New Balance 1260v5 vs. New Balance 860v6 review

New Balance 1260v5 provides a lot of stability and support in addition to a responsive ride. New Balance 860v6 provides a lot of support, balanced cushioning, and is durable.

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The New Balance 1260v5 and the New Balance 860v6 are both stability running shoes that provide a lot of support to overpronators, and that are very similar in what they have got to offer.


The uppers of both the New Balance 1260v5 The preceding link takes you to and the New Balance 860v6 The preceding link takes you to come with sturdy stitched-on overlays around the midfoot and at the back of the shoes.

The only difference is that the New Balance 860v6 does not have stitched-on overlays on the lateral side of its upper – only on the medial side.

Instead, it comes with no-sew overlays on the lateral side, but there are still plenty of them to keep your foot firmly on the running platform.

The New Balance 1260v5 also has no-sew overlays in its upper around the midfoot area but has stitched-on overlays running on the toe box, whereas the New Balance 860v6 comes with no-sew overlays that may increase the comfort in the toe box.

Both running shoes start pronation control in their uppers, where they implement an asymmetrical heel counter that is higher on the medial side than it is on the lateral side.

This heel counter works in conjunction with the pronation control device in the midsole to stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

All in all, you can expect to get quite a bit of support from the upper of either running shoe.

Both the New Balance 1260v5 and the New Balance 860v6 are running shoes that provide cushioning that is not too soft or too firm.

They maintain a good balance between cushioning and stability. The stability comes mainly from the asymmetrical heel counter in the upper, a medial post, and a midfoot shank.

The medial post is a bit longer in the New Balance 1260v5 than it is in the New Balance 860v6, but it runs higer in the New Balance 860v6 than it does in the New Balance 1260v5.

In addition, the New Balance 860v6 comes with shock absorbing cushioning that runs along the entire lateral length of the shoe and functions as a long crash pad that increases the stability of the running shoe.

Note that the New Balance 1260v5 comes with a crash pad that is also made of shock absorbing cushioning, but that this crash pad only runs from the back of the heel to the midfoot, not all the way to the front of the shoe.

Therefore, one can consider both running shoes to be almost equally stable with the New Balance 860v6 having a tiny edge over the New Balance 1260v5, which is unexpected.

The rubber outsole of the New Balance 1260v5 differs considerably from that of the New Balance 860v6 in its configuration and layout.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact and their midfoot shanks are also similar, so you should be able to get a smooth heel-to-toe transition from either running shoe.

The big difference lies in the amount of separation. The New Balance 1260v5 has a hexagonal pattern for its rubber pods in the forefoot with an area of very responsive midsole foam.

The New Balance 860v6 has a good amount of flex grooves in the forefoot, but they run more from side to side than in the New Balance 1260v5.

The large amount of separation in the outsole of the New Balance 1260v5 should add to the dissipation and absorption of shock so also to the smoothness of your ride.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that the New Balance 860v6 is quite stiff for both men and women, but that the New Balance 1260v5 is not far off.

The women's version of the New Balance 860v6 weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams), and the New Balance 1260v5 for women weighs 10.2 oz (289 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.2 oz (289 grams) and 12.3 oz (349 grams), respectively, with the New Balance 860v6 being the lighter one.

Both the New Balance 860v6 and the 1260v5 are very stable and supportive running shoes that display a good balance between softness and stability.

If you are an overpronator who is looking for a lot of stability, you could get it from either the New Balance 1260v5 or the New Balance 860v6.

However, if you are looking for a lighter running shoe that is also just a tiny bit more stable, you may want to look into the New Balance 860v6 more than 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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