5 Minute Review – New Balance RC1100 V2

For many runners, the previous version of the RT1100 was a lightweight option that offered a good amount of cushioning with mild support features.  The one gripe was that the heel unit often felt chunky and this prevented runners from turning to the RT1100 as a race day option.  If you fell into this group, you will appreciate the improvements in the latest version of this shoe – the RC1100 V2.

185g for a men's US8
185g for a men’s US8

My first impression was that RC1100 looked way sleeker than the previous RT1100.  The new RC-1N racing last and decision to reduce the heel-toe offset to 4mm give the RC1100 that close to ground feel.  This isn’t something that has been readily available with many New Balance shoes in the past (aside from the RC5000 & RC1600) and it’s cool because the shoes feel fast even when you’re just standing around in them.

High traction & full ground contact outsole
High traction & full ground contact outsole
Extended Web support
Extended Web support

 

Dynaride and ABZORB cushioning are standard.  Those fancy, high traction studs on the bottom always nice to look at and are indeed grippy on a variety of surface.  New to the RC1100 is the of the T-Beam shank (that silver bit) that helps to improve torsional rigidity and provide support.  It is more substantial than the older Stability Web and you will notice something under your arch the first time you slip these shoes on but doesn’t feel like “too much”.

All the fancy features
All the fancy features

The RC1100 has all the good stuff – the REVlite compound reduces the weight without sacrificing cushioning and the FantomFit upper make this one of the most comfortable shoes I’ve tried from New Balance.  FantomFit is a no-sew technology that is lighter and stronger, it gives the shoe a closer fit with improved comfort.  The RC1100 felt a bit narrow in midfoot area initially but felt better after a couple of minutes.  The 2E width makes for a roomy toe box.  I experienced some mild heel slip even when I laced up to the last eyelet, but the FantomFit upper locked down the midfoot and I didn’t notice any excessive movement otherwise.  These shoes seem to run a little big, so I would consider sizing down by half a size when you get your’s.

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Red shoes always look fast

I’ve not run extensively in the New Balance shoes that use the newer REVlite compound so I admit that I didn’t love these shoes straight away.  The RC1100 is not stiff (like the adidas adios 2) but it is firmer underfoot than shoes like the Asics Hyperspeed 5 or Nike Lunarspider LT+ 3.  It has a responsiveness and feel that grows on you and is very stable whenever you plant your foot.  This is unlikely to be your weekly long run shoe but for workouts at the track to your extended tempo runs, it will work a treat.  On race days, this shoe will easily take you from your 10km up to the marathon.

The RC1100 V2 is a unisex shoe.  It is available in sizes US6 – 12 and retails at $185.
For runners looking for a shoe with a little less cushioning for those really fast days, just look at it’s older brother, the new RC1300 V2.

New Releases from New Balance!

New Balance has been making huge strides (get it…that’s some running humour for you) in the last few seasons.  They’ve always had good shoes, but now they have the looks to put them high up on everyone’s list.

This season, New Balance has updated 3 fan favourite shoes that will surely make the New Balance faithful happy.

The Japan-inspired RC1300 and RC1100 have been completely reworked.  Upgrades include a 4mm heel to toe offset, FantomFit upper and big weight saving.  The shoes have a much lower profile and feel as fast as they look.

This is a unisex model
This is a unisex model
Also a unisex model
Also a unisex model

 

 

 

 

The other shoe that gets a brand new look is the 1400.  This was a real underrated performer last season.  The 1400 appealed to a huge range of runners looking for a super lightweight shoe that seemed to do it all.  Racing or training, this shoe did it all.  This season, the 1400 has a reworked upper and they’ve ditched even more weight off the original.  The 1400 still retains the 9mm heel to toe offset.

available in men's and women's models
available in men’s and women’s models

All 3 models are now available at The Runner’s Gait.