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New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2

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The New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2 is sleek, versatile and lightweight running shoe that delivers a soft and fun ride.

$104.99

9.1Overall score
A very good sleek, sherbet-colored running shoe that covers all the bases albeit some durability and stability issues
Whether you're embarking on a recovery run, long-distance jog, or tempo training, the FuelCell Rebel 2 can get it done. Versatile enough to be used for easy days and sprints alike, New Balance hit it right with their latest Rebel model. This non-plated successor to the original Rebel is soft, responsive, and lightweight, making it a great all-purpose running shoe.

The midsole of the Rebel 2 uses FuelCell technology, which runners stated was successful for this model. FuelCell can feel different depending on the shoe, but those who tried the 2 unanimously enjoyed a cushioned and lively ride. The real bonus is that the midsole's softness doesn't feel mushy or overly plush. The shoe's upper is significantly re-engineered and sports a split opening with a separate tongue, which runners found comfortable and flexible. However, the shoe's outsole lost some points due to durability and wear issues, despite providing decent traction.

Ultimately, those who tested the Rebel 2 didn't have many bad things to say about their experience. Some said the shoe was near-perfect; others noted a few small issues, such as insufficient stability, tongue fit, and foot security. The soft midsole is also not recommended for those used to a firmer feel—such runners may find better options elsewhere. Lastly, as mentioned above, the outsole has real durability issues as many testers noted signs of premature wear.

In summation, the New Balance FuelCell 2 is capable of performing for all types of runners. Whether used for slower paces or uptempo runs, the FuelCell 2 is already a fan favorite. We highly recommend it for anyone seeking an all-purpose, soft, forgiving, and snappy shoe to fit all types of runs.
Comfort
9.5
Durability
8.5
Value for money
9
Design
9.5
PROS
  • Great comfort
  • Soft and lively cushioning
  • Very lightweight
  • A versatile shoe suitable that's fun regardless of whether you go fast or slow
  • Sleek design
CONS
  • Stability issues because of the soft foam, lack of structure, and narrow heel
  • Several testers noted that the rubber of the outsole wears out quickly

Model: New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2

Facts
Terrain

Road

Heel to toe drop

6 mm

Heel stack height

26 mm

Forefoot stack height

20 mm

Pronation

Weight (men)

208 g/7.3 oz

Weight (women)

171 g/6 oz

Release year

2021

Cushioning
Bounce (1-5)

4 – Bouncy

Softness (1-5)

4 – Soft

Use
Distance

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

Speed

Moderate, Fast

Workout

Competition, Daily running

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Technologies

Outsole

  • Blown rubber: a flexible rubber that ensures a fun ride while protecting the midsole from abrasion.

Midsole

  • The midsole features FuelCell: a soft and lightweight foam that gives a snappy ride. According to the brand, it’s 39% more bouncy than REVlite, another flagship but older cushioning technology of NB.
  • The rocker geometry promotes a natural rocking motion to enhance the run.
  • Durapontex is an elite grade sockliner that ensures superior comfort by molding to the curve of the foot

Upper

  • The New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2’s upper features a dual layer flexible engineered mesh that delivers a comfortable and secure foot lockdown while letting the foot breathe, especially when you pick up the pace.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Is the New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2 true to size?

Yes, we haven’t yet seen reviews from athletes mentioning that the fit is unusual. Therefore, you can buy your normal size for running shoes. However, if this your first pair of New Balance shoes, it may be a good idea to give them a try in a shop to avoid surprises.

I have overpronation. Are these shoes recommended for me?

Yes, this model should be suitable for most people. Indeed, it’s a neutral running shoe. As such, it aims to suit all athletes independently from their type of pronation. Having said that, testers noted that this model can be unstable at times, which may be an issue if your foot tend to excessively roll outwards or inwards while running.

Is this a shoe for heavyveight athletes?

Yes, this model should be suitable for most people with its 26 mm heel stack height. However, do note that the cushioning is soft and may lack structure for some heavyweight runners.

Is this model adapted to run a marathon?

Yes, there should be no concern as the Rebel v2 is very versatile and can be suitable for virtually all distances and workouts. At any rate, the most important criterion to determine what shoes to wear during your marathon is your personal experience. If you are able to run without any issues at your marathon target pace over mid to long distances with your shoes then it should be fine.

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    A very good sleek, sherbet-colored running shoe that covers all the bases albeit some durability and stability issues.

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