Tuesday, 8 July 2014

New Balance 1260 v3 & the British 10K London run

I'm pleased to be able to get a chance to review one of my favourite running shoes again. I've reviewed and run in the version 2 of the popular New Balance1260 so now it was time to see how the 3rd generation of the trainer would fare.

What's so great about the 1260 is that although it's a stability trainer you feel close to the ground and the responsiveness of the trainer is second to none. 
The latest version of this trainer feels similar on foot to its predecessor, a roomy toe piece but keeps the forefoot in place, the upper then hugs the foot nicely feeling comfortable upto the ankle.

The blown rubber outsole gives plenty of stability but makes the shoe lighter than the v2 weighing in at 305 grams (10.8 oz).
The shoe looks busy with plenty going on, is bold and bright and is no shrinking violet! The appearance may put some people off, but I like it.The breathable air mesh upper allows for plenty of ventilation and is noticeable on the run; great when running in the heat.

The grip underfoot works really well gripping to the Tarmac and allowing a good push off yet there are no deep grooved areas that allow small stones to get stuck in (a real bug bear of mine on the run).

Not too many noticeable features over its predecessor but not much improvements were required. As the saying goes, if it's not broke then why fix it!

Cushioning - 8 out of 10, Good cushioning you'd expect from a stability shoe
Comfort - 9 out of 10, Very comfortable especially in heel area
Flexibility - 8 out of 10, Good Flexibity.
Responsiveness - 9 out of 10, Very responsive with the low profile

I will certainly be wearing my new trainers this coming Sunday at the Vitality British 10K London run on Sunday and will be heading to the exclusive New Balance Village’. New Balance, which is an official sponsor of the race, is treating runners to special incentives including access to an interactive chill out area, as well as a free sports massage for runners wearing New Balance.

The New Balance Village will be home to a host of activities including sports massage from YourPhysioPlan.com, a network of expert independent physiotherapy practices across the UK. Together with YourPhysioPlan.com, New Balance is offering runners wearing the brand a free sports massage in a space before or after the race. Those wearing the iconic brand will also receive a free New Balance T-shirt and an exclusive discount on a 12 month membership with YourPhysioPlan.com

Ready to run!
All runners are invited to celebrate after the race in the New Balance Village chill out area, where they can play crazy golf amongst London landmarks, feast oncomplimentary popcorn and pose for a picture in front of Westminster Abbey and Big Ben within the photo cut out boards. Visitors to the New Balance Village can also head to the New Balance market to pick up the latest New Balance technical trainers from sports retailer Sweatshop.

All participating runners will receive a free pair of exclusive New Balance union jack trainer laces and a discount voucher for Sweatshop at the bag drop areas at the end of the race.

The New Balance Village will be located at Waterloo Place, London. Runners taking part in Vitality British 10K London Run who don’t want to miss out on the New Balance race day incentives can pick up an exclusive discount on a new pair New Balance trainers with Sweatshop. Head to www.sweatshop.co.uk and enter code NBB10K by 31st July, 2014 to receive 20% OFF all New Balance footwear and apparel.

This year the Vitality British 10k London Run is supporting Help For Heroes as its lead charity partner and will honour the 100 years since the First World War with a host of activities.

Keep up-to-date with all of the latest New Balance news on Twitter @NewBalanceUKand newbalancerunninguk on Facebook.

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