New Balance 1260 v2 Product Review

Short Take

The new and improved New Balance 1260 v2 delivers maximum support and a premium ride, now in a lighter and more streamlined package.

Big Updates

  • Reduced Drop: Heel-to-toe offset drops from 14mm to 8mm thanks to a decrease in heel stack height and a rise in forefoot stack height.
  • Lighter Weight: The v2 drops about an ounce from the original, weighing in at 10.9oz in a Men’s size 9 and 9.7oz in a Women’s size 8.

Road Test

In the 1260 v2, New Balance has given its premium maximum support shoe an aesthetic makeover, trimming down on the excess, while maintaining the shoe’s personality and runability.

Running in the v2 revealed a ride very similar to its precursor. Soft cushioning in the heel and forefoot makes for a plush and protective ride, and the soft plastic medial post provides ample pronation support. The increased forefoot cushioning and lowered heel was only slightly noticeable; testers had a very hard time distinguishing between the two shoes while wearing them simultaneously.

Some testers felt a slight decrease in volume within the v2 from its predecessor, especially through the toebox and the midfoot, for a snugger, closer to the foot feel. A runner who enjoyed the accommodating fit of the original 1260 may want to consider widths when moving to the v2.

Though the v2’s numbers may be more attractive, we didn’t notice a big difference on our feet; the v2 runs very much in the same way as the original 1260. As with the original, runners looking for a stable yet smooth ride from heel strike to toe-off are sure to be pleased with the 1260 v2.

Runners Say

Matt

Anyone who liked the original will continue to enjoy the v2. My favorite part of this shoe has to be the upper - super plush with a nice ‘hug the foot’ feel.

Allie

The 1260 v2 definitely offers its fair share of support. I could probably go without my orthotics in this shoe.

Taro

I felt less wiggle room in the toebox in the v2 compared to the first 1260. I attribute this partly to the less pliable upper mesh on the v2, and partly to the change in last design.