While the SuperComp Trainer v2 technically has less cushioning than its predecessor, it’s still on the maximal side when compared to running shoes across the board. In addition to the plush, bouncy FuelCell foam, the midsole comes equipped with a carbon-fiber plate and New Balance’s proprietary Energy Arc technology. Energy Arc uses a hollow channel through the middle of the midsole to increase energy return. It acts as a void for the arched carbon-fiber plate to flatten into during landings and rebound out of during take-offs, resulting in a propulsive ride.
“When I run in the SuperComp Trainer v2, I feel like Cinderella at the ball,” Mandy says. “They’re everything I love in a shoe. The carbon plate propels me forward, especially when running uphill or down. On my normal six-mile route, I ran all of the uphills with ease and, given that it was 90 degrees with a ton of humidity, that was quite a feat. I like the lower stack height compared to the previous version, it makes the shoe feel more stable and really enhances the energy and pop.”
Even better than a glass slipper, the combination of thick, soft midsole foam and a peppy carbon-plate in the SuperComp Trainer create a versatile ride that reviewers enjoyed for long runs, speed workouts and recovery days.