New Balance RC 1400 Review
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With the minimalist movement in full stride, some runners are making the switch while many runners are asking questions and are on the fence. If you’re one of those runners that want to make the switch, but aren’t ready to make the switch to a true barefoot running shoe, I suggest transitioning a lightweight trainer or adding a lightweight trainer to your running shoe collection. Using a lightweight trainer or racing flat gives you a little cushion so you can ease your way into forefoot running instead of making a significant change in running your form in a short amount of time. Now I’m not saying making a drastic change isn’t good for you, you just need to ease your way into it.
The New Balance RC 1400 is in the racing flat category, which typically has shoe characteristics of being lightweight and not having a lot of support or cushioning. Sound familiar? It should if you’ve been paying attention to any of the past minimalist running shoe claims for the past couple of years.
The RC 1400 weighs in at 7.1 oz. for the men’s shoe and 5.7 oz. for the women’s shoe. Compared to the standard running shoe that weighs between 9-12 oz., this is a fairly significant amount of weight taken off a shoe. The midsole is comprised of foam called REV lite which is lighter than traditional EVA foam and provides plenty of bounce, or response. For most runners, you won’t notice a significant difference compared to other EVA foams used. The upper of the New Balance RC 1400 is very minimal is design. Instead of having multiple layers of mesh, the upper in the RC 1400 has one single layer of mesh. This helps cut down on weight and bulk.
One of the downsides to consider when using a lightweight trainer or racing flat as an everyday running shoe is the life of the shoe. Since the original design of the shoe was to go fast and be lightweight, durability and longevity sometimes takes a back seat. I have found in the New Balance RC 1400 that the outsole has broken down a little faster than a standard running shoe, allowing for you to get less mileage out of the shoe. With a price tag of $100, some runners are ok with a few less miles while other runners want to get their money’s worth.
I personally found the New Balance RC 1400 running shoe to be a fun shoe to run in. It’s light, comfortable, I can log long runs in them, and they definitely turn heads with the fluorescent color patterns being used.
For more info on the RC 1400 and other New Balance footwear, visit www.newbalance.com.