New Stability Contemporary Foam X Hierro v8 Overview – iRunFar


New Balance Fresh Foam X Hierro v8

The New Stability Contemporary Foam X Hierro v8. All images: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

In what is sweet information for a lot of runners who don’t like new fashions of sneakers to alter very a lot, the New Stability Contemporary Foam X Hierro v8 ($150) runs very equally to its predecessor, which you’ll learn extra about at our New Stability Contemporary Foam X Hierro v7 overview. A couple of minor modifications give the shoe a tad extra medial help, which some long-time customers like me had been searching for. This mannequin’s vital updates deal with making the shoe extra environmentally pleasant whereas retaining the plush, dependable consolation that this road-to-trail mannequin is understood for.

Certainly, this shoe labored simply as nicely for me on the undulating gravel nation roads of the U.S. Midwest with an array of iffy climate as they did on the wonderful longer path outings they noticed in Oregon within the weeks following. The New Stability Contemporary Foam X Hierro v8 precise weight is 10.3 ounces (293 grams) for a U.S. males’s 9 — primarily the identical because the v7. It maintains the identical 32-millimeter and 26-millimeter heel and toe stack heights for a 6-millimeter drop. The low-profile lugs have confirmed extra dependable than they seem, and the Contemporary Foam X midsole continues to really feel plush and comfy underfoot.

This line of sneakers has been a favourite for the iRunFar staff for a very long time, and we’ve included this model in our greatest cushioned path trainers information.

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New Stability Contemporary Foam X Hierro v8 Higher

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A lateral view of the New Stability Contemporary Foam X Hierro v8.

The 100% recycled artificial and mesh higher of the New Stability Contemporary Foam X Hierro v8 has ample perforations and nice breathability. A well-padded and gusseted tongue is nestled beneath comparatively conventional laces. One little midfoot inlay within the lacing permits for a pleasant squeeze when the whole lot is tightened down. Whereas I really feel sufficiently locked in, these sneakers really feel like they’re giving my toes the gentle hug I get from my Minnesota grandmother as a substitute of offering the firmer help of some Salomon or Inov8 uppers.

I drug the earlier model of this shoe by means of ample shard-y snow and ice in final spring’s ever-enduring snowpack in Colorado and was impressed by their resilience. With minimal updates to the higher, I might anticipate the brand new model to be simply as sturdy when subjected to related abuse. New Stability’s Toe Defend expertise, a skinny layer of rubber across the fringe of the shoe, guards your toes from no matter you would possibly kick on the path and offers further sturdiness.

I’ve a slim foot and like a roomy toebox to accommodate toe splay and bunions, and for me, this higher is pure consolation in a gentle and squishy type of manner. The shoe matches true to measurement.

New Stability Contemporary Foam X Hierro v8 Midsole

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A medial view of the New Stability Contemporary Foam X Hierro v8.

Regardless of seemingly minor modifications, my first impressions of the midsole of the New Stability Contemporary Foam X Hierro v8 had been extra favorable than the earlier model of the shoe. They appeared adequately supportive and usually very snug. The Contemporary Foam X offers a gentle, mild, and plush trip whereas preserving responsiveness. The brand new midsole additionally makes use of a better proportion of pure supplies in its development. Like earlier fashions, this shoe has a 6-millimeter drop and a stack top of 32 millimeters within the heel and 26 millimeters within the toe.

Whereas these sneakers are plush, the midsole doesn’t launch you into orbit just like the New Stability Contemporary Foam Extra Path fashions could. Some responsiveness is preserved on this well-cushioned shoe.

New Stability Contemporary Foam X Hierro v8 Outsole

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The outsole of the New Stability Contemporary Foam X Hierro v8.

The New Stability Contemporary Foam X Hierro v8 has a Vibram Eco-Step Pure outsole and makes use of the model’s Micro-Traction Lug expertise. The Vibram outsole was a giant replace from the Hierro v6 to the v7, and the newly up to date Eco-Step Pure outsole is extra environmentally pleasant with the identical traction and weight.

The Micro-Traction Lug outsole has tiny little nubs that resemble amphibian toes surrounding the 4-millimeter-deep oatmeal-shaped lugs. I’ve observed an additional stickiness to the outsole that I don’t recall from the earlier renditions. Having now run into, in a really literal sense, ice, snow, and dirt with these sneakers on, I’ve been impressed by the diploma of traction I’ve skilled regardless of the outsole showing lower than aggressive. Whereas they’re not particularly designed for difficult circumstances or terrain, I’ve at all times appreciated the flexibility of this shoe line as an inexpensive workhorse shoe. That mentioned, when vital ice, snow, or mud is anticipated, I counsel reaching for a path shoe with a extra aggressive outsole.

A big variety of my filth miles happen on a loop that includes a pair miles of paved street adopted by a pair thousand toes of climbing and descending on filth street and path. Subsequently, path sneakers that may accommodate a seamless transition between pavement to filth and have sufficient adhesion to climb and descend confidently are inclined to log a number of miles round right here!

The comparatively extensive base of this shoe additional lends to a secure trip. A refined mudflap-looking lip on the again of the heel jogs my memory of the extra outstanding model of an analogous characteristic on the v6 model of the shoe. This crashpad-esque element is designed to offer additional stability whereas descending.

New Stability Contemporary Foam X Hierro v8 General Impressions

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A prime view of the New Stability Contemporary Foam X Hierro v8.

Sarcastically, I might use most of the identical descriptors to color an image of the New Stability Contemporary Foam X Hierro v8 as I might the neighborly U.S. Midwest cinnamon rolls that fueled the primary couple runs in these sneakers: dependable, plush, and comforting. Like its predecessors, this model of the shoe is marketed primarily for mountain climbing and path operating, although I’d vouch they’re an important choice when your route additionally includes some street. When you’re searching for a path shoe that provides the consolation of a street shoe, is flexible on and off pavement, and is priced fairly, this could possibly be the suitable alternative for you.

It’s these qualities that preserve the Hierro in our greatest cushioned path trainers information.

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