New Balance 1260v6 ReviewAugust 22, 2016
- Exceptional support and stability
- Durable midsole
- Comfortable upper
- Rigid and stiff feeling
- Sluggish due to heavy weight
- Large for size
The New Balance 1260v6 was one of the most durable and supportive shoes we tested. Designed with exceptional stability and support, the 1260v6 was the go-to shoe for heavy-footed heel strikers in need of plenty of support and over-pronation control. While the 1260v6 was one of the most durable shoes in its category, it was also among the slowest and least responsive due to excess structural elements such as the T-Beam Support and dual density midsole.
The New Balance 1260v6 is a classic stability shoe built for the runner who needs excellent pronation support. Designed with a dual density midsole, the 1260v6 boasts New Balance’s ABZORB® Crash Pad midsole along with a softer N2 pod in the heel for enhanced shock absorption while the T-Beam support structure provides medial support to assist with overpronation. The upper is made of no-sew synthetic/TPU with overlays for added arch and midfoot support.
The New Balance 1260v6 is for those who find comfort in a firmer shoe. While not the most comfortable of all the shoes tested due to its firm feeling, the dual density midsole (ABZORB® Crash Pad and N2) provides a firm platform underfoot to help absorb the heaviest footed runners. A synthetic no-sew upper provides excellent comfort but lacked breathability.
Compared to other shoes tested, the 1260v6 fits on the larger size in both width and length. A synthetic/TPU no-sew upper with supportive overlays will help keep the midfoot and arch in place, however, a good synch on the laces still allows for slight movement. The heel cup is deep and firm, which does a good job of locking the heel in place.
The New Balance 1260v6 scores average in responsiveness. The addition of REVlite blown rubber along the forefront adds a nice buffer from the firmer and less forgiving midsole.
As one would expect from a stability shoe, the New Balance 1260v6 is not a fast shoe. Weighing in as the heaviest shoe in the comfort category, the 1260v6 tips the scales at 11.5oz for men and 10oz for women. The T-Beam that assists with support prevents the needed smooth heel to toe transition for faster running.
A very rigid medial post and midsole assist in stability but contribute to what equates to a rougher ride quality for those that don’t require the extra stability. New Balance included their REVlite blown rubber along the forefront to help with ride quality.