322 users: 4.5 / 5
3 experts: 85 / 100
Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 11.4oz / Women 10.2oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 8mm / Women 8mm
Arch support: Stability

Verdict from 8.4 hours of research from the internet

6 reasons to buy

  • The 1260 v5 features the Abzorb crash pad that improves the stability and motion control attributes of the shoe.
  • Most runners felt that the New Balance 1260 v5 is more comfortable than the previous version.
  • Overpronators were satisfied with the shoe's arch support and they reported reduced knee pain.
  • The outsole is durable enough for road running, as mentioned in some reviews.
  • The cushioning and flexibility of the shoe made some runners satisfied.
  • The upper coverage of the shoe provides impressive fit and breathability as noted in some reviews.

3 reasons not to buy

  • This shoe is slightly expensive.
  • Some felt that this shoe is a bit heavy.
  • Many felt that the 5th version of the New Balance 1260 is much wider than the previous model.

Bottom line

Runners can run with confidence in the New Balance 1260 v5. It offers plenty of cushioning, support, stability, and motion control. The upgraded materials and various technologies make this shoe an ideal stability shoe for daily training. Though some considered the shoe expensive and heavy, the majority believed that the shoe is a worthy investment.

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Expert reviews:

  • The New Balance 1260 v5 features several changes for even better cushioning and shock-absorbing capabilities. Like in its recent successor, the New Balance 1260 v7, the ABZORB foam runs the full-length of the shoe, which enhances both the transition from the heel to toe as well as the cushioning.
  • The N2 technology in the heel is also now found in the forefoot. With the technology present right before the runner takes off, the shoe now has a much softer and cushioned feel than the prior model.
  • New Balance’s FantomFit technology finds its way in the 5th version of the 1260. The use of lightweight overlays help secure the midfoot and provide structure to the upper. This no-sew construction gives an irritation-free run and makes the upper a bit more adaptable without losing the shoe’s necessary support.

The fit of the 1260 v5 is a little different as it is now a bit wider than the prior model. New Balance uses a footprint that it slightly wider than the past iteration of this shoe. Runners with medium to wide feet can get the most out of the shoe. D is the offered width of the shoe and like most New Balance running shoes, the sizes are standard in the men’s and women’s models.

The outsole is largely covered by blown rubber for enhanced cushioning and better traction. Durability in high-wear areas is provided by the Ndurance carbon rubber in the heel and the lateral side of the outsole.

A staple in the 1260 series is the Acteva Lite, which is 24% lighter than standard EVA. It spans the entire shoe for better transition and durability. As mentioned, the ABZORB foam stretches from the heel to the forefoot. Known for its shock-absorbing features, the full-length foam increases the cushioning and stability of the shoe. The improved cushioning is also because of the addition of the N2 Burst or nitrogen-induced cushioning in the forefoot to complement the N2 in the heel. For stability, a Dual Density Post is found near the arch and extends from the lateral to the medial side. Lastly, New Balance’s T-Beam technology gives torsional stability and structure to the shoe.

The 1260 v5’s breathability is made possible by the open mesh that practically covers the entire shoe. New Balance utilizes its FantomFit technology or lightweight overlays to deliver maximum upper structure and support without sacrificing weight. Comfort is very evident because of the highly-padded ankle collar and tongue. A removable insole enhances cushioning and fit in the shoe.

Size and fit

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Large (8%)
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Same sizing as New Balance 1260 v7.

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How 1260 v5 compares

This shoe: 91
All shoes average: 86
58 99
This shoe: $150
All shoes average: $119
$40 $350
This shoe: 11.4oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.5oz 16.2oz
Jens Jakob Andersen
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