Who should buy the New Balance FuelCell 996 v4

This design is suitable for players coming from different tennis levels who are rooting for an all-court, well-cushioned trainer with a low profile structure. It is a solid option if you:

  • Need a shoe that has a quick-to-respond FuelCell cushioning midsole.
  • Need a shoe that has an advanced knitting technique called Hypoknit that’s both breathable and lightweight. 

New Balance FuelCell 996 v4 logo

Updates to the New Balance FuelCell 996 v4

The most notable enhancement is the replacement of the REVlite cushioning. The 4th version features a full-length midsole made of FuelCell, New Balance’s most responsive cushioning unit that’s designed to provide optimum energy return. It comes with an approximately 4-mm lesser heel drop than the 12mm height on the outgoing model, giving the user closer contact to the ground.

New Balance FuelCell 996 v4 Updates

Full-length Ndurance rubber

On the flip side, it features a full-length Ndurance rubber that’s made to deliver a right blend of give and grip on different court surfaces. It’s equipped to handle the abrasiveness of the court with its durability properties. 

New Balance FuelCell 996 v4 outsole

Such a rubber compound is integrated with a Lightweight Solid Rubber (LWSR) in low-wear areas that tones down the weight of the shoe.

FuelCell shock-absorbing property 

New Balance 996 v4 employs the FuelCell shock-absorbing property found initially in its running shoes. Such foam engineering comes with an energy return capability that helps the wearer during propulsion. This trainer has an approximately 8-mm heel drop. Its close-to-the-court construction allows the player to stay connected to the ground and thrust forward more naturally.

New Balance FuelCell 996 v4 midsole

Lightweight knit

With the use of the Hypoknit, an advanced knitting process for the upper, the New Balance FuelCell 996 v4 becomes one of the lightest tennis shoes in the market. The knitted upper is meant to stretch within a limit without losing the ability to provide stability.

New Balance FuelCell 996 v4 Lightweight knit

Excellent breathability and protective

Hypoknit also grants breathability to prevent the foot from getting toasty, especially during extended hours of play. Inside, the foot receives an airy treatment from the moisture-wicking Ortholite insole. Such removable unit can be replaced with custom orthotics.

New Balance FuelCell 996 v4 Excellent breathability and protective

The upper is reinforced by NDure, a polyurethane-made forefoot cage that forms as added protection for the shoe. NDure is nestled around the toe and medial forefoot that delivers added support and enhanced comfort. It’s made to withstand repeated blows during toe dragging, thus putting more life to the shoe.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 355g / Women 290g
Shoe Type: All Court
Collection: New Balance FuelCell
Features: Lightweight, Breathable
Construction: Cushioned
Material: Knit
Technology: OrthoLite

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Brenton Barker
Brenton Barker

Brenton is an Australian with 20 years of experience coaching WTA and ATP professional tennis players, whom have won a total of 10 international professional Tournaments. Brenton holds a Degree in Sports Coaching and was the former Head Tennis Coach at the Japanese Government Sports Science Institute. Brenton was also a former Manager & Head Coach of Australia’s Governing Sporting Body, Tennis Australia, and has been a Dunlop International Advisory Board Member since 2010. Additionally, Brenton was the Head of Player development for World No 7 and two-time Grand Slam Champion Johan Kriek.