Verdict from 100+ user reviews

11 reasons to buy

  • A good number of buyers noticed that it was supportive.
  • According to several runners, the shoe has an affordable price.
  • A few testers lauded its stretchable upper fabric.
  • A lot of reviewers said that the shoe was comfortable.
  • Many purchasers commented that the New Balance FuelCore Nitrel Trail was lightweight.
  • Various consumers said that the toe box was protective.
  • A good number of testers said that it is true to size.
  • Aside from running, it is also best for hiking and walking.
  • A handful of wearers admired the New Balance FuelCore Nitrel Trail because it fitted perfectly on them.
  • Several runners loved its attractive color variations.
  • Many testers said that the shoe provided excellent grip on a wide variety of surfaces.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Based on some reviews, the toe box was narrow.
  • Several runners said that the shoe was not durable.
  • The insole did not provide enough cushioning, according to one of the purchasers.

Bottom line

The New Balance FuelCore Nitrel Trail has made a lot of runners satisfied because of its fit and structure. Aside from its design, the shoe also provides the right amount of grip, support, and comfort. While others have issues with durability and narrow toe box, others still recommended the shoe because of its versatility. In general, the New Balance FuelCore Nitrel Trail is an affordable shoe for runners who are seeking a protective, comfortable, supportive yet affordable footwear.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Good to know

  • The New Balance FuelCore Nitrel Trail is a running shoe for neutral runners. It utilizes an Engineered Mesh which aims to provide maximum breathability.
  • Integrated into the midsole is the Injection molded EVA or (Ethyl Vinyl Acetate). This material is strategically designed to increase cushioning and responsiveness.
  • The Toe Protect is featured in the shoe. It is essential in providing added protection on a wide variety of rugged environments.

The New Balance FuelCore Nitrel Trail has standard shoe measurements when it comes to sizing. The shaft is approximately measured low-top from the arch. The shoe is ideal for logging miles on or off the road. Available in medium widths for men and women, the shoe will offer a more secured fit from the forefoot to the heel.

The AT Tread rubber outsole is integrated into the shoe. This material is designed to provide traction in a wide variety of road and trail running surfaces.

An added protection against harmful and rugged environments is delivered by the Toe Protect.

The REVlite technology is integrated into the New Balance FuelCore Nitrel Trail. This innovative foam compound provides the same amount of responsiveness and durability of New Balance foams that are 30% heavier. It aims to deliver a lightweight ride without compromising construction and sacrificing underfoot comfort. The REVlite midsole is also present in some popular NB running shoes such as the New Balance 990 v4 and New Balance 890 v6.

Added underfoot cushioning and comfort are offered by the NB Response 2.0 performance insert. This material aims to provide the runner with a seamless and comfortable running experience.

An improved responsiveness is encouraged by the Injection molded Ethyl Vinyl Acetate or IMEVA. It also offers additional cushioning.

Featured in the upper area are engineered mesh with no-sew overlays. These materials are situated over the lightweight REVlite midsole, essential for securing the foot on the platform. It also provides added breathability.

Padded collar and tongue are utilized in the shoe. New Balance added this feature to provide additional comfort to the foot.


How New Balance FuelCore Nitrel Trail ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 28% trail running shoes
All trail running shoes
Bottom 30% New Balance running shoes
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Bottom 31% neutral running shoes
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