Mens New Balance 1210 Trail Running Shoe

Men's New Balance 1210

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Men's NEW BALANCE® 1210 :: Trail running never looked so good! You'll turn heads as you fly over hills and valleys in the Men's New Balance® 1210, also known as the Leadville. Ideal for ultra running, or anything that takes you over a variety of terrain, you'll appreciate this durable shoe's combination of cushioning and support. Don't let a few bumpy roads stand in your way, you'll connect to your natural running style in this all-terrain shoe. Feet will feel flexible and protected with the versatile Vibram® outsole. And it's surprisingly light! 10.3 ounces

Category Type:

STABILITY [?]
Runners with average arch height looking for a blend of cushioning and support can't go wrong with Stability shoes. Get a smooth transition from heel strike to toe off. Enjoy a well-guided stride and perfect arch support to keep you going for miles. When choosing running shoes, find your perfect fit using this chart. Category types are based on factors like arch height, running habits and body frame.

Features & Benefits:

  • RevLite midsole: Offers super lightweight cushioning in a serious trail runner
  • Vibram outsole: Offers superior traction and durability
  • N2 protection through the forefoot: Stops rocks and roots and offers an additional level of cushioning
  • 8mm drop: Ideal for longer runs on the trail
  • Slight medial post: Offers support for long runs
  • NBW2694
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Mens New Balance 1210 Trail Running Shoe
 
3.5

(based on 14 reviews)

58%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good traction (11)
  • Comfortable (10)
  • Cushions impact (10)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Trail running (11)
    • Mixed terrain (8)
    • All weather conditions (4)
    • Road running (3)
      • Sizing:
      • Feels full size too small

         

        Feels half size too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        64% 

        (9 reviews)

        Feels half size too big

         

        Feels full size too big

         
      • Width:
      • Feels too narrow

         

        Feels true to width

         

        93% 

        (13 reviews)

        Feels too wide

         
      • Arch Type:
      • Average arch (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (11)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (14)

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    4.0

    Great for distance hiking

    By Rick the Hiker

    from Highlands Ranch, CO

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Good Traction
    • Lightweight
    • Rugged

    Cons

    • Poor Cushioning

    Best Uses

    • Mixed Terrain
    • Trail Running

    Comments about Mens New Balance 1210 Trail Running Shoe:

    I use these shoes for distance hiking, typically 50+ miles over a 3-day weekend with a 16-22 lb pack. The primary complaint people have about the tongue I find doesn't apply to me. I've found the tongue to be just perfect, but I wear the laces in the front holes because I find the heel fits like a glove. I can see how, if you needed to move the laces back, the tongue might be a problem. The sole is just strong enough without sacrificing too much flexibility. It may be a minor thing, but I love the flat laces, and they never come untied. My only complaint, which is probably tied to my use, is that I would like a little higher arch and some more cushioning. I think I can easily solve that with some Superfeet or other insoles, though.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Average Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Great Trainer

    By Andy

    from Arlington va

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Durable
    • Good Arch Support
    • Good Traction
    • Lightweight
    • Pronation Control
    • Rugged

    Cons

    • A Little Ugly

    Best Uses

    • All Weather Conditions
    • Mixed Terrain
    • Road Running
    • Trail Running
    • Walking
    • Wet Weather

    Comments about Mens New Balance 1210 Trail Running Shoe:

    Great trainer! I read the mixed reviews and can say that the tongue is the right length. The laces do slip but then again you probably are not tying them correctly. They were a little narrow, but after a few runs the shoe molds itself to your foot. I have worn this shoe with heavy socks for the winter and thin socks for the warmer months and had no problem. The cushoning is amazing! Even after 500 miles I am able to nock out hard interval sessions with no problem. I have ran on both pavement and trail. These shoes are great on pavement. The tread doesn't wear down fast. On trails the tread is self cleaning in muddy conditions. On rocky terrain the grip is really good. It handled very well in the snow, but you will need to wear a gortex liner. These shoes also drain real well and allow the foot to breath. The heel cup is large right out of the box. After a few runs it molds to your foot. Never had a blister or any other foot issue. These are labled stability shoes. But unlike other stability shoes you really don't notice it. This is a plus when running on uneven terrain. Even though the tread is wearing bald, there is still a few hundred miles left in them.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Average Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    2.0

    A good shoe with a major flaw

    By MB trailer

    from Manhattan Beach, CA

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Cushions Impact
    • Good Traction
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Mesh Leaks Sand
    • Tongue too short

    Best Uses

    • Trail Running

    Comments about Mens New Balance 1210 Trail Running Shoe:

    Despite some good features (grippy Vibram sole and a protective midsole) the 1210 has three features that prevent me from recommending it:
    1) the tongue is so short that on steep descents the laces would slide off the tongue onto my ankle, cutting in and causing pain.
    2) The heel tend to slip on steep ascents, and if the rear lace holes are used to prevent heel slippage the problem with the short tongue and the laces slipping off the tongue and cutting into my ankle was even worse.
    3) The mesh fabric breathes well, but is so porous the shoes filled with sand (not over the tops of the shoes, I was wearing snug fitting gaiters) and had to be emptied repeatedly when I ran in the desert.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels half size too small
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Average Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Fits like a glove

    By Squatch

    from Portland, OR

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Good Traction
    • Lightweight
    • Pronation Control

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All Weather Conditions
      • Mixed Terrain
      • Trail Running

      Comments about Mens New Balance 1210 Trail Running Shoe:

      I took this model on its first run out-of-the-box on a 10-mile mountain trail run through the Cascades and it performed flawlessly: good grip on steep dirt trail, talus, wood bridges, roots, and gravel; fits perfect; springy toe-off action; light enough to feel nimble with the ideal amount of protection and support. LOVE IT.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Average Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Nice shoe

      By Charlie

      from Huron, Ohio

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Cushions Impact

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Mens New Balance 1210 Trail Running Shoe:

          Shoe is comfortable for high miles usage.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels half size too big
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Arch Type:
          • Average Arch
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Did great in a 50k

          By @Ajisrunning

          from Long Beach, CA

          About Me Avid Athlete

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Cushions Impact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Trail Running

            Comments about Mens New Balance 1210 Trail Running Shoe:

            I run a lot of high mileage and love these shoes. Have done 2 30k races and a 50k in these on rugged mountains. They are great shoes and have a little stability, which is why I bought them. The outsole is holding up better than expected. One tiny thing is the material wearing along the collar, I cannot notice it while running but it is a visual flaw.
            Here are some pics at 100 miles of wear.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Arch Type:
            • Average Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            2.0

            does not meet the hyp

            By tj

            from ardmore, pa

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Poor Stability

            Best Uses

            • Trail Running

            Comments about Mens New Balance 1210 Trail Running Shoe:

            They did not meet the hype. Though the research shows feet grow 7% or so in the forefoot, the execution of this shoe failed. The upper seemed separate from the sole - aka the overlay did not hug the foot or move in a supportive manner as the sole/foot moves. check out hoka or brooks

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Arch Type:
            • Average Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Great shoe

            By Old runner

            from Phoenix,az

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Cushions Impact
            • Good Arch Support
            • Good Traction
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Mixed Terrain
              • Trail Running

              Comments about Mens New Balance 1210 Trail Running Shoe:

              I run in these every day and they are great

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
              • Arch Type:
              • Average Arch
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              Great Shoe

              By Dre

              from Vista CA

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Cushions Impact
              • Durable
              • Good Traction
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Road Running
                • Trail Running

                Comments about Mens New Balance 1210 Trail Running Shoe:

                3 words. Buy this shoe...

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                3.0

                Not for narrow feet

                By Mike

                from Colorado Springs

                About Me Gym Rat

                Pros

                • Good Traction
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged

                Cons

                • Heel Very Wide
                • Uncomfortable

                Best Uses

                • All Weather Conditions
                • Mixed Terrain

                Comments about Mens New Balance 1210 Trail Running Shoe:

                I wanted a trail running shoe as I'm getting more into that here in Colorado. It seems very durable, rugged and lightweight.

                I really wanted to like the Leadville had some of the common problems others have mentioned. The heel is too wide and using the rear lacing option was problematic given there is insufficient length in the tongue of the shoe. Seems weird that there isn't another 1/2 inch of tongue length. I have narrow feet and these simple don't come in a narrow width. It would be OK if not for the huge heel. I also thought there was a motion control component even though it's advertised as neutral. As a neutral runner I struggled with some knee and hip pain in just a couple of runs. It's also very much of a bowling shoe color in gray...recommend getting it in blue as the gray shoe looks worse in person than it does on the web. If you have a wide foot and pronate slightly the Leadville is your shoe. Otherwise, steer clear.

                I'm exchanging for the 1080 in a narrow. It, and its predecessors have been my tried and proven shoe for years, comfortable as slippers. I'm thankful for RRS's great service and ability to exchange, makes the VIP program well worth it.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels half size too big
                • Width:
                • Feels too wide
                • Arch Type:
                • High Arch
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                3.0

                Good Cushioning, Sloppy Upper

                By Bounce

                from Branford, CT

                About Me Avid Athlete

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Cushions Impact
                • Good Traction

                Cons

                • Poor Tongue Padding
                • Upper Loose

                Best Uses

                • Flat Trails Or Dirt Roads

                Comments about Mens New Balance 1210 Trail Running Shoe:

                I am an Ultrarunner currently training for a couple of 100s this summer. I bought this shoe because of all the hype that it was designed for ultra runners. I bought my first pair in my normal size and they were too big. I had to exchange them for a half size smaller. I think it may have to do with the stretch of the upper. The shoes worked very well in cushioning. I think they would feel great in the later stages of a 100. I found two problems that I do not like about the shoe. First, the upper is very loose and I would even go as far as to say sloppy. While running technical trails, the shoe moves all around. Secondly, the top of the tongue where you tie the laces has no padding. While going downhill you can feel the laces digging into the top of your foot. I believe they would be good in races that are not very hilly or technical that are run on dirt roads, such as the Vermont 100, only because of the cushioning. I have to say, I was disappointed in this shoe. Was hoping for better.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels half size too small
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Arch Type:
                • Average Arch
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                My New Favorite Trail Shoe!

                By Anthony

                from Denver, CO

                About Me Avid Athlete

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Cushions Impact
                • Durable
                • Good Traction
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • All Weather Conditions
                  • Mixed Terrain
                  • Trail Running
                  • Wet Weather

                  Comments about Mens New Balance 1210 Trail Running Shoe:

                  This is my new favorite trail shoe! I really like how cushioned they feel on the trails and they are extremely light. Another review mentioned a short tounge but I did not find this to be an issue for me so I think that it may not be a problem for everyone. Overall this is a wonderful shoe that I will be recommending to my entire trail running group.

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels half size too big
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  2.0

                  not really impressed

                  By dan

                  from colorado

                  About Me Avid Athlete

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Good Traction
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Wears Quickly

                  Best Uses

                  • Mixed Terrain
                  • Road Running
                  • Trail Running

                  Comments about Mens New Balance 1210 Trail Running Shoe:

                  Wore shoes on a short 5 mile run and was impressed. So I wore them on a 20 miler the next day on easy terrain. My right shoe came unstiched in that run and had to go exchange them. For a shoe built for ultras you would have to carry 4 pairs to make through leadville. I'll stick with my hokas.

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Arch Type:
                  • Average Arch
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  2.0

                  Great shoe but tongue is too short!

                  By jeremy

                  from madison wi

                  About Me Avid Athlete

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Cushions Impact
                  • Good Traction
                  • Promotes Midfoot Strike
                  • Smooth Ride

                  Cons

                  • Lacing system
                  • Tongue

                  Best Uses

                  • Mixed Terrain
                  • Trail Running

                  Comments about Mens New Balance 1210 Trail Running Shoe:

                  This is a wonderful shoe, except the tongue is too short! The result is a lot of pressure on the top of the foot. After technical trail running in them the laces had slid directly on top of the foot. I bought the shoes for ultra running and can't see running more than 10miles without having foot pain or hot spots on the top of the foot.

                  The tongue aside, the shoe is well cushioned but not sloppy and offers a very smooth ride. I've run the shoe on snow packed technical trails and have been impressed with the traction and comfort of the shoe. For the shoes size it is quite responsive, flexible, and nimble.

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Arch Type:
                  • High Arch
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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