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New Balance 1210 Product Review

Short Take

The New Balance 1210 offers everything you need and nothing you don’t for the trail races that take you beyond 26.2 miles.

Big Features

  • Cushioned Design: The 1210 packs plenty of material underfoot for lasting protection on both trail and road.
  • Rock Stop: A lightweight and flexible rock plate in the forefoot helps guard against painful surprises from hazards on the trail.
  • Medial Post: A small traditional post in the heel provides just enough support for mild overpronators or for runners whose arches collapse over longer runs.

Trail Test

The New Balance 1210 is designed for durability and comfort during ultramarathon racing. Inspired by and nicknamed after one of ultra running’s most prestigious events, the Leadville Trail 100, the 1210 is designed specifically to carry runners over distances up to 100 miles and beyond.

Underfoot protection is a paramount feature of the 1210. The cushioning is on par with many road-specific trainers, making the 1210 a shoe just as capable on the roads as the trails. The soft foam easily eats up uneven ground, and for other hazards, a forefoot rock plate provides defense without making the shoe too stiff.

The upper is roomy, but not sloppy. A spacious toebox allows the foot to swell during extended runs without feeling constricted. A supportive midfoot and heel lock the foot in. A seamless construction and plush materials around the foot both help in reducing blistering for a more comfortable run.

Though the outsole may not be the most aggressive, testers ran problem-free over a variety of terrain. While the 1210 shined over fire roads and well-groomed singletrack, it was capable of covering more technical surfaces without issue, making the 1210 capable shoe over anything one may encounter over the course of an ultramarathon.

Runners Say

Tera

“I had a problem with the stock laces coming untied easily. Swap out the laces though, and you’ve got a great shoe for long distance running.”

Erik

“I like the 1210 for its ability to handle both the trails and the roads. I can run from home over a few miles of pavement to the trailhead, then run comfortably on the trails as well. It’s definitely a great choice for door to trail running.”

Cortney

“The 1210 performed great on a wide variety of terrain. I was able to take these on everything from roads to tricky, loose rock descents and even mud without much drama.”