Soft built smarter
Cushioned but responsive, light but durable, Fresh Foam X cleverly marries characteristics that often don’t play nice. It’s a lab-tested breakthrough in midsole foam engineering to deliver an ultra-cushioned, cloud-like ride every step of the way. That translates to fresher legs even over longer distances. And in the 1080v10 you get a wedge of Fresh Foam X that makes it perfect for marathoners in the making.
Precision in every footprint
Engineered with cutting-edge intelligence based on data-driven technology, the New Balance design team used pressure-mapping insights to bring micro-tuned detail to the 1080v10.
Using the very latest lab technology, they revealed higher impact areas where the addition of protective rubber hex-shape grips could improve durability and cushioning. They also discovered lower pressure zones where they could replace rubber with EVA – a lighter ethylene and vinyl acetate foam – to reduce weight.
The result is a weight-saving sole that maximises softness without compromising performance on those long-haul runs.
Better returns for maxing every mile
The same data-driven design approach inspired precision adjustments to the placement and shape of the Fresh Foam X for maximum impact. The midsole sidewall geometries mimic voronoi patterns found in nature with a slightly more organic and flexible shape. This allows the sole to adapt with your foot strike and promotes better release when you push off with each step.
The result is a protective ride with an 11.23% better energy return and improved responsiveness from each stride compared to the 1080v9. That doesn’t just help with faster miles – though that’s always welcome – it’s also tuned to make you more efficient over longer distances.
Lighter to power longer
While the 1080v10 packs 8.5% more cushioning overall than its predecessor, that extra impact protection doesn’t equate to extra grams on the foot. Design tweaks mean the shoe is 7.5% lighter overall, a weight-saving that allows you to work at your best from mile one to mile 26; or wherever you set your finish line.
Flexes with your foot
The best running shoes should almost disappear on your feet and feel like they’re part of you. To really up the comfort supplied by that Fresh Foam X midsole, the 1080v10’s outsole has carefully placed flex grooves that allow the sole to flex, helping the shoe to move with your foot for a softer, smoother feel.