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Apr 3, 2013
Overall, I like the direction that Montrail took the Fairhavens to. The upper has definitely been lightened from the Fairhaven, yet is still a really secure fit. I size a little snug for fast, technical trail running, and while a size 10 worked in the Fairhavens, a size 10 in the Fluid Balance is just a touch too small. The midsole is very cushy, almost too cushy for a shoe with stability features. The Fluid Balance has a noticeably softer midsole than what the Fairhaven had, which will lighten it up nicely, but may not make for as long lasting of a shoe vs. the Fairhaven. Basically, the Fluid Balance is the Fairhaven with a lightened uppper and softer midsole, with the same posting zone and outsole. Great shoe for the trail (and some road) runner needing a little support. Hoping Montrail keeps the upper while going to a little harder midsole like the Fairhaven had.