New Balance’s answer to motion control is similar to Brooks: an extremely broad base of support with a highly cushioned forefoot. The 1122 sees the introduction of a new and improved version of New Balance’s Abzorb shock-absorbing foam – the more cushioned and durable Abzorb SBS. Instead of just using it in the core of the midsole, New Balance has placed a huge pad of Abzorb SBS in the forefoot to provide improved cushioning and midsole durability. Compared with its previous motion control models it is noticeable.
The rearfoot sees improvements over previous New Balance big-guy shoes, as well. There’s an ultra-stable Rollbar attached to a rearfoot collar for rigid stability. There are also three firm densities of EVA and polyurethane in the rearfoot that extend well into the midfoot for excellent stability. But all this cushioning and stability technology adds up to the heftiest shoe in running – serious protection for even the biggest runners on the block. Very much a niche shoe.
New Balance has always been the big-runners’ brand. Its two best ultra-supportive models are the 587 and now, the 1122. Which one is for you? Both shoes are built on the same last, but with its improvements the 1122’s cushioning and support is probably the better shoe.
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New Balance 587 (£75); Brooks Beast