|Weight:||Men: 5.5oz | Women: 4.7oz|
|Heel to toe drop:||Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm|
|Arch type:||High arch|
|Strike Pattern:||Midfoot strike|
|Heel height:||Men: 22mm | Women: 22mm|
|Forefoot height:||Men: 14mm | Women: 14mm|
|Width:||Men: Normal | Women: Normal|
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83 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews
This is gonna be a really zippy shoe that I think you're gonna like a lot.
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.
It’s exceptionally light and easily the most responsive shoe in this review.
The heel is adequately squishy to soften the blow of light heel-strikes, while the firm, flexible forefoot delivers a responsive toe-off.
While New Balance market the RC1600 as a 'racing flat', I consider it to be a great all round running shoe.
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.
- 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.