The New Balance 980 is the newest shoe to hit the shelves for New Balance. This neutral shoe is exceptionally light weight for the cushioning that it provides. Using New Balance’s newest technology, Fresh Foam, this shoe provides a slipper-like feel and exceptional plushness.
For those who prefer a more minimal feel, this shoe, similar to the Saucony Kinvara, has a 4 mm heel to toe drop. In a nutshell, the 980 provides amazing cushioning and full ground contact throughout the entire gait cycle, as well as a minimal, lightweight feel (8.8 oz for men’s size 9), but doesn’t sacrifice durability.
The closest counterparts to the NB980 would be the Brooks Pure Flow, Saucony Cortana, and the adidas Energy Boost.