Summary

We spent 8.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Many users find the New Balance FuelCell Rebel to be a lightweight running shoe. Some even say it feels as light as a sock.
  • The FuelCell midsole has impressed the majority of runners: a few have said it allows for smooth transitions, while others claim its responsiveness contributes to achieving their personal best time.
  • A lot of wearers are happy with the various width options of the FuelCell Rebel.
  • One reviewer mentioned that the shoe is comfortable on concrete surfaces.
  • Numerous buyers are impressed with the style of the shoe.
  • The New Balance FuelCell Rebel is excellent for long-distance runs and powerwalks, according to an athlete.
  • Some buyers like the soft and comfortable upper of the FuelCell Rebel.

5 reasons not to buy

  • A commenter wrote that the outsole has a “weird shape” that looks off.
  • Some wearers found the shoelaces to be too long.
  • There is not enough padding at the heel area, according to some runners.
  • The fit of the shoe is too tight around the toes, as stated by a few reviewers.
  • A user complained that the shoe constantly needs adjusting because of its inexact fit; therefore, not providing enough support.

Bottom line

The New Balance FuelCell Rebel is an “amazing” running shoe, as reported by numerous of its users and testers. The shoe has reliable features and technologies that make it ideal for everyday use, as well as a variety of distances. Although there are some issues with fit and structural elements, many still consider the FuelCell Rebel as their go-to running shoe and would recommend it to their peers.

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- New Balance brings to the market a new running shoe that is designed for the everyday runner: the FuelCell Rebel. This lightweight shoe is intended for up-tempo workout days and race days, where a high-rebound performance is expected. Created with the help of athlete Jenny Simpson, the FuelCell Rebel is meant to represent the runner who “does not want to take it easy,” as the shoe is built for activity.

- Meant to be ultimately lightweight, the FuelCell uses an upper made from thin engineered mesh that delivers a lightweight and breathable structure.

- Meanwhile, the construction of the sole unit includes an improved version of the FuelCell, a plush cushioning with a flared design, allowing for longer distances and faster paces, as compared to the basic running shoe. It is supported by a uniquely-structured outsole that uses less material, yet remains durable.

The New Balance FuelCell Rebel is intended to be true-to-size, so runners should expect an accurate fit with their usual preference. Various foot volumes will be accommodated by the FuelCell Rebel, as it is available in Medium and Wide options for both the men’s and women’s versions.

The outsole of the FuelCell Rebel is made from the classic blown rubber. Known for its durability, the blown rubber gives the shoe sturdy and long-lasting qualities, especially at the high-wear areas. The outsole has a one-of-a-kind translucent design, which makes it softer; it also offers an increased level of traction.

The lugs of the FuelCell Rebel are data-driven and focused on the forefoot area, which means the traction it provides is especially ideal for forefoot strikers.

FuelCell comprises the forefoot portion of the midsole. It is a nitrogen-infused foam that aims to give a powerful launch with each step, resulting in a bouncy feel and an equally bouncy ride. The material is made from thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), which is known for its consistent, long-lasting responsiveness, regardless of the temperature. The nature of the TPU makes FuelCell resilient and ever-prepared for speed.

The rest of the midsole is constructed with REVlite, a refined ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam that ensures 30% more comfort, responsiveness, and durability over the industry standard. REVlite provides a lightweight ride but not at the expense of stability.

A thin engineered mesh is the main component of the upper of the New Balance FuelCell Rebel. It is composed of a jacquard base layer, which provides a lightweight yet secure ride, and a trace fiber stitching, which gives midfoot support. Both these parts combine with a cleatie construction to create a sleek, sock-like fit and a distinctive aesthetic.

The heel collar features a deconstructed design, as it aims to provide a dynamic and secure fit.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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