NB Fresh Foam 860 v12 vs. 11: What changed? 

The workhorse gets a makeover, making it more comfort-oriented. This time around, the New Balance Fresh Foam 860 features the following to generate better runnability: 

  • A two-part midsole for a blend of comfort and energy return: 
    • On top, the Fresh Foam X foam sits for a cushy sensation, especially for high-mileage efforts
    • Below, the FuelCell midsole is added to amp up the shoe's peppy sensation
  • An engineered mesh upper is introduced for better ventilation. It's coupled with embroidered elements to boost lockdown. 
  • Like the Vongo v5, it has a traditional medial post to enhance stability for overpronators. 


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Jens Jakob Andersen
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