We’re on a reviewing overdrive here at the moment.
The next shoe we’re going to talk about is the New Balance RC700.
This pair of shoes probably hasn’t registered on the radars of many athletes out there. The RC700 is a take-down model from the RC series and is predominantly meant for the Japanese market. Simply put, this is a lightweight trainer (LT) without all the latest New Balance bells and whistles.
We still see the use of Revlite in the midsole, but it is different version of the cushioning compound that is found on the higher end shoes. The outsole is largely blown rubber, which should make this shoe a bit more durable and ideal for training. The addition of the Stability Web will provide a light amount of support and runners will appreciate that as the workouts get a bit longer. It feels like the heel drop might be about 8mm. As with many traditional LTs, midfoot strikers might feel the shoe is a bit close to ground but heel strikers are offered a good amount of cushioning.
The upper of the RC700 takes on a more traditional approach. No visible heatbonded Fantomfit overlays that you find on many of NB’s newer offerings. What you get is still a breathable mesh upper with some traditional sewed overlays and a snug heel cup. With many of the ‘lower tier’ shoes, you often feel that they’ve cut corners and smudged over the details especially when it comes to fit. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with the RC700. The fit is snug in the right places, there didn’t seem to be any excess material where it was not needed and even the extra bit of support in the arch wasn’t obtrusive.
The RC700 feels like a throwback to a time before the different brands starting coming up with all these fancy names for their fancy new technologies. The RC700 is not super fancy and certainly not cutting edge in it’s use of materials. It is instead, a well put together workhorse of a lightweight trainer. Compared to the recently review RC1600v2, the RC700 feels like it lacks a little something and is surely not as responsive, though I’m sure it is not meant to be. The RC700 will slot into your current shoe line up as a “go to” LT, one that isn’t afraid of getting dirty. It is simply a shoe that gets the job done.
The New Balance RC700 is in store now and retails for $129.