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

Canadian Running - - TRAIL SHOE GUIDE -

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.

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