New Balance 1260v5 vs. New Balance 1260v6 review

New Balance 1260v5 provides a lot of stability and support in addition to a responsive ride. New Balance 1260v6 provides the same but then with more comfort and upgraded materials.

The New Balance 1260v6 is the updated version of the New Balance 1260v5, which is a stability running shoe that provides a lot of stability and support.

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The upper of the New Balance 1260v6 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com looks slightly different from that of the New Balance 1260v5.

The stitched on overlays that run on the toe box of the New Balance 1260v5 have been replaced by no-sew overlays in the New Balance 1260v6.

The New Balance 1260v6 also has a better overlay that wraps the midfoot by pulling the heel and the midsole toward the top of the saddle.

However, both the New Balance 1260v5 and the New Balance 1260v6 come with an asymmetrical heel counter that is higher on the medial side than it is on the lateral side to not only cup the heel but also provide a good amount of pronation control starting right in the upper.

The new layout of the overlays in the upper of the New Balance 1260v6 opens up the bunion window for runners who have large bunions and increases the amount of comfort in the toe box.

And finally, the New Balance 1260v6 comes with a somewhat larger stitched-on overlay than the New Balance 1260v5 at the back of the running shoe for additional support behind the heel.

All in all, the New Balance 1260v6 has increased the amount of comfort and support in its upper compared to the amount you would get from the New Balance 1260v5.

The New Balance 1260 is not known to be a running shoe that provides a super cushy ride because it is more concerned with providing lots of stability and support.

However, running shoe lab tests show that the New Balance 1260v6 still provides a good amount of cushioning.

For women, the New Balance 1260v6 comes with a way above average amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot.

Men should experience a somewhat firmer ride with less cushioning in the heel and the forefoot but the amount still remains slightly above average, so the ride should be comfortable yet responsive.

The use and type of cushioning is more or less the same throughout the midsoles of the New Balance 1260v5 and the New Balance 1260v6, and so is the medial post that stops your foot from rolling too far inward.

The medial post is long in both running shoes and reinforced by a midfoot shank to increase the amount of stability and support.

The main difference is that the New Balance 1260v5 provides just a tad bit more ground contact under the midfoot because it has extra rubber pods that surround the midfoot shank.

The outsole of the New Balance 1260v6 displays more separation between the forefoot and the heel than the outsole of the New Balance 1260v5.

The ground contact and more or less seamless connection between the heel and the forefoot under the New Balance 1260v5 should help it to provide you with smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

The layout of the rubber pods has also changed a bit in the New Balance 1260v6. What has remained the same though is that there is still a semi-hexagonal patterns to maintain the flexibility of the running shoe.

While the main rubber compartments directly under the forefoot are larger and rounder in the New Balance 1260v6, the main idea of how they are separated and thus provide flexibility is the same.

This layout works well because running shoe lab tests show that the New Balance 1260v6 provides above average flexibility to both men and women so is quite flexible when compared to other running shoes of its class.

The women's version of the New Balance 1260v6 weighs approximately 9.8 oz (278 grams), and the New Balance 1260v5 for women weighs 10.2 oz (289 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.5 oz (326 grams) and 12.3 oz (349 grams), respectively, with the New Balance 1260v6 being the lighter one.

The New Balance 1260v6 is a nice update of the New Balance 1260v5 with an increased amount of comfort and support in the upper.

If you are an overpronator who needs a lot of stability and support, you could go with either the New Balance 1260v5 or the New Balance 1260v6 because both running shoes provide tons of stability and support that is close to the amount of a heavy-duty motion control running shoe.

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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