I hadn’t run in any of the RC1400 predecessors, but I had seen and heard great reviews and had even seen them on the trails at various 50K’s, 50 Milers and 100 Mile races. Well, spoiler alert: They look so sick, I think they need a vaccine, and I loved the v5 ride so much that I purchased purchased the v4 for comparison.
Available in April, the New Balance RC1400v5 is a Nuetral, 7.2oz racer (daily trainer for some) with a 10mm drop (25/15) and an MSRP of $100.
Built on NB’s popular 1400 Last, the upper features engineered “Phantom Fit” mesh. The synthetic overlays found on previous iterations are replaced with 3D printed overlays to create light, targeted support. This makes the upper much more flexible than previous models, which is why the interior of the upper features a “support bar” on the later side of the shoe; a denser strip of mesh fastened to the midsole intended to keep the foot from sliding off the platform at top speed.
The v5 has the same midsole material as it’s predecessor: REVlite. The ride remains snappy and responsive, however the update features a cored out heel to add a little more compression underfoot which gives the runner a bouncier feel, especially for heel strikers.
Inspired by the Hanzo S racing flat and athlete data, the outsole on the RC1400 v5 has been improved with more lateral rubber coverage and different lugging in the forefoot. You’ll find some exposed EVA to reduce weight, but that doesn’t seem to impact wear. The rubber compound gripped well in wet Washington conditions, which is a must for me, especially during the winters.
How did I test them? I put 150 miles on these kicks so far, including a few speed work sessions and a single 50 Mile run around a track to raise money for a friend. During that run I didn’t have one single blister or hot spot (even when wet) and the midsole kept feeling fresh mile after mile. You can see some wear on the outsole on lateral side of the heel, but that’s to be expected at 150 miles on any shoe. The upper really shines on the 1400v5; the Phantom Fit coupled with the 3D printed overlays really gives the runner a custom, natural fit. That, coupled with the REVlite ride and cored out heel, makes this ride damn near perfect in my opinion.
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Update: I’ve since put a total of 450 miles on these shoes and they’ve held up great! No tearing in the upper and only expected wear on the outsole. The midsole doesn’t feel as sprngy anymore, but still feels nice and fluid. I’ll be retiring them (soon) as a precaution, but damn! They still feel so good. If you’re on the fence about these kicks, they’re 100% worth the $100.