Summary

We spent 8.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The New Balance Fresh Foam Beacons is a comfortable running shoe, said some users.
  • The shoe delivered a fantastic ride that was consistent throughout a marathon, commended a runner.
  • According to some reviews, the Beacon provided plenty of cushioning that was perfect for long-distance pavement runs.
  • Several users agreed that the Fresh Foam Beacon was a lightweight running shoe.
  • The midsole provided adequate arch support, stated a runner. Another remarked that is was responsive and firm enough to supply speed.
  • One customer wrote that the upper was flexible.
  • A couple of runners admired the colors of the Fresh Foam Beacon. 
  • This running shoe has a reasonable price.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The sizing of the New Balance Beacon was too small, according to a few wearers.
  • A few runners were disappointed because of the shoe's narrow forefoot.
  • Some users are disappointed because the insole keeps on sliding around.

Bottom line

For the majority of its users, the New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon delivered the perfect balance of cushion, lightness, and snappiness. Many were very impressed with its performance and thought there was little to none about the shoe that was worth criticizing. Overall, the Fresh Foam Beacon was a shoe that many considered as highly recommended to anyone looking for reliable running gear.

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A top rated Road running shoe
Top 8% most popular running shoes
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  • The New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon is a neutral running shoe that’s made for the roads. It’s also meant for a variety of activities like speed training and racing. When it comes to design, it brings a smooth and simple look that’s popular with many contemporary options on the market. Bright colorways make up for the lack of substantial overlays and other add-ons.
  • The upper unit features an engineered knit material. This material brings a lightweight yet secure coverage. It’s also breathable and flexible. A set of synthetic prints bolster the eyelets while the ‘N’ logo graces both sides of the façade.
  • Underfoot cushioning is the responsibility of the Fresh Foam technology. This full-length unit carries the foot throughout the running session. The high-wear points of the outer sole are reinforced by rubber.
  • For durability, the New Balance Beacon makes use of a blown rubber material. The rubber placements are strategically attached to high-wear areas for increased durability. 

The New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon is available in the usual sizes, and it follows the regular sizing expectations of consumers. The width options are D – Medium and 2E – Wide options for men, and B – Medium and D – Wide for women.

The VL-6 Last entails standard measurements in the heel and forefoot. The height of the toe box isn’t too high nor too low. It may satisfy those who have medium foot dimensions.

Blown rubber is the material that’s used in the outsole unit of the New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon. It’s only placed in areas that are most prone to wear, specifically the lateral side of the heel and the medial side of the forefoot. Its tasks are to protect against damage and to provide surface traction.

The rest of the outsole is comprised of ground-contact foam. The textured surface heightens grip while shallow grooves enable flexibility.

The Fresh Foam cushioning unit composes the midsole of the New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon. This full-length material offers a soft and springy ride. And though it looks like it has a substantial thickness, it doesn’t hold a lot of weight. This material is also present in the midsole of the Zante v4 and other popular New Balance running shoes.

This midsole foam offers featherweight feel while effectively disperses landing impact. This foam is lighter than the usual midsole foam and it aims to provide long-lasting cushioning throughout the run. 

The engineered knit upper offers a soft and breathable wrap.This material is also lightweight. It’s capable of bending with the foot, thereby facilitating an in-shoe experience that adapts to the gait cycle.

The overlay system is made of synthetic prints that bolster some sections of the upper, namely the eyelets and the sides. These thin add-ons help in maintaining the structural integrity of the façade.

The tongue and collar of the New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon are padded. These parts of the shoe are responsible for holding the foot in place and preventing it from wobbling or exiting the foot-chamber accidentally. They also offer additional cushioning for comfort.

The shoe has a lace-up closure, which offers the foot a secure, comfortable lockdown. Runners can easily adjust the laces to achieve the right fit. There are extra eyelets to further secure the midfoot.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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