New Balance 790 Trail
New Balance MR790
100 (April 2009)
I was originally interested in trying out the 840s, but I caught sight of these in the New Balance store, and couldn’t get them out of my head. I eventually ordered the 840s, but returned them when I realized that was so much more shoe. In short – I love these shoes, and this is my primary trail shoe / running shoe. At the moment, this is really the only “shoe” that I wear, when I’m not wearing my FiveFingers, huaraches, or running barefoot.
For a trail shoe these are very lightweight and flexible. There is enough but very minimal cushioning and a thin insole – both of which I regard as features. They have a small amount of toe protection but probably not as much as other shoes. They have some lugs on the sole but again not as much as other trail shoes. I like this style of sole, as it does not pickup huge clods of mud like my other trail shoes have.
The only complaint, I guess, is that the sizes run small. I wear 10.5 in many other shoes and I have size 11 for the 790s. Even that is probably too small for ultra distance – I will probably pick up 11.5s next time around (and before any significant races).