New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro 3
Women’s 269 g (9.5 oz.) Men’s 329 g (11.6 oz.) Drop ratio: 8 mm $170
The Hierro began as essentially a road shoe with some tweaks for the trail. Now in version three, it has morphed into a very focused design. The first obvious change is with the booty construction. The heel collar keeps debris out and the shoe locked snug around the entire foot.
This version also gets a bigger heelto-toe offset, going from a 4 mm to 8 mm drop by adding more cushioning in the heel. The outsole is still built upon Vibram’s Megagrip outsole, which spans the entire bottom of the shoe. The upper has a protective Hyposkin covering, with dozens of tiny, micro laser slices for breathability. The firm toe protector around the front of the shoe keeps you from cracking a toe on a stone. A due to the added cushioning and ankle collar, the Heirro 3 is slightly heavier than the last version. If you like New Balance’s 1080 or Borcay Fresh Foam models, you’ll be very happy with the cushioning profile of the Hierro 3.