New Balance Women’s WT910v1 NBX First Impression:
I tested grey/pink color way. My initial impression is that I was liked pink/coral color palette, as it was surprisingly attractive for such a technical shoe.
I liked the pops of neon along the rubber outsole and as the color of the GORE-TEX® XCR® lining . Its lower heel to toe drop and thick outsole looks sturdy, but the overall shoe is lightweight.
The mesh is extremely lightweight, and I am curious to see how it holds up against the elements.
New Balance Women’s WT910v1 NBX Trail Upper:
The upper is extremely durable and lightweight. The gusseted mesh tongue is fully attached to the shoe, which helps keep water, dirt, and other elements out. The tongue is made of lightweight synthetic mesh, and although serves it’s purpose of protection, it also adds additional breathability to the foot.
The NLOCK® integrated lacing and webbing system provides a snug, conformed fit against the gusseted tongue. This gave additional support when running on uneven ledges. The SureLace design helps keep the laces tied throughout the run and secure, even when running through messy winter weather.
The waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® XCR® lining kept my foot dry during more than a few runs in the rain. It also provided additional cushioning and warmth during the colder runs. The texture of the liner helps keep socks from sliding down and a conformed fit.
New Balance Women’s WT910v1 NBX Sole Unit:
When trail running, you often find yourself on unstable ground. Whether fighting against slippery mud, uneven tree roots, or loose stone, you need a supportive shoe that withstands all elements. New Balance combines foam and rubber in the sole. The RockStop bruise plate protects feet from harsh elements such as sharp rocks or tree roots. It minimized the pressure of the unstable terrain, and helped disperse energy evenly. The aggressive rubber outsole has deep grooves to grip uneven surfaces for added traction and gives additional stability.
ABZORB® FL provides cushion in the midsole. The removable foam-cushioned OrthoLite®” insert is a nice feature because although it provides additional cushioning, it is easy to take out and air dry if water seeps into the shoe. The RevLite midsole foam technology offers faster responsiveness and energy return. Its durable matter is sturdy but lightweight. During my runs, I was impressed with the smooth ride, although I was on rough terrain.
The aggressive rubber outsole did provide less flexibility in the shoe overall. Although I didn’t mind longer runs and my feet were well protected, personal preference enjoyed running shorter distances in these shoes.
New Balance Women’s WT910v1 NBX Opinion:
The New Balance Women’s WT910v1 NBX Trail Running Shoe is a great cushioned trail shoe. Although having additional features such as the RockStop midsole plate and Toe Protection for added protection on tough trails, it was still responsive and comfortable.
Whether trekking through the mud or over roots, this shoe is a great fit, highly durable, and offers reliable traction. Although overall a lightweight shoe, the thick outsole needed for protection didn’t provide much flexibility (which I usually prefer when running).
Overall it’s a great outdoor trail shoe and gives a lot of protection against the elements.
We thank the nice people at New Balance for sending us a pair of WT910v1 NBX to test. This did not influence the outcome of the review, written after running more than 50 miles in them.