Fall 2013 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

New Balance 1260 v3, $145

weights: 10.9 oz. (men’s); 8.4 oz. (women’s)

heights: 29mm (heel), 21mm (forefoot)

Fit: The cozy, low-volume interior of the 1260 snuggly secures the foot from heel to toe.

Feel: This version is lighter, more flexible and less firm than the second version, the result being an agile feeling instead of a bulky disposition out on the run. It’s a shoe designed for larger runners or those who need significant support to combat overpronation. Several wear-testers commented on the luxurious forefoot cushioning, something that many stability shoes fail to deliver.

Ride: A premium stability shoe that has gone through significant changes from previous versions, the 1260 v3 offers a plush ride, great support and long-wearing comfort. The best aspect is the comfort factor.

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