Designer Colin Behr came up with this New Balance MO750 Fast Hiking concept during his internship in the Fall of 2013 –
“Each intern had the opportunity to see forth a self-directed shoe design from start to finish. I chose to go with a niche market of outdoor recreation (Fast Hiking), to expand from New Balance’s already prominent outdoor following. The conceptual MO750 line brings an innovative, adaptive and lightweight ensemble to the outdoor explorer. In addition, to help expand the New Balance brand into other high performance products, I designed and prototyped a 30L pack.” – Colin
A mixture of flexibility and grip is what separates the MO750 from other performance footwear and makes them well suited for Fast Hiking. ‘TPE spike’ bristles are embedded within the tread pattern that expand and contract on impact and are specifically inspired by the tiny hairs on gecko’s feet that give them such incredible grip. Other unique features include roll down ankle padding and a HF Welded upper. When all the elements are combined with a light and flexible Vibram sole, they create a super light weight, flexible and durable shoe perfect for scaling trails.
From the initial ideation to 3D printed tooling and final sample, check out the in-depth look at the entire project, below –
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