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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.