New Balance 1080v6 vs. 1080v7 review

New Balance 1080v6 is a neutral cushioning running shoe that adds a bit of stability to your runs. New Balance 1080v7 has increased comfort, stability, cushioning, and flexibility.

The New Balance 1080v7 is the updated version of the New Balance 1080v6, which is a neutral cushioning running shoe that provides a bit of stability.

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The uppers of the New Balance 1080v6 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the New Balance 1080v7 do not look very different from each other.

However, there have been a couple changes, the first of which is to the stitched-on overlays that wrap the midfoot.

In the New Balance 1080v7 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com, the midfoot overlays do not cover the entire midfoot but rather secures your foot at the bottom and top of the midfoot, while the overlays in the New Balance 1080v6 cover the entire midfoot.

The overlays on the New Balance 1080v7 also connect well to the overlays that wrap the heel, unlike the New Balance 1080v6, which has something that looks like a external heel counter that does not connect to the overlays that wrap the midfoot.

The mesh is structured in both running shoes, but the structure is a bit more dense in the New Balance 1080v7 than it is in the New Balance 1080v6, so that should increase the durability a bit.

Both the New Balance 1080v7 and the New Balance 1080v6 come with a toecap that does not contain stitches.

While the midfoot is more open in the New Balance 1080v7 than in the New Balance 1080v6, it might provide as much support as the broad overlays in the New Balance 1080v6, and because stitches have been reduced in the stitched-on overlays, the New Balance 1080v7 should provide less irritation points than the New Balance 1080v6.

Both the New Balance 1080v6 and the New Balance 1080v7 come with a Fresh Foam midsole that New Balance says provides a plush ride.

According to running shoe lab tests, both the New Balance 1080v6 and the New Balance 1080v7 provide more cushioning to men than to women, and the New Balance 1080v7 is a bit more cushy than the New Balance 1080v6 for both men and women.

Women get a cushy forefoot from both running shoes, but the amount of heel cushioning lies just above average. Nonetheless, women should be able to get a soft and comfortable ride from either running shoe but a bit more from the New Balance 1080v7 than from the New Balance 1080v6.

The difference in cushioning between the two running shoes is a bit larger in the men's versions of the running shoes than it is in the women's versions of the running shoes.

But however you turn it, men will be able to get a very cushy ride from either running shoe, with the New Balance 1080v7 coming close to providing a maximum amount of cushioning to men.

Running shoe lab tests also reveal that the New Balance 1080v6 and the New Balance 1080v7 provide an amount of stability that lies just above average despite both running shoes being for neutral runners who do not need support.

The New Balance 1080v7 seems to be just a tiny bit more stable than the New Balance 1080v6, perhaps because it has slightly better ground contact under the midfoot.

When you look at the outsoles of the two running shoes, they look quite similar because both come with two main flex grooves in the forefoot and small rubber pods.

However, the difference is that the flex grooves run more horizontal in the outsole of the New Balance 1080v7, and there are extra small horizontal slits between the two main flex grooves.

This has probably helped the New Balance 1080v7 increase its amount of flexibility compared to the New Balance 1080v6, which is fairly stiff for both men and women, according to running shoe lab tests.

Stiffness adds to the stability of a running shoe, though, especially for those runners who are a bit heavier. Lighter runners may appreciate a more flexible running shoe like the New Balance 1080v7.

The women's version of the New Balance 1080v6 weighs approximately 8.6 oz (244 grams), and the New Balance 1080v7 for women weighs about 8.7 oz (247 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.5 oz (298 grams) and 10.5 oz (298 grams), respectively, so there is no difference in weight.

New Balance has made minor tweaks to the New Balance 1080v6 to create the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v7.

These changes should not have a drastic effect on how the New Balance 1080v7 performs compared to the New Balance 1080v6, so the ride should be comparable.

The difference is that the New Balance 1080v7 should feel a bit more comfortable and give you a slightly softer ride that is a little bit more stable and flexible.

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.

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This review falls under: New Balance

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