New Balance 915 –$125

11.1 oz

Fit / Consensus across the board was that this shoe ran big. Ample forefoot room and a generous midfoot fit led one tester to comment that, “these shoes felt huge, especially in the toe box.” Heel slippage was also an issue. Our testers recommend sizing down half a size to avoid the feeling that your foot was swimming in the shoe.

Feel / The 915 features a wedge on the medial side of the shoe that adds stability but lends to a very stiff feel underneath the foot. For weak-footed runners looking to tear down a technical trail, this might not be such a bad thing. In regard to perceived weight, one tester said, “The shoe feels a bit heavy when holding it in your hands, but feels reasonably light on the foot.”

Ride / Runners looking for a shoe to soften the blow will not enjoy the firm ride the 915 has to offer, but experienced trail blazers will love the forefoot protection plate and added traction the aggressive outsole brings to an off-road environment.

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