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4 reasons to buy

  • Many liked the lightweight construction of the 1600 v2.
  • This shoe is very responsive and well-cushioned as mentioned in some reviews.
  • It features the DynaRide outsole technology for impressive traction without adding weight.
  • It has no-sew overlays that help secure the foot while running.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe is too narrow and felt uncomfortable for some wide-footed runners.
  • Some runners have durability issues with the shoe.
  • Others don’t like the shoe’s light color.

Bottom line

The New Balance 1600 v2 is a lightweight running shoe that provides a combination of adequate cushioning, minimal arch support, excellent traction and responsiveness. The shoe gained positive and negative feedback but still managed to get the approval of the majority. The 1600 v2 is a great race day partner and works very well for speed training.


Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 5.5oz | Women: 4.7oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 22mm | Women: 22mm
Forefoot height: Men: 14mm | Women: 14mm
Brand: New Balance
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $110
Colorways: Pink
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83 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 | GEARIST | | Level 3 expert

    This is gonna be a really zippy shoe that I think you're gonna like a lot.

  • 69 / 100 | Dave C. McCarthy | Level 1 expert

    Everything's just shifted back, so everything's just digging into your ankle. And it was driving me crazy. So, I ended up cutting down the tongue a ton, with some success.

  • 89 / 100 | Canadian Running Magazine | Level 5 expert

    It’s exceptionally light and easily the most responsive shoe in this review.

  • 80 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

    The heel is adequately squishy to soften the blow of light heel-strikes, while the firm, flexible forefoot delivers a responsive toe-off.

  • 80 / 100 | Fellrnr | Level 5 expert

    While New Balance market the RC1600 as a 'racing flat', I consider it to be a great all round running shoe.

  • 80 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 3 expert

    This shoe will also be a great choice for high school and college athletes looking for a flat to use in training, cross country, and on the track.

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  • The extremely light 1600 gets even lighter on its 2nd ride. By using a lighter and more adaptable mesh, New Balance effortlessly brings optimal speed on the road or track with the kind of comfort that only a sock-like fit can provide.
  • One notable change in the upper is the removal of the thick leather-like overlay that bridges the heel and the midfoot. The new seamless upper uses glued overlays instead as part of the weight reduction plan and to make the upper accommodate better the runner’s specific foot shape. Runners who love to go fast without, even without socks will find the seamless construction delightful.

The fit of the 1600 v2 is essentially the same as the original model. It is of standard measurement common to super-fast racers. The snug fit from heel to the forefoot, without being overbearing, gives runners that awesome feel of speed without sacrificing superb comfort. In this version, New Balance added a hair more in the toe box to let the toes splay more naturally. Available width is medium while the shoe length is regular. Sizes are from 7 to 14 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.

The DynaRide outsole, which is engineered to provide traction in a very light material covers the underfoot. New Balance continues to use blown rubber in many areas of the outsole, particularly the forefoot for enhanced grip on the road and track.

For such a lightweight shoe with obvious minimalist features, the midsole offers a really nice cushioning that is also quite responsive. The top of the line REVlite foam spans the entire shoe for a nice soft touch that is usually absent in the firm sole of a racing flat.

The seamless upper is mostly covered in the new lighter and more adaptable mesh. It is as breathable as the past version and helps runners personalize their fit better. A few welded overlays allow enough flexibility to work with the new mesh for a customizable fit that still deliver adequate support. New Balance calls this upper design the FantomFit as it is barely there and uses the entire upper in connection with the last to provide an exceptional fit. A traditional lace-up closure clinches the deal in the 1600 v2.