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Mens New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Trail Trail Running Shoe

Men's New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Trail

Item #NBA1592
MSRP:$109.95
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Men's NEW BALANCE® FRESH FOAM 980 TRAIL :: Take to the trails traveling in the shoe that offers natural running with unnaturally good cushioning and trail protection, the Men's New Balance® Fresh Foam 980 Trail. 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 be protected from nasty trail elements with the Debris Free Gusset tongue and closed mesh, and you're sure to get plenty of traction and durability from the Fresh Foam 980 Trail running shoe compliments of its data driven full-ground contact outsole.10.3 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: Remarkable comfort and a more natural underfoot feel
  • No-Sew Material Application: Less Irritation
  • Synthetic/Mesh Upper
  • Aggressive Lugged Outsole: Multi-directional lugs for better traction
  • Heel-To-Toe Drop: 4mm
  • PL-4 Last
  • NBW2903
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4.4

(based on 8 reviews)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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        4.0

        New Balance 980 Trail

        By Big trail runner

        from Bedford NY

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fit is true
        • Good Trail Feel
        • Large Toe Box

        Cons

        • A little stiff
        • Cushioning Is Lacking

        Best Uses

        • Trail running

        This is a good all around trail shoe. It doesn't do anything great but does most things well

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        4.0

        Didn't work well for me

        By Chuck

        from Phoenix, Az

        Verified Buyer

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              This shoe just didn't work for me and I don't feel it was necessarily because it was a bad shoe, just wasn't right for me. Let me first say that I much prefer minimalist, they seem to work better. So that is why I will give the shoe a 4 instead of a 3.

              I used the 980s for about 3 weeks, running 3-4 times a week at roughly 6-12 miles in that time frame. The trails I run are rather rugged and the tread didnt handle so well on loose rocks and gravel. Also the failing point for the shoe was the tread, I ripped a lug off on a run. I'm hard on footwear and I don't feel that was a failing on the shoes part but indicative of how I use my gear.

              Some things to keep in mind when shoe shopping. Happy trails.

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              5.0

              Awesome ride!

              By USMC Big Dog the trail runner

              from Greenwood, SC

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Great traction

              Cons

              • Half Size To Small
              • I Needed 1 Size Up

              Best Uses

              • Technical trails

              I ran my first ultra in these shoes. The Paris Mountain 50k. These shoes were great. The terrain included steep rocky climbs, roots, dirt, and wet rocks. No slips; no problems at all.

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              4.0

              good but one and done

              By eNILElated

              from modesto

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                    bought these to run javelina 100 mile race,broke them in. even though i liked the fit and feel, after one race they were done.

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                    5.0

                    Love the

                    By Old runner

                    from Phoenix,az

                    Verified Buyer

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                          Trail running every day and just last weekend did the rim to rim to rim in them.

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                          4.0

                          Comfortable Ride & Good Traction

                          By Joelito

                          from Olympia, WA

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Good cushion
                          • Good Traction
                          • Not bulky

                          Cons

                          • Lacks durability

                          Best Uses

                          • Easy To Moderate Trails

                          I truly wanted to love these shoes; part of me still does. I have wide feet and have difficulty finding a trail shoe that doesn't squeeze. These fit great and provided an extremely comfortable ride. Straight out of the box I took them on an 11 mile run through moderately technical trails and single track. I LOVED them until...I went to take them off after my run and noticed small tears on the outer uppers of both shoes.

                          Since then I have put another 40 miles on them and they are just as comfortable as ever but there are now multiple tears in the uppers and some have gone all the way through. My instinct was to put Shoe Goo on them to keep them from growing but...I will be returning these before my 90 day guarantee is up.

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                          4.0

                          Off to a good start

                          By Eric

                          from Midland, Texas

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Stable In Rough Terrain
                          • Strikingly Good Looks

                          Cons

                          • very snug fit

                          Best Uses

                          • Streets
                          • Trails

                          I'm an aging, low mileage, light weight runner with chronic plantar fasciitis in one foot, and most of my runs are done on about 50% hard-packed or rocky trails and 50% asphalt. Given this context, this shoe works very well for me. It's stable on uneven ground and hasn't contributed to any joint pain that I can discern. Note that it's sized small; I went up the recommended half size over normal and it was still snug, especially in the toe box. However, since I run in orthotics, I simply removed the insole, put in a thinner one and pulled out the thin socks, and have found the shoe to be quite comfortable. One of the things I demand in a trail shoe is that it not pick up gravel so that I don't have to worry about scratching wood flooring when I get home, and this sole design is perfect in that respect. I've had the shoes only a few weeks so it's too early to tell about durability, but it's a great looking shoe that makes me look faster than I am!

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                          5.0

                          A quality trail shoe for wide feet

                          By Dave

                          from Livermore, ca

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Cushion
                          • Grippy
                          • Stable

                          Cons

                          • Short toe box

                          Best Uses

                          • Rough terrain
                          • Trails
                          • Train

                          I have been using various road shoes to tun trails over the past 20 years because I could not find a quality train shoe that ran and weight like a road shoe plus was aggressive and tough,crib ally it had to come in a 4e. This shoe is all that and more.
                          Fit- heal is firm and holds my foot like a glove, lacing system is very adjustable with additional eyelets, the foam molded soul is stellar and feels like it is holding my foot, toe box is wide enough for my foot. No hot spots or creases to cause blisters. I may have to go up a 1/2 size to accommodate my big toe.
                          Ride- the soul pattern is "grippy" on every terrain. I run mountainous trails and single track, often following cow paths. Gravel, rock, dirt, shale, off camber and steep ups and downs. The tread design on these shoes are genus! The patterns under the forefoot digs in going up and the heal acts like a brake going down. There was almost no side roll, it is almost too grippy.
                          Longevity- I have only logged about a 100 miles in them but a few runs have been 12 & 15 miles. My feet did not get tired, sore and I did not feel any of the pressure points I would get with my road shoes. My feet felt better than ever! If I can get 300-400 out of them I will be stoked!
                          Be aware that the heel drop is 4mm. I was running in 8mm before and it took a 1/2 runs for my legs to adjust.
                          If you are a trail runner looking for a wide fit. Give it a try!

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