New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon Running Shoe Review
Compared to the grandiose fanfare that heralds the release of most new running shoes, the New Balance Beacon has slipped under the radar somewhat. However, it’s certainly an intriguing prospect once it comes to your attention.
That’s partly thanks to the sizeable chunk of Fresh Foam cushioning on the bottom – which makes it almost look like a Hoka One One shoe – and the almost complete lack of rubber on the outsole. Then there’s the fact that the Beacon weighs just 213g (men’s) despite all that cushioning. That’s lighter than some all-out racers like the Adidas Adizero Adios. Finally there’s the price – £90 at a time when more and more brands are pricing their pairs beyond £150 rather than under £100.
It all adds up to a unique, attractive package. The Beacon is a true all-rounder running shoe that doesn’t cost the Earth, and it even looks good enough to wear when not running.
Over my first weekend of running in the Beacon I tackled an out-and-back 16km, running the first half run easy and the second half at just slower than my half marathon pace, and a 15-mile run where I stepped up the...