We spent 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • A good number of users commented that the New Balance Fresh Foam Roav is very comfortable.
  • Several testers said that the design of the shoe is stylish.
  • It is lightweight, according to those who have tried it.
  • The shoe was good to wear for running, walking, and gym activities as well as casual occasions.
  • A significant number of users admired the excellent cushioning of the Fresh Foam Roav.
  • Based on some reviews, the shoe has a wide toe box.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The integrated tongue is quite bothersome, a few wearers noted.
  • The New Balance Fresh Foam Roav is not supportive, as mentioned by some buyers.

Bottom line

Based on the positive reviews, the New Balance Fresh Foam Roav is indeed a well-loved running shoe. 

This road running companion was evidently excellent when tackling different paved surfaces. The design and comfort level was given attention and received praises. Despite a few issues on the sizing and supportive feature, this running companion is still recommended by many.

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- The Fresh Foam Roav is a new addition to the New Balance neutral running shoe line. The shoe features the brand’s NDurance outsole technology along with the durable rubber material that provides durability to the platform. It also offers added cushioning for all-day comfort.

- Another feature of the shoe is the Fresh Foam midsole that extends from the heel to the forefoot. It focuses on delivering a lightweight, comfortable, and responsive running experience.

- For lightweight breathability, the upper is made of mesh material. It wraps the foot comfortably and it keeps the foot dry throughout the run. 

According to New Balance, this road running shoe fits true to size but, some users noticed a discrepancy in the sizing. Although this shoe is supposed to ensure the right size, it still best to try the shoe first before purchasing a pair. 

The shoe comes in standard sizing Medium D and 2E- Wide for men and Medium B and D- Wide for women.  Like most of the running shoes, the Fresh Foam Roav has a wide toe box. This is vital in ensuring that the toes can spread out naturally and comfortably. 

The outsole of the New Balance Fresh Foam Roav is made of NDurance rubber material. It is formulated to provide durability to high wear areas. It also provides the necessary amount of grip for road running. 

In addition to the NDurance outsole material, a rubber compound is also added to the outsole. It provides added traction and durability to the platform.

The notable full-length Fresh Foam is integrated into the midsole of the New Balance Roav. The Fresh Foam material is an innovative technology formulated to deliver lightweight cushioning. It promotes a more natural and plushy ride on the roads. 

The shoe also comes with a removable insole. It provides additional underfoot cushioning and further enhances the overall fit of the shoe.

In the upper of the New Balance Fresh Foam Roav is a breathable mesh material. This provides lightweight and comfortable foot coverage throughout the run. It is slightly flexible, accommodating a wide range of foot shapes and measurements.

Like the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v4, a more comfortable fit is encouraged by the cleatie construction. 

Along with the cleatie construction is the stretch webbing across the midfoot. The primary focus of which is to deliver a more secure midfoot fit. 

A more supportive fit is offered by the ultra heel design. New balance added this feature to hug the back of the foot for a more locked-in fit.

Integrated into the upper section are the lightly padded collar and tongue unit. This feature of the New Balance Fresh Foam Roav provides additional comfort throughout the activity.

The shoe also features a traditional lace-up closure for a more secure and comfortable fit.

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.