New Balance Fresh Foam Boracay Review

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Neutral Runners who need shoes to help them clock marathon mileage daily should take a look at the New Balance Fresh Foam Boracay.

These shoes use Fresh Foam technology in the midsole. The compressed ethylene-vinyl acetate foam provides such ultra-plush cushioning that it measures nearly 30 mm at its thickest, according to my measurements.

The Boracay has a 4 mm heel-toe offset – the difference between the heel height and midfoot height-or close to those minimalist running shoes. Conventional running shoes tendsto have a heel-toe offset of 12mm. In other words, the Boracay is meant more for heel strikers.

A one-piece rubber outsole further accentuates the generous  cushioning while stabilising and protecting the foot upon impact.

Its upper is made of stretchable mesh for  breathability and comfort – The fabric allow moisture vapor to be transmitted through the material.  An Ortholite sockliner provides additional cushioning for arch support which I like it very much.

The review unit had grey uppers and neon green midsoles,the better to highlight the thick cushioning, perhaps. This is not the best looking pair of shoes in the world, but it’s definitely not ugly.

When I first put them on, I found the shoelaces to be way too long. Even when I used the extra eyelets located at the top of the shoe, there is still a lot of shoelace left over. Overly long shoelaces tend to get untied on their own, but this is a minor annoyance.

The shoe feel comfortable and needed minimal run-in. Initial runs with them felt good and improved with each run. There was no letdown in comfort, whether with a heel strike or a forefoot strike.

The thick cushioning and rubberised grip makes this pair a great choice even for very uneven terrain. The cushioning provided good protection for my feet and knees. For a shoe with such a thick midsole, the Boracay felt surprisingly lightweight.

Furthermore, the cushioning also provides a reasonable amount of energy return with each stride. Yet, the shoes are not as stiff as conventional running ones and are flexible enough for circuit training.

Given the amount of cushioning in the midsole, I thick the Boracay is good for the long haul as daily training shoes, especially if you run 10 km or more everyday.

On the downside, they were a wee bit big, especially in the toe box,which seemed to be wider than in most conventional running shoes. There is lots of wiggle room.

For those who feel prefer more breathing room, the Boracay is perfect. The extra space, however, did mean that there was slight slippage during runs.I would recommend going for half size smaller for a snug fit. Or simply use a thicker pair of socks.

An Affordable, Durable and Very Comfortable Running Shoe

The New Balance Fresh Foam Boracay is an affordable and durable pair of running shoes for your daily training needs. On the road, it delivers a supremely cushioned ride.

Despite all its good qualities, the Boracay pales in terms of comfort and energy return when compared with other shoes I have tried, such as the Adidas Ultra Boost.

That said, Adidas Ultra Boost costs $100++ more. I would recommend the Boracay as daily trainers and the Ultra Boostas race day shoes.

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