New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo
We analyze the characteristics of New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo, a shoe belonging to the new Fresh Foam X collection of the American brand. In that collection it shares space with a totem in New Balance: Fresh Foam 1080, one of the best daily training shoes. In the presentation of this new and interesting technology that is Fresh Foam X, we have seen that New Balance has managed to further improve the midsole, thanks to a new reformulation with which various improvements have been obtained. They all add up, but if there is one of them that fits the profile of the Fresh Foam Tempo, it is that of reactivity.
And it is that Tempo collects the witness of Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit as a training shoe focused on intense sessions and, where visiting more demanding rhythms is part of the tools to improve in this of the running race. This is where Fresh Foam X with its soft and reactive shock absorption offers added value.
The lightness of the midsole in particular and of the entire shoe in general is another important characteristic of this model since Fresh Foam Tempo weighs only 258gr in the men's finish and 215gr in the women's one.
And obviously not everything is cooked in the midsole. Above, in the upper cut, New Balance discards Knit mesh here to now use Fantom Fit, a double mesh with which to improve the fit of the foot.
And apart from all this, Tempo is seen with very balanced lines that seem more like a long-haul model than a brand new one as is the case. Let's go in parts!
Regarding the Fresh Foam Tempo midsole, saying that the importance of cushioning is key, is demonstrated by the fact that New Balance has increased the amount of material by 13.5% compared to its predecessor Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit. And not only that, the Fresh Foam X material improves the energy return capacity by up to 16%. This is one of the reasons why Tempo benefits directly by becoming a shoe that is used for a broken and a rip, that is, as a shoe for series day, Fartlek or whatever is ahead, but the midsole It also responds if used for daily training: cushioning and reactivity.
The cushioning type is soft. This is maintained in Fresh Foam X, which is already a landmark since the origin of this compound. This is a market trend, it seems that firm midsoles are being relegated, giving way to others that also provide cushioning but in a much more friendly way ... or what is the same: comfortable.
The tiny holes you see help cushioning and comfort. That on the outside, on the inside there is more material to help stabilize a shoe designed for a neutral footprint.
The FF Tempo midsole is rather low profile. Although it appears to be thick, it actually rises only 18mm in the heel area and 12mm in the forefoot. Therefore, the drop is only 6mm. This is a profile corresponding to mixed and even competition shoes. Of course, Fresh Foam Tempo has a very good configuration to share it with another pair, but without a doubt to be the only shoe.
The New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo sole is characterized by having full contact with the ground. This is good in terms of traction and stability, and New Balance achieves this, not with large, large-area studs, but with a multitude of small and medium-sized studs, spread across 100% of the sole.
The own configuration of the lining, more than 100 only in the front area !, with so many separation cuts between them, has allowed to obtain a sole that New Balance has measured 9% more flexible than Zante Pursuit.
The main compound used is Blown Rubber. This is a type of rubber with great resistance to wear, but due to being a soft rubber, it will provide excellent traction on smooth surfaces such as asphalt.
And if someone thinks about Formula 1 or motorcycles, because of “soft rubber”, they will be right, because the principle is the same: hard rubber, more resistant, but less adherent and soft rubber, better adherence in exchange of somewhat less resistance (durability). It makes all the sense in the world in a shoe prepared to make the leap from daily workouts to split workouts or even competition.
There are two exceptions to this: right on the heel the rubber is harder, but because this is the area of maximum wear on the shoe, therefore it has to resist here; and in the middle zone (which would be under the plantar arch) the midsole material itself is used to be in contact with the ground.
At the design level, apart from the proliferation of studs, the irregular shapes around the hexagon are added, leaving the studs more elongated in the areas of maximum pressure, such as some of the heel and under the metatarsals.
The New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo upper has a classic shoe look. Much more than the 1080v10, which returns to break molds in its latest installment. Tempo arrives with a quite recognizable structure where the use of a double mesh stands out.
New Balance does not use Knit fabric here, but a two-level mesh that provides the best fit without detracting from breathability or lightness. The adjustment is not trivial, since it is important that, if we want Tempo to take us fast, it must have the ability to keep the foot well supported and stable.
The clean mesh in the front area is crowned with a heat-sealed reinforcing strip. It is not the only solution here because internally (not visible) there is another reinforcement that runs through the toe from side to side to protect the fingers and the mesh itself.
As we move backwards, the mesh is increasingly reinforced, especially in the midfoot, with a colorful embroidered thread that, apart from the adornment, will firmly hold the foot.
In the heel we find a rigid piece that will be the maximum responsible for stabilizing the foot when it hits the ground and initiates the rotational movement of the ankle during the tread. This part is crowned with a practical strap that will help you put on the shoe better and faster.
Above, we see soft and flat laces that are passed by no less than nine eyelets and still leave a tenth free for those who want to configure a lacing with greater tightening to the ankle. They are not passed through the tongue, but it is not necessary because it is sewn on both sides up to half the height of the shoe body. The removable insole is surprisingly thin (3mm) and light (13.2g).
New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo is a new and very versatile model that must be cataloged as a mixed shoe but that is good for daily training as for the most intense days of series, for example. Also usable in races, from 10k to marathon thanks to that versatility that I mentioned and that will make it more dependent on the runner what to use at any time than the shoe itself.
Thus a light or medium-weight runner will be able to use it in all those distances at 100% performance vs. return, while a runner or runner, the more he increases his weight and the distance in which he wants to compete, perhaps little by little It will move away from Tempo and go to other more pure models of daily training to maintain more cushioning and protection according to high weights and calm rhythms.
The only thing that makes this model sad is that it supposes the end of the Zante saga, in all its versions. But that is precisely the evolution: if Zante disappears it is because Fresh Foam X has increased the performance of Fresh Foam so much as to occupy that space with better benefits (16% higher return of input energy, there is nothing). Of course, on the other extreme, we celebrate models like the new 1080, where those who have already tried it will know that they have taken a leap forward with this new midsole.
I am going to repeat the versatility because I really believe that New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo is going to be one of the best (if not the best) option as a single shoe for everything on the market. There is nothing. Good to enter the relationship of best mixed shoes, it would also be worth using it on a daily basis. And although it obviously does not have a body as a competition shoe, it does not detract, far from it, if it is taken to the races looking for its lightness and reactivity. That yes for rhythms below 3’45 ”-3’50” perhaps you can already think of using better New Balance 1500, for example or other competition or flying shoes.
The official price for the New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo is € 130.
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