This model may still be available on clearance. But we've reviewed a newer version since we published this.
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 didnt 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. Its only moderately responsive and its grip is only good enough for forest trails and grass, but its not overly heavy, its ride is fairly well cushioned and its water-resistant upper fits securely.
The 704 is only a little grippier than many road shoes, but if you want chunky off-road protection and youre not aiming for top speeds, its not a bad choice. Its certainly superior to the stiffer, heavier 804 at £60.
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New Balance 804 (£60); Nike Air Terra Humara (£70, discontinued); Asics Gel Trabuco (£60)