In this follow-up to our initial New Balance Numeric sneak peek, we’re going to be focusing and explaining some of the technical aspects behind their skate footwear. For those who have shown some acceptance of their arrival into skateboarding footwear, it’s fair to say that it’s probably because of an expected increase in performance that’s not being fulfilled by any other brands at the moment. If that’s your reasoning, it’s understandable. Skater’s destroy shoes and if we’re getting a better performance product then we should embrace it, right?
The morals on this topic continue to be divided but if we’re doing our job right as an authority of what will last, performance-wise , then we have no choice but to say that the New Balance Numeric line is probably going to be incredible. This premature claim is being based on some of the simple facts that we definitely know. Most of their models are being reinforced with the same exact materials and technology that’ve made New Balance the successful and recognized brand of today.
With an offering of 2 cupsoles and 2 vulcanized models, the NB# team made a smart and sensible move in providing just the bare minimum for skateboarders to pick from. Anyone looking for exceptional cushioning, breathability and support should find their needs met in the Logan 637 and the Stratford 479; both cupsoles models.
The use of TPU in the Logan and the Stratford is what essentially keeps us from doubting New Balance Numeric as a reliable performance skate brand. In bonding TPU materials into their footwear, durability will be drastically enhanced in the toe of each of these models. If you remember correctly, Nike and Adidas have also utilized this superior material so you can expect similar durability expectations from New Balance Numeric, regardless of whether you agree with their debut into skateboarding or not.
For those who happen to run recreationally, as well as skate, you’ll find the REVlite technology only in the Logan 637 cupsole. If you’re not familiar with REVlite technology, it’s a foam compound that has the same impact support and reaction as a bulky cupsole without all the weight. Runners have been using it for years to maintain composure while running and now this technology is being offered within the walls of the skate world. This move could be compared to when Nike started using Lunarlon technology in their skateboarding footwear. The only downside to all of this good news is that the REVlite will only be featured and used in 1 of the 4 models. The Logan 637 will have REVlite in it’s midsole to bounce back from any harsh impacts.
The Logan 637 and the Stratford 479 are unique and technical in their own respects, unfortunately we fail to see that same innovation in New Balance Numeric’s vulcanized models. Although there is only so much you can do with thin materials, we would’ve liked to see something a bit more developed or similar in their lengthy resume of historical models. Where they might’ve dropped the ball in design, we’re curious to see if it’ll be made up in the performance value of their vulc program. Both Brighton 344 and Quincy 254 are coming from a straight forward approach and we understand that. Each vulcanize model will have an offering of suede and canvas.
We can’t say how long any of their footwear will last from wear but with all the information provided, you can only imagine that a review on NB# will go beyond our expectations. Also, as a runner, I’ve always used New Balance but as most of you have already vocalized, they have a lot of work to do in winning us over with the same clever marketing and performance values that they’ve utilized to gain their fan base of today.