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New Balance FuelCell 890 v8 Review Analysis (2022)

New Balance 890 v8 review running shoes

Last update: May 2024

The New Balance FuelCell 890 v8 is a good shoe with firm cushioning for speed training.

The Consensus

8.6Overall score
Good lightweight running shoe with firm cushioning
The New Balance FuelCell 890 v8 is a lightweight running shoe made for speed. This new version uses New Balance’s latest cushioning technology: FuelCell. It replaces Revlite but testers are mixed on the result. Indeed, the cushioning is very firm. According to them, it’s not stiff but lacks some spring to truly feel good. This impression fades during fast sessions such as tempo or Fartlek but, at slower speeds, the lack of responsiveness is much more obvious according to the runners who tested the shoe. For the rest, the 890 v8’s platform is wide and stable, which proves comfortable. As for the upper, the testers appreciated the precise and comfortable (true to size) fit of the shoe. Also, the gusseted tongue is ingenious and the toe box is spacious without hindering the fit. However, it should be noted that several runners noticed signs of early wear in the rubber under the forefoot. Finally, the shoe has gained weight with nearly 30 g/1.06 oz since the last model. This is a pity even if it remains light compared to the competition with only 238/8.4 oz grams on the scale for men and 204 g/7.2 oz for women. In summary, the New Balance FuelCell 890 v8 is a good light running shoe but the lack of responsiveness of its cushioning and the fragility of its sole disappoint.
Value for money
  • Comfortable foot support
  • Lightweight shoe
  • Nice design
  • A wide and stable shoe without rigidity
  • Firm cushioning that will appeal to runners looking for this type of configuration
  • Cushioning that lacks responsiveness bounce according to several runners
  • Doubts about the durability of rubber under the forefoot
  • Higher weight compared to the previous model



  • First of all, Ground Contact REVlite technology equips the outsole of the New Balance FuelCell 890 v8. This translates into a lightweight and robust rubber that promotes total ground contact for better traction and a greater range of motion. In addition, the runner can confidently run on the road even in the rain thanks to the shoe’s effective grip.
  • Moreover, Rubber Pods are also included as part of the outsole of this road model. This technology consists of rubber modules with one located under the heel and the other under the forefoot. This strategic positioning aims to improve durability by increasing the shoe’s resistance.


  • The midsole uses the FuelCell cushioning technology. This is a lightweight and flexible foam that is designed to provide 39% more rebound than REVlite, another leading cushioning technology by New Balance. Its goal is to provide maximum shock absorption during the run for more comfort. In addition, this configuration tries to offer maximum responsiveness to make the ride more springy.


  • The upper of the New Balance FuelCell 890 v8 features an engineered mesh. The purpose of this mesh is to hold comfortably the foot during the run. In addition, its structure naturally lets the foot breathe to it from overheating during your training.
  • Furthermore, the gusseted tongue improves foot support by distributing the pressure of the tongue evenly over the top of your foot. Also, notably, the tongue does not deviate during the run thanks to this design.
  • Finally, this running shoe uses the last PL-6, a special design that’s supposed to fit all foot shapes.


Technical Specs

Pronation typeNeutral
Drop6 mm
Heel stack height25 mm
Forefoot stack height19 mm
FeaturesGusseted tongue, Lightweight
Weight (men)238 g/8.4 oz
Weight (women)204 g/7.2 oz
Release year2020


OutsoleGround Contact REVlite, rubber pods
UpperEngineered mesh, gusseted tongue, PL-6

Reference: New Balance

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How does the New Balance FuelCell 890 v8 fit?

This road shoe follows a regular sizing chart. Thus, it must correspond to the announced size. Runners who tried the shoe confirm that it’s true to size so you can choose your usual size for sports shoes. However, if this is your first New Balance model, a visit to a store is advisable to choose the most comfortable size possible.

Is this model suitable for overpronation?

This shoe features a neutral support configuration. Thus, it is designed to adapt to all users regardless of their pronation. It doesn’t feature any particular correction to stabilize the foot and avoid supination or excessive pronation. It should be noted here that in all cases shoes for overpronation are no more effective than neutral shoes to reduce the risk of injury. Therefore, we recommend selecting your running shoes according to their comfort, the most important criterion. So you can choose this model independently from your pronation, as long as it is comfortable.

Is this road shoe suitable for heavy athletes (85 kg/185 lbs or more)?

Only one study so far has looked at the relationship between weight, risk of injury, and sole thickness. According to the results of this study, minimalist footwear may increase the risk of injury for runners who weigh more than 71 kg/155 lbs. Other than that, there are no recommendations for other types of running shoes. The FuelCell 890 v8 offers a moderately thick sole and should therefore be suitable for your weight regardless of what it is.

Is it possible to run a marathon with this model?

This New Balance road shoe shines especially for speed workouts but it can be suitable for long distances as well depending on your preferences. Therefore, as far as the marathon is concerned, there are no special rules. If you find this shoe comfortable on your long outings then it should be a good pick for your race.

Kevin Le Gall

Kevin Le Gall

Kevin is the founder and editor of Runner's Lab. He started running in 2015 and completed his first marathon in Rotterdam in 2016. He's also worked for Under Armour from 2016 to 2018 and helped launch their running collection in Europe (in particular the HOVR shoes). In addition, Kevin is a 300-hour certified yoga teacher (Sivananda) and uses this experience to run more mindfully with a focus on well-being over performance.

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