New Balance FuelCell Propel v2: The affordable high-performance shoe

Created for runners of all levels and abilities, the FuelCell Propel line aims to enhance the user’s overall running experience. In its second installment, the FuelCell Propel comes with notable improvements designed to help the runners achieve optimal performance. 

The New Balance FuelCell Propel v2 is a budget-friendly shoe, giving the best value for money for runners seeking a durable and cushioned companion

Best for

Ideal for athletes with normal gaits, this neutral running shoe also works for those who supinate (when the bodyweight rolls onto the foot’s outer edges). Runners with mild overpronation (when the foot rolls inward) may also love the soft and springy platform of this New Balance shoe. 

Constructed with a lightweight design, the FuelCell Propel v2 is a road shoe designed for running on pavements and tracks. It is suited for daily training and long-distance runs. 

New Balance FuelCell Propel v2 vs 1

To elevate the performance of the FuelCell Propel v2, New Balance incorporated several improvements while maintaining the excellent components of the original FuelCell Propel. Here are some of the amazing benefits that the FuelCell Propel v2 has to offer:

  • Enhanced grip. The updated outsole pattern ensures durability and offers added traction on various surfaces. 
  • Excellent energy return. Featuring the newly improved FuelCell midsole, the shoe offers a soft yet springy ride to help the runner move forward. 
  • Continuous ventilation. Utilizing a more open mesh top, the FuelCell Propel v2 offers a more breathable in-shoe feel than the original model. 


How New Balance FuelCell Propel v2 ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 28% road running shoes
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Top 29% New Balance running shoes
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Top 27% neutral running shoes
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