Verdict from 5 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Comfortable: The New Balance XRCT is a very cozy sneaker, heaps of satisfied reviewers have shared.
  • Lightweight: Although it has a chunky dad sneaker profile, it is considered lightweight by numerous users. 
  • Durable: This sneaker is sturdy enough for light trekking through the city; a few users have vouched.
  • Grippy: Like most trail-inspired kicks, this sneaker has superb traction, many buyers have mentioned.
  • Fashionable: It has a unique and trendy style, according to numerous buyers. They say it even looks better in the actual.
  • Versatile: This sneaker is suitable for school, traveling, or some easy hikes, many buyers testify.
  • Quality: The craftsmanship is premium, according to several satisfied buyers.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Toe box: A couple of critics consider the toe box of the Trail version of the New Balance X-Racer as narrow.

Bottom line

The New Balance XRCT features a trail-inspired look in fun colors meant to win the fashion style. It is reminiscent of the Nike ACG line, blending performance details with modern street-ready comfort. Its durability is another merit, making this a nice go-to pair when one opts to stroll the city after traversing the easy trails. With its fashionable look and comfort, this model is a nice addition to any sneaker collection.

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New Balance XRCT: Racing to trail

Adding another iteration in the NB X series, New Balance converted the running NB X-Racer silhouette into a trail-inspired sneaker by adding a robust rubber tread on its outsole. The off-road-ready look of the New Balance XRCT features durable ripstop and nubuck leather on its upper. To make it seemly for casual use, this kick was dipped in striking hues creating a bold aesthetic.

New Balance XRCT's lineage

The New Balance X series was inspired by lesser-known 90s and early 2000s high-performance footwear. The brand combined remarkable details from these sneakers with comfortable modern tech to create sleeker, comfier, and slimmer retro sneakers. 

The first in this series is the New Balance X-90 model, which takes cues from one of the brand's most iconic silhouettes, the NB 990. It was followed by New Balance X-Racer, which displays a versatile jogger silhouette suitable for all-day wear.

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.