DiscontinuedUpdate: New Balance 1400 v6
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WeightMen: 7.9ozWomen: 6.1oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 10mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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Heel heightMen: 25mmWomen: 25mm
Forefoot heightMen: 15mmWomen: 15mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
Release dateApr 2017
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The New Balance 1400 v5
The racing flat which works across many distances and surfaces. This shoe is bare bones to the point.
You get a rubber outsole, New Balance's responsive REVlite foam, and a mesh upper. No gel foam, no air pockets, no over the top technology. It is what it is, and it works.
As you continue, you will come across 3 sections:
- Why Not?
My review will focus on the reasons the shoe could work for you (Why?), what may not work for you (Why Not?), and some final thoughts (Conclusion).
A shoe having the ability to run comfortably on different surfaces, at many distances, and various paces is of utmost importance. This shoe can do almost anything. Any workout. Any distance. Any surface. Any speed.
The 1400 v5 has quickly become my "go to" shoe. It rides comfortably at any pace. I enjoy it on easy days and speed workouts alike.
The shoe is light enough for speed work and cushioned enough for longer slower workouts. My size 12 came in at 265 grams or 9.3 ounces.
The rubber outsole performed well on both wet and dry pavement, in addition to gravel roads and single track trails.
The only surface which the 1400 v5 did not instill confidence was in extremely muddy conditions. However, rocks, dirt, roots, hills, no problem.
The sole is almost completely rubber and has several different tread patterns which provide plenty of grip.
At 150 miles the outsole is showing only slight wear on the forefoot.
2. An upper that just works
The upper on the 1400 v5 earns a ton of points in my book. Comfortable? Yes. Durable? Yes.
The upper does not have excess stitching or overlays. This ensures a great fit with no hot spots even on runs in excess of 2 hours.
The durability of the upper is commendable at 150 miles, it looks as good as new. I blow out many uppers along the inside of the toe box, but the 1400 v5 still looks in great shape.
No, this upper doesn't have any new age mesh or fancy overlays. It is just extremely well designed.
The 1400 v5 rides perfect for me. It's like Goldilocks. Not too soft or overly cushioned. Not too harsh.
If you want a shoe with a lot of cushioning, look elsewhere. If you want a shoe with tons of ground feel, look elsewhere.
The cushioning was perfect for me right out of the box.
This shoe is not true to size, make sure and order a half size up.
At first, I ordered an 11 1/2, the length was just fine. However, there was not enough volume in the mid-foot. Once I got the correct size (12), I found the fit just right.
2. Heel/Toe Drop
At 10mm the heel/toe drop is a little more than I would like. I prefer a shoe with 4-6mm of drop. The 10mm did take a few miles to get used to.
After a few workouts, the feeling of running on my tip-toes faded, the 10mm drop became my new normal. Although I enjoy it flatter, this was by no means a deal breaker.
As mentioned earlier, the upper on this shoe is great. The 1400 v5 provides plenty in the way of comfort.
However, this is not a breathable shoe, even in the winter months, this had me wishing for a more airy shoe, something like the Nike Zoom Streak 6.
For me, the mesh up was not as breathable as advertised. Many similar racing flats have uppers which allow for more airflow.
The New Balance 1400 v5 is as versatile as any.
There was a time when I believed the Nike Zoom Elite 9 was the most capable shoe across surfaces and distances. The 1400 v5 matches if not surpasses the Zoom Elite 9.
Durability has been on par, the only sign of wear is on the rubber outsole at the toe-off point.
At a price point starting at less than $100, this shoe is a winner. Seriously, a great racing flat under $100, you won't find a better shoe for the price.
If you do decide to pick up a pair, I highly recommend you go up 1/2 size. Keep an eye out for 1400 v6 as it will be released Spring 2018.
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This shoe really kind of comes to life in this modern interpretation.
To me it's the best shoe in the New Balance running line up.
The New Balance RC 1400 V5 continues the long-line of the 1400 series being a simple and effective training and racing weapon. This is the most refined (in upper and in ride) version and at a sub $100 price point it’s hard not to recommend this little race demon.
Updates to New Balance 1400 v5
- The 5th version of the New Balance 1400 features a new engineered mesh upper that gives the shoe a sleeker look. The mesh material has perforations for a maximum breathability and it wraps the mid-foot comfortably with more flexibility.
- For a smoother feel, the shoe has a new soft collar lining with minimal padding as compared to its predecessor. The presence of the seamless overlays also gives the shoe a softer feel, making sockless running possible.
- This New Balance shoe also comes with a new outsole configuration for maximum traction on various surfaces. The deep longitudinal grooves in the forefoot area are strategically designed to deliver enhanced flexibility for a more powerful toe-off.
New Balance 1400 v5 size and fit
The overall fit of the New Balance 1400 v5 was slightly improved. One can notice that the shoe has a more form-fitting toe-box and a more secure heel fit. The seamless overlays also provide a smoother fit. It generally runs true to size and available in a standard medium width for both men and women’s version.
The outsole of the 1400 v5 features a blown rubber material that is soft and light, yet durable enough to provide traction while running on roads, tracks, and flat trails. This responsive material also gives added underfoot cushioning.
For flexibility, deep longitudinal grooves are strategically placed in the forefoot. It flexes unsurprisingly according to the natural movement of the foot. The same outsole durability and flexibility can also be experienced in the New Balance 1400 v6.
In the midsole of the shoe is the single density RevLite foam that delivers lightweight and supportive cushioning. This innovative technology is designed for a more responsive feel suitable for competition and tempo runs.
A Traditional Sock Liner is also present. It provides additional underfoot cushioning without affecting the overall flexibility and responsiveness of the shoe.
The upper of the New Balance 1400 v5 utilizes an engineered mesh material with perforations for maximum breathability. It keeps the foot dry even on warm weather condition. The mesh upper is flexible enough to wrap the mid-foot comfortably. The seamless overlay system reduces the total weight of the shoe while enhancing the shoe’s overall fit.
The shoe has the standard lacing system that helps spread top-down pressure evenly. The tongue and the heel collar have minimal soft padding that provides added comfort.