New Balance 704 £54.99


Posted: 16 June 2000

This model may still be available on clearance. But we've reviewed a newer version since we published this.

Weight 368g
Evaluation When shoe companies originally decided that off-road models had to be built like tanks, New Balance was one of the prime offenders. The shoes tended to be cushioned and protective (good) but also heavy, unresponsive, and, because of their vast midsole thickness, not especially stable (bad). They also didn’t grip well in mud (very bad). New Balance has redressed the problem with the fast, grippy 904. But if you like the old-style trail shoes for their chunky protection, you could do worse than the 704. It’s only moderately responsive and its grip is only good enough for forest trails and grass, but it’s not overly heavy, its ride is fairly well cushioned and its water-resistant upper fits securely.
In short The 704 is only a little grippier than many road shoes, but if you want chunky off-road protection and you’re not aiming for top speeds, it’s not a bad choice. It’s certainly superior to the stiffer, heavier 804 at £60.
Try it if you liked New Balance 804 (£60); Nike Air Terra Humara (£70, discontinued); Asics Gel Trabuco (£60)

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