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7 reasons to buy

  • Most runners observed the comfortable feel of the 1080 v5 upon landing.
  • The 5th instalment of the 1080 is relatively lightweight for what New Balance calls as its top neutral cushioned shoe.
  • A very nice fit without being constrictive is commonly mentioned in some reviews.
  • Traction is superlative, even in wet conditions, according to quite a number of runners.
  • The FantomFit technology provides a seamless construction that lessens the risk of irritation or blisters.
  • Forefoot responsiveness is evident as noted by a handful.
  • The T-Beam shank offers torsional integrity and stable ride.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The 1080 v5 is expensive.
  • Some runners felt that the transition could have been much better.
  • There is no reflective material.
  • Several were disappointed in the lack of durability for an expensive shoe.

Bottom line

While the New Balance 1080 v5 may not be the highly-cushioned shoe as advertised, the cushioning is still plush, particularly in the heel. The neutral running shoe like its latest counterpart the Fresh Foam 1080 v9, the 1080 v5 has very nice arch support and great cushioning. Runners will love the luxurious comfort and relatively lightweight performance of this shoe.


Update: New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v10
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 10.8oz | Women: 9.1oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 30mm | Women: 30mm
Forefoot height: Men: 22mm | Women: 22mm
Brand: New Balance
Type: Heavy | Big guy | Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $150
Colorways: Blue, Grey, Silver
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80 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | Solereview | Level 5 expert

    A neutral shoe sure to find favors with runners seeking a soft heel strike, but the rest of the shoe isn't as plush as it should be.

  • 80 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 3 expert

    The 1080v5 has an 8mm drop, and an asymmetric heel counter to promote a slight amount of support at the heel, along with New Balance's T-beam shank for rigidity through the midfoot.

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  • The 1080 v5 is a New Balance running shoe that deals minimal changes in its 5th edition. Most noticeable in this version are the changes in the upper. From TPU overlays, New Balance introduces fused on versions or the FantomFit overlays. Besides giving the upper a more forgiving feel, the removal of the plastic overlays gives the new model a more sophisticated and sleek look.
  • Midfoot fit is also improved on this model by adding an inner panel and two midfoot lace loops. A simple tug of the laces brings the panel together for a more secured midfoot hold.
  • The heel has a more simplified design with very minimal overlays. As the shoe already has a heel counter, the heel becomes slightly more pliable without giving away stability.

The fit is plainly a rendition of 1080 models before, but for the more relaxed upper and better midfoot hold. A more pliable heel fit continues to limit unnecessary movements while the forefoot has decent room for the toes to splay. Medium to slightly wide feet dimensions are tailor made for this shoe. Medium is the available width of the 1080 v5 and runs true to size.

The outsole is quite thick and largely made of 95% blown rubber. Only the lateral part of the heel is covered with hard carbon rubber for durability. Separating the lateral and medial sides of the heel is a deep groove to give some semblance of cushioning and flexibility. Beneath the ball of the foot are lugs that are designed for better cushioning as well.

New Balance crowds the midsole with a lot of technologies. Running the entire length is ABZORB foam for a bit of firmness and responsiveness. Beneath this full-length foam in the heel is what New Balance calls as the N2 foam, which is very soft. This is the main reason why heel strikers will love this shoe. In the forefoot, a version of the N2 called the N2 Burst, gives a tad of softness. Putting some stability in the shoe is a thermoplastic shank called the T-Beam. It starts at the heel and ends just around the midfoot.

It uses the same breathable mesh upper found in the New Balance 1500 v5 and it is fused on overlays wraps a large section of the upper. It gives the shoe plenty of breathability and seamless support. Running sockless is definitely an option in the 1080 v5. The ankle collar and the tongue are very well-padded. An asymmetrical heel counter is slightly higher at the lateral part of the heel to help control overpronation.