- Weight: 280g (M) 238g (W)
- Heel-To-Toe-Drop: 8mm
- Type: Road
- Price: £135
The RW summary
‘A supremely cushioned long run shoe for every-day use and marathon training.’
- New rocker on the outsole to help with toe-off
- Rich, plush feel on the foot
- Durable, reliable ride
- Very mild medial support for fatigue-based overpronation
The 1080 is New Balance’s flagship cushioned shoe (and the one used by the Runner’s World pace team at the London Marathon each year). Version 10 is a continuation of a stonking run of form and is all the more impressive because NB has not played it safe, instead providing moderate but significant updates throughout the shoe. It remains, though, a highly reliable top-of-the-range neutral shoe.
The outsole grooves have been played with a little and NB reckons the new multi-directional configuration gives better flex ad well as grip in wet conditions - something our testers agreed with.
New Balance has gone all a bit Hoka with this latest iteration, providing a bigger wedge of their wonderfully bouncy Fresh Foam X midsole foam. It looks chunky but feels anything but on the foot, which means you can pound out mile after mile without really feeling like you’re carrying any significant weight around with you. In addition, the medial side (the inside of the shoe, back half of the foot) has been built-up slightly as a bulwark to give a kind of soft medial post for any fatigue-based overpronation when you’re on your long Sunday run.
New Balance has used its ‘Hypoknit’ upper construction for this shoe, which means the mesh has different zones of varying thickness and stretch. This has the effect of making sure that the foot is held firmly in place in some areas, while allowing for natural movement without any restriction in others.
Our testers loved everything about this shoe, which is why is was named Best In Test in our Spring/Summer 20 Shoe Buyer’s Guide. Experienced club runners and speedsters might find the ride a little squishy but as an everyday training shoe for mid-packers to back markers, the 1080 is currently leading the way.
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