New Balance FuelCell Propel v2

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The New Balance FuelCell Propel v2 is a daily trainer that offers good value for money.

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New Balance FuelCell Propel v2
New Balance FuelCell Propel v2

Summary

8.7Overall score
A good shoe for daily workouts with a robust and firm build
The second model in New Balance's FuelCell Propel line will take you anywhere you want to go! Its snappy toe-off response and supportive design make the V2 a practical (and affordable) daily trainer. This new version marks a significant shift that could disconcert fans of the first iteration.

The midsole of the V2 lends itself to a smooth ride that performs on fast days. In fact, the "pop" of this shoe calls to mind the phrase, "...a spring in your step!" Drastically different from its V1 forerunner—no pun intended—this midsole is an entirely different beast. Where its soft, cushiony midsole characterized the V1, the firmer design of the V2 has true rocker appeal. Another noticeable modification is the upper's new design, which has meant a thinner tongue and a stiffer fit for runners. While it still gets the job done, users of the V2 say that the new upper is a step in the wrong direction. Fortunately, the outsole is engineered with NDurance rubber, which provides enhanced durability. The V2 is a road shoe but provides enough traction to grip terrain well on light trails.

While the V2 has many strong qualities for its price point, there are a few downsides to Propel's latest model. For one thing, while it's a great shoe for normal to fast days, it may not be the best recovery option. If shoes were a race, the V1 would be a marathon, and the V2 would be a sprint. However, that's not necessarily a bad thing—it all depends on what you're looking for. Also, as mentioned, the upper is described as a "definite step backward" by users, who preferred the more comfortable V1 design. The overall engineering of the V2 is less flexible and clunkier than its predecessor.

Ultimately, with a very affordable price point of $100, the attractive Propel V2 performs in all the ways it should. For those seeking a shoe that performs well at a value, the V2 might be a fantastic option. However, runners seeking shoes for longer rides should consider other options, as should runners who prefer a softer, more flexible design. Maybe a future V3 model will combine the best of both the V1 and V2!
Comfort
8
Durability
9.5
Value for money
9
Design
8.5
PROS
  • Sturdy shoe at this price point
  • Firm cushioning that will appeal to runners who prefer this type of padding
  • Reasonable weight
  • Fast and smooth transitions
CONS
  • Comfortable cushioning but perhaps not as responsive as it was on v1
  • Stiffness of the new upper

Facts

Model: New Balance FuelCell Propel v2

Facts
Terrain

Road

Heel to toe drop

6 mm

Heel stack height

27 mm

Forefoot stack height

21 mm

Pronation

Weight (men)

264 g/9.3 oz

Weight (women)

230 g/8.1 oz

Release year

2020

Cushioning
Bounce (1-5)

3 – Moderate

Softness (1-5)

2 – Firm

Use
Distance

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

Speed

Moderate, Fast

Workout

Daily running, Speed

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Technologies

Outsole

  • The outsole of the New Balance FuelCell Propel v2 features N-Durance, a reinforced rubber that can resist wear and tear to ensure the shoe is durable. This design also ensures good traction on city surfaces.

Midsole

  • FuelCell equips the midsole. It’s a soft and lightweight foam that gives a springy ride. According to the brand, it provides 39% more spring than REVlite, another flagship but older padding technology of the brand.

Upper

  • The New Balance FuelCell Propel v2’s upper features an engineered mesh that gives a secure and comfortable foot lockdown while offering airflow, especially in the summer.
  • The bootie construction allows the upper to comfortably wrap around the foot and makes it easier to put on and take off the shoes.
  • The VL-6 is a special last designed by New Balance to virtually suit all shapes of foot out there.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Does the New Balance FuelCell Propel v2 fit true to size?

Yes, runners who reviewed this model confirmed that it fits true to size. Therefore, you can purchase your usual size for running shoes. Nonetheless, if this your first pair of New Balance shoes, it’s best to give them a try in a shop to find the most comfortable size for you.

Is the New Balance FuelCell Propel v2 recommended if I overpronate?

Yes, this model should be adapted to everyone. Indeed, it’s a neutral running shoe. Therefore, it aims to suit all athletes regardless of their type of pronation. It’s not equipped with stability technologies to correct the stride and decrease overpronation. In any case, it should be reminded that running models for overpronation are not a better choice than neutral shoes in preventing injury. Consequently, we advise you to pick your shoes according to their comfort, as it’s the most important criterion. To summarize, you can run with the New Balance FuelCell Propel v2 even if you are an overpronator if it’s comfortable.

I'm a heavyweight runner. Is this shoe good for me?

Yes, these shoes are adapted even if you’re a heavyweight runner. Indeed, as far as we know, so far, only one study has looked at the link between a runner’s weight, sole thickness, and injury risk. It concluded that minimalist shoes could increase the risk of injury for runners who weigh more than 157 lbs/71 kg. Otherwise, they were no red flags with other types of running shoes. The New Balance FuelCell Propel v2 is not a minimalist shoe, so it should be safe for all runners

Is this shoe recommended to run a marathon?

This New Balance road shoe is well suited for different types of distances and training. However, testers note that its new, firmer configuration is better suited for fast speeds over short and medium distances. Nevertheless, you can test it on your long outings to see if it can be a good option for your marathon.

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New Balance FuelCell Propel v2 Ndurance rubber outsole

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    A good shoe for daily workouts with a robust and firm build.

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