SummaryThe New Balance FuelCell Propel is a versatile shoe that can handle long distance runs and speed work. It is well-cushioned, which makes it an ounce heavier than the Rebel and not as soft as New Balance’s Fresh Foam line.
The shoe can handle wet weather and drains well. Initially, the shoe can be a bit stiff once you first purchase it but it breaks in well.
In the midsole, you will find FuelCell that runs the entire length of the shoe. This helps to improve your performance by absorbing shock. It is also soft, responsive, and provides a smooth heel to toe transition.
The upper is made with open mesh that is lightweight and breathable. A single overlay can limit some expansion in the toe box but many runners don’t notice.
The outsole of the FuelCell Propel is NDurance, which is a solid rubber to protect the base of the shoe. Also, on the outsole, are flex grooves to aid you in through the gait cycle. Three lugs on the outsole are on the forefoot, heel, and outer edge for good traction.
Who is it for?The New Balance FuelCell Propel performs best in the nine to 14-mile range. It is a versatile shoe that has a thicker stretch in the midfoot for some support. Once you put the shoe on, the sock liner provides a smooth feeling for comfort. Overall, these are a versatile shoe that provides good energy return.
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