It’s a glorious time to be a running shoe geek, for as the industry-wide arms race reaches a fevered pitch, more and more manufacturers are pulling out all the stops to ensure that they come out in front. Consequently, there’ve been some pretty game-changing kicks to emerge in the past couple of months, with featherweight foams and propulsive carbon plates being just some of the many new technologies in play.
As one of the latest shoes to take on the veritable Nike Vaporfly NEXT%, New Balance’s FuelCell RC Elite V2 certainly has its work cut out for it. Unlike a lot of the competition, however, it actually stands a chance at dethroning the Big Swoosh. For starters, it rides on New Balance’s highest-energy FuelCell midsole, allowing the shoe to be incredibly cushioned whilst still feeling plenty light underfoot. But that’s not all; because it features a full-length carbon plate, the RC Elite is also designed to maximize energy return, propelling runners forward with an almost spring-like sensation. Add to that a comfortable collar construction, a breathable knit upper, and a grippy rubber outsole, and you have a shoe that’s sure to give racers a competitive advantage. It’s available now for $225.
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