Comments: I just ran in these for the first time. I actually tried them out on the road. What I've heard is true. They feel even softer than my original 980's (road version). I put 350 miles on my original 980's and they have been the most comfortable 350 miles I have ever run. It seems like I am off to a good start with the 980 trail version. I'm looking forward to putting some more miles on them, especially on the trails. I will update.
From: Patrick, Troy, NY, USA. October 23rd 2014
Comments: Outstanding shoe. Super supportive yet not over heavy stiff upper if a bit pointy as most NB are in the toe. Protective on rougher stuff without a stiff rock plate. Smooth running on all kinds of trails and even the road where this is little of that trail shoe slap. IMO a much better implementation of the Fresh Foam concept of using hexagon patterns to soften or stiffen the midsole than the first Fresh Foam road.
From: Anonymous. July 31st 2014
Comments: Took these out for a 5 miler today. I got them for the end of a 100 mile ultra, need more cush at the end. I was very, very happy!!! They fit great, cushioning was great, locked in feel on the rocky AT here in WV. I can not comment on grip on wet rock or how well they drain yet since it was a dry day but I was so pleased with them I had to post this. AWESOME!! Last year I had the NB MT1210, Leadville, swap at the end of a 100. That shoe worked well too but the lower drop of the 980 and the FRESH FOAM is really good. Happy Trails.
From: WV MT Goat, WV, USA. July 29th 2014