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The New Balance FuelCell Propel v2 is a comfortable everyday running shoe with a soft ride, yet springy ride.

  • Positive
  • Springy cushioning
  • Affordable
  • Light but stable for a everyday lightweight trainer
  • Negative
  • Upper is stiff and fit is tight
  • Not enough cushioning for higher mileage
  • What we thought
  • Technical info
  • Runner reviews (0)

First impressions

For the price - the Propel V2 is a pretty good shoe. It is a great lightweight trainer or a good marathon shoe. The shoe is softer than some other FuelCell shoes and more comfortable on longer efforts, with a really good improvement on the Version 1 shoe. There is a good combination of cushioning and energy return but it's not enough to make this an everyday high mileage training shoe. 

The heel to toe transition is fast and smooth and pretty comfortable right out the box - the shoes were much better after two short runs. The upper isn't ideal, as its stiff and restrictive and took some adjustment to get right on the foot.

Midsole

A fast and responsive midsole with a decent amount of energy return that propels you forward in a fun way. The ride is enjoyable and light thanks to a good FuelCell foam and a 6mm heel drop. Getting on my toes was easy and the ground contact was good. 

There is enough cushioning to make this a daily trainer for the lighter runner, and its good for speedwork - although on the 16 miles long run i did in them my feet were a touch sore at the end. 

For a lighter and faster Fuelcell option, look towards the NB Fuelcell Rebel.

Upper

The mesh is breathable and there are minimumal overlays, but there is no stretch in the material so they fit tight and stiff - there was a period of breaking in needed from the toe box, which improved slightly over time but it is still not great. The massive NB logo is more for decoration and the heel counter is good without being overly restrictive. 

Sole

Great rubber coverage on the outsole is durable enough for everyday use and worked pretty well in dry and wet conditions and up to now with over 60 miles logged there is very little wear. 

Conclusion

Overall a solid pair of shoes, nothing fancy and not my favourate lightweight training shoe, but for the price they are hard to criticise. They perform well, will last a long time and are versatile. 

Technical info

  • Full-length FuelCell midsole delivers our highest energy return of our performance foams currently on the market
  • Bootie upper construction hugs your foot for a snug, seamless, supportive fit
  • Engineered mesh upper provides a lightweight, breathable, supportive fit and feel
  • Seamless, plush tongue and collar which create a soft, luxurious feel to wrap your foot in comfort

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