Quick Coverage – New Balance 1090

The New Balance 1090 is meant to fill the gap between the RC/RT range of race-trainers and daily trainers.

This shoe is classed as a “lightweight supportive cushioning” shoe.   The 1090 will appeal to the runners that enjoy their long runs but are looking for a lighter weight option that won’t sacrifice cushioning or support.

230g for a women's US8
255g for a men's US8

The 1090 has all the premium features of a top end offering from New Balance – Revlite midsole for cushioning and weight saving, Abzorb in the forefoot and N-ergy in the heel for enhanced comfort, extended Stability Web for pronation control and N-durance outsole for durability.

Full ground contact sole unit
Ditto for the guys

The 1090 runs a half size large for the men’s, I had to size down for to a US7.5 (usually a US8).  The Revlite compound was designed to go head to head with Nike’s Lunarlon cushioning.  Funnily enough, the New Balance 1090 has a fit smiliar to that of the Nike Lunarglide+ 2 i.e. secure heel cup and midfoot area, but some what spacious at the toebox.  While the Revlite compound has the benefit of being 30% that tradition cushioning compounds, I find it to be less responsive.  So while the 1090 is very comfortable and light, it does not have the same type of ‘life’ as some other shoes.  Having said that, I must point out that I have not run extensively in a Revlite based New Balance shoe and I spent a few minutes running up and down the store in these.

Pink for the girls
Blue for the boys

I think the 1090 does a good job filling the void between the race-trainers and the more heavy duty daily trainers.  It is a very comfortable shoe, has a good level of cushioning and support, and a fair amount of responsiveness.  A good lightweight option that should serve you well on long runs as well as those speedier tempo workouts.  Plus its pretty shiny.

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