KNOW YOUR TECH breaks down the scientific technology used in your favorite sneakers and activewear. Let’s demystify your next purchase: today’s technology is New Balance N2 cushioning. This midsole technology is designed specifically to shed unnecessary bulk and weight while maintaining high levels of cushion.

What is it? Cushioning technology utilized in a number of New Balance running models that utilizes less material underfoot than traditional midsoles, while still maintaining equal or better levels of cushioning than standard midsole heights. Utilized in models such as the recently reviewed New Balance 1080v3, N2 cushioning was praised by our review team for its lightweight and low-to-the-ground properties.

How does it work? N2 cushioning technology is constructed of less underfoot material for a comfortable feel that forgoes unnecessary bulk in favor of a sleek, lightweight package. Based on New Balance's research, the cushioning remains as efficient as traditional midsoles, offering high levels of impact absorption and protecting runners in the most critical areas of the foot. The result is plush cushioning that won't hold you back with extra weight.

Notable products: New Balance 1080v3, New Balance Leadville 1210, New Balance 1260v3

Bottom line: New Balance N2 cushioning keeps runners protected and comfortable with minimal, lightweight materials.

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