Fresh Foam 980 Trail

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The toughest trails don't stand a chance against the Fresh Foam Hierro Trail's outsole. Protect your foot as it pounds even the most unforgiving terrain.
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Featuring data-to-design technology, New Balance's latest premier trail running shoe loves dirt and distance.
  • 4 mm drop: due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to 4 mm drop are approximate
  • Aggressive lugged outsole gives maximum traction for off-road activities
  • No-sew material application
  • Synthetic/mesh upper
  • "Awarded “Best Ride" - Competitor Magazine's "Fall 2014 Trail Running Shoe Buyer's Guide"


    Gusseted tongue helps keep the trail debris out


    Soft, yet stable on rough surfaces


    Full ground contact outsole grips uphill and down for great traction

    The Science of Soft, in Action.

    Watch the Fresh Foam move. Learn about its origins. And hear others describe just how soft it feels.

    Born of science. Built for the trail.

    Impossibly plush foam is only half the story. There’s a lot more to love about Fresh Foam Trail.

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    Overall Product Rating

    2.9 / 5
    7 Reviews

    43% of reviewers recommend this product

    1 of 7

    These shoes are the first disposable shoe I've ever owned

    10/4/15 by | Chicago, IL

    • Used Product For: 8 or more weeks
    • Miles with Product: 6-10 miles
    • Avg Miles Per Week: 20+ miles
    • Primary Activity: Running

    "This shoe was great as long as the trail was dry. Any sign of water my feet were soaked. Also, I've never has a shoe fall apart so quickly. I've owned New Balance since the late 70s and never have I had a shoe that was disposable after the first month of use. I'm truly disappointed because they're a very comfortable trail shoe. The sole is nice and firm for running over rocky terrain."

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    2 of 7

    Durability issues

    5/12/15 by | Cops bay, or

    • Used Product For: 6-8 weeks
    • Miles with Product: 16-20 miles
    • Avg Miles Per Week: 0-5 miles
    • Primary Activity: Running

    "So I bought these shoes for some running on the oregon coast trails and short hiking. They are one of the most comfortable shoe I've ever worn and would buy them over and over again if they would just last. The toe box has holes in them that I can stick my finger through. Never have I had a shoe fall apart so quickly. The tread has a ton of life left in them but there are holes on the inside and outside of the toe box. Very disappointed with this shoes durability. Other than not lasting, I love this shoe. Very comfortable and looks cool. That's the only reason this gets 3 stars."

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    3 of 7

    Not very sturdy. Extreme disappointment in this pair. New Balance 980 Trail.

    3/30/15 by | Fort Worth, Texas

    • Used Product For: 8 or more weeks
    • Primary Activity: Walking

    "Purchased this pair for my son. I have purchased several pairs of NB for him. This pair has come apart all around the toe box and across the top of his foot. Every pair of NB has lasted him a full year or more. NOT this pair. At less than 6 months they fell apart and look awful. This pair is a COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY....... NB should pull them off the shelf and try again. Definitely not the best work of NB."

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    4 of 7

    Great looking shoe, comfortable for casual runs and walking, began tearing itself apart.

    3/26/15 by | Orange, CA

    • Used Product For: 8 or more weeks
    • Miles with Product: 20+ miles
    • Avg Miles Per Week: 16-20 miles
    • Primary Activity: Other

    "I've recently began running again and bought these for trail runs. I think on average I was doing about 5-7 miles, running about 2-3 times a week on dirt. They've had great grip, felt very stable the first few weeks, but recently began to tear apart at the toe box and felt very loose. I'd began tightening the laces much more, I felt the toe box was slightly loose and can never really get a snug fit, which began to shift the shoe around from the front at time, but fixed with tighter laces. Unfortunately, the upper/outer layers of the toe box began to tear holes through them. Not from scratching or tears from foreign objects, there's no evidence left on the rubberized sections that hold it together, but the mesh and foam layering that the upper outer layer is consisted of. So sad, but I did get these on sale. No clue if there's a warranty, but I'll be taking them back to the shop and asking."

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    5 of 7

    Smoothest ride on rough trails -- SUPERB TRACTION

    1/29/15 by | Greensboro, NC

    • Used Product For: less than 2 weeks
    • Miles with Product: 11-15 miles
    • Avg Miles Per Week: 11-15 miles
    • Primary Activity: Running

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    "Hope it does hold up. First run on the rocky rooty Lake Brandt trails and after 8 miles everything is sore but my feet! I have 20 pairs of all styles NB, and next to the 810v2 (also 4mm drop) this is the most comfortable. It IS smaller than the Leadville and doesn't have that Vibram, but the ride is so so smooth. It has the minimal feel without the pain, though not as nimble as the truly minimal shoes. I felt the roots, not the rocks. On smoother trails and gravel or cinder, and on muddy trails, this is awesome."

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