New Balance FuelCell RC Elite 2 vs. 1: More comfort-oriented
In general, the RC Elite v2 from New Balance is more of a leg-saving, all-around shoe than the v1. It's less aggressive and is heavier, which makes it less race-focused. Here are some of the changes attributing to this:
- more cushion and stack for a bouncier and cushier underfoot feel
- roomier forefoot and toe box to give ample space for foot swelling after long efforts
- less aggressive plate creates a more forgiving ride, especially in longer-than-marathon distances
- revamped outsole with exposed midsole for weight saving (note: the shoe gains some weight; from 7.9 oz to 8.5 oz in US M10.5)
What is it for?
If you're still starting out with plated shoes, the FuelCell RC Elite v2 is the way to go. It's not rigid like other carbon-plated models, and it can handle both slow and fast runs. It can be your long-distance trainer, but it's also definitely "race-ready."