Update: New Balance 1260 v7
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Stability
Use: Jogging
Weight: Men: 11.4oz | Women: 10.2oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Overpronation
Arch type: Medium arch
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 26mm | Women: 26mm
Forefoot height: Men: 18mm | Women: 18mm
Release date: Jul 2015
Brand: New Balance
Type: Heavy | Big guy | Low drop
Width: Men: Wide | Women: Narrow, Normal, Wide, X-Wide
Price: $150
Colorways: Purple, Pink
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85 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | Canadian Running Magazine | Level 5 expert

    The result is a slicker, more stylish look, which is always a challenge in a fully structured stability shoe.

  • 87 / 100 | Complex | Level 3 expert

    Smooth, stable, and most of all, comfortable, the 1260 v5 boasts everything an overpronator needs to get the job done injury-free. 

  • 82 / 100 | Sky Above Us | Level 1 expert

    It's definitely a shoe that's meant for anyone with mild to moderate overpronation, so if your ankle tends to roll somewhat with each stride, this may be one to consider to make running more comfortable.

  • First look | Running Warehouse | | Level 4 expert

  • First look | Running Warehouse | | Level 4 expert

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  • 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.