The New Balance 980 Trail is a natural, versatile trail running shoe designed for a neutral foot motion.


Important Shipping Note: U.S. sales only.


The New Balance 980 Trail absorbs the impact of every step on the trail with its Fresh Foam technology in the midsole while maintaining a natural and fluid stride with its low offset and light weight. The aggressive grip on the outsole gives the traction needed to enjoy any surface while the breathable mesh upper keeps your feet from overheating as you blaze down the trail.

Model Number:

Weight:  9.2 oz (size 8)

Stack Height: Heel (24mm), Forefoot (20mm)  

Widths Available: B=Medium, D=Wide

How It Fits (based on width B)

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium
  • Mid-foot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box height: Medium to low
  • Arch Structure: Medium
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Curved


  • Fresh Foam delivers plush cushioning for those who want a soft underfoot feel.


  • Blown rubber in the forefoot increases cushioning and responsiveness.
  • Aggressive Lugs are multidirectional to assist in ascending and descending.


  • Synthetic Mesh covers the majority of the upper for durable, lightweight breathability.
  • Synthetic Overlays are strategically placed to wrap the foot for a secure fit.
  • No-Sew upper materials are soft, supple and hold the foot securely on the platform.
  • Traditional Sockliner provides additional underfoot cushioning.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full length fabric for a comfortable underfoot feel.


  • PL-4 is a running-specific last with a standard heel width, toe-box height, and forefoot width.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: These shoes run fairly narrow so I needed the D width. In the B width of the NB 980 trail the heel was so tight that it pulled my socks off. The D width does not seem to have the same issue. The shoes seem to fit a little differently as the 6.5 feels a little short but the 7 is much too long for my feet. This is a problem I've never had with NB before. They are highly cushioned with a quite low arch support (which my feet prefer). The outsoles have thick treads that provide lots of traction for any kind of trail or even road surface.
From: Heather, FL, USA. August 5th 2015

Comments: This is a very well-constructed trail and running shoe with excellent cushioning. I like the pink/grey and orange/black colors. I just had my second run in these on a treadmill, and my feet are very pleased that I bought these. The toe box could be wider as I have a wide foot, wearing a 9D, however, my feet are comfortable. They just do not have much wiggle room. Most importantly, I am able to wear an insole (for added cushioning) without having the shoe slip off my heel when I walk or run. Over the past 2-3 years, I had to purchase another brand because of this design issue in NB trail shoes concerning the heel-to-toe drop. I'm glad to be back with NB. Thank you, New Balance!
From: Anonymous. Glendale, AZ, USA. November 29th 2014