By Kevin Fonger, Endurance Sports Media Group

New Balance 1226 – Stability
Weight – Men’s 12.7 oz. / Women’s 10.4 oz.
Price – $140

The New Balance 1226 is an upgraded model from last year’s 1225. The new model improves on the already superior suport, and features greater heel impact absorption and cushion for longer distance runs. Our testers confirmed the great balance of cushioning and support. To allow for added cushioning outside of gel and EVA, New Balance uses an Ortholite® insert — a sponge-like footbed insert that provides a little more cushion than the standard foam footbed. Like its predecessor, the 1226 utilizes N-ERGY material in the heel and forefoot. This is a translucent rubber material that gives tthe 1226 an exceptional ride with amazing cushioning and energy return. So, if you’re in the market for a new pair of stability kicks, be sure to check out the New Balance 1226.