Shoe Review: New Balance 1080v8

Minor tweaks keep the 1080 in the upper echelon of premium, high-mileage trainers

New Balance 1080v8

Price: $150

Specs: 8mm heel-toe offset; 27mm (heel), 19mm (forefoot)

Weight: 11.0 oz. (men’s size 9), 9.7 oz. (women’s size 7)

The Scoop: A cozy cruiser of the highest order, the 1080v8 has a plush interior, a soft sensation under foot and the ability to produce pure joy on runs of any length. Utilizing runner wear-test data, the geometric patterning of the full-length Fresh Foam midsole and rubber outsole has been updated (from convex to concave) to generate a softer landing and a more fluid ride. Additional updates include a redesigned engineered mesh for improved breathability and fit and new flex grooves on the outsole that increases flexibility and agility.

Who It’s Best For: Any and every runner will benefit from this shoe. No matter what your skill or experience level, you’re bound to enjoy this shoe and put it to good use. It’s ideal for long runs, easy runs, recovery runs and, for some, the perfect tool for running a half marathon or marathon.

Plus: A breathable engineered mesh upper with a molded foam collar and a no-sew interior bootie fit offers an extra snug-feel.

Minus: The updates and improvements to this version of the 1080 actually resulted in the shoe getting slightly heavier. Although it’s heavier than most shoes in this review, it hasn’t changed how this shoe feels and rides.

Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler is the Content Director of MotivRunning.com. He was the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, a senior editor for Running Times and the editor in chief of Competitor. He’s wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of running shoes, raced every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, has finished three Ironman triathlons and enjoys the quirky sport of pack burro racing.