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 N-ergy cushioning. This shock-absorbing setup is used to deliver an optimal ride and comfortable cushioning in many of New Balance's running and tennis sneakers.

What is it? An engineered, responsive thermoplastic gel which is durable yet flexible. The resilient gel delivers an elastic-like return, and unlike traditional foam-based cushioning setups, does not contain air cells. This allows New Balance N-ergy cushioning to return to its original state after compression quicker than normal cushioning.

How does it work? New Balance N-ergy cushioning works by providing responsive shock absorption and elastic return in the heel, a smooth transition from the heel to midfoot, and impact distribution. This helps to disperse the power of impact while running and set the foot up for an efficient transition.

Notable products: New Balance 1012, New Balance 1187, New Balance 1211

Bottom line: New Balance N-ergy cushioning delivers a protective, responsive feel. Whether you're looking to log running miles or hit the tennis courts, N-ergy is a suitable cushioning choice.

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