New Balance XC Seven
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.