New Balance 1080v10 Review | Running Shoe Reviews by NorthernRunner.com
New Balance 1080v10 Review
The New Balance 1080 v10 is the latest version of New Balance’s most cushioned running shoe. The shoe is designed for the neutral runner to use for their everyday and longer training runs. Over the previous nine versions, the 1080 has built up a large and passionate following due to its comfort and fit, coupled with a careful balanced cushioning that is neither too hard nor too soft for most runners.
The fit of the 1080v10 is further enhanced by a knitted upper that has a nice soft feel and a good amount of stretch in the toe box. This allows the toes to spread and move with no stitching or hard toe bumpers for them to catch or rub. The upper is thicker through the midfoot with no stretch, so that it holds the foot firmly onto the midsole. The distinctive heel shape makes the heel feel low but when the shoe is on and laced up the heel moulds around the foot nicely. The upper is low around the ankle so it won’t catch or rub on those runners with low ankle bones. The tongue starts quite high up the foot so the stitching is nowhere near the flex point of the foot. The tongue isn’t overly padded and you don’t feel the soft, flat laces through the tongue.
The fit is further improved by the New Balance 1080 v10 being available in two Women’s widths and three Men’s widths.
The cushioning in the 1080v10 is New Balance’s FreshFoam . The level of compression in FreshFoam midsoles changes through the midsole so that the shoes are softer at the heel and firmer in the forefoot. This is to give a soft landing and a positive push off. The ride of the v10 is slightly firmer than the v9, which some runners found too soft, but softer and more flexible than the v8 and earlier models, which is great.
The 1080v8 was very much an everyday mileage and long run shoe. It was stiffer, which gave the foot more support but, made it difficult to run quickly in it. We wrote a review for that shoe too: northernrunner.com/blog/new-balance-1080v8-road-running-shoes-review
The 1080v9 was more flexible but a bit too soft for a lot of runners to use for anything other than their slower runs. If cushioning is too soft you can feel a bit stuck in mud. The 1080v10 is still a well cushioned shoe and is by no means hard but the slightly firmer cushioning does make it easier to cruise along in. The flexibility of the shoe in the forefoot allows your feet to generate some force at push off and gives the shoe a more springy feel than the previous versions.
The heel to forefoot drop is 8mm, so the New Balance 1080v10 is built more for the heel striker than the midfoot striker. I tend to land more on my midfoot and although I found the shoe comfortable and easy to run in, the drop and curve of the midsole does make the 1080 more a natural choice for the heel striker.
Durability wise I haven’t noticed any issues. I have a few lumps and bumps on my heels which often wear holes in the inside of the heel cups of running shoes. There is no sign of any wear at all after a few hundred miles. The outsole is untouched. The cushioning did get a little softer in the first few runs but, has stayed at that nice balanced level since then.
In conclusion I think that the New Balance 1080v10 is a great update to an already well established and popular shoe.
Charlie @ Northern Runner Newcastle
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