Run it out.
Ditch the busy streets and crowded city parks by exploring some local trails with the New Balance Men's Fresh Foam Hierro v3 Trail Running Shoe. Designed with the trail in mind, New Balance built this shoe around a cushioning Fresh Foam midsole to disperse impact from rock- and root-strewn trails. A tough-and-ready Vibram sole ensures reliable traction on everything from packed-out dirt to loose gravel and the occasional section of scree. Where the Hierro really sets itself apart, though, is with its HydroSkin upper that actually shapes to your foot with wear for comfortable, custom fit once the shoe's broken in.
- Breathable trail runner for hot and dry conditions
- HydroSkin upper shapes to your foot with wear
- No-sew construction reduces seam-induced blistering
- Moderate Fresh Foam cushioning disperses impact
- Durable Vibram sole tears up loose trails
- Item #NEW00SO
- Q & A
cushy ride, nice traction, looks good
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 15EE
- Height: 6'5"
- Weight: 185lbs
After the fateful discontinuation of my beloved New Balance Leadville, I was forced to search elsewhere for trail runners in a size 15EE. Slim pickings, indeed. I ended up having to stick with New Balance. Backcountry (boo) does not stock 15, let alone 15EE, so I had to purchase these shoes from competitors.
Compared to the Leadville? The Leadville beathes much better with its wide open mesh, has considerably better laces (the Leadville laces are fat and crinkly, meaning they don't untie after rough riding over the trail); the Leadville also has a quite durable mesh. In contrast, the odd rubbery exterior mesh on the Herrio ripped on a rock on my second outing (see attached photo). The other shoe ripped similarly a few hikes later. My Leadvilles look amazingly pristine (from the top) after many miles.
The Leadville are fairly neutral. Not zeros, but they still encourage a pretty good long-distance strike. But... the extreme cushiness of the Herrio I must admit is a pleasant surprise. Especially on aging 46 year old ankles.
Width and toe box? The leadville reign supreme here. The Herrio aren't awful, but *are* narrower. The booty construction of the Herrio is nice, though.
The Leadville lets water in (and out) at will. The Herrio, perhaps with its rubbery mesh, seems a bit more impervious to the onslaught of spring puddles.
The Herrio have a stickier sole, by a good margin.
On stability: the Leadville dominate here. Perhaps due to the thick "fresh foam" base of the Herrio, they tend towards undesirable lateral lean.
Both look good, with the Herrio in its gray, and the Leadville in its black. I don't care one bit for the brighter variants of either.
I have about 70 miles on my first pair of Herrio. I realize I have basically zero options, given my 15EE sizing requirement, so of course I'll stick with these until New Balance changes their mind, again. But they are good shoes.