New Balance running shoes reviews

Reviews of New Balance neutral, stability, and motion control runnings shoes with how they compare against ASICS, Brooks, Mizuno, and Saucony.

Running ShoeCategoryWeightMSRP
New Balance 1080v7Neutral8.7 oz (W) | 10.5 oz (M)$150
New Balance 1260v6Support9.8 oz (W) | 11.5 oz (M)$150
New Balance 1340v2Max Support11.4 oz (W) | 13.5 oz (M)$140
New Balance 1540v2Max Support11.3 oz (W) | 14.6 oz (M)$160

New Balance 1080v6

Category: Neutral Cushioning

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v7 reviews:

New Balance 1260v6

Category: Stability and Support

New Balance 1260v6 is a very stable and supportive stability running shoe with lots of motion controlling features.

It is at the stop end of the stability category of running shoes from New Balance.

It comes with a long medial post to control overpronation and that provides a lot of stability and support similar to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS

Stability and support is reinforced by a midfoot shank that provides midfoot structural integrity, and it has a crash pad to soften your landings and start slowing down overpronation.

The cushioning of the New Balance 1260v6 tends to be not too soft nor too firm and looks more like that of the Brooks Ravenna 8 these days.

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New Balance 1340v2

Category: Maximum Support

New Balance 1340v2 is an entry-level motion control running shoe from New Balance. It is the updated version of the New Balance M1340 for men or the New Balance W1340 for women, which on their turn replaced the New Balance 1012.

The New Balance 1340v2 like many other stability shoes, has a medial post to control overpronation with a midfoot shank that extends into the medial post to reinforce it. The medial post is pretty long, running from the back of the shoe till past the arch, so this shoe delivers a strong degree of pronation control.

The New Balance 1340v2 has a very supportive upper with mostly stitched-on overlays that provide a good wrap around the midfoot and the heel. There are some sturdy no-sew overlays around the midfoot to provide that extra lock-down.

The strength of the New Balance 1340v2 is that it provides a good amount of cushioning, especially in the forefoot where it has blown rubber in its outsole for flexibility and cushioning, and Abzorb cushioning in the midsole to provide good shock absorption and a soft ride.

As typical running shoes that provide stability, it also has a crash pad under the heel for initial shock absorption and stability after heel-strike, and it provides overall good lateral ground contact for a smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off. The New Balance 1340v2 is a good running shoe for runners with flat feet.

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New Balance 1540v2

Category: Maximum Support

New Balance 1540v2 provides the ultimate in stability and motion control. It is a running shoe that uses the older Rollbar technology, which is meant to minimize rearfoot movement. The New Balance 1540v2 is the replacement of the New Balance 1123.

And that is immediately also the big difference between the New Balance 1340v2 and the New Balance 1540v2. While the New Balance 1540v2 has a firmer piece of foam on the medial side to control overpronation just like the New Balance 1340v2, its Rollbar can be found on both the medial and the lateral sides.

So the New Balance 1540v2 provides a bit stronger degree of pronation control than the New Balance 1340v2 as well as lateral stability. In addition, its outsole is broad and flat with full ground contact from front to back for excellent stability.

The cushioning in the New Balance 154v20 might feel firmer than that of the New Balance 1340v2, since Abzorb cushioning is for shock absorption and Encap cushioning – like in the New Balance 1540v2 – is for more support and durability.

And while the New Balance 1540v2 also has blown rubber in its outsole combined with durable rubber in high-wear areas, it might feel a bit stiff due to the layout of the rubber. However, stiffness is what heavier runners need and prefer.

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