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New Balance Toe Protecting Men’s M990v4 Trail Running Shoe

Last updated: November 16, 2022

New Balance Toe Protecting Men’s M990v4 Trail Running Shoe
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We looked at the top Men's Trail Running Shoes and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Men's Trail Running Shoe you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 34 expert reviews, the New Balance Toe Protecting Men's Trail Running Shoe placed 11th when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The latest in our Made in USA series, the 990v4 provides the perfect blend of cushioning and stability. With a hybrid upper for breathability and ENCAP technology for comfort, this classic running shoe continues our legacy of great performance and iconic style.

Expert Reviews


What experts liked

The shoe provides plenty of cushioning and stability, but manages to remain flexible at the same time.
Midsole provides generous cushioning that won't compress and lose its energy-return properties. Design is fairly wide and shoe feels stable.
Are a high-quality pair of shoes for the runner who is looking for superior support, stability, and cushioning.
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New Balance uses a leather and fabric combination to create a sturdier, more durable shoe, so you can the support you need.
These sports shoes are made of leather with a rubber sole for improved grip.
Medial underfoot support and durability are handled by the ENCAP midsole technology making the ride feel more cushioned and stable.

What experts didn't like

Upper isn't supportive as some wanted it to be
Not very flexible and responsive
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New Balance shoes tend to be priced a bit higher than other brands
It was too stiff for some athletes who wanted to get more flexibility for their feet.

Our Expert Consultant

Stephanie Mansour   
Certified Personal Trainer, Health and Wellness Expert

Stephanie Mansour, host of “Step It Up with Steph” on public broadcasting, has been coaching women for over a decade on how to lose weight and make it last. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications with an emphasis on women’s studies and psychology from the University of Michigan. She holds certifications in life coaching, personal training, yoga and Pilates.

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