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WeightMen: 8.9ozWomen: 7.7oz
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.
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Heel heightMen: 23mmWomen: 23mm
Forefoot heightMen: 17mmWomen: 17mm
WidthMen: normal, wideWomen: normal, wide
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83 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews
New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi Trail v3: Fast, nimble and confidence inspiring
The Gobi v3 is a light and fast trail shoe from New Balance. Not only is it light, but it has the versatility to handle nearly any trail and work for miles on the road.
This is outstanding for a trail shoe. In my opinion, many trail shoes are overbuilt and cumbersome. The Gobi v3 has none of that, this shoe was designed to be lightweight and nimble, and it indeed is.
I was pleasantly surprised by the grip of this shoe. My local trails are varied, and I have no trouble finding roots, rocks, dirt, mud, and hills. The Gobi v3 performed well on all of these surfaces except mud.
The grip was great in wet and dry conditions which were surprising as I find many of New Balance's road shoes lacking grip on wet pavement. These shoes inspired confidence, I was able to bomb the downhills and fly around corners without worrying about traction.
The upper is well constructed and well fitting. I found the mesh to be supportive and breathable.
Many shoes don't do well at both, but the Gobi v3 did well here. I find many shoes either overbuild and ultimately hot, or too thin and lacking any structure or support. The Gobi v3 get high marks for both.
The upper also seems quite durable at 100 miles at the time of this review. There are no signs of fraying or tearing. Although the upper is great in many ways, it is far from perfect. More to come in the "Why Not" section.
I found these shoes to be one my favorite trail shoes, right up there with Nike's Kiger 3. They feel fast and confident on the trail. The shoes were gripped, cushioned, and responsive on every run; truly everything I want in a trail shoe.
They even performed well on the road in terms of cushioning and easy to run at a high cadence. I am not sure how the outsole would last on the road, but I like these shoes a lot.
I didn't want to tear up the lugs with a bunch of extra road miles, so I have only had them on asphalt a few times. However, they do still feel fast on the road.
During my last training cycle, I was feeling particular fast, so I decided to try for a mile PR one day after work. The only shoes I had with me were the Gobi v3, which I had left in the back of my car from the previous weekend's trail run.
So, I laced up the Gobi v3 and headed to the track behind the school I teach at. After a quick warm-up, I threw down a mile PR.
I was impressed not only by my effort but also by the shoes. Trail shoes that can handle some quick track work, that's what I call versatility.
No rock plate
This isn't a deal breaker for me. I generally don't enjoy trail shoes with a rock plate as they lack the flexibility and responsiveness I enjoy. That being said, If you run on super rocky terrain, these might not be the shoe for you as they lack good underfoot protection.
I wish these shoes had a traditional tongue with a bit of padding. I found the laces to be a little uncomfortable when I tighten them up. This would be fixed with a more traditional tongue.
The Gobi v3 does handle most surfaces well beyond expectations. However, in the mud, they are a little lackluster. They are not the worst trail shoes in the mud, just average at best.
If you live in a wet climate with constant muddy trails, you might want to look for a shoe with more aggressive lugs.
These shoes are really, really good.
✅ Inspire confidence
I enjoyed the Gobi v3 quite a bit and will definitely buy another pair when my current pair wears out. These are one of my favorite trail runners with just a few improvements with could be great.
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I really enjoyed it. It works really, really well on my local trails.
Versatility is the name of the game with these wear anywhere foot soldiers. You can rock these running shoes in just about any setting.
The pain and discomfort I felt on my right foot after wearing these shoes has gone away after deciding not to do any more training runs in these shoes.
Updates to New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi Trail v3
- The New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi Trail v3 is a neutral running shoe that’s designed for those who appreciate footwear that’s designed for off-road adventures. It also serves as an update to the Fresh Foam Gobi Trail v2, a well-regarded update in its own right.
- The upper unit of version 3 is made of engineered mesh that’s shielded by printed overlays. Stitch-reinforcements adorn the forefoot, the instep, and the heel—gracing the façade with a bit of volume and sturdiness. A bootie construction removes the traditional tongue unit from the design, replacing it with a one-piece opening for security.
- Cushioning is provided by the full-length Fresh Foam midsole. This platform is also meant to help the foot in transitioning properly through the gait cycle. The external pad of the New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi Trail v3 is graced with HydroHesion rubber, a grippy compound that is able to handle wet, rocky and flat paths.
New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi Trail v3 size and fit
The New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi Trail v3 is a running shoe that’s designed to be true to size. Runners can choose a pair using their usual sizing expectations. When it comes to width, the available options for men are D – Medium and 2E - Wide; for women, the variants are B – Medium and D – Wide. It welcomes those who have medium foot dimensions.
HydroHesion is a rubber compound that covers the entire external pad of the New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi Trail v3. It is tasked with protecting the midsole from wear-and-tear. It is also meant to provide traction over the surfaces. The HydroHesion name implies that it’s designed to adhere to wet surfaces.
Trail-optimized gripping lugs pockmark the outsole unit. These nubs, though able to clamp onto uneven terrains, have flat edges to help with steadiness over even surfaces like asphalt.
Fresh Foam is a full-length cushioning unit that’s designed to provide a luxurious yet lightweight underfoot experience for the wearer. It has small cutouts and grooves on the sides to emphasize bounciness and energized steps.
A cushioned insert is placed on top of the primary underfoot platform to put some more oomph to the perception of comfort. It can be removed or replaced with a new one.
The upper unit of this New Balance trail running shoe uses engineered mesh, which is a cloth-like textile that is meant to accommodate the natural shape and movement capacity of the foot. It has prominent breathing pores that welcome air into the foot-chamber, thus giving a cool and dry interior feel.
A grid of thin, printed overlays cover the sides and the forefoot. These layers don’t hinder breathability because they have a web-like construction that still accommodates airflow. Their purpose is to help in providing a snug and secure fit.
A one-piece opening is used for this running shoe. The purpose of this articulate and unseparated foot-portal is to provide a snug yet sock-like hug, especially as it is made of a soft textile. The full embrace of this configuration as means that debris and other elements won’t be able to invade the interior chamber, thereby ensuring a non-irritating and well-protected coverage.
The Toe Protect forefoot barrier, the instep, and the heel all feature stitching to reinforce them and make them more durable. The multi-weave design of the stitching also assists in the provision of a locked-in wrap.
A pull tab is added onto the back part of the shoe. This loop helps the runner when it comes to wearing and removing the Fresh Foam Gobi Trail v3.