Brooks Beast 14 vs. New Balance 1340v2 review

Brooks Beast 14 and New Balance 1340v2 are both motion control running shoes that can provide pronation control to severe overpronators. Learn about their differences...

The Brooks Beast 14 and the New Balance 1340v2 are motion control running shoes for runners who severely overpronate.

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The uppers of both the Brooks Beast 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the New Balance 1340v2 provide a good wrapping around the midfoot, so should both also provide you with a secure lock down on the platform.

The main difference in the upper is that the Brooks Beast 14 has no-sew overlays running over the toe box, which should provide a more custom fit in that area, while still allowing for more movement in the toe box, since these overlays are lighter than the stitched-on toe box overlays on the New Balance 1340v2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com.

The last difference in the upper is at the back of the shoes where the New Balance 1340v2 with its thick overlays provides a more secure fit around the heel than the Brooks Beast 14, which has lighter overlays wrapping the heel.

The biggest difference between the Brooks Beast 14 and the New Balance 1340v2 lies in the midsole cushioning and pronation control tooling used.

To break the landing, the Brooks Beast 14 has a crash pad that runs from under the heel along the outer edge of the shoe towards the forefoot and that is well-segmented.

The New Balance 1340v2 also has something similar, but the segmentation is less pronounced, so one would expect to get more shock absorption from the Brooks Beast 14.

The cushioning technologies used in the midsoles of the two motion control running shoes also differ. The New Balance 1340v2 has N2 cushioning in the heel and Absorb cushioning in the forefoot, while the Brooks Beast 14 uses full-length Brooks DNA for cushioning.

Once you have landed and start to roll inward, the Brooks Beast 14 will stop your foot from rolling too far inward by progressively using firmer foams to stop the pronation until your foot hits a medial post.

The New Balance 1340v2 has a similar tool in the midsole to control pronation. However, the medial post is more elongated and runs from the back of the shoe till past the arch. And both running shoes have a midfoot shank that extends into the medial post to increase support and stability under the arch.

Both medial posts should get the job done and while it is hard to say which one would provide more pronation control, New Balance states that the Extended Web technology, which is used in the New Balance 1340v2 is used to provide mild pronation control, whereas Brooks states that the Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar in the Brooks Beast 14 is used to provide maximum pronation control.

From this one can conclude that the Brooks Beast 14 would provide a slightly stronger degree of pronation control than the New Balance 1340v2.

The base of the Brooks Beast 14 is very wide in the heel as well as in the forefoot giving you a very stable platform to run on. The contour of the outsole of the New Balance 1340v2 is more like that of a traditional running shoe.

The outsole of the New Balance 1340v2 consists of a combination of Ndurance rubber in high-wear areas and blown rubber elsewhere, while the outsole of the Brooks Beast 14 consists of durable rubber. While blown rubber is less durable, the rubber pods under the New Balance 1340v2 are quite thick and large, so they should last a while.

Both running shoes have 3 main flex grooves in the forefoot running from one side to the next, which should promote a good amount of flexibility in the forefoot.

The New Balance 1340v2 weighs approximately 13.5 oz (383 grams) and the Brooks Beast 14 weighs 13.8 oz (391 grams), so the weight difference is negligible.

If you are looking for a motion control running shoe that provides a maximum amount of stability and support, a good amount of cushioning, and a smooth heel-to-toe transition, then the Brooks Beast 14 might fit the bill.

If you are looking for a motion control running shoe that provides a secure lock down, has a more traditional running shoe look, but still provides a good amount of pronation control and stability, then the New Balance 1340v2 might be the one.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


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