Small cuts and indentations are fashioned on the sides of the midsole. These shallow incisions give a unique visual flair to the New Balance v8, but they have a more significant purpose: they cause the foam to compress when weight is applied to it, then they expand when the same pressure is removed. That process creates springy takeoffs. The T-Beam is a shank made out of thermoplastic polyurethane. This layer acts as a foundation that keeps the foam midsole intact.
It also alleviates potential discomfort or fatigue by mimicking the functionality of the tendons and muscles of the underfoot. Serving as the primary cover system is engineered mesh. This cloth-like material has a soft and form-fitting configuration. It also has ventilation pores that accommodate the flow of air into the foot-chamber. These thin layers also help in keeping the foot in place and averting unintentional shoe-removals.
A no-sew material application aims to produce an in-shoe experience that is smooth and free of irritation. It even enables runners to wear this road shoe without socks. They also prevent in-shoe wobbling, particularly when tackling sharp turns and swerves. The lacing system is comprised of semi-flat fabric shoelaces and inconspicuous eyelets.
The padded shoe-tongue has two lace-loops to prevent unnecessary movement or tongue deviation. Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. Reviewed using methodology 1. New version: Fresh Foam v Learn more. I had the same issue as Sam did with a loose fitting upper, which might color my overall opinion of the shoe unfairly cursing my narrow feet.
Conclusions and Recommendations. Peter: I really like the I think I may even like them more than the I think the is a shoe that will work for tons of people in tons of different contexts. If I ran a hotel and had to have one shoe model on hand for guests, it would the the Score 9. Ride: I really enjoyed the result of the dual density foam on a curved platform. It really seems to maximize the performance of EVA foam.
Fit: the roomy fit will be polarizing. Sam: While the ride is modern with a quite dynamic if softer daily trainer feel, the upper is more comfort and slower paces cruiser in nature than before. I think the upper, despite its soft plush comfort is the v12 weaker point as I believe it contributes to the 0. The upper could use a more rigid heel counter and more mid foot hold thicker logo and or a gusset tongue to really lock my medium narrow lower volume feet down to the sweet platform below and especially so for when the pace picks up.
That said, we have a friendly pleasing fit here especially for wider feet, and if you need more, wide is available as well. It allows a soft landing and a slightly more responsive and stable toe off while keeping the shoe on the softer side and very easy flexing. Ride: 9. Sally: I understand why so many think of the as a workhorse daily trainer: it is a solid crowd pleasing friendly shoe that combines a modern mix of midsole foams powering a comfortable elegant looking traditional upper.
It can be a great one shoe quiver type of shoe that provides a slightly soft ride with a slightly dynamic toe off, and should appeal to many types of runners. It does run on the wider side. It runs lighter than its weight would indicate, and does its part to make for a very enjoyable running experience. You add the smiles! Sam: Clearly New Balance has moved the towards a softer ride and a more comfort oriented fit in comparison to v11 leaning it away from the traditional locked in snappy quite firm daily trainer feel of v This friendlier edition should prove more versatile for a wider range of runner types especially those seeking a bouncier softer feel in a daily trainer.
But for the upper, it would be a clear daily trainer choice for me. Because of the upper and to a lesser extent the ride the V12 now leans more towards the easier side of daily training whereas the v11 leaned more towards a somewhat faster paced side of the spectrum.
Peter: The is considerably heavier and not as bouncy or fun as the Rebel, but I think it may appeal to a wider variety of runners. Sam: The is a safer all around bet with now a touch of the energetic fun of the Rebel on a more stable platform than Rebel given the geometry, Fresh Foam rear and copious rubber. They make an excellent pairing for NB fans. Sally: The Rebel V2 earned my favorite daily trainer award last year, but it is more of a fun fast tempo shoe and the v12 is more of a solid daily trainer.
I personally tend to like a fast paced ride, but the has a broader appeal. Interestingly, these are the only two New Balance shoes that I would recommend going up half a size in for length if you are on the fence. Peter: I think the new gives the a run for its money. It may be slightly more flexible. In running them side-by-side the feels lower to the ground and has a less pronounced slab of foam under the midfoot.
I think for a daily trainer the V12 may be the more flexible and comfortable shoe. Sam: I am with Peter on this one. Somehow the and its thick rockered ride has never been daily trainer class for me in the sense that it is stiffer, less easy to move at slower paces as the is. The is more versatile and with its new foam make up gets closer than before to that front energy I like in the More while remaining slower paces friendly.
Sally: I have found myself reaching for the FF More often for a comfortable cushioned recovery run or even a dog walk; it is the Cadillac of comfort for me. The is more of an all around daily trainer. Peter: The Mach 4 is lighter and more agile. Sam: Lower drop, lighter, more up tempo focused the Mach 4 is a more versatile take on the daily trainer for the faster runner. Somewhat less cushioned at the heel and more cushioned at the forefoot it is not quite as plush overall upper and ride as the Peter: The fits me better and feels more flexible and in contact with the road.
Of note the Velociti has no outsole rubber riding on very durable midsole foam. Peter: The forefoot feel of the is preferable to me. I find the to roll through my stride just a bit more smoothly overall. The fit of the upper on the is a little more relaxed and, while the firmness is similar, the flexibility of the makes it a much more runnable shoe for me. Mac: This is a tough one for me. The fit is a bit more secure as well.
However, the geometry of the dual density v12 is a big plus here. The Ride 12 is a bit more secure on faster runs, while the is a little easier to use on truly easy days. Mac: I am including this unfair comparison for the simple fact that the is trying to achieve something similar to what the Speed offers, just with less exotic materials.
My advice here is to get both: the is a nice Recovery Day complement to the faster Speed, and the ride of the former is at least an echo of the latter. Peter: Equally excellent uppers. The ride of the feels just a little more harmonious to me. The Nimbus is softer and may be better suited to recovery days. Sam: I agree with Peter on the ride comparison but much prefer the considerably more secure Nimbus upper.
Sally: I agree with Peter on the ride comment and with Sam on the fit comment! Both shoes also have roomy uppers. I find the to be a bit more stable - the Novablast can get a bit out of control - so I am taking the Sam: Higher stacked with a narrower on the ground platform the Novablast is more speed focused requiring pretty decent well aligned form to shine whereas the more mellow flexible will get you through those days when you just want to go for a run and cruise along.
Peter: The feels like less shoe and has less foam under the midfoot. I liked the Atomo but it felt like too much shoe for me day-to-day. Sam: Considerably lighter at 8. Sam: 1. The Puma Nitro supercritical foam is softer and bouncier while up front both have a denser layer for toe off impulse. The Velocity upper has none of the mid foot lockdown issues of the Nod to the Puma here. The Fresh Foam X v12 is available now including at our partners below.
Tested s amples were provided at no charge for review purposes. RoadTrail Run has affiliate partnerships and may earn commission on products purchased through affiliate links in this article. These partnerships do not influence our editorial content. The opinions herein are entirely the authors'. Just curious. Thanks for the review, also liked the video between the Puma, the and the Asics Cumulus I like New Balance for the many widths they provide as I have a wide foot.
I have found the brand Topo and some of their versions work well for me. Wondering how the v12 compares to the Topo Phantomv2. Thanks for your your insight. A far superior upper hold for all types of feet, even narrow for the Topo. Underfoot the lower drop Phantom is flatter feeling snif denser if more cushioned.
If something is "denser" it is firmer. If it is equally dense it is equally firm. My quick take on the V12? The "Hoka-fication" of many offerings from many companies continues. I think they fit noticeably more generously than V Post a Comment. Comments and Questions Welcome Below! Please let us know mileage, paces, race distances, and currently preferred shoes. RoadTrailRun receives a commission on purchases at the stores below.
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