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The Fresh Foam X 860v12 blends Fresh Foam cushioning with a supportive medial. Built for reliability and sustained comfort over all distances but really lacks the snap and underfoot comfort from some of its competitors which left me feeling slightly underwhelmed.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with this shoe, it performs well, fits great and offers more support than most people need. But, compared to some other shoes in this market the updates have not improved the ride enough to give it the energy and responsiveness expected from shoes in 2022.
The cushioning underfoot in the 860 v11 was blocky and flat and the new v12 now features an updated foam construction which is still firm but there is a little more rebound in there for sure. The firmness is expected from a stability shoe, but the Saucony Omni 20 and other shoes in this category do energy return that little bit better.
Simple engineered upper that fits beautifully and the embroidery across the upper enhances the support nicely. Simple straight lacing system works well and the laces lock well. Broad fitting and ample adjustability for anyone with a wider foot.
A durable hardwearing heel, and a blown rubber forefoot delivers great coverage for high mileage training. Grip is great, and the blown rubber is smooth and quiet on transition. Overall a solid and fit for purpose outsole.
The shoe’s main selling point is its stability. New Balance keeps it relatively old school in the v12, with a traditional dual-density midsole, incorporating a firm medial post. A solid, yet uninspiring ride compared to some more adventurous shoes on the market. A purpose-built shoe specifically for runners who overpronateand is best as a daily trainer and better suited for recovery runs or slower-paced training.
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|Weight||11.4 / 323g|