The lovely people at New Balance gave me a pair of their much admired and much talked about Leadville 1210 ultra-trail running shoe, named after the legendary 100-mile race. I adore my good all rounder 870v2 road trainers reviewed here, so I was looking forward to trying out a pair of trail shoes. First impressions are that they look and feel really well made and solid, and I love the colour and design. The key features of the Leadville are its N2 cushioning, a REVlite® midsole and Vibram® outsole to cushion and protect you during your run.
If I’m honest, I’m not sure it was the best idea to try them out for the first time on a 15k Alpine trail run! Initially, I had some foot pain, which is more linked to my weird feet than the shoe. I’ve had problems in the past when I have a lot of sole under foot. However, after stretching them a bit and bending them, the pain abated and I was able to run properly on them. As with my other New Balance trainers, they are very lightweight and are a good fit. I’ve not had any blisters at all with either of my trainers.
If you want an attractive, solid and extremely well made shoe with excellent grip and cushioning, then I would recommend giving these a try!