The summary of the New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v7 could be something like "less lump, more shoe" because on the one hand it has reduced its weight by around 10% (which is not at all wrong, very similar to the interesting Nike Pegasus Trail 3) and on the other hand it becomes more versatile with a stratospheric sole that adapts better to more technical terrain without becoming a specialist. Those who like to buy them to show them off on asphalt and show off their mountaineering appearance may suffer a bit, but that is already an aspect that is outside the scope of this humble web page.
Although it might seem that there are few changes regarding the Fresh Foam Hierro v6 the truth is that the shoe does change quite a bit, dispensing with superfluous aspects (especially padding) to achieve a lighter shoe with which to have a better response. Both the back strap and the heat-sealed protections ("Toe Protect") are maintained, as well as the extra strap at the height of the midfoot that ends in an eyelet, playing with the pressure of the laces for an optimal fit. Then yes recycled materials, environmental initiatives and blablabla.
The midsole of the Fresh Foam Hierro v7 is made entirely of Fresh Foam X compound losing some millimeters compared to its predecessor and with a configuration of concave and convex hexagons that give a slightly firmer touch than in the previous model. There is no anti-rock plate nor is there carbon fiber. The great novelty is the sole manufactured in collaboration with the prestigious manufacturer Vibram® which, on the one hand, reduces the amount of MegaGrip rubber used with fewer, more spaced and slightly deeper studs, significantly improving performance on terrain complicated as mud or grass. As a curious wink, highlight the design of the sole imitating the contour lines of a topographic map. Let's go for a run.
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