NEW BAL­ANCE FUELCELL

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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.

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