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If you loved the Nike Pegasus Turbo which is now discontinued, then this may just be your perfect replacement.
The New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2 is a lightweight, maximum cushioned daily trainer that's best suited to easy and steady runs for the neutral runner. It has a super soft ride packed with energy return.
Incorporating the wing flare in the midsole, and the rocker profile that shoe is a very fast feeling shoe that works well for tempo runs but struggles on the longer days.
Light, very soft and responsive thanks to the super critical, nitrogen infused FuelCell foam that provides great energy return and makes it feel like a super foam. It is not as responsive as ZoomX from Nike but I would say that its better than almost all of the other brands foam on the market including Hyper Burst, DNA Flash and Pwrrun PB. Billed as a Tempo shoe, this is slightly too soft and flexible compared to the more 'performance shoes with plates' that are more snappy.. This means that ironically the Rebel v2 is really suited to some slower, longer runs too, adding to its versatility not making it worse. The 6mm drop and the rocker profile with the lateral wing is really reponsive and runs great, and its all combining to make a really cracking shoe.
Clean and well made, plus the fit is OK and not too narrow so its like a D width, plus perfectly secure when tied up so there isnt an issue with asymmetric lacing. The upper is solid and snug with minimal overlays, so much so, part of the upper is translucent and you can see your socks. Breathability isnt an issue! Laces are thin and stretchy but they tie well and feel very secure. The tongue is thin and does move around a touch but nothing to worry about.
Grippy in the forefoot, so much so that its a touch noisy on dry ground as it bites into the tarmac. The issue is that there isnt fantastic rubber coverage throught the midfoot and heel so the shoe is exposed to some serious wear and tear because the zero critical foam isnt the most durable foam and can get damaged faily easily. But overall, this isnt a purchase for long lasting high mileage daily training, so the compromise is fine in return for some weight reduction.
Honestly, the Rebel v2 works best as a daily trainer for mid mileage at easy/steady paces as its so damm cumfortable. It has a super soft, silky smooth ride with cracking energy return that makes it enjoyable to run in.
The underfoot feel is reminicent of the Pegasus Turbo 2 but I actually prefer the Rebel v2 because it has a better upper than the old Nike. Making this a firm favourate shoe right now.
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|Weight||7.2oz / 207g|