329g (UK 9) newbalance.co.uk
From the hard knocks school of running, the 910v4 is solid feeling – the type of shoe that enjoys serious mud and nasty conditions. Given the shoe's rigid feel, it's best suited to controlled, steady running rather than racing or pace work; but for everyday running it's just fine.
New Balance use a Rockstop plate between the midsole and outsole for extra protection against roots and rocks, and the Hydrohesion rubber outsole provides grip in adventurous environments. There’s also a 10mm heel to toe drop. The rigidity might be an issue for some runners, but we found them comfortable
mixing road and mud.
Solid feeling initially, but quickly loosen up.
See the August-September issue of Trail Running out on July 12 for our more all-rounder trail shoe reviews.