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WeightMen: 9.2ozWomen: 7.8oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 6mmWomen: 6mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.
Heel heightMen: 26mmWomen: 26mm
Forefoot heightMen: 20mmWomen: 20mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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Our Preview Look at Version 2 of the New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi
Is the New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi V2 a hybrid performance running shoe that can take you from city streets to country trails in comfort?
See the verdict below.
First impressions are not always correct. This is something I relearned while interacting with a sample pair of the forthcoming Fresh Foam Gobi V2 hybrid running shoes provided by New Balance.
My first impression, as I walked on sidewalks to a trail area was that the Gobi V2 was extremely firm. Based on the words “Fresh Foam,” I expected something softer.
I also felt that what New Balance refers to as a “snug” fit in the no-sew bootie construction upper was in fact tight. While eight of my toes had room to splay up front, my big toes were unhappy with the lack of headroom.
I had seen references to the original Gobi as being a fast shoe. The Gobi V2 did not seem to be offering promises of speed.
My view of the Gobi V2 quickly changed once I began running in the shoe. It’s a relatively light performance trail shoe at approximately 8.7 ounces, with a low heel drop of 6mm.
This is a compromise between a 4mm and an 8mm drop and it should work just fine for the majority of runners. (Some shoes feel higher or lower than their advertised heel drop. The Gobi V2 feels like a 6mm heel drop model.)
On a dirt and gravel covered trail, the Gobi v2 provided a B+ ride. While it’s labeled as a neutral shoe, the Gobi V2 is quite stable. And the cushioning felt just fine!
With a hybrid shoe one wants to use and test it on multiple surfaces, so asphalt was the next surface for the Gobi V2’s soles to pound on. The ride was not only just fine, it was an A level ride.
In fact, the ride on asphalt is so supremely, smoothly cushioned that it reminded me of runs in New Balance 860 series shoes.
The current New Balance 860 v7 is a bigger, heavier and more expensive shoe so I was quite impressed that the smaller, lighter Gobi V2 provides nearly equivalent comfort on mean urban streets.
Some trail shoes feel heavy and clumsy on hard-packed dirt trails and on fire trails. But the Gobi V2 felt quite light and nimble. On a hard rock trail loaded with some small and large stones the Gobi V2 provided good ground feel and grip.
Although one feels the impact of landing on some larger rocks, there’s not a hint of punishment. This is quite impressive as the Gobi V2, like the original Gobi, does not contain a rock plate.
It’s been my experience, with sometimes sensitive metatarsals, that New Balance shoes generally provide excellent protection for these knuckle-like bones.
The Gobi V2 is no exception. My metatarsals never felt sore or beat up after a run in the shoe.
It was a treat to run on a freshly mown field – thank you, fire department, in the Gobi V2. The unique surface of the shoe’s studded sole allows one’s feet to remain level even as the surface literally changes with each step.
On city sidewalks the Gobi V2 provides a fine level of comfort. The shoe sticks like glue in the rear due to the model’s stiff heel counter.
This is one of the factors that builds confidence in the shoe. And as one feels more confident in the Gobi V2, one begins to realize that it is in fact a speedy conveyor of human beings.
Mileage is a positive factor when it comes to the Gobi V2. With each passing mile the shoe feels increasingly comfortable.
It’s as if the runner’s feet begin to sink into the traditional sock liner, and the Fresh Foam midsole grows in responsiveness, smoothness and protectiveness.
In addition, the upper that once felt either snug or tight loosens up and becomes as comfortable as… well, an old shoe.
As for my toes, all ten of them felt just fine in the end.
The New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi V2 meets its stated goal of providing “a snappy feel over a variety of terrain.” It’s a running shoe that provides a high level of versatility – a chameleon that adapts to its environment.
And it appears to be highly durable, especially considering the $95 price tag. This hybrid shoe is a bargain that will meet the needs of city runners and country runners.
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For me, I'm probably gonna keep it off-road, because I find that while rocks and things like that can be rougher on the general wear of this shoe, roads can be some of the most abrasive things that you're gonna throw at the bottom of this.
If you are looking for a light, fun to run, and reasonably priced shoe that can take you anywhere, from the road to many trails, the Gobi is a great choice as a do it all well hybrid.
It is meant as an all-terrain shoe to take the runner from road to trail.
Updates to New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi Trail
- Comfort, protection and great performance on both the roads and the trails; that’s what the New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi Trail is all about. This running shoe utilizes lightweight but efficient components and technologies in order to keep the wearer running at a steady pace and in an unrestricted manner. It’s a reliable shoe for many activities.
- The upper unit makes use of a no-sew construction that’s helpful when it comes to keeping the foot comfortable and free from irritation. The fabrics are able to wrap around the foot with ease, making sure that the fit is as snug but unrestricting as possible. Protection from debris and accidental surface contact is also afforded to the wearer.
- The mid-sole of the Fresh Foam Gobi Trail is lightweight and responsive. Made from a single-piece foam, this layer is able to cushion the foot well, keeping it safe from impact forces with every step. It doesn’t have a stiff nature; so natural movement is given with ease.
- A durable outsole tread is used in this shoe and it’s crafted to be able to function well on both the roads and the trails. Whether the surface is flat or uneven, this layer is going to protect the rest of the sole unit from wear and tear. Traction is also reliable with this shoe.
New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi Trail size and fit
The New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi Trail has a standard running shoe length. It comes in sizes that adhere to the regular measurements for men and women. The available widths are medium and wide, so runners are going to have a versatile choice depending on their personal preferences. Its semi-curved shape follows the natural curvature of the human foot.
The AT TREAD is a rugged outsole unit that’s made from highly durable rubber. It is able to stay resilient against the rough nature of the terrains. Traction is afforded to the runner because of its sticky disposition.
The gripping nodes found on the outsole aren’t as prominent as those typically seen in most trail shoes. This is a design choice that’s meant to let this shoe function well on flat surfaces such as roads and building floors. Still, it’s not going to be difficult when traversing uneven terrain.
The Fresh Foam is a mid-sole foam that’s lightweight but responsive. It is able to cushion the foot responsibly with each step and give a natural underfoot feel. It is able to follow the natural bending of the foot, keeping the runner free to move their feet as they are able.
The Fantom Fit is an engineered material that provides a comfortable fit. It only uses two thin fabrics, and it doesn’t use stitching. The runner is going to be wrapped comfortably by a non-irritating cover system.
The No-Sew Bootie Construction further enhances the comfort the foot feels while wearing the New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi Trail. The smoothness of the interior and the absence of stitched sections bring an optimum comfort that’s great for long running sessions.
The Toe Protect is a thin layer of rubber that’s placed in the forefoot area. It’s meant to shield the foot from any discomfort, particularly from debris and other potentially injurious trail hazards.
Additional comfort and protection is afforded by a Traditional Sock Liner, which is also responsive.