New Balance 1260v7 vs. New Balance 860v8 review

New Balance 1260v7 provides lots of stability and support with a smooth ride to overpronators. New Balance 860v8 delivers a responsive and very supportive ride...

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The New Balance 1260v7 and the New Balance 860v8 are stability running shoes for moderate overpronators who require lots of stability and support.


The uppers of the New Balance 1260v7 (affiliate link) and the New Balance 860v8 differ in that the New Balance 1260v7 exposes more mesh and has less overlays than the New Balance 860v8.

The New Balance 860v8 (affiliate link) has a stitched-on overlay that pulls the top of the saddle towards the heel and down to the midsole and a few thin no-sew overlays on the medial and lateral sides and on the toe box. It also features a no-sew toecap at the front.

The New Balance 1260v7, on the other hand, has some stitches around the collar and at the back of the running shoe, but the rest of its upper is quite open and free from overlays, except for a no-sew toecap at the front.

The New Balance 1260v7 also implements underlays around the midfoot to help keep your foot on the platform.

All in all, the New Balance 860v8 might offer a bit more structure and support throughout its entire upper than the New Balance 1260v7.

Both running shoes have a heel that is pretty closed and supportive, but the New Balance 1260v7 comes with an extra piece behind the heel that might offer a bit more support behind the heel than the New Balance 860v8 does.

However, both running shoes have an asymmetrical heel counter that is higher on the medial side than it is on the lateral side and that starts pronation control right in the upper of both running shoes.

Both the New Balance 1260v7 and the New Balance 860v8 should be able to keep your foot on the running platform while offering a high degree of comfort and a good amount of support around the heel.

The midsoles of the New Balance 860v8 and the New Balance 1260v7 differ in materials used.

The New Balance 1260v7 comes with a Nitrogen-infused Fuel Cell on the lateral side of the midsole. It runs from the heel till a bit past the midfoot.

You can see this Fuel Cell as a three-quaters length crash pad that provides shock absorption at heel-strike and a smooth transition to toe-off thereafter.


The New Balance 860v8 does not have such a crash pad (it does have separation under the heel, though), so the New Balance 1260v7 is expected to deliver a bit more stability and smoothness than the New Balance 860v8.

New Balance describes the New Balance 860v8 as a running shoe that has a midsole that delivers sustained and responsive cushioning, which means that the cushioning would not be too soft nor too firm.

The New Balance 1260 is a running shoe that typically delivers an above average amount of heel and forefoot cushioning, so you should be able to get an overall moderately soft ride from the New Balance 1260v7.

The New Balance 860 is a running shoe that has displayed variances in cushioning throughout the years by being moderately cushioned with a soft heel and sometimes moderate to firm forefoot.

In general, though, with the configuration of the midsoles of the New Balance 1260v7 and the New Balance 860v8, you can expect the New Balance 1260v7 to be a bit cushier than the New Balance 860v8.

However, both running shoes come with blown rubber in their outsoles, so this will add a second layer of softness to your ride.

As mentioned earlier, both the New Balance 1260v7 and the New Balance 860v8 start pronation control in their uppers through the use of an asymmetrical heel counter.

This heel counter is combined with a long medial post in the midsole to give a complete solution of pronation control that helps stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

The post is long in both running shoes but slightly longer under the heel of the New Balance 1260v7.

However, the New Balance 860v8 also comes with a midfoot shank that ups the amount of support right under the midfoot, while the New Balance 1260v7 does not have a midfoot shank.

Therefore, when you take all of the stability features into consideration, the New Balance 1260v7 and the New Balance 860v8 will lie close to each other in amount of support delivered.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ in configuration, with the New Balance 1260v7 displaying a more seamless integration between forefoot and heel.

The New Balance 860v8 has more flex grooves in its forefoot than the New Balance 1260v7, but two of the flex grooves are impeded by rubber on the medial side, which could increase stiffness in that area.

The New Balance 1260v7 has only two flex grooves, but they run from side to side and are positioned in a way that could make the New Balance 1260v7 feel moderately flexible.

However, do not expect either running shoe to be super flexible, because they are stability running shoes.

The women's version of the New Balance 1260v7 weighs approximately 9.9 oz (281 grams), and the New Balance 860v8 for women weighs about 9.8 oz (278 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.8 oz (335 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the New Balance 860v8 being the lighter one.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a ton of stability and support, you could choose either the New Balance 1260v7 or the New Balance 860v8.

The New Balance 1260v7 is good for runners who are looking for a soft and smooth ride in addition to lots of stability and support, while the New Balance 860v8 is good for runners who are looking for a somewhat more responsive ride.


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