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NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM MORE REVIEW

New Balance launched the Fresh Foam More as a brand new style for the 2019 running season. It’s the first maximum cushioned shoe from the brand and it’s a winner.

 

NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM MORE – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | APRIL, 2019

Introducing a brand new style from New Balance – the Fresh Foam More, a max-cushion shoe, the first to be released from New Balance.

Hot on the heels of the Beacon, New Balance has honed in on the producing a running shoe that is secure in its cushioning by working the sole and midsole to make sure the ride is comfortable yet offers a stable run for those transitioning to or used to the maximal cushioned running experience.

Guest reviewer Brian Metzler tested the new Fresh Foam More on the roads of Boulder, Colorado and gives his feedback on this new addition to all our JackRabbit and partner stores. 

THE BUZZ

This is first true maximally cushioned shoe from New Balance, and wow, what exquisite cushioning it is!

Only a few road running shoes have ever had this much plush cushioning under foot. (The Hoka Bondi and Altra Duo are a few comparably cushioned shoes.) But unlike some high off-the-ground maximally cushioned shoes, the New Balance Fresh Foam More serves up a secure and stable ride without any side-to-side wobbling.

WHAT'S NEW?

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New Balance adapted its data-driven Fresh Foam technology to create its most thickly cushioned shoe ever. The foam is soft but not marshmallowy soft.

Although it’s a neutral shoe, the midsole foam has been engineered to be slightly firmer on the medial side and slightly more pliable on the lateral side to over a bit of stability for runners who mildly overpronate.

New Balance Fresh Foam - Run on

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

Stepping into the Fresh Foam More feels like stepping into luxury. With a soft interior highlighted by a padded heel collar, a soft Ortholite sock liner, a very wide tongue and an interior bootie construction, the shoe wraps the foot from every side.

The comfortable fit and feel are enhanced by a stretchy and supportive double-jacquard engineered mesh upper that comfortable adapts to various foot shapes. Despite the exceptional girth and mass of this shoe, the Fresh Foam More serves up a very smooth, rhythmic ride with a surprisingly light and agile sensation.

Although it has a moderately stiff flex pattern, it’s not so stiff that it inhibits comfort or the continuity of the ride. The foam midsole feels a bit firm when you step into it and walk around, but it feels increasingly softer and more revitalizing once you’re out on a run. 

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

Runners who appreciate thickly cushioned shoes for long runs will love the New Balance Fresh Foam More.

Our wear-testers reported that if felt similarly soft and energizing in the first mile as it does in the last mile of a run, making it ideal for weekend long runs of 2-3 hours.

PROS AND CONS 

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New Balance Fresh Foam More - Pros

Pros:New Balance Fresh Foam More

Under the max cushioned midsole, there’s a 5mm layer of rubberized EVA foam serves as the ground-contact layer while also providing more cushioning, a touch of medial-side stability and smooth heel-to-toe transitions. A slight concave cup under the heel helps keep the foot and energy return trending in a forward direction, while wider hex shapes in the front of the shoe serve as smartly placed flex grooves.

A small, lightweight TPU overlay on top of the tongue acts as a guard against lace sting for runners who tie their shoes extra tight.

A small internal heel counter provides subtly support at the rear of the foot, while the shoe’s exceptionally wide foot print adds to its inherent stability.

New Balance Fresh Foam More - Cons

Cons: New Balance Fresh Foam More

The Fresh Foam More isn’t a go-fast shoe capable of short and fast intervals or fartlek workouts that require explosive accelerations.

But it’s light and agile enough to serve as a half marathon or marathon shoe and can hold its own on longer tempo runs.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado. 

He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of “Running Colorado's Front Range” and the co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner.”