New Balance FuelCell Prism v2 review 

New Balance FuelCell Prism v2 is designed to be a lightweight everyday trainer that provides moderate stability support.

How does the FuelCell Prism v2 perform?

  • Spacious: On the run, my toes can splay and flex as needed.
  • Stable: The solid rubber outsole, the medial post for stability, and the heel locking laces give confidence underfoot.
  • Slow: These are not necessarily built for speed, but for stability. Pickup paces are a little challenging and the shoe feels a little clunky.

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Who should buy it

This everyday training is suitable for runners who:

  • need a lightweight shoe that offers mild stability
  • enjoy running shoes with a low heel-to-toe drop

Who should NOT buy it

Look away if you:

My first FuelCell Prism

In my build-up for the Boston Marathon, I ran 103 miles in New Balance’s newest iteration of the Prisms. While I do not necessarily need stability support for running, I enjoy running in lightweight stability shoes from time to time, especially for recovery paces. 

I am still rotating a pair of New Balance’s FIRST iteration of the Prism shoes, and they have 290 miles on them. In this review, I will make some comparisons between the first and second versions of the Prisms, as they are notably different shoes.

New Balance Prism v2 fits a little large

I wear US size 12 and I weigh in at about 175lb. The shoe holds its shape and provides adequate space as expected, though the toe box and length are a little too spacious.

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The inside of the heel was adequately padded and I experienced no issues with rubbing or blistering on my heels. 

Provides exceptional support and bounce

The FuelCell foam is superbly lightweight and responsive. Additionally, Prism v2 provides a medial post on the interior of the foot for added stability.

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The Prism v2, like most of the FuelCell line of shoes, provides a 6mm drop from heel to toe.

Durable, grippy outsole

The rubber outsole is quite robust. This adds a bit of weight but provides exceptional grip on ALL surfaces.

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Looks barely worn after 103 miles

With 103 miles on them, the Prism v2 looks barely worn. 

I have had GREAT success when it comes to New Balance FuelCell shoes’ durability. I have 290 on my Prism v1 and they are still in rotation. I believe, with the added outsole rubber on the v2, along with the durability of FuelCell foam, these shoes could last 1,000 miles.

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Keeps the foot locked in

The laces work perfectly to provide lightweight security to keep your feet locked in. The tongue stays in place and the additional eyelet allows a runner’s tie (heel-lock).

FuelCell Prism v2 vs Prism 1

What got better

  • Outsole design

What got worse

  • Weight

The first version of FuelCell Prism impressed me greatly. They are very lightweight (23g lighter than v2) and responsive. 

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At first glance, the versions look extremely similar. The difference comes when you see “where the rubber meets the road.” 

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In the second iteration, you can observe a notable increase in the amount of rubber in the outsole. Whereas version 1 utilized mostly EVA foam for the outsole, version 2 replaced much of the foam with rubber. This change makes version 2 feel heavier and clunkier than version 1, which feels extremely lightweight and agile.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 260g / Women 200g
Drop: 6mm
Arch support: Stability
Collection: New Balance Fuelcell
Pronation: Overpronation
Arch type: Low arch

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Author
Mark Clements
Mark Clements

My name is Mark Clements. I’m an avid runner in my 40’s and I run races from 5Ks to Marathons. I’m always training for a race and run at least 40 miles/week, rotating up to 5 pairs of shoes through my runs. My long term goal is to run into old age, remaining injury-free, which comes in part by being equipped with the best shoes out there!