It's here! The updated New Balance FuelCell Rebel has gotten a very enthusiastic response, which is saying a lot because the original Rebel was a special shoe. The changes in the update are not mere tweaks. The upper, for example, has had a radical overhaul. The full-knit bootie with integrated tongue is gone in favor of a more traditional engineered mesh with asymmetrical lacing and a structured heel cup. Even those who raved about the bootie have found much to appreciate in the new upper. The lateral “wing” in version two is not as pronounced, but it is still there. The midsole sidewalls in the FuelCell Rebel v2 provide some additional stability. The FuelCell midsole in the new Rebel is formulated to be slightly softer than the previous version. Reviewers have mentioned that the midsole feels a bit more like the New Balance RC Elite: that perfect combination of soft and responsive. Despite gaining 2mm of stack height, the latest version of the FuelCell Rebel has remained the same weight. The rocker geometry of the Rebel will help keep you up on your toes as you run everything to short, quick tempo runs to long runs. The New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2 remains a light, responsive trainer that is a lot of fun to run in.
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