Pros: Style, Comfort
New Balance is a very mature company in the running world. Compared to trail running which is still in its infant stages. New Balance brings their vast knowledge and experience to the dirt with the 806.
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Lace up your 806's and you're ready to rock. Well, as long as the trail you're running isn't too rough. Let's get the negative out of the way...the 806 doesn't have the best traction in the world. That is the one major drawback. However, the 806 brings other qualities to the table.
For instance the 806 is blessed with...
Flexibility - Designed for comfort on the go, the 806 has flex grooves in all the right places. Flexibility helps when you change direction a lot, as you (usually) do on the trail.
Water Resistant - Though far from waterproof the 806 works well in damp and rainy conditions. It sprinkles a lot in the Northwest so these are good choices. A real downpour will dampen things though.
Solid Outsole - The outsole of the 806 will cushion your feet from all those rocks and roots so you're not all bruised up. They also wear really well, giving them nice longevity.
Safety - Reflective tape brings attention to you at night. Though I don't suspect most people run trails at night. I have done it though with a spelunker's light on my head and a good flashlight (and of course a couple friends). It's very exciting! Anyway...
Control - If you have a regular gait these will work well for you. If you have a lot of pronation you will need to find a shoe that provides more motion control.
Cushion - New Balance uses "Abzorb" technology to provide shock absorption. Abzorb is in both the heel and forefoot.
Stability - "Stability Web" provides midfoot support and torsional stability. The Stability Web works well in keeping your foot where it's supposed to be.
Upper - The upper is a water-resistant synthetic mesh. It's very comfortable (something 806 has a lot of).
Weight - The 806 weighs in at: 12.2 oz
Distance - These are not racing shoes by any means. The weight, cushion and flexibility of the 806 make this a great training shoe, especially for long runs.
My Final Say
I highly recommend these as training shoes! Overall, they are really good shoes. The price is a bit higher than some. But few shoes are as good as New Balance. I can't say I'm a big fan of the colors. For trail shoes you need kind of a dark color for obvious reasons. I went with the storm cloud grey color. Ironic, I know.
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