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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
$125
Weight
Men: 10.7oz
Women: 8.5oz
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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • New Balance introduces an all-new Vibram MegaGrip outsole in the Hierro v2 for a guaranteed improvement in traction on a variety of outdoor surfaces.
  • The 2mm of added stack height increases cushioning and protection on rugged trails.
  • Several runners gave a thumbs up to the shoe’s comfortable ride.
  • It is surprisingly very light, according to a handful of runners.
  • More than a few reviewers were impressed by the smooth ride of the New Balance Hierro v2.
  • The upper moves well with the foot in support, based on the comments of some runners.
  • The deeper lugs are also spaced out to prevent mud from accumulating in the outsole.
  • A few expert reviewers were amazed by the smoothness of the ride in this shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners found the price to be too expensive.
  • There were a handful who wished for more room in the toe box.
  • A handful of runners were disappointed that the Fresh Foam Hierro v2 still does not have rock plate.

Bottom line

New Balance builds on the success of the original Hierro by introducing a stickier rubber outsole with newly designed lugs to ramp up the performance of the 2nd version of this shoe. The Fresh Foam Hierro v2 is a versatile trainer that takes the runner effortlessly across different outdoor surfaces. The well-cushioned ride makes it ideal for a variety of distances at different speeds.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 12 ratings

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4 star
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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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92 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by Mayayo Oxigeno • Mayayo Oxigeno • Level 2 expert

    Good points for New Balance: the effect of Fresh Foam for those of you who are fans and the Vibram Megagrip.

  • 96 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Jeff Valliere • Level 4 expert

    I would recommend the Hierro v2 for all day training runs in a wide variety of conditions/terrain, ultra races, or for those looking for one shoe to do it all.

  • 94 / 100 by GEARIST • Lori Hall • Level 1 expert

    If you are stuck in a “shoe rut” and enjoy a responsive luggy durable trail shoe that offers a wide toe box and comfortable cushion, I would say give the Hierro V2 a try…you just might love it as much as I do.

  • 86 / 100 by Marqkria McMiller • Marqkria McMiller • Level 1 expert

    It is a soft shoe and offers a smooth, responsive ride. If it were not so narrow, I would consider it as my first option for long runs.

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Updates to New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v2

  • The 2nd version of the New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro features an enhanced outsole. The Vibram Mega-Grip outsole is much tougher, and the lugs are deeper and spread farther apart. The modified outsole offers better traction and enhanced durability.
  • The midsole of the shoe was also updated. The fresh foam midsole, together with the hexagon geometry, is designed to deliver a more cushioned and well-protected ride.
  • The New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v2 features a no-sew construction through the Fantom Fit Technology, delivering a more breathable and smoother atmosphere without adding weight. It also gives support and added protection.

New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v2 size and fit

The Fresh Foam Hierro v2 is available in standard running shoe length. The shoe offers a comfortable fit from the heel to the forefoot area, accommodating a wide range of foot measurements. For men’s, widths available are medium, wide, and extra-wide. For women’s, standard and wide widths are available.

Outsole

The Fresh Foam Hierro v2 utilizes the Vibram Mega-Grip Outsole that is more durable compared to the previous version. The compound is placed in high-abrasion areas for more protection and it also comes with deeper lugs spread strategically to provide reliable traction on varied terrains.

Midsole

The midsole of the Fresh Foam Hierro v2 uses the notable Fresh Foam cushioning that delivers reliable underfoot protection and responsive ride. The shoe also features the sidewall hexagon geometry that is specifically tuned based on trail runners’ data. The sidewall hexagons are designed for a more protective, well-cushioned, and enhanced running experience.

Upper

The New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v2 has a seamless construction that reduces the possibility of irritation and hotspots. It features the Fantom Fit Technology that delivers support and protection without affecting breathability and comfort. The toe protect is designed to give the foot extra protection while running on the trail. Also, the padded tongue and collar give added comfort and enhance the overall fit of the shoe.