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New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon 2
Analysis and characteristics of New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon 2, the new delivery of this running model with a great and soft cushioning and that is halfway between a daily training shoe and a mixed shoe. A very good cushioning, combined with exceptional lightness and flexibility help it serve both one thing and the other. But with nuances: depending on the type of broker and broker profiles.
In any case we are facing a model that surprises not only for aspects such as lightness or damping, but also for an optimized upper with respect to Beacon's first installment. One of the most striking elements in that sense we appreciate in the heel, with a height and curvature that will allow you to fit and take off more comfortably and quickly.
Resources such as deconstructing the heel, eliminating the solid (and heavy) rubber of the midsole (thanks to Ground Contact technology) and other details, are those that carry a miserable 218gr of weight for the men's shoe and 188gr for the of women. Let's see how New Balance achieves it.
Analysis New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon 2
MEDIASUELA AND SOIL
The Fresh Foam Beacon 2 midsole is constructed of a single material and one piece. The American brand strips auxiliary elements as they use other brands. This is achieved by working hard on the design, apart from the material itself.
The compound used is Fresh Foam Ground Contact, which is a variant of the original Fresh Foam. What New Balance does here is to add solid rubber in the solution to achieve a homogeneous foam that, thanks precisely to the rubber additive, can also be used as a sole.
This midsole not only receives solid rubber, also a portion of injected EVA and what ultimately results is a compound capable of cushioning, being firm, reactive and durable. As we explained in the first version of Fresh Foam Beacon, this is a resource that has already been used before in mixed shoes, and also in some of competition, where it is very important to reduce the weight even if only in a few grams.
In short, Fresh Foam Ground Contact is twice as resistant as a normal Fresh Foam, which guarantees greater durability.
The midsole of this Beacon 2 also shows hexagonal figures that have a lot to do with the control of the tread. That they have this shape and, above all, that they are concave or convex will directly affect how the tread is managed and its transition. Thus, concave hexagonal shapes on the outside will help soften that first impact of the foot against the floor, while the convex hexagonal shapes of the inner face of the ankle will help keep the footprint stable, just at the beginning of the transition
The drop remains with respect to the first version, remaining at just 6mm. It does this thanks to heights of the midsole of 26mm from the heel with respect to the ground and 20mm from the base of the metatarsals, in turn.
If we turn the shoe and observe it from the sole, it is easy to see that practically all of it is from the Fresh Foam Ground Contact material. The only parts where there is solid rubber reinforcement are those of maximum wear: the heel and the metatarsal area where the big toe passes. They are called Small Rubber Lugs (black in the photos) and being heavier than Ground Contact we only see them at those points due to the effort of New Balance to offer in this particular model, a lightweight product above all.
The design is maintained in hexagons, although they vary in size and inclination depending on whether the area has to support the weight more or has to hold on more. These hexagons in the sole allow it to be tractioned well in any direction, so if they are to be used in activities where the race requires turns or changes of direction, they will grab luxury.
In the upper, or upper cut, of New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon 2 is where we really appreciate changes. The mesh is engineering and is divided into two large areas: the back, which wraps around the heel and the rest, which goes from the midfoot to the toe.
The rear part is distinguished at first sight especially by the color change. Here is a very tight mesh, although it does not matter since the main function in this area is not that of breathability, but that of containing and stabilizing the ankle. Still it is very unstructured as a result of weight reduction. Thus, the mesh itself, with more or less dense foam reinforcements, will be any response to the impacts that occur here when running.
This is easily proven by pressing with the fingers because the much more structured and designed shoes, especially for people of high or very high weights, incorporate rigid pieces to contain the foot. In Beacon 2 it is not like that. New Balance leaves that work to other models of yours that already control this point better, such as New Balance 880, or New Balance Fresh Foam 1080, capable of working for those who have a lot of weight.
The heel is crowned by an elongation of the material to help both wear and take off shoes. Those who usually have problems in that process of introducing the foot in the shoe will thank this resource. Triathletes also, who are looking for a cushioned but very light shoe and that is also quick to wear, this Beacon 2 has many numbers so that they also like them.
The mesh of the front area is the one with the largest openings for proper breathability. The area of the fingers is the one that needs to be more ventilated and here New Balance solves it not only with the mesh itself, but with between 50 and 60 additional perforations just where the fingers are located.
In the middle zone, the “N” collaborates in reinforcing this part that receives the direct tension of the cords to stick tightly on the foot. Some cords that surprisingly are not passed by a tongue that is attached to the body of the shoe just by the base.
TEST / SENSATIONS
That New balance Fresh Foam Beacon 2 is a light shoe is something that you realize just catch them. They weigh less than many mixed shoes and even less than some of the competition, so it is weird to wear them thinking that you may use them more training than anything else.
When you run with them, the feeling remains as if you were wearing a mixed one. In fact, it seems silly, but the shootings go silly at faster rates, even if you don't think about them. I blame it on the very low weight they have. Although not only that ... the way I notice that you enter with your foot (I, who already run from metatarsus), is better than a classic daily training shoe. I say this because I have noticed the shoe more in the middle-front than in the heel, when you usually notice it all, regardless of whether you are slow or fast.
The sensations ... Yes, with this Beacon 2 I think it is very wise to talk about the feeling they give you, because it is not that of the classic very light training model, nor that of a mixed shoe to use. With one of my favorite mixes: NB 890, and when I'm putting them on I think about myself and my existential doubts about how happy I will be able to handle the rhythms, if I'm going to be able to keep them, if I'm going to click, etc. , etc.; but with this Beacon 2, you put them on calmly because the idea with them is to shoot ... And almost always you end up going faster than you had thought! I do not say that because they are magical, eye, that more run, more tired ... but it encourages or encourages it.
This New balance Fresh Foam Beacon 2 is a daily training shoe, but with a vocation to be carried by happy rhythms and even to some competition. Just like its predecessor, this Beacon 2 is an extremely flexible shoe, easily verifiable by bending it in the tread gesture itself, as by twisting it with its hands on its own longitudinal axis.
Of course, given its lack of structure in the form of reinforcements, I would recommend it to those who have a good career technique or are working on it. And those who heel a lot, who think that the ankle has fewer reinforcements than a daily training shoe to use.
If I were looking for a mixed shoe, I would surely not choose this model, but if what I want is a light training shoe, which allows me to squeeze it at a given moment, then I would see it with very good eyes. I would also see it well if my training rhythms are faster than the average runners and runners. By the way, I would not recommend it for those who have a lot of weight: lighten the shoe down to almost 200gr in men and less in women has its cost in less reinforcements to contain high weights or bulky feet in contour. Therefore, good for runners and runners of low weight, or medium maximum.
I think it is a shoe of those that give more than it seems to the naked eye. And also that, although it is not specific for triathletes, it can be an excellent option for them for all the mentioned characteristics, both if they train, as if they compete (also for the obsession of these athletes with looking for featherweights, since this Beacon 2, you can square them too).
He official price of New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon 2 is € 110 -