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WeightMen: 7.3ozWomen: 6.2oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 6mmWomen: 6mm
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Heel heightMen: 24mmWomen: 24mm
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New Balance FuelCell Rebel: Follow the trend or rebel?
Here is my early review of the New Balance FuelCell Rebel which I was lucky enough to be sent to test. For those like me who are new to this range, they are one of four shoes that make up New Balance’s new FuelCell range.
The aim of the range is to provide maximum rebound, faster timers and more PBs over a range of distances. The Rebel is undoubtedly a racer but is claimed to have the durability to be suitable for tempo training sessions as well.
My first impression was that the Rebel was unlike any shoe I have tried before. The most similar shoe I have tried is the Nike Epic React Flyknit that came out last year. They certainly feel light, nothing new there, with a sock-like upper that feels about as minimalist as you can get.
But underneath the sole is more substantial and almost looks like a distance shoe. But the really striking bit is how the sole sticks out on the outside of the forefoot.
It is not easy to see this to the full extent in the picture but it seems almost the reverse of a support shoe and when I first saw them I was worried my arches would collapse when running but more on that later.
The design here is similar to the Nike Epic React Flyknit and pretty much nothing else. Weight, or a lack of, is clearly a priority and the thin, completely unpadded bootie-like upper keeps things flexible and airy up top.
Underneath there is FuelCell padding in the forefoot surrounded by a lighter, firmer foam towards the heel.
The sole has a shallow tread with a harder wearing material under the forefoot presumably to prolong the part you’ll land on most when pressing on. All in all, they look to be speed up to top with a bit of comfort underneath.
How do they feel?
The Rebels tip the scales at 208g and you can tell as they certainly feel lightweight. The upper, whilst feeling very thin and airy holds your foot in place well.
There is no slippage as the upper stretches and moulds to your foot, a bit like a compression sock without being quite so tight.
There is no support or padding on the tongue or cuff but this didn’t bother me. I always wear socks but I think the Rebels would be comfortable without socks as there is not much to rub on the one-piece upper.
They feel fast and encourage you to push on. They are not as soft as they look and do start to feel firm on longer runs.
I think they will be ideal for a fast, flat 5K but probably not much further. They are not great on cambers due to the complete absence of support under the arch but they don’t claim to be a support shoe.
The good news is that despite that protrusion from the sole on the outside of the midfoot I didn’t roll over any more than the other neutral shoes I have. I am not quite sure what the point of the odd sole shape is but it works ok for me.
The Rebels feel super airy due to the laser cut stripes in the upper sock. It really does feel thin and my initial feeling was that they would only last for a handful of runs.
They seem to be hanging in there a bit better than that so far but I’ll need a bit longer yet to be completely convinced. The biggest issue is likely to be that the Rebels run quite small. I am a UK 10.5/11.5 US in pretty much everything but these feel tight in a UK 10.5.
This could be because the upper is like an elasticated sock but I could see and feel my big toe sticking into the Front.
I have never had a pair of shoes where my big toe has come through the upper, the soles have always given up long before, but I think these could be the first. Time will tell but that is my initial impression.
What about underneath?
The sole of the Rebel reminds me of the Nike Epic React Flyknit in that the front part is made of a durable material with a shallow tread and a thin, lightly wrinkled heel. The FuelCell is clearly visible under the forefoot showing the expected landing area.
The Rebels were launched in early June so I have only tried them in fine, dry weather. I have had no issues with the grip and the sole seems to be wearing fairly well.
I am not planning to use them in anything other than fine weather as the uppers do not look like they would cope too well.
No doubt that speed is the overriding factor behind the Rebels. They are lightweight, nimble and shaped to push you onto your toes and get you moving quickly.
The FuelCell helps with its excellent rebound making it genuinely difficult to just plod along and I found myself running significantly quicker than I normally would.
The downside is that the firmness crept in more and more above 5K and my feet did start to complain a bit. They are as fast as anything I have run in but as to expected, you need to sacrifice a bit of comfort to achieve this.
Speedy? Never in doubt. PB worthy? Absolutely.
There are no mysteries and no surprises (other than I didn’t roll over as much as I thought) with the Rebels. They are an out and out racer and feel like foot support with a sole attached. For a short, flat road race on a warm, dry day I can see them being my go-to shoe for years to come.
On those criteria, I have yet to see anything better. But at £120 you may want shoes with a broader range. However, if you remember to go up half a size and are lucky enough to have a pair of shoes for every type of run I doubt you will regret not following the crowd and being a bit of a Rebel.
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...this one did a nice job of holding the foot down... it really held my foot in nicely.
I'm a track runner, I like going fast, and this shoe is truly fast. And it's not just fast--it's bouncy.
ou may have guessed that I enjoyed my runs in the FuelCell Rebel. The shoe bounces through my stride and lands softly.
Notable elements of the New Balance FuelCell Rebel
- 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.
New Balance FuelCell Rebel size and fit
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 bootie 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.