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New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v13 Running Shoe Review

Let take a look at the New Balance 1080v13 running shoes with a full rundown test and review. The New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v13 is now in its 13th generation. It is positioned as a universal running shoe, the 1080v13 is designed for runners who prioritize both cushioning and comfort in their running footwear. In this review, we will delve into various aspects of the shoe, offering an objective and neutral perspective.

Let's take alook at the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v13 Running Shoe Review
Let’s take alook at the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v13 Running Shoe Review.

Exterior Impressions

New balance claims that if they were to make only one shoe, it be the 1080. It is also a very universal shoe by standards. At first glance, the 1080v13 gives off the vibe of a solid pavement pounder. The thick midsole signifies its focus on comfort and cushioning. The construction feels high-quality, and despite its size, the shoe manages to conceal its weight effectively.

The shoe construction is well made with a contemporary design.
The shoe construction is well made with a contemporary design.
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Regular NB red shoe box
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Lime accents.
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Shoe tongue

Also, New Balance’s Fresh Foam X midsole is their proprietary cushioning tech which promises smooth transitions, and the engineered, ultra-light mesh upper adds a breathable and supportive element. While slightly heavier than some competitors (more on weight later), it’s a shoe that would comfortably serve as a daily pavement pounder.

Engineered, ultra-light mesh upper adds a breathable and supportive element.
Engineered, ultra-light mesh upper adds a breathable and supportive element.

Comfort and Cushioning Performance

Moreover, the generously padded upper sole provides a comfortable feel, though not as minimalist as some competitors. Unlike cheaper alternatives, the 1080v13 maintains stability despite its higher sole height, allowing for confident foot strikes and turns.

Additionally, unlike the cheaper NB565 we looked at several years back, the 1080 sole itself, despite the higher height has good stability and is still stable on the foot strike, and you feet does not rock side by side. The 1080v13 is also available in wider sizes, it caters to those with broader feet. Also, the inner shoe, while thinly padded, aligns with New Balance’s emphasis on a lightweight design. Also, the amount of interior padding and cushioning is more generous than the barebone Decathlon top of the line Kiprun KSlight we previously looked at previously.

Insole and nicely padded interior with good support.
Insole and nicely padded interior with good support.

The shoe itself is a big shoe. The 1080v13 weighs at 263 grams for a US 9 sized shoe, heavier than the Hoka Clifton 9 we looked at recently, though the 1080v13 is weighs in at 263g (US9) and 28g lighter than the outgoing v12. Still, the shoe is relatively lightweight for the offerings and the helf of the shoe.

Also, the heel’s tapered edge contributes to effective heel strikes and pronation support, adding to the overall comfort. The rocker design enhances the shoe’s stability and flex, especially considering its substantial 32mm height. It is quite a thick midsole indeed.

The 1080v13 has good stability.
The 1080v13 has good stability and fairs well on pavements and asphalt.

Sizing and Construction

One notable aspect is the availability of wider D and 2E sizes, accommodating individuals with broader feet, a thoughtful touch from New Balance. The shoe construction draws inspiration from the 1080 series and the Nike Bowerman series, combining design elements for a distinctive look. Available in black and white, the colors reflect a classic and versatile aesthetic.

The New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v13 good for Good for mid-distances under 10km
The New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v13 good for Good for mid-distances under 10km.

Good for Mid-Distances

You will feel the cushioning first thing when you put on the shoe. It has a bouncy feel to it. The 1080v13 shines in short to mid-distance runs, offering a bouncy feel and energy return that compensates for its weight. However, the cushioning may taper off after 10km, where the sole do start to feel firmer than usual. Hence, it makes the shoe less suitable for marathon runners. For those covering distances between 2-10km, it proves to be an ideal choice.

Prominent rear reflectors at the rear.
Prominent rear reflectors at the rear.

On my runs with the 1080v13, but the shoe does hide its weight well, with generous amount of energy return back to you which does make the shoe feel lighter than it is and reduces the onset of fatigue by pavement pounding. it’s makes up for its heavier weight, this good energy recovery allowing you to run further before feeling sore.

However, your feet will start to take a pounding after 10km, where I noticed the midsole will start to lose it’s cushioning effectiveness. You might be able to go the distance beyond 21km, but your be left with quite sore feet at the end of the day, even with a good fitting pair of shoes. Which does not make the shoe suitable for distances above 21km or let be a full marathon. I found the mid-sole tad on the firmer side, your feet does feel tad sore beyond 10km on the shoes. Notably, Mizuno and Hoka equivalents in a similar price range offer better cushioning and energy return to last longer distances past 21km.

Durability and Pricing

The 1080v13 has a solid construction which feels like a well-made shoe. The upper of shoe is well padded and is resistant to wear. Additionally, the rubber soles feature a unique construction with thin strips running diagonally, reducing friction and running resistance. However, the complexity of the sole design do raises questions about long-term durability. I found the shoe rubber soles are excessively more complicated than it should, comprising of a 4 part construction. With the contact pads all attached to the bottom of the shoe by a web of 4 different “islands” of rubber strips.

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Complicated rubber sole
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Rear reflectors
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Simple design

The shoe’s sole is held together by glue, and while the shoe shows resilience. Also, the rubber parts of the sold are usually the first to go on the shoes, especially past the 200-300km mark. Time will reveal the true longevity of the rubber sole. Still, these rubber strips do appear easy to repair with a dash of glue in the event they start peeling off, allowing you to prolong the life of your running shoes.

Priced at S$259, also, the 1080v13 is pricey for what you get, competing at a price point with other flagship running shoe models. Still, New Balance does make a large range of shoes from really cheap to premium ones, also, having ran on their cheaper sub-$100 shoes like the New Balance NB565 shoe, I do have higher hopes on the quality and better durability of the shoe given the relatively more premium construction and materials which the 1080v13 sits in.

Wrapping Up

In conclusion, the New Balance Fresh Foam X 1080v13 is an all-rounder running shoe, excelling in daily pavement pounding. Its unique blend of comfort and performance makes it versatile for everyday runs under 10km. But, it may not be the top choice for ultra long distances.

That wraps it up folks on our look at the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v13 Running Shoe
That wraps it up folks on our look at the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v13 Running Shoe.

The New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v13 lives up to its reputation as a reliable and comfortable running shoe. While not the lightest in its class, its cushioning, stability, and thoughtful design elements make it a strong contender for daily use. However, when considering the 1080v13 you should weigh their priorities, considering factors like weight, intended running distances, and long-term durability, before investing in this flagship model from New Balance.

Pros

  • Great cushioning
  • Solid construction
  • Relatively lightweight for its class

Cons

  • Mid sole stiffens up past mid-distances
  • Not good for long distances
  • Pricey to competition

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