Women'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 Women'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. 10.2 ounces
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I used these shoes for walking with my dogs along trails. I don't walk fast but I like the light weight and good traction trail running shoes provide. These shoes are comfortable with good cushioning--and I loved them even though my feet were brown with dirt when I took them off. However, they only lasted about 275 miles before the uppers got holes in them where my pinky toes are, making them unwearable/painful. The shoes were not tight on my feet and have a decent size toebox. But the material in the uppers is very thin and not reinforced. I have been wearing trail running shoes for over 10 years and have never worn through the uppers before, and I have narrow feet.
looooooove these shoes! i'm at the age where i really need cushion on longer runs, which i do on the trail. these shoes feel great!
Having been loyal to Brooks Cascadia for years and pretty satisfied, I was looking for more cushioning as I am a hard fore-foot striker - especially hard being a small person (5'3', 112#'s). Also, I wanted a smaller drop after researching the advantages. The problem is, zero or near zero drop shoes are typically minimalist which I did not want - so finding a zero drop with significant cushioning was almost impossible. Then came Fresh Foam Trail! Yippee! Without even trying, minutes were shaved off my time and my legs no longer ache after long runs. I run 80% hilly trails - some very technical - and at Colorado altitude.
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