Gear pick of the week: New Balance Fresh Foam 1080

New Balance/Agata Pec

This offering from New Balance strikes a unique combination of lightness and cushioning, giving a supremely comfortable ride without weighing you down. The design was developed using data from runners with an average pace, making it particularly good for new runners or those beginning to up their mileage. I personally found the shoes very easy to adapt to, heading out for a full 10K on my first outing with them with no adverse effects – plus, their synthetic/mesh upper did a fine job of warding off the day’s questionable British weather.

In spite of their built-up appearance, the Fresh Foam 1080s are a neutral shoe with a minimally supportive insole and 8mm drop, but the wide base offers a solid base and stability. Runner’s World gear editor Kerry McCarthy says “The Fresh Foam midsole is excellent, an unheralded development almost as impressive as the Adidas Boost technology. The 1080s in particular are extremely light for such a cushioned shoe and will suit runners with wider feet.”

The New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 comes in men's and women's models (RRP £115).