Who should buy the New Balance Fresh Foam Kaymin TRL

  • An ideal trail running companion for runner or hikers who have neutral pronation.
  • A great option for those off-road adventurers who are looking for water-resistant and comfortable trail shoe that can handle the trails and the roads.

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Grippy lugs for the trails

The outsole unit makes use of the AT Tread, a rubber compound that has an all-terrain configuration.

New Balance Fresh Foam Kaymin TRL grippy lugs

It has gripping lugs for trail-specific activities, but they’re not very aggressive, and their tips are relatively flat. Transitioning the running session to the roads won’t become an issue with such a design.

Fresh Foam Kaymin TRL provides bouncy cushioning

Fresh Foam is one of New Balance’s cushioning compounds. It’s designed to carry the foot throughout the activity while protecting from the landing impacts. It has polygonal indentations and patterns on the sides for extra bounce.

New Balance Fresh Foam Kaymin TRL bouncy cushioning

The Response 2.0 is a performance insert that offers additional cushioning. It’s flexible, so it doesn’t hinder the natural bending capacity of the toe joints.

Allow airflow into the foot-chamber

A breathable mesh serves as the primary material of the New Balance Fresh Foam Kaymin TRL’s upper. This soft fabric has ventilation pores that accommodate airflow into the foot-chamber.

New Balance Fresh Foam Kaymin TRL breathable mesh

There are synthetic overlays on the façade. These printed add-ons hold the foot in place, preventing it from wobbling during the run.

Fresh Foam Kaymin TRL performs well in wet conditions

A Gore-Tex water-resistant membrane improves confidence when in wet conditions as it staves off mild splashes. The Toe Protect technology is a rubber cap in the forefoot section that acts as a barrier against rough surfaces and debris.

New Balance Fresh Foam Kaymin TRL gore tex

It’s thin, so it blends with the smooth structure of the façade. A thin tongue allows for more space inside the shoe.

It doesn’t extend to the metatarsal area like most tongue units; instead, the mesh material of the upper extends to—and encompasses half of—the instep, acting as an anchor for the laces and as a barrier against trail debris.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 296g / Women 253g
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Neutral
Collection: New Balance Fresh Foam
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch

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