I bought these shoes for training runs on local trails. They are exceptionally well designed, and quite attractive. When my wife saw them she was dismayed to find that I was about to muddy them up! I needed to return the first pair I received because one of the eyelets wasn't sewn correctly. But the exchange was painless and the second pair is built perfectly. I am a neutral pronator with a wide foot and high arches. I find this model provides good fit, rock solid stability, and just the right level of trail feel. They work well with over-the-counter orthotics, too.
Overall, the shoe is very nice. The first 1/2 mile on the trail was encouraging. However, once I started on the true trail - downhills specifically, is when I ran into trouble. The uppers on this shoe are very breathable and light but, more importantly, not very strong. And so on the downhills, my foot slid forward so much so that my toes were always jamming into the front toe box. Longer trail runs would result in many lost toenails. This shoe should be marketed strictly for the road. The tread is good but no where good enough to justify having to constantly deal with black toes!
Va Trail Runner
Not A Trail Shoe
This shoe should do well on the road with a flatter outsole. My experience was that the uppers were just too weak to hold my foot in place. On flat sections it was great but it's a rare trail that is flat the entire time. On the down-hills, my toes stayed jammed into the toe box without stop. I had to return them. I'd like to see this same shoe but with stronger uppers.
Va Trail Runner
610v2 is a great general use shoe.
I am not a trail runner, I use the shoe for golf and general use. The 610v2 provides great traction for my golf swing. It is light weight for wearing all day at work. Best work and play shoe I ever had. I would like it in white, but I guess white wouldn't go well as a trail show.
I have recommended it to four of my friends. They all love the shoe.
Mens New Balance 610v2 Trail Running Shoe
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