Sport-locker.net Running shoe review : New Balance 1080v4

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Having already road tested the New Balance 890v4, Sport-locker.net has been fortunate enough to give its slightly bigger cousin 1080v4 similar treatment.

52g is the difference between the two but for that extra bulk you get luxurious cushioning on a neutral shoe perfect for long distance training runs.

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The fashion of late has been for super lightweight minimal running shoes suitable for barefoot running styles so it is nice to go back to basics with the 1080v4 which is far more traditional with priority on cushioning and comfort.

The shoe is loaded with tech features to deliver comfort including N2 in the heel to act as a very effective shock absorber.

Shock absorption is also a feature throughout the midsole with a cushy crash pad.

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What is less cushy is the midstance T-Beam which is fitted to offer arch support and stability which I found particularly useful in the latter stages of longer training runs when running form begins to falter.

The focus on cushioning comes at the sacrifice of feel for the surface and terrain but if you are using these as a road training shoe then that is more likely to be a positive feature.

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The sacrifice comes if you take the 1080v4 off road, where they are capable of performing at a moderate level with the particularly flexible traction grooves working well.

While the 1080v4 is billed as a neutral running shoe, it does offer some extra support for slight overpronators with an asymmetrical heel counter but without the added bulk of specific built up support.

The most significant and effective upgrade from the 1080v3 is the of a seamless upper which helps to reduce weight and eliminate potential areas of friction on the foot.

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The one issue I had running in these shoes is that the heel cup is on the wide side and I noticed that my heel slipped and moved around a fair bit.

Now I may well have a narrow foot and therefore this will not be an issue if your feet are wider than my own

Overall the 1080v4 is a traditional style running shoe perfect for neutral and/or slight overpronators who rack up long training miles on the road due to the high level of cushion and support.

What do you think of the new New Balance 1080v4 running shoes? Let us know in the comments section below or on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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