The rest of the upper is a fine airmesh with welded overlays and a webbing lace system that locks the foot over the midsole. The midsole has a bit lower profile, which contributes to its firm feel, and incorporates the refashioned Abzorb inserts in heel and toe. The tread has been completely redesigned with a more resilient rubber compound that offers outstanding traction on the trails and is pretty good on the roads, too. The thermoplastic RockStop plate provides protection without overly stiffening the ride. If it’s been a while since you’ve tried New Balance, now’s the time to check it out—the 876 is a lot of shoe for the money.
- RESPONSIVE TRAIL
- Sizes: men 7–13,14; women 5–11,12
- Weight: 14.0 oz. (men’s 11); 12.3 oz. (women’s 8)
- Shape: semi-curved
- Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, perforated EVA Strobel board
- For: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics