New Balance RC1300v2 Review

New Balance RC1300v2by Trevor Tan

Regular runners who are training for marathons or other running competitions usually have a pair of training shoes and another pair just for race day.

These race-day shoes are often lightweight and have very short heel-drop – the difference between heel height and forefoot height.

They are built to help runners clock a better time. And one such pair of race-day shoes is the New Balance RC1300v2.

It weighs a mere 165g and features a 4mm heel-drop, whereas a pair of traditional running shoes migt weigh over 300g with a heel-drop of up to 12mm.

The RC1300v2’s outsole features Dynaride, a high-traction featherweight material htat does away with  the traditional base layer of rubber, while a lightweight and flexible T-Beam shank helps to ensure torsional stability.

Its FantomFit upper is engineered to provide support and fit while being super-lightweight at the same time. The RC1300v2 also equipped with New Balance’s Revlite cushioning technology,which reduces weight but not the cushioning.

The shoes wrapped around my feet, fitting like a surgeon’s glove onto one’s hands, when I first put them on. While the fit was just nice, it was not entirely comfortable and had a “squishy” feeling at the forefoot area during toe-off – This is not a deal-breaker, but it is certainly an irritant.

There is also a lack of heel support. For someone like myself who has an injury-prone right ankle, running in the RC1300v2 does make me more careful when negotiating bends or moving on uneven surfaces.

During the first run,I found the cushioning lacking. I could feel the impact each time my foot hit the ground.

I have run with minimalist shoes that come with a 4mm heel-drop before, but I have never experienced that kind of soreness on the inner arch of my foot as with the RC1300v2.

On the bright side, the RC1300v2 really helps to make you run faster, thanks to its lightness and stability. I found myself shaving off at least 30 seconds in the first run with it.

For those still taking the Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT), this pair of shoes might be great in helping them pass the rest.

Conclusion

While the RC1300v2 may not be the kind of shoes for runners like me (I wear traditional ones for a marathon), it is clearly a great choice for those looking for a pair that is lightweight and thin to clock their personal best times in competitions and official runs.

The 1300 is ideal for the athlete who’s looking to clock a solid timing on race day, without being weighed down by excess cushioning.

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