Gobi – whilst the 1,295,000 km2 desert covers parts of northern and northwestern China, and of southern Mongolia in Asia, it is also the name of New Balance latest “Fresh Foam” model.
New Balance – Fresh Foam Gobi V1 comes with a decent weightiness of 262.2 grams. As previously experienced with the Fresh Foam midsole, this shoe generates an effectively protected and relaxed ride without being to clumsy on the feet.
The Fresh Foam Gobi V1 was created to allow a wide-ranging terrain. Not yet a trail shoe, not yet a road running shoe.
The so-called FantomFit upper feels perfect. Although it permits a blameless portion of air circulation it does not vastly defend against water. A circumstance that could be key for a shoe that wants to be used on the trails thru the seasons. While there is no protection against water the toe protection is spot on. At least it saved me and my tongue-tied stride some times while grinding the local trails.
Front end – On and Off Road this one allows a secure and robust jog.
Back end – I like the well-designed and humble composition of this shoe. The 6mm drop does bid a steadfast feeling with this hybrid shoe.
You are looking for some versatility this winter? Maybe the Fresh Foam Gobi can help. If your daily running routine includes a mix of trails and roads then this could be for you.
Inside look – Comparable to what you already observed on this site of the interweb, the midsole of the Gobi is pretty similar to the well-liked Zante modell. It is a single layer of the commonly used Fresh Foam EVA. The simple construction does do the job properly with a touch of pronation support.
Close up with the Fresh Foam midsole material.  
With the black and red colour combo the shoes blend in with the season.
The NB is the head knee – Some branding on the front end of the white outsole.
New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.is based in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. The company was founded in 1906 as the “New Balance Arch Support Company” and is one of the world’s major sports footwear manufacturers.
Out and about – The white outsole material certainly is an eye catcher. The spacious low profile lugs are part of a soft outsole.
As you would expect with a shoe like this the sole does not provide a massive range of hold on the trail. Yet the combination of the soft material composed with the wider spaced profile does provide decent grip while being on the trail. On the road the sole does a great job. Besides a decent amount of trail running I also used the shoe on the track for a longer workout. 
Wrap up – A stylish and yet efficient “Jack of all trades”. The New Balance – Fresh Foam Gobi does not only look good. It is a great daily running shoe and like the Zante, which I previously tested, this shoe does provide great fun on a daily base. Especially at this time of the year.
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