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The New Balance RC 1600 v2: Speed Takes on a New Look

January 29th, 2014

The New Balance RC 1400 v2 has harnessed its fair share of attention in the running world as of late. Though not a huge update, the release of version two breathed new life into the shoe, making it a top choice for runners looking for a performance shoe that blends aspects of a lightweight trainer and a racing flat.

The 1400’s slimmed down cousin, the RC 1600, is set to receive a similar treatment this summer.

Like in the 1400, there aren’t any huge changes in this second iteration of the 1600. The midsole and outsole go unchanged and will continue to deliver a fast and responsive ride, with just a touch of cushioning underneath to get you through a 10k or half marathon. Expect the offset to remain at 6mm, a sweetspot for those who train in a traditional trainer yet want a more efficient feel for fast paced running.

The upper, on the other hand, gets a slick redesign. The repositioned overlays should provide a snug, performance fit throughout, with a secure lockdown through the midfoot. Aesthetically, it’s something different for the shoe; the aggressive new look keeps the shoe aligned with the eye-catching style of the 1400 v2. The Orange/White men’s colorway as well as the Silver/Yellow color on the women’s side (not pictured) are both sure to grab the attention of your competitors come race day.

The New Balance RC 1600 v2 will be available July 2014.

New Balance RC 1600 v2; M 5.5 oz, W 4.6 oz, $110*

*Footwear specs provided by New Balance.

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