hoofin'

                      from Portland, OR

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Breathable
                      • Comfortable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Road Running

                        Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

                        I've been a faithful Ascics and Mizuno running shoe wearer for over a decade. I took part in the shoe dog in store eval and these were recommended. Very pleased so far. I've been plagued with eight knee pain due to muscle to muscle Imbalance after back to back 1/2 Marathons 2 years ago. My first run with these shoe felt great and I ran 20 min straight for the first time in 2 years, pain free.

                        • Sizing:
                        • Feels true to size
                        • Width:
                        • Feels true to width
                        • Arch Type:
                        • High Arch
                         
                        3.0

                        Really wanted to like this shoe but...

                        By Honucarl

                        from Charleston, SC

                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                        Pros

                        • Fast
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Road Running

                          Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

                          I really wanted to like the 980 Fresh Foam. My go-to shoe is the NB 890v4, which I have used for a HM and 15k recently, and is comfortable, cushioned and light. I used the 980s exclusively for 25 miles to give them a good trial. My conclusion is that the 980s are surprisingly stiff and seem a half size too small. The good news is that I achieved my fastest times with the 980s, but the bad news is that I experienced pain in my knees, which I never felt before, and soreness in my hips. So, sadly, I am going to remove the 980s from my rotation for now.

                          • Sizing:
                          • Feels half size too small
                          • Width:
                          • Feels true to width
                          • Arch Type:
                          • High Arch
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          5.0

                          Simply a great shoe

                          By Tom

                          from Avon, Ohio

                          About Me Avid Athlete

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Fast
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Pavement

                            Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

                            The NB Foam is simply a great shoe. I was using the NB 890 (V3 & V4) for the last year but the ride on the Foam is much softer. The shoe is very light and responsive. As soon as I reached 150 miles on them I called a few friends and recommended they buy a pair.

                            • Sizing:
                            • Feels true to size
                            • Width:
                            • Feels true to width
                            • Arch Type:
                            • Average Arch
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No
                             
                            5.0

                            Pretty Darn Good

                            By Rick

                            from Wisconsin

                            About Me Avid Athlete

                            Pros

                            • Breathable
                            • Comfortable
                            • Cushions Impact
                            • Durable
                            • Fast
                            • Good Arch Support
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Road Running

                              Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

                              Really like these shoes. I was running in a pair of NB 890 v3, but these were wearing down and I decided on the 980's. I was experiencing pain in my knees with the older shoes, but since running with the 980's the pain disappeared, and my pace has increased by almost 9 seconds. Good styling, Only drawback is that I wished that New Balance would have made these in the USA.

                              • Sizing:
                              • Feels half size too small
                              • Width:
                              • Feels true to width
                              • Arch Type:
                              • Average Arch
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No
                               
                              5.0

                              great shoe

                              By Cedar Rapids most rapid

                              from Iowa

                              About Me Casual/ Recreational

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable
                              • Fast
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Road Running

                                Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

                                Comfort, fast and cool looking

                                • Sizing:
                                • Feels true to size
                                • Width:
                                • Feels true to width
                                • Arch Type:
                                • High Arch
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No
                                 
                                4.0

                                So far, so good

                                By HS

                                from Philadelphia area

                                About Me Avid Athlete

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

                                      These shoes recently arrived. Comfortable so far.

                                      • Sizing:
                                      • Feels true to size
                                      • Width:
                                      • Feels true to width
                                      • Arch Type:
                                      • Average Arch
                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No
                                       
                                      5.0

                                      A new level of comfort

                                      By Jim the runner

                                      from Oxford, MS

                                      About Me Gym Rat

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Comfortable
                                      • Cushions Impact
                                      • Good Arch Support
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Road Running

                                        Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

                                        By far, the most comfortable pair of athletic shoes I have ever put on my feet. I have high arches, heel spurs, and a bad back. Years ago I was a 20-25 mile a week guy, but had basically quit running. I switched to biking and lifting weights. These shoes have me back on the road.

                                        • Arch Type:
                                        • High Arch
                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • No
                                         
                                        5.0

                                        A nice low drop cushioned shoe.

                                        By Midpackbiped

                                        from DC

                                        About Me Avid Athlete

                                        Pros

                                        • Breathable
                                        • Comfortable
                                        • Cushions Impact
                                        • Good Traction
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Road Running

                                          Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

                                          Love it. Don't buy it if you think you are getting the hoka version of a NB. This is a low drop neutral shoe, lightweight, with good fit and not "squishy". Cushioning doesn't feel too soft to me - I'd call it semi-soft to semi-firm. Unlike other NBs, they fit well in the toebox - not too cramped. The only issue is that the laces loosen up a bit and do better double knotted for me.

                                          • Sizing:
                                          • Feels true to size
                                          • Width:
                                          • Feels true to width
                                          • Arch Type:
                                          • Average Arch
                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • No
                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Good support and very light,

                                          By MikeyG

                                          from New England

                                          About Me Avid Athlete

                                          Verified Reviewer

                                          Pros

                                          • Breathable
                                          • Cushions Impact
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Pavement

                                            Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

                                            Very happy with these shoes, I ran for a year in minimus 0 drop and felt I needed more as my distance increases, the 980 foam is great, low drop but not a lot and great cushion. Very breathable so it took a little to adjust to cold feet early in my run but not an issue.

                                            • Sizing:
                                            • Feels true to size
                                            • Width:
                                            • Feels true to width
                                            • Arch Type:
                                            • Low Arch
                                            • Was this a gift?:
                                            • No
                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Fresh Foam 980 from New Balance

                                            By Kg

                                            from Marlton nj

                                            About Me Avid Athlete

                                            Pros

                                            • Breathable
                                            • Comfortable
                                            • Cushions Impact
                                            • Fast
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Pavement

                                              Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

                                              Just purchased 2 pairs of the new balance fresh foam 980. This is the first time that I have tried new balance and I am glad that I did. Just completed a 3 mile run and my legs and feet feel great. The foam cushioning is great and they have support for being light as a feather. I am 6ft 2 inches tall a weight 178 pounds and they handle my size and weight without a problem. I highly recommend .

                                              • Sizing:
                                              • Feels half size too small
                                              • Width:
                                              • Feels true to width
                                              • Arch Type:
                                              • Average Arch
                                              • Was this a gift?:
                                              • No
                                               
                                              2.0

                                              Not for Me

                                              By Chris

                                              from South Jersey

                                              About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                              • Poor Cushioning
                                              • Uncomfortable

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

                                                I am a heel striker. I wanted to try something with a lower drop than my Nimbus, but I need cushioning for my back and knees. I had hoped these would do the trick, but I found the cushioning lacking when trying them out on a treadmill. Although they are light, these were just not comfortable for me. Perhaps if I had worked a bit on transitioning to mid-foot they would have been better, but it didn't seem to work for me. I returned them.

                                                • Sizing:
                                                • Feels true to size
                                                • Width:
                                                • Feels true to width
                                                • Arch Type:
                                                • Average Arch
                                                • Was this a gift?:
                                                • No
                                                 
                                                3.0

                                                Nice first offering, lightweight

                                                By BS

                                                from Bridgewater, NJ

                                                About Me Avid Athlete

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Breathable
                                                • Fast
                                                • Good Arch Support
                                                • Lightweight

                                                Cons

                                                • Narrow / Tight
                                                • Narrow toe box
                                                • Poor Cushioning

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Road Running

                                                Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

                                                I tried these shoes along with some of the other new cushioned, low drop shoes coming into the market. New Balance did a great job with keeping these shoes very lightweight. The toe box was a bit narrow for my foot though.

                                                • Sizing:
                                                • Feels half size too small
                                                • Width:
                                                • Feels true to width
                                                • Arch Type:
                                                • Average Arch
                                                • Was this a gift?:
                                                • No
                                                 
                                                4.0

                                                Cushioned + Fast = Essential (video)

                                                By UltraLeap

                                                from Foster City, CA

                                                About Me Avid Athlete

                                                Verified Reviewer

                                                Pros

                                                • Cushions Impact
                                                • Fast

                                                Cons

                                                • Poor Arch Support

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Road Running

                                                Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

                                                Details here: http://youtu.be/UML6VckNTEI

                                                • Sizing:
                                                • Feels true to size
                                                • Width:
                                                • Feels true to width
                                                • Was this a gift?:
                                                • No
                                                 
                                                4.0

                                                Nothing Special But Still a Good Shoe

                                                By SOCM Runner

                                                from Ft. Bragg, NC

                                                About Me Professional Athlete

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Breathable
                                                • Comfortable
                                                • Cushions Impact
                                                • Lightweight

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Road Running

                                                  Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

                                                  Lots of cushion, with instability. Smooth heel to toe transition. Very light. The tread is just aggressive enough to provide good traction even on loose trails or mud but isn't as extreme as, say a Mizuno, and doesn't get rocks stuck in it. This is an extremely comfortable shoe.

                                                  • Sizing:
                                                  • Feels true to size
                                                  • Width:
                                                  • Feels true to width
                                                  • Arch Type:
                                                  • Average Arch
                                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                                  • No
                                                   
                                                  4.0

                                                  Nice on the feet.

                                                  By Barkley Beast

                                                  from Los Alamos, NM

                                                  About Me Avid Athlete

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Comfortable
                                                  • Cushions Impact
                                                  • Lightweight

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Poor Traction

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Road Running

                                                  Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

                                                  This appears to be NB's answer to the Hoka One One. Very comfortable, good cushioning - not as much cush as the Hokas, but lighter and easier to run with. Lightweight - my size US 11.5 weighs only 10.6 oz per shoe - very light for this much cushioning. This is a pair that will feel really good in the latter stages of a 50 or 100 mile race. The only thing I don't like is that the sole is nearly completely smooth and flat - no tread to speak of. I've been wearing them on dry trails - they're fine for that, but they would be a problem on a wet and slippery trail.

                                                  • Sizing:
                                                  • Feels true to size
                                                  • Width:
                                                  • Feels true to width
                                                  • Arch Type:
                                                  • Average Arch
                                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                                  • No
                                                   
                                                  4.0

                                                  Nice a cushy

                                                  By Cmdr z

                                                  from Castro Valley, CA

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                                                  Pros

                                                  • Comfortable
                                                  • Cushions Impact
                                                  • Fast
                                                  • Good Traction
                                                  • Lightweight
                                                  • Like A Cloud

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Narrow / Tight

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Road Running

                                                  Comments about Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Running Shoe:

                                                  This is a great shoe. LOTS of cushion. I am what they call a "Clydsdale" runner. I like the light weight and the cushioning.
                                                  I do have to say that this is a much more narrow shoe than the NB 680's I have been running in. I took them for a 15 miel run and after 10 miles I REALLY noticed the lack of width. The toes bos is not as deep as the 680's.
                                                  I had to go to a 4E, which i just picked up today. (sorry not from here as Road Runner does not carry them) I will see how the 4E's do.
                                                  If you are lookin for a nice cushioned run this is the real deal

                                                  • Width:
                                                  • Feels too narrow
                                                  • Arch Type:
                                                  • Average Arch
                                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                                  • No

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