New Balance 904 £69.99


Posted: 16 June 2000

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

Weight 380g
Evaluation This is one of the most refreshing shoes of the autumn; exactly what an off-road shoe should be. It is simple, unrestrictive and responsive, and it has great grip for all surfaces but the thickest mud. The key is its thin midsole, which positions the foot close to the ground (in fact it’s so low in the heel that you may need to ease into using it, especially if you are prone to Achilles problems). This, along with a light, protective upper and a narrow, nimble heel, makes the 904 feel much faster than its weight suggests – even faster, in fact, than the softer, lighter and similarly performance-oriented Saucony GRID Harrier.
What you don’t get with the 904 is a very soft ride – it’s definitely a performance shoe and not one for a combination of on- and off-road use – but its relatively firm feel belies pretty good shock absorption and protection.
In short Fast, flexible and sure-footed: even though its weight doesn’t hint at its speed, the 904’s profile makes it one of the top three off-road performers in the non-fell-running market.
Try it if you liked Adidas Equipment Davos (£60, discontinued); Nike Air Terra Albis (£70, discontinued); New Balance RX Terrain (£50)

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