NEW BALANCE FUELCELL
Men’s 300 g (10.7 oz.); Women’s 255 g (9 oz.); Drop ratio: 6 mm; $210
Hot on the heels of New Balance’s overwhelming success with their Fresh Foam midsole technology, they’re releasing another new, but decidedly different, running experience. They’re calling it Fuelcell (hence the name of this first shoe). The midsole uses tpu (similar to Saucony’s Everun) instead of eva foam. Like Saucony’s Freedom iso, its got a very bouncy, responsive feel underfoot, but is slightly firmer. The Fuelcell isn’t meant to accompany you on long runs (for that, check out their Fresh Foam lineup or Vazee Pace), instead it ’s perfectly suited for running fast during 5k to halfmarathon training.
While the upper is head turning, it’s also needlessly bulky and not quite as breathable as other engineered mesh designs that New Balance typically employs. But it is comfortable and keeps the foot in place while f lying through a tempo run. Just like with the original Fresh Foam shoe, we’re excited to see what’s next for the Fuelcell technology.