Who should buy the New Balance FuelCell Impulse

  • A solid running shoe for runners who are looking for a high performance shoe for 5K and 10K races.
  • A great choice for anyone who want a road running shoe that can handle exercises and other training activities.

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Delivers surface grip and flexibility

Blown rubber is used in the forefoot and heel of the New Balance FuelCell Impulse. This material is traction-ready, yet it’s soft enough to add some more cushioning. It is also flexible.

New Balance FuelCell Impulse outsole

Superficial grooves and inconspicuous traction nodes have the purpose of improving flexibility and surface grip. These elements fundamentally help in making each step as sure and as confident as possible.

FuelCell Impulse is lightweight and responsive

RevLite is a cushioning compound that is lightweight and responsive. It is responsible for receiving the impact shock during the landing phase of the gait cycle and dispersing it. This foam also carries the full weight of the body.

New Balance FuelCell Impulse cushioning

Its lateral and medial sides have raised sections to keep the foot steady. This foam is also inserted in the midsole of the NB 890 v6 running shoe.

Bouncy performance to drive the toe-off

FuelCell is a nitrogen-infused unit that is fashioned in the forefoot section. The purpose of such a configuration is to allow this bouncy component to drive the toe-off, giving it energy and speed.

New Balance FuelCell Impulse fuelcell

Jacquard mesh makes up the external part of the New Balance FuelCell Impulse’s upper unit. This material has a cloth-like disposition; it does not look shiny or plastic-y, unlike most mesh-type textiles.

Allows the natural flow of air

It has ventilation holes that accommodate the natural flow of air into the interior chamber. A traditional tongue unit is not employed in this running shoe.

New Balance FuelCell Impulse ventilation shoe

Instead, a cleatie construction with a one-piece opening is utilized here. This encompassing aperture aims to hug the foot and prevent it from exiting the shoe unintentionally.

New Balance FuelCell Impulse is a comfortable shoe

The interior lining is made up of a soft fabric. Its job is to prevent hot spots and skin irritation. A pull tab on the heel collar allows the runner to wear and remove this shoe effortlessly.

New Balance FuelCell Impulse pull tab

An external counter with the letters ‘NB’ emblazoned on it is meant to hold the heel in place and prevent in-shoe wobbling.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 232g / Women 190g
Drop: 6mm
Arch support: Neutral
Base model: New Balance FuelCell
Forefoot height: 17mm
Heel height: 23mm

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