By offering a little something for everybody, New Balance has carved out a niche in the trail running category. The Gobi is the first Fresh Foam trail shoe, merging two logical New Balance strengths. The upper is an engineered mesh with no-sew overlays and the requisite Toe-Protect™ for toe protection that’s up to the job.
It features dependable support, a complete rand, a solid heel counter, and a no-sew saddle/stitched eyestay design that never lets you forget that the shoe is firmly and comfortably secured to your foot. The midsole is low-profile Fresh Foam so the shoe performs equally well on roads and trails. The full-length rubber outersole, AT TREAD by name, features hexagonal lugs that negotiate trac- tion on both trail and road. With its versatility, smooth ride, and value, the Fresh Foam Gobi Trail is very hard to beat.
Testers: “A treat to put on. Plenty of room up front and anchors the heel. Decent cushioning on the road combined with a good bite from the tread. Sort of a ‘best of both worlds.’”
Sizes: Men 7–13,14, 15 D, 2E; Women 5–11,12 B,D
Weight: 10.3 oz. (men’s size 11); 8.1 oz. (women’s size 8)
Construction: Stobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board
Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics