New Balance will introduce the new lightweight model 872 trail runner for fall 2006. It will be a technical off-road trainer designed to provide exceptional cushioning and traction. It looks like a good pick for the experienced trail runner and ultralight backpacker, and it will be available in extended sizes and widths.
The New Balance 872 trail runner is well designed for comfort and should be a good choice for ultralight backpacking. It comes in a range of sizes and widths.
The new shoe features an Endurance heel and Absorb cushioning for extra shock absorption. The outsole actually has density gradient cushioning from heel to toe. A N-Lock technology adds extra midfoot support. A Rock Stop plate provides forefoot protection from rocks, and the shoes have an excellent toe bumper to shield the toes from impacts. I especially liked their moderately stiff midsole and lightweight.
Specifications and Features
Manufacturer: New Balance (newbalance.com)
Style: low-cut trail runner
Sizes: available in extended sizes and widths
Weight: 12.7 ounces/shoe (size 9.5)
"New Balance 872 Trail Running Shoe (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)," by Will Rietveld. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364). http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/new_balance_running_shoe_orwm06.html, 2006-01-30 03:00:00-07.