Friday, February 21, 2020

New Balance 2020 Run Trainer Comparison Review Video: FuelCell TC, Fresh Foam 1080v10, 880v10, and More v2

Article by Sam Winebaum
In the video below the highlights and stats I compare New Balance's strong and varied line up of 2020 daily trainers.

FuelCell TC ($200) (multi tester review)

Weight: men's 9.15 oz / 259 g(US9)   women's 7.8 oz / 221 g(US8)
Stack/Drop 30mm heel / 20 mm forefoot, 10mm
  • bounciest given Fuel Cell foam. Fresh Foam in the others. 
  • only one carbon plated, rockered, very dynamic in ride. 
  • uptempo daily trainer, 
  • most fun and priciest
Fresh Foam 1080 v10 ($150) (multi tester review)

Weight: men 9.5 oz / 269g (US9)
Stack/Drop: 30mm heel / 22 mm forefoot, 8mm
  • Engineered knit upper with some stretch. Fresh Foam midsole. Mildly rockered feel (with no plate). 
  • The more responsive daily trainer great for all paces except potentially slower recovery,
Fresh Foam X 880v10 ($130) (initial review)

Weight:  men's 10.25 oz /290 g (US9)
Stack/Drop: 10mm drop
  • all new Fresh Foam X midsole, Hypoknit upper, and outsole design
  • most flexible and easiest to run, with a strength at easier paces over the others. 
  • most traditional: in ride and for its very secure fit, yet with totally up to date materials.
  • Best value. 
  • Run Speciality Stores and New Balance only
Fresh Foam X More v2 ($160) multi tester review

Weight:men's 9.25 oz / 262 g (US9)
Stack/Drop 30mm heel / 26mm, 4mm
  • Simple engineered mesh upper, 5mm Ground Contact midsole foam as outsole
  • Lowest drop, Most cushioned and stable, lightest and stiffest with a flatter responsive responsive feel.

Read reviewers' full run bios here
The product reviewed was provided at no cost. The opinions herein are the authors'.
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Nick said...

Thanks for the great info! Any idea on when the TC will again be available for purchase online? From what I've seen it sold out in basically no time at all.

Anonymous said...

Hi sam,
It would of been great to add the new balance propel in for comparison. :)