New Balance FuelCell Prism

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The New Balance FuelCell Prism is a lightweight stability shoe that offers good comfort.

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Review Analysis

8.7Overall score
A good lightweight stability shoe that delivers a smooth ride
Stability shoes for overpronation are often heavy and unexciting in terms of running feel. New Balance has taken the challenge of combining an attractive, lightweight design with a stable platform. The New Balance FuelCell Prism is sleek and delivers a springy and light ride. Focus on the feedback from testers.

The FuelCell Prism has some of the same features as the Fuelcell TC but with a more stable platform. The heel-to-toe drop is also different with 6 mm. In terms of weight, without matching the featherweight build of the FC, the Prism is relatively light (230 g/8.1 oz for men), which is rare for this type of shoe. Testers agree that the FuelCell Prism is very light yet particularly well suited to runners looking for stability. Testers confirm that overpronators will be very comfortable in this pair.

While running, some runners found the shoes a bit sluggish, with too much ground contact. Some appreciated the "bounce" while others judged it to be lacking, especially at faster paces. As a result, they recommend the FuelCell Prism for runs up to a half marathon.

The upper is comfortable and provides an effective foothold. For those who usually feel a little cramped around the toes, good news: the forefoot is spacious. The upper is soft with a light and breathable engineered mesh. Still, some runners complained that the shoes get soaked on rainy days, indicating that they don't dry well. The tongue is well-padded, which provides comfort. The most problematic point: a few people reported rubbing on the toe due to the New Balance logo stitching on the upper. Finally, the lacing system is simple and effective.

Finally, the outsole offers good traction on the road, even when wet. There is exposed foam with a good dose of rubber to improve durability. No early signs of wear at first glance, according to runners, but it's something to watch out for due to the shoe's lightweight profile.

The Consensus

Despite its good intentions (combining lightweight, comfortable cushioning, and support), the New Balance FuelCell Prism's ride disappoints somewhat in terms of responsiveness. Thus, while its competition configuration suggests otherwise, it's not that impressive during speed training (splits, uptempo). Nevertheless, it remains an exciting and affordable choice for runners who tire of wearing bricks for support.
PROS
  • Very lightweight for a support shoe
  • Good overall comfort
  • Very breathable and lightweight mesh upper
  • Ideal for short to medium distance runs
  • Affordable price
CONS
  • Durability needs to be checked over time
  • Lacks bounce for speed work

Facts

Model: New Balance FuelCell Prism

Facts
Terrain

Road

Heel to toe drop

6 mm

Heel stack height

28 mm

Forefoot stack height

23 mm

Pronation

Weight (men)

238 g/8.4 oz

Weight (women)

201 g/7.1 oz

Release year

2020

Cushioning
Bounce (1-5)

3 – Moderate

Softness (1-5)

3 – Moderate

Use
Distance

5K, Short distance, 10K, Half marathon, Mid distance

Speed

Moderate

Workout

Daily running

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Technologies

Outsole

  • N-Durance: a robust rubber that delivers a safe grip on city surfaces.

Midsole

  • FuelCell is a soft and lightweight foam that offers a springy ride. According to the brand, it’s 39% more bouncy than REVlite, another flagship but older cushioning technology of the brand.
  • Medial Post guides the athlete’s stride to reduce excessive pronation.

Upper

  • The upper of the New Balance FuelCell Prism features an engineered mesh that allows a comfortable and secure foot lockdown while ensuring a good air circulation at all times.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Is the New Balance FuelCell Prism true to size?

Yes, runners who ran with the shoe confirmed that it fits true to size. Therefore, you can purchase your usual size for running shoes.

I have overpronation. Can I run in these shoes?

Yes, this model is a stability shoe, so its goal is to prevent an excessive outward movement of your foot while running (pronation). However, keep in mind that shoes for overpronation are not a better choice than neutral shoes to prevent injury. Accordingly, we advise that you select your running shoes according to their comfort, the most critical criterion.

I weigh more than 187 lbs/85 kg. Are the New Balance FuelCell Prism suitable for me?

Yes, these shoes are a good fit for most runners as they feature a 28 mm heel stack height, which is enough to offer adequate support to heavyweight runners.

Is the New Balance FuelCell Prism recommended to run a marathon?

Yes, for the half marathon and “maybe” for the marathon. Of course, in theory, any shoe can be suitable for a marathon. In practice, some models are more comfortable than others. In the case of the FuelCell Prism, testers seem to agree that it’s best for medium distances like half marathons because of its firm forefoot feel.

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New Balance FuelCell Prism rubber outsole Ndurance

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    A good lightweight stability shoe that delivers a smooth ride.

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