As we mentioned in a Winter 2006 Outdoor Retailer dispatch, new outdoor shoes will now be coming in the New Balance line rather than in their subsidiary Dunham footwear line. A year later, New Balance is launching their new Outdoor Initiative with the introduction of five new models. The new product line will eventually include trail running, hiking, country walking, and water performance shoes. They also announced that some of their new shoes will feature the waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex lining, which will replace their proprietary Dunham DryWorks membrane which wasn’t very waterproof.
We were particularly interested in two new trail running shoes, the New Balance 1110 and 800, both available in men’s and women’s versions and extended sizes and widths. The 1110 (rust colored) is on the left and the 800 (yellow) is on the right in the photo.
The 1110 is the first New Balance trail shoe to feature the Gore-Tex XCR lining. It is an off-road trainer with a full set of features to provide foot comfort, stability, and protection. This shoe has a full-length Absorb (EVA foam) midsole and Rock Stop 2 foam technology, which really protect and cushion the foot from sharp rocks. Weight is 13.6 ounces per shoe (men’s size 9.5), which is very good considering the feature set.
For those who don’t want a Gore-Tex lining, the New Balance 800 weighs only 10 ounces per shoe (men’s size 9.5), which challenges the weight of some of the lightest trail running shoes we have tested. It’s also a durable and versatile shoe featuring Absorb cushioning in critical areas and an N-Lock midfoot support system.
Both shoes feature New Balance’s N-Durance outsole, which is a combination of grippy and more durable rubbers.
Specifications and Features
- Manufacturer: New Balance
- Sizes: Extended sizes and widths
- Weight: 1110 weighs 13.6 oz/shoe, 800 weighs 10 ounces/shoe (men’s size 9.5)
- Available: August 2007
- MSRP: $120 for the 1110, $80 for the 800