The colorways, design, and appearance of New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v5, at first glance, did not look like any trail running shoes at all. After several runs in these shoes, we just couldn’t take our eyes off it.
The shoe combines cushioning, grip, and protection to create the perfect platform for long distance running. Equipped with a one-piece Fresh Foam midsole, this trail running shoe provides maximum protection and plush comfort on any terrains from tarmac road, rocky hills, to rough trails.
Constructed with TPU-coated textile upper, the shoe keeps feet cool and trail debris out. The lightweight and breathable mesh allows cool air to flow through the shoe, regulating internal temperature, and allowing a more comfortable run.
Additionally, the upper construction is also highly durable and supportive to encourage a locked-down fit. To be honest, we did not enjoy running in these shoes, but after a few rounds, the upper indeed creates a snug fit which reduces in-shoe slippage so that you can enjoy distraction-free strides.
What’s more? The Toe Protect rubber compound wraps the toes to increase its durability and defends feet against roots, rocks and other general debris. Completing the upper is a lacing system which locks down the mid foot to reduce in-shoe slippage so you can enjoy distraction-free strides.
The Fresh Foam midsole provides plush cushioning while still feeling fairly responsive.
The most important elements in a pair of shoes – comfort, responsiveness, and protection. This shoe basically offers everything. Delivering plush underfoot cushioning, the Fresh Foam is a fusion of plush foam and advanced design, creating an ultra-cushioned and geometrically sound ride.
The updated Vibram Megagrip outsole delivers durable traction on both dry and wet terrains. We ran in these shoes on a daily basis, however only short 5 kilometre runs, the grip truly gives rugged longevity and optimal ground adaptability.
The rubber is able to form a solid bond with the ground beneath it to ensure traction and control. The shoes may look big and bulky at first sight, but they will spoil you with the generous cushioning, lightweight, improved breathability, and smooth heel-toe-transition that you will fall in love with.
Most importantly, they are not heavy as they look.