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Features & Benefits:
- Comolded medial post to provide just the right amount of stability
- Engineered mesh upper for a breathable fit that is light support and flexible fit
- Strategically placed ground contact EVA midsole delivers lightweight cushioning
- FuelCell midsole gives you high-rebound cushioning to help drive you forward
- Category: Light Stability
- Drop: 6 mm
- Weight: 8.6 oz
CUSTOMER RATINGS & REVIEWS
- tempo runs
- New Balance
Energy Return! [Staff Review]
Trying the shoe on indoors, it feels more springy with energy return than just about any shoe outside of the Nike Vaporfly. The ramp of the shoe felt almost segmented, as though it pitches suddenly and more dramatically at the toe-off. It felt like a cushioned shoe standing inert, but this changes when running in them. Having logged 100+ miles on them, I am surprised by the different feel they have on the road. They did not feel nearly as cushioned, in truth they felt hard with the shock of the pavement strongly emanating up through the midsole. Yet the springy-responsiveness holds true on the run and causes innate momentum to mitigate the shock caused by landing too heavily, (in other words, the bounciness of the shoe mostly promotes a fast transition and lessens the full weight of the footstrike.) The heel is more cushioned than the rest of the shoe, so as a runner fatigues and falls further back on his heels, the pounding is better absorbed. Classified as a light-stability shoe the harder instep piece penetrates my neutral foot strike and causes discomfort after about 4 or 5 miles, yet its not overly intrusive enough not prevent me from gutting out the full 10 miles. There is not a dramatically different experience running on softer surfaces, (track & dirt,) opposed to the road. It's a good shoe, and the quick-turnover responsiveness is only superceded by carbon-plate shoes, on the same level as the nylon-plated Saucony Endorphin Speed. The Fuelcell Prism is probably better for a runner that needs light support, it feels amazing during non-running daily activity, and has a dramatic try-on feeling. This in-store 'wow' factor, parallels good performance outside on the run. 7.8 stars out of 10.
Comfortable Shoe (Staff Review)
Shoes are very comfortable and fit my feet very well. I often wear them to work when I am on my feet all day and these shoes have allowed my feet to be pain free despite rarely sitting down. Would highly recommend these shoes for anyone who spends most of the day on their feet.
Can't take it for longer runs [Staff Review]
I was really excited for the Prism when I first saw it. I put a ton of miles into the 870, the predecessor to this shoe. The still is greatly improved, and the light, cushioned feel is awesome. However, I overpronate and have dealt with recurring calf problems. This doesn't have enough medial support to prevent overpronation as I fatigue on longer runs. I wish the shoe was a little more rigid through both the midsole and the medial side of the upper. I'll continue to use for short and easy runs, but probably won't take it past 5 miles.
This shoe is not as heavily padded as the Fuel Cell TC but it is light weight for those 10k up tempo runs and in my opinion a great alternative to the pegasus 37 at the same pricepoint. The shoe does look sleek an could be a good choice for a casual sneaker day as well.
Great addition to the NB stability line!
I was a fan of the original Vazee Prism years ago and I was stoked upon discovering NB was resurrecting the model within their FuelCell line. The Prism provides ample cushioning without sacrificing a lightweight feel. I was pleased with the snappy and responsive sole, making it a great option for both my tempo and longer runs right out of the box. I was also incredibly impressed with the mild stability post, providing just the right amount of structure without weighing me down. An overall awesome update!