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Womens New Balance FuelCell RC Elite

Womens New Balance FuelCell RC Elite
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Very similar to the brands shoe of the same name but bearing the 'TC' (trainer/competition) name. This 'RC' (racer/competition) is simply a lighter version. The weight savings come in a single layer upper and different sole unit. Performance wise it's very similar, so unless weight is ultra important to you the TC may be a better, slighter cheaper option. That said, it's still a great shoe.

Womens New Balance FuelCell RC Elite

Very similar to the brands shoe of the same name but bearing the 'TC' (trainer/competition) name. This 'RC' (racer/competition) is simply a lighter version. The weight savings come in a single layer upper and different sole unit. Performance wise it's very similar, so unless weight is ultra important to you the TC may be a better, slighter cheaper option. That said, it's still a great shoe.

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Our verdict

Great shoe, great performance, but a little unstable. Also a little expensive given the competition at the sub £200 point.

  • Positive
  • VERY soft and very springy
  • Carbon plated for great toe-off
  • Negative
  • Can be unstable for some
  • A touch expensive

First impressions

Lighter than the Fuelcell TC, so a true race-day performer. Feels fast and light as soon as you pull it on. The outsole looks interesting and provides great traction. Essentially a slimmed down version of the TC ready to race.

Midsole

Fuelcell foam midsole in this shoe is probably the softest of the new generations of 'super-foam' - very soft, yet very 'springy' the shoe feels great as soon as you step in. That said, the narrow dimentions of the midsole, especially in the heel area can create a feeling of instability.

The carbon plate adds that all important 'snappy feel' to toe-off . It's not quite as noticeable as in some shoes, but theres a definate 'spring-like' feel and it only gets better the quicker you go.

Upper

A single layer, lightweight upper provides everything you need. It's slim fitting and hugs the foot. No issues with 'lockdown' it's secure and sock like. 

Sole

The Dynaride outsole uses small lugs in the forefoot to increase traction and they work very well, in fact probably the best carbon plate shoe around for use in the wet or on courses where you may encounter surfaces in less than ideal condition. I found it great on park paths where there can be a little moss on the ground. The extra traction is noticeable and gives confidence, especially when cornering at speed.

Conclusion

A great shoe, but shows signs now of being one of the first to market to try and challenge the Nike Next%. Coming in at over £200 now makes the shoe expensive in the carbon plate market with many contenders undercutting that price point (and still selling very well). It perfoms very well, it feels lively and energetic and just wants to go fast, so there's nothing wrong with the shoe, hence the 9 out of 10 score. It's simple a case of price and if you want to stick with the brand or try a less expensive option.

For other great alternatives, look at the Nike Vaporfly Next % or the Asics Metaracer.

 

Technical info

  • FuelCell foam delivers a propulsive feel to help drive you forward
  • Full-length carbon fiber plate
  • Dynaride outsole for lightweight traction

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Shoe details

Gender Womens
Year 2021
Season Spring/Summer
Current model
Release date 2021
MSRP $0.00
Weight 6.1oz / 172g
Heal Drop 10mm

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Racer
Surfaces
Road
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Regular
Heavy