New Balance 573 2011

The New Balance 573 weighs 612g (pair, size 8½); mesh upper extremely breathable; good flex for running; supportive heel cup; outsole has a good lug pattern for general running on trails. But as a non-waterproof running shoe it is not so good for valley walking and keeping feet dry; sole stiffness not ideal for walking, scrambling or biking; not as durable as others.

The New Balance 573 is a very good low-priced running shoe.

First published in Trail magazine May 2011