Comments: Updated review. This is probably my favorite shoe ever. It's light, fast, well cushioned, and totally versatile - trainer, racing flat, dirt trail runner. As someone else mentioned, it's great for travel because it's so light and compact. The ONLY downside from my perspective is durability. I barely get 200 miles out of them on pavement. Literally destroyed a pair in just two trail races recently (on some pretty rough terrain - this was really not enough shoe to handle the rocky parts).
From: Carl, Oakland, California
Comments: Great shoe. I normally use the Ronin as a race shoe but decided to try these. Wore them for a workout last night and they were awesome. Probably my new marathon shoe. Very responsive midsole, upper very flexible, zero hotspots, and lightweight. Could probably use these in the mix as a daily trainer also. Based on shoefitr, I sized up 1/2 size. Seemed to be the right fit. I would highly recommend trying these shoes.
From: Brad, Gurnee, IL
Comments: I use to be a die hard ascics fan but I was recently disappointed by their selection when looking for a racing flat. I honestly bought these because of the price and they looked cool. They have turned out to be the best running shoe I have owned! It took me a few runs to get use to the feel of the shoe but once I did I was in love. They are super lightweight with just enough to support so you will feel as if your gliding on the road without taking a pounding.
From: Brad, New Braunfels, TX, USA
Comments: Awesome. The marathon shoe I've been looking for. Light and responsive with plenty of cushioning. Good for any distance from 5k to 26.2.
From: Carl, Oakland, CA
Comments: Wow! I have about 30 pair of shoes in my rotation and bought a pair of Rc1400 and Rc1600 couple of weeks ago. Tried the RC1400 today and was very very impressed with the shoe. Felt a lot like Fastwitch 4, but just a lot better. The shoe is very light still has a lot of cushion. Im a very big fan of Adios 1, but this shoe can actually replace it. Im doing most of my racing in Adizero Hagio atm up to half marathon and Adizero Adios 1 for full. Im pretty sure this shoe has no problem with the full distance. It just feels great! Felt the shoe was true to size. I run about 80miles a week and im a sub 3 marathoner. I will probably use this shoe as a daily trainer and might try the RC1600 for the full distance. Time will show!
From: Espen, Norway
Comments: This is a very comfortable, light shoe with a surprising amount of cushioning. Fits like the new Adizero Adios, but MUCH softer/more flexible and natural feeling. Unfortunately, that forefoot cushioning packed down to nothing in about 200 miles. I weigh 150 and I am a forefoot/midfoot striker - a heel-striker type runner would not have this problem. If they were cheaper I would buy them again anyway b/c they were so comfortable for the first 100 miles, but not for $100.
From: Eric, San Diego, CA, USA
Comments: Not happy at all, super narrow toe box..no forefoot cushion.. unstable.. previous model was MUCH better. hopefully new balance will come out with something better cause this design SUCKS.
From: Heath, USA
Comments: Ran the Army Ten Miler in them with no problems. Hoping to run Boston in 2012 in them but need to take them out on a few long runs to make sure they can handle the distance.
From: Chris, Bristow, VA, Washington D.C.
Comments: The NB 1400 are a great shoe. I find that they're ideal for any surface at anytime. I run ultras, averaging between 80 to 100 miles a week and I run exclusively on trails. They're light weight, responsive, and provide just enough cushion to get you through the longer 4 to 5 hr sessions. Beware when running through rocky sections or dirt roads, because if you do hit a stone you'll feel it. I was most impressed by the shoes ability to drain and dry so quickly. One can only hope that NB will keep producing this shoe exactly how it is.
From: Jake, Raleigh, NC, USA
Comments: Great shoe if you are looking for a cushioned racing flat. Have tried Nike XC Streak and Streak 3's, Asics Hyperspeed and Tarther, Saucony Kivara...this is my favorite! The heal is well cushioned while the forefoot remains responsive. This shoe did not give me blisters or cause any discomfort whatsoever (have raced a half and have done some speed work in them). Will be my shoe for NYC marathon this fall. Thanks RW for helping me find such a great shoe!
From: Eric, Phoenix, AZ USA
Comments: I tried on Nike, Adidas and others.....this New Balance shoe has support and comfort. Great for running and also for just knocking around....feels like you are almost bare footed. A good shoe for traveling as it packs well. I look at others but always buy New Balance.
From: Watts, Bedford, VA USA
Comments: I just tried these on in the NB store and they don't seem to be a "normal running shoe length" but instead are a little short. Didn't have the next size up so I couldn't get another impression.
From: Chris, Boston, MA, USA
Comments: This is my new favorite shoe. It feels a lot like the Adizero Adios, but the upper is so much softer (reminds me of the Saucony A4 without the inner strap). Also, it isn't quite a narrow as the Adizero Adios which was a little snug on me. I feel I should buy 10 pair in case New Balance changes anything with these.
From: Joshua B., Troy, AL, USA
Comments: God's gift to runners. Seriously this shoe is like butter. I'm on the lighter side (125) and run 80-110 miles a week and this shoe can handle them all, save for long runs. It's really well cushioned and the seamless upper is amazing. I've never worn these with socks, and never had a problem or got a blister. The one gripe I have is they hold blood really well. My first run in them my toes would scrape on the low toebox and now the forefoot looks like I got shot, but it's all good.
From: Matt, St. Paul, MN, USA
Comments: A great racing shoe! Similar to (but better than) the Saucony Fastwitch 4, and the Asics GT Racer 8. NB1400 hits the sweet spot with a decent heel/toe drop and good cushioning, while remaining very light. The NB1400 is not similar to the Fastwitch 5 in that Saucony ruined a very good shoe by reducing the heel/toe drop to 4mm (Saucony should have kept the higher heel drop in the Fastwitch and just produce a different racer with a different name if they wanted a 'minimalist' racing shoe).
From: JC, Wilmington, DE, USA