Men's NEW BALANCE® 1080V2 :: Treat feet to a new run experience with the men's New Balance® 1080v2! Feel more connected to the road with an 8mm heel-to-toe drop, down from 12mm! Enjoy max cushioning and shock absorption with much less weight in this premium Neutral runner. You'll love the luxuriously plush no-sew interior. 10.5 ounces
Have been running on Nike Vomero since 2006 but they finally lost me. I have a narrow foot and this shoe is awesome! It is just as soft as the Vomero, but fits my foot like a glove. First run was 6 miles and they were perfect. Since they come in widths, you should have no problem finding the right size. The sizing is similar to Nike. I wore 11.5 in the Nike and wear an 11.5 in these, which is 1 size larger than normal street shoes.
Try them, you won't be disappointed.
Vomero user likes 1080v2, but...
Me: 5'10, 175-180lbs Olympic distance triathlete.
Bought these to use for longer distance and recovery runs which I previously did in Vomero 5. I wanted Vomero 6s but never got around to it and the 7s didn't seem to stay on spec so I gave these a try.
I like to lower heal to toe drop as I tend to be a midfoot striker. The 1080v2 definitely feels to have less flex in the sole. Cushioning is less 'cushy' than the Vomero 5 (and less than the Brooks Pureflow which is my other favorite). These shoes seem to get more comfy/cushy the longer you go on them, but at the same time I seemed to feel some hot spots under and just behind balls of my feet (maybe its just me..?)
The deal breaker for me was that the toe of the shoe gets narrow quickly which causes too much rubbing for me on my big toes, but I have feet shaped like swim fins, so that's my fault, not the shoes.
At the current selling price, I'd go for them; you can always send them back and exchange for a better fit.
The right blend of light and protection.
As a neutral plus, the NB 1080V2 has the right amount of plus. Cushioned, but not overly cushioned. It is very light so it feels light and fast. From heel step down to toe off it's quick. Not hard at impact and also not soft. It rolls through each stride. The upper is comfortable with a soft yet thin feel. Not cheap then, but performance thin. This replaces the Asics Nimbus as a faster, lighter, and less soft/plus neutral shoe that I feel protected in, but not slowed down by. The heel to toe drop is just right. The NB 890V2 was too little of a drop/minimalist and some of the more traditional Brooks and Asics I've been running in with 10-12 mm drops have been too heel soft/heavy. Closest next favorite shoes to this for me are the Asics Nimbus 13/14, Asics Blur33, Brooks Defyance 5.
Switch from 1080 to 1080v2
I have trained for and completed three marathons in the 1080s over the last 18 months....it has been a great shoe for me (6'&175lbs)as it provides solid support, comfort and cushioning. The down side has always been the weight and how quickly the shoes go soft.
I just ran the Paris 2012 marathon in the new 1080v2....I still trained in my old 1080's. The 1080v2 performed great during the marathon....they breathe easier and of course feel lighter on the feet. Comfort was very high.
The balls of my feet felt a bit bruised the following morning so the cushioning of course is not equal....jury is still out on whether I could use the shoe for marathon training.
Traditionally I have been putting 200 miles on my 1080's before they need replacement and would expect the same from the new version. When you pay this much for a shoe you might hope for more!
Not for heel to toe runners
I am a marathon runner doing mid 30 miles per week on average. Since the NB878's that I have been running in for several years are no longer available, I followed the NB lineage to the 1080's. The 1080 does not have as much conditioning as the 878, Also, I am a heel-to-toe runner and am having trouble with the sole of the shoe hitting hard and there is not enough cushioning to absorb the impact. The sizing is not even close. I wear size 13 and the 13's that I purchased were brutally tight and I had to upsize to 14 which were too big and I had to install inserts. All in all, not a positive experience. However, if you run flat footed or on your soles more, these shoes should be fine. I may use them on the track for speed work. I think they will be fine for that but I would never recommend these shoes for distance running.
Best Neutral Trainer I've Had, Ever
Me: 6-1, 175 pounds, male, 25 miles per week, plus a few triathlons and 5Ks (~ 20 minutes) and 1 marathon (3 hours 45 minutes)per year.
I love this shoe. It is neutral, and light for a high mileage trainer. The 8mm drop is a good compromise between agility and support, and I'll never go back to 12mm of drop. I have ~300 miles on mine, and still working well, so I'd expect 400 or so miles per pair. I gave 4 stars because I'm holding out for perfection, but I am as pleased with this show as I have ever been with any shoe. The fit is "normal" for a running shoes, similar to Nike, Adidas, and Asics, so I buy 1/2 size up (11-1/2) from my dress shoes (11 or 45). I highly recommend these shoes to any heavier/bigger, racer.
Fountain Hills, AZ
Solid Heavy Runner Shoe
I've been running in the New Balance Cushioning+ shoes for years (3 pairs of 1063, 1 pair of 1064, 1 pair of 1080, 1 pair of 1080v2). The extra room in the toe box is nice for the 1080s and 1080v2s. Cushioning is great like always. Really need to go up at least 1/2 a size. I still have my old 1063 that I bust out when I go for a run around the lake (very muddy) and the 13Ms fit me perfect. My 1064s are still in great shape (unfortunately) b/c they are size 13Ms and they feel like 12Ms (very small). Since the 1064 I've been buying 14M and the fit is perfect again like the old 1063 size 13M. Nice to see NB start to make some cool looking cushioning+ shoes.
I have a wide foot and require a 4E. New Balance consistently offers shoes for those of use with wide feet. (Thank you, New Balance.) I put these on and ran a 5K with my first run. I didn't even think of the shoes at all during the run. They felt as though they were a pair that were well "worn in" already. I teetered whether or not to indicate that the shoe was perhaps a half size too small. These fit me nearly perfect. However, I know that most shoes I purchased in size 12 with a width of 4E have a little more room ahead of my toes.
Not as good as the old 1080.
Not sure why NB called this the 1080, it is a much different shoe. If the offset change is for stability call it a stability shoe not a neutral shoe. Bottom line for me, is the shoe did not work. after 5 years with the 1064s and 1080s, I tried the 1080v2, and ended up with calf problems. Shoe is "prettier" than the old 1080, but for this 30-40 mile per week runner, it does not work. I am a heavier runner (175#) can't imagine doing a marathon in these. I have run several marathons in the old 1080s with no problems at all.
Light, maybe too light?
I agree with a previous post that this shoe lacks in forefoot cushioning. When compared to other shoes in this category (Nimbus, Vomero, Triumph), the cushioning up front is sub-par. The lower drop makes this shoe fairly quick and the lighter weight is great, but does it come at a cost? The balls of my feet say yes. I now keep this shoe for shorter runs only.
If you are a true heel striker or a lighter runner, this may be a perfect match. Otherwise, take a look at the other premium neutral shoes.
Des Moines, IA
I have a high arch and buy wide shoes to compensate. New Balance is the only brand that I can get to find comfortably. The 1080v2 is my sixth pair of NB in the past three years and definitely the best. I am a large runner (6'3", 210 lbs.) who runs on roads and the cushion is fine. They felt broken in on the second run. Hopefully they will last as long as my last pair (860v2).
do not buy
New Balance took a good, heavy runner's shoe and turned it into a bedroom slipper. I've worn the 1080 or previous versions for 4 years and it was a solid, well cushioned shoe with proper stability for heavy runners. This V2 version is soft, flimsy and offers little support for a heavy runner. Stay away from the 1080v2 if you are truly a heavy runner.
A Good Shoe but not for Heavy Runners
Weight 220lbs 5'11'' normal arch and orthics wearer. I tried these on in running shop on the treadmill and they seemed a bit light. After breaking them in on short runs, it seemed to be alright. On runs more than 10K my arch and achilles started hurting. I would not recommend this shoe for larger runners, much too soft and little support.
Still too narrow at the laces
I have only one gripe: the toe box is wide, and I need that, but right where the laces start, it gets narrow. That means it's still too tight, even though there is too much room in the toe box.
Great product for the price
New Balance is the only Company I use for running footwear. I have tried many others but your shoes are the best.
new to the shoe, feels great so far
too early to tell.
feels bigger than size, but has good support
New balance customer for life !!
First pair was too narrow, I will return to get correct size
I love new balance
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