Who should buy the New Balance FuelCell Propel v3

The New Balance FuelCell Propel v3 is for runners looking for: 

  • a great-value versatile shoe that can go easy or fast
  • short to mid-distance tempo shoe
  • the closest budget speed trainer to the New Balance Rebel v2 

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Snug and breathable

From the rear to the midfoot, the shoe is "snug." Thanks to the bootie design, a lot of runners claim that they felt "supported," and never experienced any heel slips. 

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Whether under humid or wet conditions, the shoe's ventilation shines. When damp, it dries out very quickly. And when under the heat, the foot never feels hot. 

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New Balance FuelCell Propel v3: A versatile trainer 

The FuelCell Propel v3 from New Balance is a daily running shoe that has enough cushion for a fun, forgiving everyday run, and has sufficient ground feel should you decide to pick up the pace. The shoe owes all of these to its FuelCell midsole, which is the same cushion found in its predecessor. 

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The Propel v3's FuelCell foam is very "springy" and "soft." Runners say it drives you forward while maintaining a "cloud-like" sensation. 

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Grippy and durable sole

The flex grooves on the outsole also make very quick toe-offs and smooth transitions. Moreover, on both slick and dry surfaces, numerous reviewers find the shoe's grip "top-notch." It sticks so well, they never felt tippy. 

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After 100 miles, there is still no significant wear on the outsole. Long-time users expect it to last 250-300 miles before retirement.

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A worthy investment

For only $100, experts find it very versatile and high-quality. Whether it's a slow or tempo pace, short or mid-distance run, the shoe can deliver. 

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FuelCell Propel v3. vs. v2

The 3rd version of the NB FuelCell Propel retains the same outsole and midsole construction. With a newly engineered mesh upper, the shoe creates a lighter, more breathable, and aesthetically pleasing wrap around the foot. 

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Additional info

  • The New Balance FuelCell Propel v3 is light on paper at 8.9 oz (men's US 9). On the run, it's the exact same experience. 

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Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 259g / Women 200g
Drop: 6mm
Arch support: Neutral
Collection: New Balance Fuelcell
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.