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88 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews
I thought it had a good, lightweight, and low-to-the-ground feel, but maybe not the shoe that I would play tournament with.
Compared to the last version, this one is softer and more cushioned. I didn't have any break in.
New Balance released a stability tennis shoe that doesn’t scrimp on comfort, the New Balance 1296 v2. Unlike some of the stability tennis shoes in the market that are built with a bulky forefoot, this one comes with a soft mesh that provides breathability.
The overlay across the upper that’s designed to give added hold and support is seamless. Because of its welded structure, the shoe remains lightweight, which makes it appropriate for speedy movers.
Its core feature that’s responsible for providing the needed support during lateral movements and quick cuts is the S-Curve.
Composition. New Balance equipped the second version of the 1296 with a heavy-duty Ndurance rubber compound. This durable rubber is laid in the areas of the outsole that are prone to immediate wear, specifically in the forefoot and heel.
Traction. Its extra sturdy nature makes it more efficient in dispensing the needed grip on different court construction. The non-marking outsole design leaves no marks and scuffs that can scratch and damage the playing surface.
Support. The notable stability feature integrated into the New Balance 1296 v2 is the full-length S-Curve unit. This support system that's shaped in S is engineered to reinforce strength from the lateral forefoot and midfoot to the medial heel. Its primary purpose is to keep the foot in the right balance, primarily during cutting movements.
Cushioning. The N2 technology placed at the bottom slice of the midsole is mainly responsible for providing cushioning. It isn’t as chunky as other foam units; thus, it offers a low-to-the-ground feel.
Complementing this feature is the innovative REVlite foam compound. It is 30 percent lighter than the usual foam units found in the other New Balance athletic shoes. Despite having a lighter built, this underfoot element is designed to protect the foot from impact during landings and toe-offs.
Covering. What makes the New Balance 1296 v2 distinct from the standard structure of stability tennis shoes is its soft mesh covering. This forefoot composition that promotes breathability is wrapped with a seamless synthetic material.
Covering the front edge of the shoe is a long-wear drag tip, which prevents this area from getting damaged quickly.
Liner. A Lighting Dry liner is meant to keep the foot fresh, sweat-free, and comfortable since it is designed with a moisture-wicking property.
- One of the athletes who sported the New Balance 1296 v2 is Sorana Cirstea, a Romanian power player.
- This profile comes in White/Blue neutral shade and other flashy colorways for both genders.