New Balance 1260v5 vs. 1340v2 review

New Balance 1260v5 delivers a responsive ride with tons of stability and support. New Balance 1340v2 provides a secure fit and good cushioning with motion control support.

The New Balance 1340v2 and the New Balance 1260v5 are both stability running shoes with the New Balance 1340v2 being a motion control running shoe, and the New Balance 1260v5, a stability running shoe with motion controlling features.

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The upper of the New Balance 1260v5 looks similar to that of the New Balance 1340v2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com in that it has some stitched-on overlays at the front of the shoe that are similarly placed as on the New Balance 1340v2.

However, the New Balance 1260v5 has no-sew overlays wrapping the midfoot. These overlays run from front to back on the lateral side, and from top to bottom on the medial side where support is generally needed most.

However, these overlays are lighter than the ones on the New Balance 1340v2 that wrap the midfoot. In addition, the New Balance 1340v2 has a sturdier overlay on both sides of the shoe that connects the midfoot to the saddle to provide a more secure fit.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of support behind the heel, but the New Balance 1260v5 throws in added support through the use of an asymmetrical heel counter that is higher on the medial side than on the lateral side. This should help stop your ankle from rolling too far inward.

The mesh of the New Balance 1260v5 is also a bit more open and breathable, and your small toes may feel less constricted and more comfortable in the New Balance 1260v5 than in the New Balance 1340v2.

All in all, you should get a good amount of support from the upper of both running shoes. However, the New Balance 1340v2 provides slightly more support around the midfoot, while the New Balance 1260v5 has a motion controlling feature in its upper with its heel counter.

Both the New Balance 1260v5 and the New Balance 1340v2 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles, but the midsole material used differs, so the shoes should feel different under your foot.

They both have responsive and durable N2 cushioning in the heel. However, the New Balance 1260v5 has an area of responsive N2 Burst cushioning in the middle of the forefoot, while the New Balance 1340v2 implements the more shock absorbant Abzorb cushioning in the forefoot.

Abzorb cushioning tends to be on the cushy side, while N2 cushioning tends to be not too soft nor too firm to increase responsiveness and durability.

Both running shoes have an Abzorb crash pad under the heel to allow for a soft touchdown, which starts the motion control process.

Then on the medial side, both the New Balance 1260v5 and the New Balance 1340v2 have a medial post to stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

This post is long in both running shoes, but runs higher in the New Balance 1340v2 than it does in the New Balance 1260v5.

In addition, while both have a T-Beam midfoot shank for midfoot integrity and support, part of that midfoot shank hooks up into the post of the New Balance 1340v2 for reinforcement and to form a pillar-like structure, which increases the degree of motion control.

The midfoot shank does not do that in the New Balance 1260v5, but do not forget that the New Balance 1260v5 provides extra motion control through the asymmetrical heel counter in its upper.

Both the New Balance 1340v2 and the New Balance 1260v5 provide a good amount of ground contact for a smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off. Note however, that the ground contact is more seamless under the New Balance 1260v5, which should add to the stability of the shoe.

The rubber outsoles of the New Balance 1260v5 and the New Balance 1340v2 look very similar in the forefoot, since both have a hexagonal pattern going on. Such a pattern has been shown to increase the flexibility of other New Balance running shoes.

They also both consist of large rubber pods, which should help increase the durability of the running shoes.

The running platform of the New Balance 1340v2 is a bit wider under the heel and the forefoot, which should increase the stability of the running shoe, but also make it more suitable for runners with larger feet.

The New Balance 1260v5 weighs approximately 10.2 oz (289 grams) while the New Balance 1340v2 weighs 11.4 oz (323 grams) in the women's models.

The men's shoes weigh 12.3 oz (349 grams) and 13.5 oz (383 grams), respectively, with the New Balance 1260v5 being the lightest running shoe.

If you are an overpronator who is looking for tons of support and stability, you could get that from either the New Balance 1260v5 or the New Balance 1340v2.

If you are on the heavy side or require a lot of support around the midfoot, and also lots of pronation control, but are also looking for a soft and smooth ride, then the New Balance 1340v2 would be the one to consider above the New Balance 1260v5.

And if you are looking for a responsive running shoe that provides tons of stability and support, and that is somewhat lighter, then the New Balance 1260v5 could be the one for you.

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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