The New Balance RC 1400 v2 has harnessed its fair share of attention in the running world as of late. Though not a huge update, the release of version two breathed new life into the shoe, making it a top choice for runners looking for a performance shoe that blends aspects of a lightweight trainer and a racing flat.
The 1400’s slimmed down cousin, the RC 1600, is set to receive a similar treatment this summer. Read more…
Running Shoes, Sneak Peeks
The New Balance 1400 v2 launches next month with a complete redesign, but the original 1400 has served New Balance well and has been a top performance shoe for competitive runners over the past year.
Case in point: The women on Team NB (above) are big fans of the 1400 for base training and tempo runs on the road and track. OK, they may be just a little biased, considering they get a paycheck from New Balance. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that the 1400 has been a very well liked shoe among our customers as well.
Praise for the 1400
Here are just a couple recent comments from customers who dig the 1400:
- Wore them for a workout last night and they were awesome. Probably my new marathon shoe. Very responsive midsole, upper very flexible, zero hotspots, and lightweight. – Brad, Gurnee, IL
- I find myself always going to this shoe, no matter the distance. They are the lightest shoe I’ve ever owned and they are amazing! – Britney, Carlsbad, CA
- Wow! I have about 30 pair of shoes in my rotation and bought a pair of RC1400 and RC1600 couple of weeks ago. Tried the RC1400 today and was very very impressed. – Espen, Norway
- God’s gift to runners. Seriously this shoe is like butter. This shoe can handle them all, save for long runs. It’s really well cushioned and the seamless upper is amazing. – Matt, St. Paul, MN
1400 v2: What to Expect
So what should we expect in the update to this popular shoe, launching in October? The design is all new but the intent remains the same: a lightweight racer with the responsiveness for speedwork and the cushioning for longer distances. Other notables:
- Weight Reduction: New Balance lists weights of 6.3 oz for a Men’s 9 and 5.4 oz for a Women’s 7. That’s almost an ounce lighter on the guy’s side and a few tenths of an ounce less on the women’s side.
- Same Offset: By our measurements, the 1400 v2 continues on with the 9mm offset of the original.
- Open Mesh: The new design sports a breathable air mesh for increased ventilation.
- RevLite Midsole: The 1400 continues to use New Balance’s lightweight cushioning compound with the same responsiveness and durability of foams that are 30% heavier.