NEW BALANCE BORACAY REVIEW
The New Balance Boracay, or the Fresh Foam Boracay, is the newest entry in New Balance’s Fresh Foam series. It is a running shoe specifically designed and manufactured using the lightest and most effective of materials. Given that there are countless running shoes available in the market, how does the Fresh Foam Boracay stand out from the rest?
The New Balance Boracay’s upper segment is designed with a unibody-esque type of mesh—a common material used in athletic shoes to ensure sufficient ventilation. There are no-sew overlays throughout the main body, and the printings that are embedded on the pair (including the trademark logo) are high density. The Fresh Foam Boracay’s midsole, on the other hand, is composed of a single density compression EVA foam blend that is both rigid and responsive. The pair’s outsoles are made out of soft-blown rubber with the exception of the area around the heel crash pad, which contains a harder variant of rubber instead.
The New Balance Boracay mostly comes in its most prominent color: silver and gray, but there are also other colors available such as blue-magenta and blue-orange. A size 11 half-pair weighs around 283 grams (or 9.9 ounces for the United Kingdom).
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT?
When it comes to running shoes, being lightweight is perhaps the most important factor in choosing the right pair. The New Balance Boracay was designed with mostly incredibly light materials. It enables people to run over staggering distances at remarkable paces without sacrificing durability and stability.
The Fresh Foam Boracay is more stable than its predecessor, the Fresh Foam 980. Because of the firmer embedding of the materials and the improvement of the shoes’ upper fit, the Fresh Foam Boracay fits the feet more comfortably without the constant threat of disorientation and termination of stability during intense courses and tracks.
As the tagline of the New Balance Boracay says, comfortability is a colossal improvement in this edition. Because of the slick and smooth cushioning that hugs the inner walls of the Boracay, comfort and ease are assured, even during tiring workouts that may stress the feet too much.
WHAT NEEDS IMPROVEMENT?
- Hazard for barefoot runners
Though it is a tradition to wear socks in conjunction with shoes, some runners head to the track without the former. Unfortunately, the edges of the Fresh Foam Boracay’s tongue may scratch the skin and cause unwanted irritation. This issue, however, can be resolved when socks are worn.
The build quality of the Fresh Foam Boracay may have been improved drastically because of the new materials, but now none of them are glossy or shiny. This makes the New Balance Boracay a completely non-reflective pair of running shoes. This issue can transform into a visibility hazard when running during nighttime.
- Mild but inevitable tongue slide
Albeit not massive, tongue slide is inevitable with the Fresh Foam Boracay. This is even with the aid of the tongue loop that prevents side-shifting after a period of time.