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New Balance Launches New Outdoor Footwear Initiative

A lightweight Gore-Tex XCR trail running shoe from New Balance, and a really light 10-ounce shoe, both with some great features.

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by Will Rietveld | 2007-01-29 00:35:00-07

Overview

As we mentioned in a Winter 2006 Outdoor Retailer dispatch, new outdoor shoes will now be coming in the New Balance line rather than in their subsidiary Dunham footwear line. A year later, New Balance is launching their new Outdoor Initiative with the introduction of five new models. The new product line will eventually include trail running, hiking, country walking, and water performance shoes. They also announced that some of their new shoes will feature the waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex lining, which will replace their proprietary Dunham DryWorks membrane which wasn't very waterproof.

We were particularly interested in two new trail running shoes, the New Balance 1110 and 800, both available in men's and women's versions and extended sizes and widths. The 1110 (rust colored) is on the left and the 800 (yellow) is on the right in the photo.

The 1110 is the first New Balance trail shoe to feature the Gore-Tex XCR lining. It is an off-road trainer with a full set of features to provide foot comfort, stability, and protection. This shoe has a full-length Absorb (EVA foam) midsole and Rock Stop 2 foam technology, which really protect and cushion the foot from sharp rocks. Weight is 13.6 ounces per shoe (men's size 9.5), which is very good considering the feature set.

For those who don't want a Gore-Tex lining, the New Balance 800 weighs only 10 ounces per shoe (men's size 9.5), which challenges the weight of some of the lightest trail running shoes we have tested. It's also a durable and versatile shoe featuring Absorb cushioning in critical areas and an N-Lock midfoot support system.

Both shoes feature New Balance's N-Durance outsole, which is a combination of grippy and more durable rubbers.

Specifications and Features

  • Manufacturer: New Balance
  • Sizes: Extended sizes and widths
  • Weight: 1110 weighs 13.6 oz/shoe, 800 weighs 10 ounces/shoe (men's size 9.5)
  • Available: August 2007
  • MSRP: $120 for the 1110, $80 for the 800

Citation

"New Balance Launches New Outdoor Footwear Initiative," by Will Rietveld. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/02759.html, 2007-01-29 00:35:00-07.

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New Balance Launches New Outdoor Footwear Initiative on 01/29/2007 00:35:02 MST Print View

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New Balance Launches New Outdoor Footwear Initiative

Pamela Wyant
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Re: New Balance Launches New Outdoor Footwear Initiative on 01/29/2007 15:46:41 MST Print View

Sounds great - love the fit and comfort of Dunham/New Balance. Thanks for the news.

Matthew Petty
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Re: New Balance Launches New Outdoor Footwear Initiative on 01/29/2007 19:05:23 MST Print View

What exactly is "country walking"? I'm from NW Arkansas, and the country walking I do is some of the most rugged terrain in the nation. Some of my best shoes haven't lasted 200 miles.

Will Rietveld
(WilliWabbit) - MLife

Locale: Southwest Colorado
Re: New Balance Launches New Outdoor Footwear Initiative on 02/03/2007 07:56:01 MST Print View

Hey Matthew. A "country walking" shoe is a multi-purpose shoe that looks good enough to wear to work or casually, but would be suitable for a hike on a good trail. They are not a serious backpacking shoe, so I didn't include them in the dispatch.

Best, Will

Ryan Luke
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Locale: Atlanta (missing CA)
NB Product Line on 04/15/2007 18:49:05 MDT Print View

Sounds Great!!!!! Thanks for the heads-up!

Edited by rluke on 04/30/2007 12:26:23 MDT.

Ryan Luke
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Locale: Atlanta (missing CA)
Re: New Balance Launches New Outdoor Footwear Initiative on 04/30/2007 12:24:38 MDT Print View

I am also a dedicated Dunham wearer -- 11.5 4E. You mention that NB will "eventually" offer the same range of shoes that were in the Dunham line. Do you know what kind of a time frame "eventually" refers to? Also, do you know where I could find some detailed/technical info regarding this new product line (if this kind of information has even been released)?

You might want to check out hiking shoes from Cabela's (www.cabelas.com). They have a NB mid-cut hiking shoe (851 Hiker) that is exclusive to their stores. I have a pair that I really like.

Brian Stevens
(thismightbesatire) - F
Re: Re: New Balance Launches New Outdoor Footwear Initiative on 06/14/2007 17:41:15 MDT Print View

I always bought New Balance shoes, they are great, but then last year I read about some of the political contributions they have recently made. Never again will I buy their shoes.

kevin davidson
(kdesign) - F

Locale: Mythical State of Jefferson
New Balance political contributions on 06/14/2007 20:25:07 MDT Print View

You're referring to this?---from:
http://www.p3books.com/books/blue_pages_hilights.html
excerpt-----(this does not indicate that these companies are all under fire for sweatshop violations)
"Sporting Goods
Sweatshop concerns plague the industry, which conducts most of its production in developing countries. Though most major manufacturers now have written codes regarding wages, hours, and minimum age of workers, human rights groups have long noted a frequent gap between regulation and reality at many factories.

Top Republican Contributors:
New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. ($104,500)
NIKE, Inc. ($41,513)
Jarden Corporation ($30,019)

Top Democratic Contributors:
Adidas AG ($65,010)
Patagonia ($42,400);
NIKE, Inc. ($40,986)"

However NB has done some good environmental related stuff such as phasing out use of PVCs.

Edited by kdesign on 06/14/2007 20:30:10 MDT.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: New Balance Launches New Outdoor Footwear Initiative on 06/17/2007 14:44:43 MDT Print View

If we stop doing business with companies that make political contributions... there will be very little available for us to buy!!!

Sven Klingemann
(svenklingemann) - F
Re: Re: New Balance Launches New Outdoor Footwear Initiative on 06/17/2007 14:58:28 MDT Print View

At least we can choose he companies that make the "right" contributions ...
:-)
S.

BRIAN BOLIN
(OBOZ) - F

Locale: OVER YONDER'
Sigh.... on 09/20/2007 21:41:35 MDT Print View

I guess if you like NIKE...yer screwed..lol, give me a break.

Charles Thompson
(DemeraraDrinker) - F

Locale: Land of Toto
Damn, now I have to buy New Balance on 09/27/2007 10:24:50 MDT Print View

And I had my sites set on some Inov-8's...