New Balance 980 Boracay

By Chad Grohman, FIT Staff

At Fleet Feet Sports we like to know our shoes. To get a feel for each brand, the staff tries on every shoe that we carry, as well as trying them out during community wear tests. As I try more shoes and learn more about what makes me a better and faster runner, I've branched out from my minimal types to add some cushion. Going from New Balance Minimums MT10's (a trail shoe I wore down to a road shoe one summer), I scaled up to high cushion and back down again, depending on what I'm doing that run. Right now, my favored trainer is the New Balance 980 Boracay. The Boracay gives me more in the midsole with a tough, full contact outsole for the time I spend on the roads. It's a lightweight shoe that lets me feel the road underneath while still getting protection from hard surfaces. It's important to me that the shoe fits without much notice. I don't want to think of weight or volume when I'm out, just the run and my form. With the Boracay I'm not thinking about the shoe, I'm just running. I'd wear this shoe for a 5k to a 50 miler; great all around shoe.

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