New Bal­ance XC Seven

Athletics Weekly - - Performance -

Price: £80.00

Stock­ist: new­bal­ance.co.uk

With six spikes in­cor­po­rated into a full-length out­sole that pro­vides ad­di­tional grip, you’re not go­ing to be short of trac­tion. The low-pro­file

mid­sole of­fers a good blend of cush­ion­ing, re­gard­less of ter­rain with the out­sole, and this gives the light­weight spike a great, re­spon­sive feel.

The no-sew up­per uses a 3D print to pro­vide sup­port around the mesh that wraps the foot neatly and se­curely.

The spike feels a lit­tle slim­mer

fit­ting than other mod­els we tried – a re­flec­tion prob­a­bly of the slightly more curved last. And a plus is that you can re­move the spikes to use the shoe on trail, track and tar­mac.

The XC Sev­ens weigh a mud-free 185g/5.5oz, thanks largely to the REVlite mid­sole foam. It’s 30% lighter than sim­i­lar foams.

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