New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v12
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The New Balance 1080 v12 road running shoe is a top-of-the-line option for runners who prioritize comfort and support understep. This latest iteration of the popular 1080 series features an updated design and improved materials, making it a standout choice for those who demand the best from their running footwear. The New Balance 1080 v12 will serve up many enjoyable daily training miles in the 4-10 mile range. Expect many miles from this midsole and outsole road running experience.
One of the standout features of the New Balance 1080 v12 is its comfortable Hypoknit upper material. The upper is made from a soft and flexible knit material that conforms to the shape of your foot, providing a snug and customized feel no matter the shape of your feet. Additionally, the shoe features a padded collar and tongue, as well as a cushioned insole, to help keep your feet comfortable mile after mile. The shoe’s lacing system is also noteworthy, as it allows you to fine-tune the fit to your exact specifications, helping to prevent slippage and hot spots during longer runs.
Another standout feature of the New Balance 1080 v12 is its lightweight design, lending from the Hypoknit design. Despite its sturdy construction from top to bottom, the shoe is relatively light, making it a great option for faster-paced runs and those who are looking to save a few ounces on their feet. Lastly on this upper is the smart move by New Balance to add a semi-gusset for that tongue, increases lockdown experience when combined with the Hypoknit comfort.
The New Balance 1080 v12 also offers excellent support, thanks to its midsole. The shoe’s Fresh Foam X technology provides a plush and responsive ride, helping to absorb shock and reduce stress on your feet and joints. Additionally, the shoe features a reinforced heel counter, which helps to provide additional stability and support, especially for those who overpronate. This combination of comfort and support makes the New Balance 1080 v12 an excellent choice for runners who need a shoe that can handle long miles and demanding terrain. The Fresh Foam X is bouncy and offers good energy return, while at the same time serving up resilience. Rarely do you find a road running shoe midsole that is this comfortable and will last past the 400-mile mark. I expect at least 500 miles from the New Balance 1080 v12, and yes the one word to describe this midsole is SMOOTH!
The shoe’s outsole is also worth mentioning, as it features durable rubber in high-wear areas to help extend the life of the shoe. The outsole also provides good traction on a variety of surfaces, making it a versatile option for runners who like to mix up their training terrain. The strategically placed rubber is spot on for increasing traction on wet roads while reducing the overall weight of the shoe. New Balance is really nailing their outsole design and construction in the 2022 running shoe line-up.
Would I Buy This Shoe Again?
In conclusion, the New Balance 1080 v12 road running shoe is an excellent choice for runners who prioritize comfort, support, and classic New Balance style. Its updated design, improved materials, and focus on performance make it a standout option for those who demand the best from their footwear. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just starting out, the New Balance 1080 v12 is a great option to consider for your running shoe rotation. The modern colorways and sleek design makes it a great choice for runners who want a shoe that looks as good as it performs. We cannot wait for the New Balance 1080 v13 to drop in the new year!
- Drop: 8mm
- Stack: 37mm / 29mm
- Weight: 9.5 oz / 269 g
Mens (Size 9) – 10.3oz / 292g
Womens (Size 8) – 8.3oz / 235g
- Upper: Hypoknit – provides strategic areas of stretch and support
- Midsole: Fresh Foam X
- Durometer: 45
- Outsole: Rubber
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