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New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon, $120
The Fresh Foam Beacon is a new shoe to the New Balance line, filling the slot previously occupied by the Fresh Foam Boracay.
The upper is a seamless, closed mesh, with good flexibility and is roomy enough for a variety of feet. The midsole is slightly oversized and made of a very lightweight version of Fresh Foam, which offers great cushioning with good resiliency. Unlike its other brethren of the Max Midsole fraternity, the Beacon has quite good flexibility, which makes its ride much snappier than expected and ahead of the crowd in this group. The outersole is quite minimal with a little bit of rubber in the highest wear portions of the sole at the heel and ball, the remainder toughened foam, which is sufficiently durable for all but the hardest strikers. The light weight, excellent cushioning, and reasonable price make the Beacon a versatile training shoe that works well for high mileage, recovery runs, as well as faster running or even longer races.
Testers: “My first impression was how different they felt, and I have really come to like them. They are very versatile for any distance. They are extremely light, with a very comfortable upper, and the sole has a good amount of cushion.”
Sizes: Men 7-13,14,15,16; Women 5-11
Weight: 8.4 oz. (men’s 11); 6.7 oz. (women’s 8)
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board
Geometry: Full Contact