Recently I purchased over 30 types of New Balance shoes, including the New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz, so I could compare them on many things, including weight. How much do New Balance Cruz shoes weigh?
New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz shoes weigh 11.04 ounces (0.69 pounds) per shoe for a size 12 men’s shoe. The New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz was the fifth most lightweight New Balance shoe that I tried.
In this article let’s take a closer look at New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz v1 weight and how it compares to other popular New Balance shoes.
New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz Weight
My size 12 men’s New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz v1 shoes weigh 0.69 pounds per shoe (11.04 ounces).
The New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz is a modern lightweight running shoe that is made with a stretch-knit upper, and almost feels like a thick sock against the foot.
Fresh Foam Fresh Foam Cruz Weight Compared to Other Shoes
After trying over 30 different types of New Balance shoes, below is a weight chart comparing the New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz weight to all the other New Balance shoes that I tried:
*Weights below are based off of one size 12 men’s shoe.
To read more about each of these shoes, visit my article that discusses the different weights of New Balance shoes.
Why is the New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz so lightweight?
The Fresh Foam Cruz is made with a lightweight, breathable upper which helps keep the weight down:
There are, however, different types of New Balance shoes that are even more breathable. To illustrate how breathable these shoes are, here I am holding them up to the light:
There isn’t any light passing through.
Compare that to the New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2 shoes below, which actually show light passing through the material:
Still, you can expect the Fresh Foam Cruz to be lightweight and breathable, but it isn’t quite as breathable as some other types of New Balance running shoes.
This material, in combination with the foam midsole, allows the shoe to be both lightweight and flexible. In the video below, I tried to capture how flexible these shoes are:
And to give you a better idea how the New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz shoe fits and responds on a foot, here I am wearing my shoes:
Shoes Similar to the New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz
If you are interested in the New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz because you like an ultra-lightweight running style, there are other options you will want to consider. Here’s what you need to know:
- New Balance FuelCell Rebel – This Rebel shoe (or the 1080) was my favorite New Balance running shoe. It is the most lightweight shoe that I tried, and is built with breathable material. And it has a “squishy” comfort under the foot.
- New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v12 – This 1080 shoe was the only other New Balance shoe that I felt like was just as comfortable as the Rebel shoe above. Both have that “squishy” feeling to provide comfort under the foot.
- New Balance Fresh Foam 860v12 – The 860 is comfortable, but it isn’t as “squishy” under the foot. This might be beneficial for those of you who like more stability in your athletic shoes.
- New Balance Fresh Foam 880v12 – The 880 was the third most comfortable New Balance running shoe that I tried. It is very “squishy” under the foot, but I just thought the Rebel and 1080 were slightly more comfortable.