Who should buy the Fresh Foam Roav Trail

The Fresh Foam Roav Trail from New Balance allows you to navigate on rugged terrain with the comfort of a lifestyle shoe. This might be ideal for you if:

  • You have a moderate to high arch and want a cushioned shoe for your trail runs
  • You want a neutral trail shoe that works for any type of footstrike patterns

New Balance Fresh Foam Roav Trail new balance print

Updates to the New Balance Fresh Foam Roav Trail

  • A near-seamless and form-fitting construction that aims to deliver consistent comfort throughout the running session
  • The Ultra Heel wraparound collar structure holds the heel in place and prevents in-shoe wobbling
  • Fresh Foam serves as the midsole unit of this New Balance trail running shoe, offering springy takeoffs and mitigated landings
  • The AT Tread outsole protects the midsole from the abrasive nature of the terrains.

New Balance Fresh Foam Roav Trail NB logo

Good surface control with AT Tread

AT Tread is a rubber compound that protects the midsole base from the abrasive nature of the surfaces. The generous thickness of this layer is meant to prevent early material breakdown. Rubber has a naturally grippy quality which permits surface control.

New Balance Fresh Foam Roav Trail AT tread

Traction nodes pockmark the external pad. These protrusions heighten the gripping capacity of the shoe on the unpredictable terrains. They have flat ends to allow the runner to transition to the roads without losing balance.

New Balance Fresh Foam Roav Trail outsole

Good cushioning is good shock absorber

Fresh Foam is a full-length cushioning unit that is designed to maintain its form, even after many uses. It has the goal of mitigating the impact shock generated by the striking phase of the gait cycle, as well as energizing the forefoot lift for a springy toe-off. Fresh Foam is used in many New Balance shoe series, including the Fresh Foam 1080 and the Fresh Foam Zante.

New Balance Fresh Foam Roav Trail fresh foam

A sockliner is placed right above the primary midsole technology. The purpose of this add-on is to provide a soft surface on which the underfoot can rest. It can be removed or replaced with a new one if the wearer wants to do so.

Close-weave upper for secure fit

The upper unit of the New Balance Fresh Foam Roav Trail is made of a close-weave textile. The job of this material is to wrap the foot securely and keep it safe from the elements, including small debris on the trails.

New Balance Fresh Foam Roav Trail upper

Ultra Heel is a wraparound heel material that has protruding patterns for extra in-shoe security. The stretchy nature of this element aims to secure the heel and keep it from exiting the shoe unexpectedly.

New Balance Fresh Foam Roav Trail ultra heel

A ghillie lacing system graces the bridge of this running shoe. Round laces snake through isolated fabric loops, providing a foot-wrap that can be customized.

New Balance Fresh Foam Roav Trail laces

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: 292g
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Base model: New Balance Fresh Foam Roav
Collection: New Balance Fresh Foam, New Balance Fresh Foam Roav
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation

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