Who should buy the New Balance 978

The New Balance 978 has impressed hundreds of people for its lightness and unmatched comfort. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a shoe that is built for quick excursions to the trail.
  • Prefer a shoe that provides reliable protection against the elements.
  • Prefer a shoe that provides the right mix of cushioning and firmness.

New Balance 978 logo

Maximum durability in high-wear areas

The New Balance 978 has a solid rubber outsole called Ndurance. It’s made with a rubber compound that has maximum durability in high-wear areas. The lugs are widely spaced, so no debris or mud gets stuck in between.

New Balance 978 outsole

Excellent traction

They are also deep enough to create grip and traction on varying terrain. Another interesting feature of this shoe is the Rollbar. It’s a posting system designed to prevent the foot from rolling inward.

New Balance 978 Excellent traction 1.0

Protection against sharp objects, such as rocks and sticks

The Rollbar technology makes the New Balance 978 suitable for people with severe pronation as well as those with severe supination. It also provides protection against sharp objects, such as rocks and sticks.

New Balance 978 outsole 3.0

Absorbs shock and displacing energy

This popular footwear from New Balance incorporates the ABZORB midsole made from Dupont Engage Isoprene rubber and proprietary foam materials. It works by absorbing shock and displacing energy, thereby protecting the wearer from accidental impact.

New Balance 978 midsole

Lightweight cushioning

Just like EVA foam, ABZORB also offers lightweight comfort. But the company claims that it’s able to withstand its cushioning properties longer than EVA. Included in the mix is the New Balance Rock Stop system - a flexible layer of EVA foam placed in between the midsole and outsole. Lastly, the shoe incorporates a polyurethane insert for added cushion and comfort.

New Balance 978 Lightweight cushioning

Offers protection against the elements

The shoe upper is made entirely of Nubuck leather, including the stabilizing straps. It’s a high-quality material that offers protection against the elements while helping the feet stay warm in colder days. All the parts of the upper are sewn together using double-stitching.

New Balance 978 Offers protection against the elements

Supportive padding

Another important feature of this shoe is the Gore-Tex lining that protects against water intrusion. The New Balance 978 also features a dual-density collar that offers supportive padding. The gusseted tongue is sewn in place to prevent debris from entering the shoe. 

New Balance 978 Supportive padding

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 505g
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Narrow, Normal / Narrow
BRAND Brand: New Balance

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