Facts

  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    $120
  • Weight
    Men: 8.2oz
    Women: 6.7oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 6mm
    Women: 6mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Men: 23mm
    Women: 23mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 17mm
    Women: 17mm
  • Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: normal, wide
  • Release date
    Jul 2018
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Rankings

Expert Reviews

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90 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 | Theresa Norman

    New Balance FuelCell Impulse: Light and fast

    Designed for lighter and faster running experience, the New Balance FuelCell Impulse has been a successful release. The shoe features a bootie construction for a more personalized fit and many other great things to make your daily running truly satisfying.

     

    New Balance FuelCell Impulse - Technologies and Design

    Upper

    • Jacquard Knit – A thin, lightweight material designed for breathability. The knit is also stretchable to give the foot a customized fit.
    • Bootie Construction – The design gives the foot a speed-ready fit. It also gives a smooth, glove-like fit.

    Midsole

    • FuelCell Technology – It is a nitrogen-fused TPU midsole compound strategically placed under the forefoot for an elastic toe-off.
    • REVlite Foam – It is a lightweight midsole foam designed to deliver responsiveness and comfortable underfoot protection.

    Outsole

    • Blown Rubber – Aside from the exposed REVlite foam, the rest of the outsole is made up of a blown rubber compound. This material gives outsole protection without affecting flexibility and grip.

    Performance and durability of the New Balance FuelCell Impulse

    The shoe is designed to go fast; it is best for uptempo training and long-distance runs. Good thing that the speedy-ready design of the Impulse does not affect foot protection.

    When it comes to the ride quality, the shoe offered a high amount of rebound and flexibility, making every step more powerful and smooth. The ground contact is just right, though I felt a lack of cushioning in the heel.

     

     

    While the performance of the shoe is impressive, the durability of the outsole is my major concern. The blown rubber compound, as well as the exposed midsole foam, is not sturdy enough for the roads.

    They started ripping off even after only a few miles. I was a bit disappointed that the shoe is not as durable as my other New Balance running shoes.

     

    Fit

    The shoe features a classic New Balance fit. The knit upper of the FuelCell Impulse provided a personalized fit. It felt snug and hugs the foot comfortably. It has a wider forefoot section and a narrower heel, almost copying the shape of the foot. The absence of the heel counter does not create any issue at all.

    Comfort and breathability

    The bootie construction of the FuelCell Impulse offered extreme comfort even on long-distance runs. I have been running in this shoe without wearing socks, and the comfort is truly impressive – no hotspot, no blister.

     

     

    The knit upper is very breathable as well. It is very light and thin enough for the air to pass through. On hot days, a sweaty foot is not one of my problems.

    Review summary

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Responsive cushioning
    • Affordable
    • Reliable traction
    • Impressive fit
    • Flexible
    • Versatile; can be worn on casual days

    Cons

    • Outsole is not durable

    Conclusion

     

     

    Overall, I like the FuelCell Impulse. It is responsive, lightweight, flexible and comfortable.

    Though the outsole is not as durable as I expected it to be, I’m happy with the overall performance of the shoe. I may not be able to wear this pair longer, but I’m just glad I had tried this shoe.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 96 / 100 | Pro:Direct Running

    You feel like you're ready to run fast when you've got them on.

  • 89 / 100 | Doctors of Running

    This shoe is best utilized for fast running, workouts, or races for those looking for a more cushioned racing flat or workout shoe.

  • 90 / 100 | Fleet Feet Sports

    Testers lauded this fit for tempo runs and interval days, saying the shoe felt secure while also offering ample wiggle room for the forefoot during toe-off.

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Updates to New Balance FuelCell Impulse

  • The New Balance FuelCell Impulse is a road shoe that’s designed to handle exercises and other training activities. It makes use of a two-piece cushioning system to ease the transitions through the gait cycle. The platform drives the foot to move forward with energy and sureness.
  • Blown rubber serves as the outsole unit of this product. It doles out traction yet it also adds a bit more cushioning for the underfoot. Shallow grooves and non-prominent traction nodes encourage flexibility and surface grip, respectively.
  • A cloth-like material called jacquard mesh conforms to the shape and motion of the foot, giving way for a snug yet accommodating fit. A bootie construction with a smooth internal lining evokes the feeling of merely wearing a sock.

New Balance FuelCell Impulse size and fit

The New Balance FuelCell Impulse is a bit small. Runners are encouraged to get a pair that is half-a-size larger than the usual or to try out the shoe before purchasing it. When it comes to width, the available options are D – Medium and 2E – Wide for men, and B – Medium and D – Wide for women.

The VL-6 last is specially designed for performance running. Its design focuses on a semi-curved yet form-fitting shape. The heights of the forefoot and the toe box are of the usual.

Outsole

Blown rubber is used in the forefoot and heel of the New Balance FuelCell Impulse. This material is traction-ready, yet it’s soft enough to add some more cushioning. It is also flexible.

Superficial grooves and inconspicuous traction nodes have the purpose of improving flexibility and surface grip. These elements fundamentally help in making each step as sure and as confident as possible.

Midsole

RevLite is a cushioning compound that is lightweight and responsive. It is responsible for receiving the impact shock during the landing phase of the gait cycle and dispersing it. This foam also carries the full weight of the body. Its lateral and medial sides have raised sections to keep the foot steady. This foam is also inserted in the midsole of the NB 890 v6 running shoe.

FuelCell is a nitrogen-infused unit that is fashioned in the forefoot section. The purpose of such a configuration is to allow this bouncy component to drive the toe-off, giving it energy and speed.

Upper

Jacquard mesh makes up the external part of the New Balance FuelCell Impulse’s upper unit. This material has a cloth-like disposition; it does not look shiny or plastic-y, unlike most mesh-type textiles. It has ventilation holes that accommodate the natural flow of air into the interior chamber.

A traditional tongue unit is not employed in this running shoe. Instead, a bootie construction with a one-piece opening is utilized here. This encompassing aperture aims to hug the foot and prevent it from exiting the shoe unintentionally.

The interior lining is made up of a soft fabric. Its job is to prevent hot spots and skin irritation.

A pull tab on the heel collar allows the runner to wear and remove this shoe effortlessly.

An external counter with the letters ‘NB’ emblazoned on it is meant to hold the heel in place and prevent in-shoe wobbling.


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