New Balance 1340v2 vs. 1260v4 review

New Balance 1260v4 is a top-of-the-line premium stability trainer that provides a cushioned ride, and the New Balance 1340v2 is a motion control running shoe with good cushioning.

NEW! New Balance 1340v2 vs. New Balance 1260v5

The New Balance 1340v2 and the New Balance 1260v4 fall in the same support group, but the first is a motion control running shoe, while the latter is a stability shoe with motion controlling features.

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Both the New Balance 1260v4 and the New Balance 1340v2 are good for moderate to severe overpronators, with the latter tending more towards the severe side than the first.

The first thing that is noticeable between these two running shoes is that the New Balance 1260v4 is much lighter than the New Balance 1340v2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com.

The New Balance 1260v4 for women is approximately 1.8 oz (51 grams) lighter than the New Balance 1340v2 for women, and the New Balance 1260v4 for men is 2.5 oz (71 grams) lighter than the New Balance 1340v2 for men.

This difference in weight makes the New Balance 1340v2 better suited for runners who are somewhat heavier and who would not mind the heaviness of the running shoe.

The New Balance 1340v2 has a combination of durable rubber under the heel and blown rubber throughout the rest of the outsole. This in contrast to the New Balance 1260v4, which has a blown rubber outsole. Blown rubber tends to wear down faster, but also has more cushioning properties.

Both running shoes have crash pads under the heel, but that of the New Balance 1260v4 extends well into the midfoot, so all-in-all you should get a softer feel under your foot with the New Balance 1260v4.

If you look at the outsoles at midfoot level, you can see that the New Balance 1260v4 joins the heel and forefoot on both the medial and lateral sides of the shoe, while these are separate on the inside but somewhat joined on the lateral side of the New Balance 1340v2.

So you should also expect to get a smoother transition from the New Balance 1260v4 than you would from the New Balance 1340v2.

But because of the layout of the rubber lugs in the forefoot and the amount of flex grooves, the New Balance 1340v2 should feel a bit more flexible than the New Balance 1260v4.

The midsole of the New Balance 1340v2 and the New Balance 1260v4 differ in construction. The New Balance 1260v4 has a medial post located on the inside edge to help minimize overpronation, and so does the New Balance 1340v2.

However, the midfoot shank that provides arch support in the New Balance 1340v2 extends into the medial post and shows on the outside, while this is not the case in the New Balance 1260v4, which also uses a T-Beam shank, but a newer version that keeps the weight of the shoe down.

The extended stability piece in the medial post (Extended Web) of the New Balance 1340v2 should provide an extra notch of stability and mild pronation control over the New Balance 1260v4.

The New Balance 1340v2 and 1260v4 make use of Acteva Lite midsole foam. In addition, the New Balance 1340v2 has N2 cushioning in the heel and Absorb cushioning in the forefoot, while the New Balance 1260v4 has N2 cushioning in the heel, Absorb throughout the midfoot, and Acteva Lite in the forefoot.

This means that the New Balance 1260v4 should feel a bit more responsive in the forefoot, since it lacks shock absorbing cushioning there. The shock absorbing cushioning is at the midfoot level.

The uppers of both running shoes consist of a combination of mesh with synthetic overlays. The New Balance 1340v2 has more traditional stitched-on overlays with a firm lock down at midfoot level.

The New Balance 1260v4 has no-sew overlays especially around the midfoot and forefoot with a supportive structure underneath the mesh to lock your foot down even more.

Both running shoes should get the job done of keeping your foot on the platform. The biggest difference in the uppers is that the New Balance 1260v4 looks more modern and flashy.

The last difference in the upper is the asymmetrical heel counter on the New Balance 1260v4, which is higher on the inside than it is on the outside to add even more stability to your run when stopping overpronation and firmly keep the heel in place.

If you are looking for a shoe that has lots of stability and motion controlling features without the heaviness of typical motion control running shoes, and that makes you feel fast, then the New Balance 1260v4 is worth looking into.

If you are a bit heavier and need a real motion control running shoe that provides good heel and forefoot cushioning with a secure upper fit, then the New Balance 1340v2 might 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.

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