Facts

  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    $100
  • Weight
    Men: 9.1oz
    Women: 8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 6mm
    Women: 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 height
    Men: 23mm
    Women: 23mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 17mm
    Women: 17mm
  • Width
    Men: Standard, Wide
    Women: Standard
  • Release date
    Jun 2017
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  • 92 / 100 | Joseph Arellano

    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 impression

    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.

     

    Performance

    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.

    Drop

    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.)

    Cushioning

    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.

     

    Grip

    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.

    Heel Counter

    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.

     

    Comfort

    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.

     

    Verdict

    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.

    Highly recommended.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

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Updates to New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi Trail v2

  • The New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi Trail v2 is a trail running shoe that’s designed for those who have neutral pronation. It doesn’t have a lot of changes to make it very distinct from the first version in the series, but it’s still crafted to be efficient on the off-road paths.
  • The upper now uses engineered mesh to provide a soft and sock-like coverage. This material is similar to woven cloth, employing a lightweight and flexible build that conforms to the shape and motion of the wearer’s foot.

New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi Trail v2 size and fit

Standard measurements were used in the making of the New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi Trail v2. The company has made sure to accommodate the regular preferences of runners when it comes to size. The available widths for the women’s version are B – Medium and D – Wide. For the men’s iteration, the options are D – Medium and 2E – Wide. The curved shape of the platform accommodates the natural curvature of the human foot.

Outsole

The New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi Trail v2 makes use of the AT TREAD Hydrohesion Outsole which is made up of a sticky rubber compound. Its adhesive nature allows the sole unit to hold onto the surfaces with ease. It’s even optimized to tackle wet ground.

Moderately aggressive gripping lugs with flat edges provide extra grip on terrains that are more uneven. The flatness of the tips permits movement on flatter topography.

Midsole

The Fresh Foam full-length midsole offers reactive cushioning for the entire underside of the foot. It’s designed to be springy and agreeable. Its sides have geometric shapes and small grooves to help with springiness and flexibility. This midsole element is present in the New Balance Gobi Trail v3 and other New Balance shoes for trail running.

Additional cushioning is afforded by an ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) sock liner. It can be removed or replaced by an insert of the runner’s choosing.

Upper

The upper unit of the New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi Trail v2 features a cloth-like material called engineered mesh. Some areas are tightly woven to enable a snug coverage. The front and sides have ventilation pores to permit airflow into the foot-chamber.

A Gusseted Tongue seals the opening of the shoe and prevents debris from going inside it.

A thin layer of synthetic material called Toe Protect is printed onto the toe-box. Its purpose is to shield the forefoot from abrasive debris and surfaces.

The heel part has an external counter that features the “Fresh Foam Gobi v2” branding. This plastic add-on has the goal of holding the back of the foot in place and preventing it from exiting the shoe unintentionally.


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