New Balance Womens FuelCell SuperComp Trainer v2
By using a brand new FuleCell compound, and a new, two-layer midsole, the Women’s FuelCell SuperComp Trainer v2 gives better energy return in a much lighter package than its predecessor. Improved foam under the forefoot gives an enhanced toe-off that works around the Energy Arc carbon plate technology, helping maximise the power of the plate for explosive power. A structured, lightweight upper gives a sleek feel, and a speed ready fit for mile after mile of fast training.
They create the firmer feel that fast racers are looking for and help to guide the foot through your stride, providing a touch of extra support. They can also help create a rocker feel, with the stiffness allowing the shoe to pivot – as the toe goes down, the heel must come up, easing you into your next stride.
Although stiff, they do flex, providing an energised pop of forward momentum as the plate fights to retain its shape.
Each brand, and almost every shoe, uses a plate differently. Different shapes, thicknesses, and designs are used to prioritise a different aspect of performance. Some aim exclusively to guide the stride, while others focus solely on propulsion.
Founded in Boston, USA, in 1906 as a maker of arch supports, New Balance are now one of the most recognisable brands around, straddling both the fashion and running worlds.
Their top-end runners can be split into two groups. Shoes that use Fresh Foam, such as the 1080, prioritise comfort, giving a plush and soft ride, while the explosive FuelCell range offer a little more rebound, helping you make the most of every step for improved times.
• Weight: 226g
• Stack height: 38 – 32mm
• Heel drop: 6mm
• New FuelCell compound
• Energy Arc carbon plate technology
• Structured lightweight upper
- Quick Ref: 1010481
- Man. Ref: WRCXCA3
It might say road, but we don’t just mean pounding closed-off streets on race day. Road shoes are predominantly for the pavement.
They feature flat rubber traction for confident footing in the city and enhanced cushioning to soak up the strain of every stride.
Best for Race Day
Race day shoes have two priorities: lightness and propulsion.
Outsole rubber is traditionally the heaviest component of any running shoe, so race day shoes use lighter compounds of rubber, thinner layers, and targeted placement to reduce weight where it really counts. A super-thin upper with minimal overlays saves additional grams for a lightweight feel up top.
To help build your speed, propulsive midsole foams often combine with internal plates to give you the edge and drive you across the line.
Stripped back and powerful, race day shoes are not built to be as durable as daily mileage trainers.
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