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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

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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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