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New Balance Men's 481 V3 Trail Running Shoe

Updated: Aug 22, 2020

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New Balance delivers on it's reputation for great wide fitting options for those with wider feet, however we did find some inconsistencies in the general fit and some of the team were unable to get close to wearing their "usual" size, so a word of warning around that.

Once we got past the sizing and got into some well fitting shoes it was time to put them to the test. These shoes are a pretty chunky deal and certainly robust, we found them to be a comfortable fit out of the box, but when it came to putting some quick miles on them this changed somewhat. We found these to be more suited to a hiking type shoe rather than a trail runner, they're built solidly but not a bonafide trail shoe in our opinion. We did appreciate the robust and reinforced toe which adds to the rugged look and appears to wear very well.

In the grip department the New Balance 481 V3 was reasonable for moderate trails but wasn't in the league of some of the more aggressive tread options which outperform these without too much difficulty. If it's a comfortable, stable, hiking shoe from a reputable brand you're after then look no further, just choose your sizing wisely and keep the pace leisurely!

Get your pair from Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3iwPxJ1

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