New Balance 1260v4 vs. 1260v5 review

New Balance 1260v4 delivers lots of stability and support along with a well-balanced cushioned ride. New Balance 1260v5 introduces a new look and well-separated outsole.

NEW! New Balance 1260v5 vs. New Balance 1260v6

The New Balance 1260v5 is the updated version of the New Balance 1260v4, which is a stability running shoe that offers lots of stability and support.


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The upper of the New Balance 1260v4 has a broad no-sew overlay wrapping the midfoot on both sides of the shoe in addition to bands under the mesh to keep your foot in place.

All this has been removed from the New Balance 1260v5 and replaced by sturdy stitched-on overlays in combination with lighter no-sew FantomFit overlays covering the midfoot.

This opens up the bunion window that was almost completely covered in the New Balance 1260v4 to give your feet a bit more room in the toe box, while adding support through the use of sturdier overlays.

In addition, the mesh of the New Balance 1260v5 is more open and breathable than that of the New Balance 1260v4.

The back of the New Balance 1260v5 has also been redesigned a bit. While the sturdy stitched-on overlays are still there, the back of the New Balance 1260v5 exposes more mesh than that of the New Balance 1260v4.

What has not changed however is the asymmetrical heel counter that is higher on the inside than on the outside to help control overpronation and stop your ankle from rolling too far inward.

All in all, the upper of the New Balance 1260v5 should feel a bit more breathable, supportive, and comfortable in the forefoot area compared to the New Balance 1260v4.

The New Balance 1260v4 implements cushioning that is not too soft or too firm throughout its midsole and has a good balance between the amount of forefoot and rearfoot cushioning.

The New Balance 1260v5 still makes use of the same type of N2 cushioning that the New Balance 1260v4 implements.

What has also not changed is the Absorb crash pad under the heel that is meant to provide shock absorption at heel-strike and the initial slowing down of overpronation.

And as your foot rolls inward, there is a long piece of firmer foam on the medial side to stop it from going too far. This medial post has changed a bit in the New Balance 1260v5.

It goes less higher than the one in the New Balance 1260v4, but still has a similar length. This may indicate a slightly stronger degree of pronation control in the New Balance 1260v4 compared to the New Balance 1260v5, but a more gradual and softer stopping of overpronation in the New Balance 1260v5 compared to the New Balance 1260v4.

And whereas the T-Beam midfoot shank did not go up into the medial post in the New Balance 1260v4, it does reinforce the medial post of the New Balance 1260v5 better and filling the midfoot gap that was present in the New Balance 1260v4, so also offer a bit more stability.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ quite a bit in construction and configuration. While the outsole of the New Balance 1260v4 has lots of cuts in the rubber, the deeper flex grooves are less plentiful, thereby making it feel quite stiff under the feet of both men and women, according to running shoe lab tests.

The New Balance 1260v5 introduces more separation between somewhat larger rubber compartments with deeper flex grooves. In particular, it has a hexagonal pattern under the ball of the foot, which has been proven to add lots of flexibility in other New Balance running shoes.

So all in all, the outsole of the New Balance 1260v5 should absorb and dissipate shock well not to affect your stride too much, provide you with smoother transitions, and perhaps also feel a bit more flexible than the New Balance 1260v4.

The New Balance 1260v4 for women is approximately 0.6 oz (17 grams) lighter than the New Balance 1260v5 for women, and the New Balance 1260v4 for men is about 1.3 oz (37 grams) lighter than the New Balance 1260v5 for men.

If you are looking for a very supportive running shoe that has lots of stability features and cushioning that is just right for overpronators who need support on a platform that is not too firm, the New Balance 1260v4 might be the answer.

And if you want a little bit more breathability and comfort in the upper along with a ride that is smoother, then you may want to switch to or look into the New Balance 1260v5.

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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