Hello again! It's me, Mike (aka Review Daddy) -- and I'm back with a review of the New Balance Multi-Sport 851.
The New Balance 851 is a lightweight and breathable multi-sport shoe that is positioned to be the “little brother” to the 1520 – slightly less aggressive, but with much of the same technological and visual DNA that make both shoes so versatile. Designed for a variety of terrain and built to handle whatever is thrown its way, the New Balance 851 is the one shoe you’ll need for all of your adventure travel and weekend activities. Composed of high quality leathers, the 851 offers a waterproof suede and a water resistant mesh package. The shoe also features a great technology story complete with ABZORB® cushioning, a Stability Web for lightweight midfoot support, and a high traction outsole offering you the protection and support you need when the action heats up.
I was really excited when my new MO 851 shoes were delivered. I'm a Land Surveyor and I'm on my feet and moving ALL day long. When the Survey doesn't require boots, I prefer lightweight, breathable footwear.
The first day that I wore these shoes, I admit, I wasn't very happy. They seemed a bit tight and the box seemed a bit short. However, I know all shoes have to be "broken in" and I wore them a couple of days later on a survey.
And you know what? They were great. They conformed nicely to the contour of my feet and "gave" a bit in all the right places. Even the box fit better after a few hours of wear.
I'm very happy and very satisfied with these shoes and their performance in the field. New Balance got it right. The shoes are lightweight, but sturdy (i.e they can take a beating!), breathable (very important), and, to my great relief, they are absolutely water-proof.
I was up to my eyeballs in the water and muck and my feet stayed dry. That, my friends, means everything to someone who's out in the woods, swamps, etc. Dry feet are a life-saver. Trust me. I know this.
Will I recommend them? You bet I will! Would I buy them? Absolutely! These are shoes that you can live and work in.
From the Website:
The rugged 851 is a supportive shoe designed to meet the performance needs of the outdoor sports enthusiast; it helps regulate the temperature of your feet and keeps them dry in bad weather and wet trail conditions.
*Stability Web delivers midfoot support and reduces the weight of the shoe
*Ndurance rubber compound for maximum outsole durability
*C-CAP® midsole provides cushioning and support
*ABZORB® cushioning in both heel and forefoot for exceptional shock absorption
*Water-Resistant Suede/Mesh Upper helps keep feet dry in inclement weather
The Multi-Sport 851 is also available in Women's Sizes.
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary pair of Men's Multi-Sport 851 shoes for the purpose of review. I was under no obligation to review this item. I did not receive any monetary compensation. The opinions expressed herein are my own and based on my own personal use of and experience with the item.
Mike (Review Daddy)