Versatile trainer or racer for low or high mileage
The New Balance 1260 v4 is a solid running shoe offering superior stability for those runners that overpronate while delivering ample cushioning from heel-to-toe allowing for a smooth ride and quick transition.
The New Balance 1260 v4 is excellent for those runners who overpronate and are looking for stability with the added bonus of plenty of cushioning for a gentle ride.
The New Balance 1260 v4 looked and felt like a stylish and fast everyday trainer the moment I took it out of the box for the first run.
The 1260 v4 is meant for the runner looking for a reliable stability shoe to help with overpronation yet does not sacrifice the cushioning needed for a shoe capable of higher mileage.
The New Balance 1260 v4 continues to build on the tradition of its predecessors through enhancements to the stability in the midsole and changes to the cushioning throughout.
These changes allow the shoe to offer dependable stability and ample cushioning. The 1260 v4 remains the flagship stability shoe in the New Balance collection.
The 1260 v4 had a comfortable fit as the heel and midsole felt secure throughout the entire stride while there was adequate room in the toe box.
The added stability came via changes in design to the medial post and New Balance T-Beam shank in the midsole and the improved cushioning was thanks to an overhaul of the materials used from the front to back giving the shoe a smooth and gentle ride.
The New Balance 1260 v4 remains the companys primary go-to stability shoe and this versions enhancements to the sole gave the shoe more stability and cushioning without sacrificing durability or overall fit and comfort allowing for even smooth transition and ride throughout the entire stride.
For increased stability, the changes were made via increasing or lengthening the medial post which goes deeper and is free of the midsole as well as improving the T-BEAM shank which is very light-weight.
These changes offer the runner increased stability for overpronation allowing for smooth feel for those runners logging higher mileage.
The 1260 v4 benefited from changes to the material used in the sole which allows it to have a nice blend of stability and cushioning. The outsole is made of blown rubber while the main changes come through use of New Balances N2 Cushioning Technology throughout the shoe which gives the shoe more cushioning while not sacrificing support and control.
The forefoot from the midsole to toe uses ACTEVA LITE that is a much more light form and the heel now uses the ABZORB Crash Pad which gives the runner a comfortable mix of stability and cushioning during foot strike.
This version comes with the same 8mm offset as the previous model and similar to those of its competitors. This lower offset along with a simple tread design allows the runner to have more control throughout foot strike and transition.
The New Balance 1260 v4 upper is simple and is very lightweight, breathable and secures the foot in place from the very first run. The 1260 v4 is designed with the companys new FantomFit which is a combination of a breathable mesh that covers most of the upper with thin overlays placed to add stability from the forefoot to the midsole area.
There is plenty of room in the toe box and the heel is held securely in place providing the runner with gentle smooth foot strike.
The 1260 v4 has a no frills approach to the upper so there is no cumbersome saddle or fancy lacing system that is starting to show up on other shoes trying to give the runner that customized fit.
This version gives the runner a comfortable, secure and smooth ride through sticking to the basics via the seamless mesh throughout the shoe and overlays which provide that customized feel without taking about from the stability and experience.
The changes made to the upper via the FantomFit allow for a simple, lightweight upper that provides a secure and comfortable fit and adds to the smooth and comfortable ride that the 1260 v4 gives the runner from the moment they go for the first run.
The New Balance 1260 v4 remains a premium stability shoe. The enhancements made by adding more stability throughout the midsole give it a more secure and comfortable fit along with the increased cushioning to the sole unit allowing the 1260 v4 to be a stability shoe that feels like an everyday trainer.
The 1260 v4 is a versatile shoe which offers a nice blend of increased stability and cushioning offering the runner a solid daily trainer capable of fast transitions or a shoe that can handle higher miles while giving the experience of a stable and smooth ride.
The updates to the New Balance 1260 v4 were sufficient to make a good stability shoe even better. This version is definitely a shoe that those runners who overpronate will want to add to their rotation as it delivers a secure fit and stability while providing a lightweight feel with plenty of cushioning for those looking for speed or to log longer miles.
We thank the nice people at New Balance for sending us a pair of 1260 v4 to test. This did not influence the outcome of the review, written after running more than 50 miles in them.
Travis Trampe is a financial professional who calls the mountains of Colorado his home. He is passionate about running, whether it be on the roads or trails. Travis enjoys the adventure of traveling and exploring the outdoors with friends and is fueled by discovering where the next trail will lead.
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i need one of newbalance suitable for flat foot but i read about two models as
Thanks for your question. I cant directly compare as I have only run in the 1260 v4 and v5s and I have not run in the NB 940s.
They are both for those who have flat feet, and/or, have moderate to severe overpronation. So both are quality shoes with the 1260s being a bit more expensive, but both offering good support and ample cushioning. The 1260s look (just from reading about the 940s) to be a step-up in quality and design, not to take anything about from the 940s as they are a good shoe from what I could read. I am sorry I have not ran in the 940s to give you an direct comparison.
I think if you are looking for a stability shoe that works with flat feet, both would be a good choice.
Thanks for the question. The NB 1260 v4 and v5 are designed with a medium to higher arch support built in to assist with overpronation and those who have a more flat foot or low arch who need the support.
So the 1260 is a great maximum support shoe which will give you plenty of arch support.
I came by looking for a 1260v5 review, but I see its not up yet.
In the mean time, I re-read the 1260v4 review I had read early this year and saw questions in the comments about how the the 1260v4 compares to the 1260v3. Ive gone through three pairs each of the 1260v3 and 1260v4 shoes, so Ill chime in for those wondering if they should pick up a pair of 1260v4s now that they are on sale and being cleared out. In the past , people have been kind enough to answer my questions, so now its my turn to give back 🙂
The 1260v3 and 1260v4 are both good shoes. Compared to the 1260v4, the 1260v3s feel a bit lighter and have a smoother feel as you go from striking the ground to pushing off for your next step. But the 1260v4s have much better cushioning. Since these are not intended to be super light weight racing shoes, Id say thats an improvement overall.
So, the 1260v3s trade some cushioning for less weight and more flex, and do this using a rubberless flex zone right smack in the center of the forefoot. In general, youll notice that there more exposed foam on the 1260v3s than the 1260v4s. This lets the transition feel very smooth, but it is also results in faster deterioration of the cushioning since this is where most people will strike with the most force. The 1260v4s move these flexible zones away from the center of the forefoot. You end up with better cushioning that doesnt degrade as quickly.
Overall, both styles were still acceptable out to about 500 miles. I figure if a shoe makes it to that mileage with reasonably intact cushioning, tread, and form, it has performed well. With all my 1260v3s the loss of cushioning accelerated rapidly after 500 miles. The 1260v4s entered the rapid decay phase around 650 miles.
As an aside, I did take one pair of each out to 900 miles. (I dont recommend this I was just curious.) They were both in poor shape at 900 miles, but the 1260v3s were much worse because the flexible zone in the forefoot had lost all stiffness, and I could bend the shoes in any direction.
All 3 of my 1260v4 pairs developed tears in the outer layer of the upper, something I havent experienced before. The inner layer stayed intact so this didnt affect the performance of the shoes.
Overall, if you enjoyed the 8 mm drop of the 1260v3s, youll like the 1260v4s. Youll get better cushioning and longer shoe life by adding a little more weight and stiffness, which I found to be a good move on New Balances part.
Also, for those like Janelle who posted above that their 1260v3s only lasted about 160 miles: That might indicated that you are on the extreme end for the forefoot striking spectrum, so to speak. Using a shoe with a more traditional 12 mm drop might nudge you back towards striking a little more with your heel. Something like the NB 860 would work, as would other brands stability shoes.
Hope this helps. Looking forward to reading 1260v5 review too!
Thanks for taking the time to write about your experience with the 1260 v3 and 1260 v4s. Yes, we do plan on having a review for the NB 1260 v5 at this point. So check back.
Your comments mirror my experience with the shoe. The only thing that really wore out was at about 500-600 miles on the 1260 v4, the outlayer of the upper mesh started to crack and tear but the inner layer that protects and wraps foot stayed firm in place and no damage or wear. Otherwise, the shoe wore extremely well and latest longer than most shoes. I felt very comfortable wearing these within my rotation.
I am like in in that I can put many miles on your shoes without issues (again, mileage is specific to each person like you said).
Thanks again for writing up your experience with the shoes.
I just got a pair of the v5 and am wondering whether these shoes, though particularly well-suited to overpronators, can be worn comfortably by people who do not overpronate. Ive never had a heel quite like this and am wondering whether I should send them back or whether the design of this shoe can potentially work for anyone?
Thanks for the question. The shoe is designed for those that tend to have moderate to maximum overpronation. This is a great running shoe for those who are looking for stability on their runs. I can only speak from running in the shoe but since it is designed with support in mind, it will come down to each individual for running, walking and so forth.
I would recommend that you try them on in the store and walk around. I know from running standpoint, the shoe would be best for those that need support and neutral runners may notice that medial side support to help with overpronation. If you a neutral running or walker, I may recommend a more neutral shoe.
I wore the 870v2 for several years and loved them. I then decided to switch to the 1260v3 due to good reviews and also loved them. They were definitely heavier and a little stiffer, but after a couple runs I didnt notice at all. I LOVED these shoes.
The 1260s wore out, so I went back to the 870v3 based on good reviews of the updates. The left outside arch hurt so badly after runs I literally could barely walk on my left foot for days. After trying them several times with the same results, I decided to go to the running store and be fitted for shoes. The running store fitted me for the Ravenna 6 and I went hope optimistic. Every time Ive run in the Ravenna 6s (3-4 mile runs each time on the road), the bottom of both feet have ached and my toes have tingled and gone numb. What gives?
I typically run 3-4 miles, 3-4 days a week and train for half marathons on the weekend. According to the running store, I am a moderate overpronator which is why they recommended the Ravenna 6 rather than the 1260 again. Thoughts? My next stop is a podiatrist if I cant figure this thing out. Maybe he/she can figure out this shoe issue and get me back into the sport I love.
Thanks for you question. The NB 870s and the Brooks Ravenna 6s are designed for those runners who tend to have mild over pronations where the NB 1260 v4 and now the updated v5 are for those who have mild to severe overpronation. I am wonder if you gait, stride and the way your foot fits in the 1260s (more arch support) and overpronation control doesnt suit you better. This is just based on the items you noted above. You could be somewhere between mild to sever overpronation where the 870s and the Ravenna 6s just dont provide enough support for your running style and the support you need during ground contact.
I am not disagreeing with the running store that you maybe a mild overpronator since I have not seen your gait or stride but the 1260s are designed for those that do have mild overpronation and your foot just may feel better in that shoe with more support.
Does that help? Have you tried on the new 1260 v5 which came out last summer/fall? The 6s should be released later this summer. The 1260 v5s have the same great ride as the 4s with an slightly updated, even more comfortable upper. You may want to give them a try at the store just to see how your foot reacts and maybe try it out on treadmill at the store. Let me know if you do and how they fit and feel.
1260 V5 has been released which has made V4 much cheaper. Is there any significant difference in terms of technology, stability & cushioning or is it just different colours?
Thanks for the questions. I tested and ran many miles in the 1260v4 and it was a quality stability shoe with good cushioning. I have NOT ran in the 1260 v5 yet. One of the other RSG.com reviewers is testing the updated 1260v5 and the review should be posted on website shortly.
The 1260v4 is a great shoe. Without running in them I cant tell you how they compare but doing a quick look at NB website it does look like the upper was redesigned to be more seamless (as many shoes are going that direction).
It also looks like the midsole compound was updated slightly to use technology from their Fresh Foam material to have updated cushioning. I cant say which is better, I just know that the upper and looks like the sole were updated in new version. , that is not to say the 1250v4 doesnt have good cushioning as I enjoyed the shoes and put over 500 miles on them.
Sorry I cant help more due to the fact I have not run in the 1260v5 to do apples to apples comparison. I know I was happy with 1260v4 and I am sure the enhancements from just reading look positive (wont know until I run in them). But look back to runningshoesguru.com soon for an updated review from our testers.
Hi, I currently have 2 pairs of 1260v3. Looking to upgrade to the v4 but Im worried about the sole durability. The v3s have only lasted me 160miles per pair road running but the sole around the pad of the shoe seems to be wearing very quickly. I like the 1260s but dont want to invest again in a shoe that wont last too long. Will there v4 last longer than the v3?
Thanks for the questions and comments. I have not worn the 1260 v3 so cant comment or compare directly with my own experience, but I can explain my experience with the 1260 v4s. I wore the 1260 v4 and put a lot of miles on them and the sole held up well. You will notice most of the NB 1260 versions dont come with a think sole rubber but it was durable for me testing and running. For me, it wore well and even.
The only think I can think of that could cause this to be different for you would be the difference in our running gaits and how we strike the ground. But from MY experience, the sole rubber held up well and I put on lots of miles. I ran for probable 350-400 hard training miles then another 100-200 where I use the shoe for lighter training, trails etc. But the shoe held up well and only towards the end did the mesh/overlays start to show a little wear, but I think it was because I snagged it after 500 miles.
Does that help? Any other questions? Again, I didnt wear the V3s but did wear the v4s for awhile in my rotation last fall and winter.
I was wondering if you can recommend a couple of tennis shoe options for someone suffering from plantar fasciitis.
I go to the gym, walk my dog and lately have been enjoying a little basketball. From time to time I also do martial arts.
Ive been wearing ASICS gel kayanos for years but just bought a pair of Asics Nimbus to see if they would serve me better. As far as basketball shoes, Im clueless.
Also anything you may know on how to cure plantar fasciitis would be most welcome 🙂
Thanks for the questions. I am sorry that you are suffering from plantar faciitis. I can only comment on these these from a running standpoint as didnt test for and they are not designed for basketball or martial arts. I am sure they can be used in cross training and so forth, I just cant comment as I only ran in them since they are designed to be a running shoe primarily.
So I am not sure what you can use for basketball, sorry.
For the plantar faciitis, my first comment would be to see doctor or specialist to see how severe and if they can prescribe anything to treat, rest, support in shoes, etc. Each persons Plantar Faciitis is so different that not one particular shoe can fix it. In my experience, I have not personally had, but from my friends the treatment has varied from rest, shoe inserts, therapy, etc. So my suggestion would be to see doctor to get idea on how to treat so you can get over it as it is one of those injuries that can linger is not taken care of. Let me know what doctor says and then maybe we can help get you into a pair of shoes?
Hi Travis. I have pretty flat feet. This shoe sounds perfect for me. How does it compare to the Saucony Ride 6? Thank you for any assistance you can provide.
Thanks for the question. The NB 1260v4 is a great stability shoe with good cushioning and could be ok for flat feet, all depends on the feel. I know the NB 860s are good for feet as well so I would definitely try these on. I have normal to average arches and the worked fine during testing and after. I have not worn the Saucony Ride 7 however the differences will be the Ride is built with cushioning in mind where the 1260 will give you more stability overall.
I hope this helps, but try them on at a store as they are a great shoe and if you have more questions, let me know.
I have very narrow feet, high arches and at times get planters fasciitis. Is the 1260v4 a good fit for this type of foot.
Thanks for the question. The shoe is made medium in nature but depending on how narrow your feet are, they may still work for you. They have good support for medium to high arches and good cushioning.
The planters fasciitis is hard to say a specific shoe will work for anyone. But if it fits well, it will definitely help. If you are prone to planters fasciitis then it may take time. If you just get off and on, then it could be shoe choice to a degree, that is such a tricky injury. But the shoe is a great shoe solid stability with good cushioning as well.
Its the new balance 1260v4 a shoe that can be worn for everyday use instead of running?
Thanks for the question. The NB 1260v4 is a stability shoe with decent cushioning so as with many other running shoes you could wear everyday. Once I ran 500+ miles in mine, I used them as everyday shoes for awhile. Keep in mind just like when getting for shoes for running, make sure the shoes fit comfortable. Go to the store and just walk around for a few minutes to ensure comfortable fit, good arch for your feet and so forth. But they are a good shoe.
Thanks for the review. I had a question about these shoes in comparison to the Nike Lunarglide 6. I have a (very) low arch and overpronate considerably. To make matters worse Ive been dealing w/ shin splints for the last 6 months, which havent healed much but I havent run at all since then.
I initially had the Asics Kayano, which (kind of) crippled me. I found them to be heavier than the Lunarglide and I was unable to even run ~1 mile in them without feeling that my legs might give in anytime. The pain went all the way from my foot to my lower back. They were very uncomfortable and stressful, for me at least.
The Lunarglides have been better for me, though I feel I might need a wider shoe. They do seem lighter and I can put in about ~2.5 miles before my shin splints become unbearable.
So long story short will the NB 1260 v4 be a better shoe for me? Or maybe I should just go for a wider Lunarglide?
Also, since I run w/ orthotics, what if I used a neutral shoe w/ my orthotics plugged in? Or is a stability (+ orthotics) shoe the way to go?
Thanks for the questions. The NB 1260 v4 will over you more support for you overpronation then the LunarGlide 6s while the Kayanos offer a great deal of support they also offer more cushioning which is probably what your running style didnt like (just a guess since I have ran in both as well).
The 1260 v4 will offer you plenty of stability and with flat feet or low arches you need stability in a shoe and you will find this with the 1260 v4. The shoe also has just enough cushioning under foot and in my opinion, has a good transition during foot strike.
The NB 1260 v4 is about 1.5 ozs heavier then the LunarGlide 6s but with that you get more stability. So it all depends if the LunarGlides feel stable enough, then the light weight and cushioning may help. They are just two different platforms, both are excellent and could work. Depends on how much stability you want and then the weight is the other big thing (I dont think you will notice).
I would try on the 1260 if you havent yet to see if you like the feel of the shoe on. The NB 1260 maybe a litter more narrow in toe box as well so try on both shoes in wide and see how you like. They both will provide you will excellent durability.
I love my 1260v2 but it is time to get new ones, and that is when I came across v3 and v4. I dontt think I need more support, so was wondering what the difference between those three models is, or if I should just go for v2 again?
Thanks for the question. I have have not worn the 1260 v2 but there is increased or lets say more reliable stability in the v4 compared with the v3. So I think with the changes in cushioning and the updates to the materials used to assist those who over pronate and need some stability the 1260v4 is a great shoe. I never felt like it had too much stability but enough if and when you need it.
If you feel the v2 is a good shoe and you are having solid results, then continue, however, I would go try on the V4 and see how it feels. You will benefit from the new materials used throughout the sole and upper and I believe you will be pleased with the design changes.
I used to run in asics cumulus size us 11then I saw switched to Nike lunarlaunch. size 12 Now I want to order Newtons gravity III shoes from US as they are. not available in India. what would be appropriate size of Newtons gravity III shoes
Thanks for the question. I have not ran or tested the Newton Gravity III shoes so I would not be able to comment on their fit compared to the other shoes you have noted above.
Since your size in shoes varies depending on brands (like a lot of people), it is best you find a store near you if you can to see how they feel. So hopefully you have that option and can go test out a pair.
Im considering buy a pair of these, But I dont know what length to get. My feet are at two different sizes. (11.5 and 11) Im not sure if i should get 12s or 11.5
Thanks for the question. Since your feet are 1/2 difference there is going to be two options and it is best to have a specialty running store look at this with you.
1) you maybe able to get away with 11.5 as long as the shoe fits appropriately for both feet.
2) if size difference is too great which makes shoes uncomfortable and may lead to more issue, some had had to resort to buying two sets of shoes (this is rare and dont think you should have to do this.. but since not a doc or seeing how your foot fits, just throwing out there).
So I would go into specialty running store and try on size 11.5 first and then size 12 if the 11.5 fits too snug, but be careful that is 12 is best that it is not to large for the other foot.
Good luck and let me know how things go or if more questions once you try on shoes.
Hello, I am currently wearing New Balance 990V3 since Aug and pretty much worn them out. Recently I have been to Dr and they said I have very low arch (and hence the pain in ankle area but thats diff story though), and overpronator as well. I was looking for new shoes and has kind of narrow it down to but not limited to Brooks beast 14, Brooks Adrelaline GTS 15, NB 1260 V4, Nike Structure 18, Asics GT 2000-3 and Saucony stabil CS3. Does 1260V4 offers better stability then any of the other shoes? or are there any other shoes which are better at stability then above listed ones. I am a heavy guy and run 2-3 miles per day. Ultimately I am going to go to a specialty store and buy after trying them out but I am trying to limit my trial choices. Thanks.
Thanks for the questions. To narrow down for you, in my opinion, as you head into the shoe store, I would maybe focus on the Brooks Beast (they just brought this shoe back), Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and NB 1260v4. The Beast maybe the best just going off what you noted as they are They are meant for larger body types and have low arch support.
The GTS 15 and NB 1260v4 are very similar in how they feel and perform as the Beast (have never run in them) sound like a completely different structure for specific needs.
I would focus on these 3 in this order given your comments Beast, GTS 15, 1260v4. You definitely are on the right path! Let me know after you go to running store how they all felt as you tried on and what you ended up with. Good Luck!
Hi Im currently wearing Asics Kayano 20. My left foot is overpronation while my right is underpronation. I always have problems on my left knee. And I feel that the shoes is not so responsive. Will the 1260v4 be a better shoe for me?
Thanks for the questions. In my opinion, you need some stability, however, the Kayanos general provide lots of stability for runners. The NB 1260 v4 is a similar weight (feels lighter) shoe than the Kayano and it offers a great deal of stability. The materials used in the sole unit add a great deal of stability and there is a new medial post that is independent of the rest of the midsole for even greater stability. The shoe was very responsive i my runs, I noted that runners who need stability or those that are more in the neutral category would like this shoe. It has a great transition through the entire foot strike.
In my opinion, go try one one and see how you like how it feels as you walk around, especially since your left foot overpronates and your right underpronates. That is a tricky issue but this shoe may help you a little bit but given that, you may want to go to a specialty running store and have them check out your stride just to make sure you are in the right shoe as well. That way they can look how each food is truly landing and get you into the right shoe and hopefully help that left knee.
The NB 1260 v4 is a great stability should and could possibly help given the overall feel of the shoe.
Thanks for the reply Travis. I will check out the 1260v4 in my local store. What do u think about Nike Lunarglide 6? Will be a good choice for me as well? 1260 is a lot more expensive than Lunarglide 6.
Thanks for the questions. Please ask as many as you need to find that right shoe for you. Again, with your knee issue, I would first get your gait analyzed but I will answer from stability and quality of shoe standpoint for pronation, in general.
All three of those shoes you noted Brooks GTS 15 vs NB1260v4 vs Asics Kayano 20 are quality shoes that provide ample stability and some cushioning as well.
The Brooks GTS 15 was just updated with Progressive Diagonal Rollbar to assist with pronation control. The Kayano 20 is great for those that need some stability and is good for those runners in the neutrual to stability category. So for you, I would look at the 1260 v4 or Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 for more stability underfoot.
The Kayano 20 will probably have the most cushioning, not too much, and they are build to handle many miles maybe a little more than the 1260 v4. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS will have ample stability and can handle the miles as well.
So it all depends on what they say about your gait but the Brooks and NB would my suggestions based on what you might be looking for in a shoe once you get your gain analyzed.
If you have more specific questions on any of these shoes, send another note and question.
Good question regarding the