Who should buy the FuelCell 5280

The FuelCell 5280 from New Balance is an ultra-lightweight shoe made for race days. This is an ideal shoe for you if:

  • You want a shoe for the roads that is built for moderate to high arches
  • You are looking for a flexible, lightweight shoe that is compatible with all types of footstrike patterns
  • You prefer a neutral running shoe that is well-cushioned

Updates to the New Balance FuelCell 5280

  • Breathable knit upper focuses on providing a better inflow of air during the run
  • A flared midsole design and a multi-directional carbon plate guarantees an efficient performance on speed runs

Excellent grip during toe-off

The Tacky EVA is integrated into the New Balance FuelCell 5280.

New Balance FuelCell 5280 tacky eva

Along with the Tacky EVA, it is injected with Dynaride Rubber and an optimized lug configuration. This component of the shoe aims to deliver excellent grip during the toe-off phase. The outsole is one of the essential features of a running shoe because the traction it provides affects the performance of the runner.

New Balance FuelCell 5280 lugs

Nitrogen-infused foam for more bounce

Like the New Balance FuelCell Propel, the same midsole compound is used in 5280, the FuelCell technology. This material is described to be New Balance's most responsive midsole compound. Made of nitrogen-infused foam, it delivers a bouncier feel and great launch with every step. When compared to regular EVA, the foam is made up of TPU that offers a consistent and responsive ride. As a result, improved speed is promoted.

Together with the FuelCell technology is the Multi-directional Carbon Fiber Plate. This feature of the shoe is strategically designed to flex at initial contact and is designed to flex at initial contact. After being flexible, it stiffens at toe-off. The primary purpose of this is to encourage propulsion.

Hypoknit upper provides optimal ventilation

The Hypoknit is integrated into the upper section of the New Balance FuelCell 5280. This lightweight material is focused on providing breathability. As a result, better inflow and outflow of air during the running session is experienced by the user.

New Balance FuelCell 5280 hypoknit

Used in crafting the shoe is the Bootie construction. New Balance added this feature of the FuelCell 5280 to provide a sock-like fit during the running session. 

New Balance FuelCell 5280 bootie

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 5.3oz / Women 4.1oz
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Base model: New Balance FuelCell
Collection: New Balance Fuelcell
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation

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