The New Balance Fuelcore Nitrel is an excellent option for anyone looking for a trail sneaker that is not too bulky. Many times, trail shoes tend to be stiff, boxy, and heavy but that is not the case with this great-looking sneaker. New Balance used materials in its engineering to make it a breathable, lightweight, and responsive trail shoe.
The outsole is durable and delivers just the right amount of traction for mild to moderate terrain while the midsole boasts New Balance’s REVlite foam to provide an amazing response. The upper is not only nice to look at, but it is also lightweight, along with the rest of the sneaker. The no-sew engineered mesh and snazzy-looking synthetic overlays give this sneaker a leg up compared to other bulkier trail shoes. Not only does the shoe deliver great performance, but it is also priced to fit into almost any budget, and for a New Balance sneaker, that is something worth noting.
Around this diamond of V-shaped lugs, you will find a zigzag pattern made up of the same durable rubber material. This zigzag pattern can also be found on the toe area of the sneaker, allowing you to scale rocks a little easier. These lugs do not protrude from the bottom of the sneaker too far, allowing these shoes to be a little more versatile on the road as well as the trail compared to other trail running sneakers. The lug system is designed to help you grip mild to moderate terrain.
The sneaker also boasts an added cushioning feature with its NB Responsive 2.0 performance removable insert. Although this insert is thin, it packs a punch in terms of cushioned comfort. To top off the impressively lightweight yet comfortable midsole of the Nitrel Fuelcore, New Balance also injected the midsole with EVA to give the shoe even more responsive cushioning.
At the front of the sneaker, you will find a specific synthetic overlay that extends over the toe area which is stamped with the words “toe protect”. As you would expect, this overlay is designed to prevent injury or wear to the toes while out on the trail. The heel is reinforced with an additional flexible heel counter which locks your foot in place.
Most reviewers said this shoe delivers a comfortable underfoot experience. A large number of reviewers said the sneakers feel great right out of the box and do not require that much in the way of break-in time. However, some consumers did say that the shoe tends to run a little narrow. With that in mind, the sneaker is offered in both wide widths and regular widths.
The toe protects will also help keep your toes from injury as well as help the sneaker maintain its shape. The synthetic overlays will also help keep the shoe in its original shape for quite some time. It should be noted, however, that one user did remark that the toe protects cracked after only minor usage.
The REVLite foam that makes up the midsole is very lightweight and is also extremely flexible. The no-sew engineered mesh found in the upper is flexible as well because it is lightweight and not stiff at all. There are no seams in the upper to add any stiffness to the shoe either, which is a plus in the flexibility and comfort department.
- No-sew engineered mesh upper is lightweight, breathable and adaptable
- Toe protect synthetic overlay at the toe of the sneaker provides protection and durability
- NB performance 2.0 insert delivers additional cushioned comfort and support
The New Balance Fuelcore Nitrel come in a plethora of great-looking colorway options to choose from for both men and women so you are sure to find something you like. They may not offer the most amazing support or stability, but for the cost, they are a great option for anyone looking for a name-brand sneaker that will carry them over mild to moderate terrain.