New Steadiness FuelCell Summit Unknown v4 Evaluation – iRunFar


[Editor’s Note: With this review, we’re making a rare exception and publishing a review of a product that will only be on the market for a few more weeks. A few of our testers liked this shoe enough that we still wanted to get word out about it, as the Summit Unknown line will be discontinued in the U.S. in the coming weeks. The successor to this line, the New Balance FuelCell Venym, has recently launched in Europe.]

How a few historical past lesson for all of the shoe geeks on the market, particularly these below 35 who could not keep in mind a little bit fad referred to as “minimalism” and the roots of the New Steadiness FuelCell Summit Unknown v4 ($130) featured on this assessment.

The inception of this shoe, with its 32-millimeter and 26-millimeter heel and forefoot stack peak, 8-millimeter drop, and 9.5 ounces (268 grams) precise weight for a U.S. males’s 9 dates all the way in which again to 2010 when iRunFar’s Travis Liles first reviewed the New Steadiness MT100. That shoe was based mostly on the final of the little-known New Steadiness 790, popularized by Anton Krupicka and Kyle Skaggs tearing it up within the late 2000s. Bryon Powell covers the creation of the New Steadiness MT101 and cult favourite MT110 on this gem of an interview from 2012 with Krupicka and Eric Skaggs about how the sneakers had been developed. It’s troublesome to overestimate the affect that these fashions had on the burgeoning path working and ultrarunning world, in addition to spawning the discharge of different minimalist fetishized sneakers just like the Salomon S/Lab Sense and the La Sportiva Helios and La Sportiva Vertical Okay fashions.

Having aesthetically peaked in 2011 with path shoe design (for my part), New Steadiness went in a unique route as “maximalism” took maintain of shoe design fads. After a number of releases of the first rate New Steadiness Vazee Summit beginning in 2015, the model launched the New Steadiness Summit Unknown in 2018. For these of you continue to with me, this mannequin included a few of the cushioning and final options of the New Steadiness RC1400 racing flat and was a nimble and responsive path shoe. This most up-to-date model, the New Steadiness Summit Unknown v4, actually flew below the radar as a well-cushioned, light-weight, all-around path shoe, so we’ve chosen to offer this shoe some love.

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New Balance Summit Unknown v4

The New Steadiness Summit Unknown v4. All pictures: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

New Steadiness Summit Unknown v4 Higher

Unassuming is a wonderful approach of describing the New Steadiness FuelCell Summit Unknown v4, and the higher is simply that. A dual-density mesh and a protecting welded overlay shield the higher on a reasonably slim final. It was simply broad sufficient for me to put on, however definitely extra slim within the toebox than previous variations. A decently well-cushioned gusseted tongue wraps across the foot and stays safe with out wrinkling or transferring round. I used to be unable to check this shoe in actually moist and wet situations, but it surely did present ample heat and safety in wintery climate situations in slushy snow, and the shoe dried out shortly.

Some runners will discover the match and final too slim, each within the toebox and midfoot space. If you’re a runner who enjoys the extra comfortable really feel of a racing flat, this shoe will doubtless be just right for you.

New Balance Summit Unknown v4 - lateral view

A lateral view of the New Steadiness Summit Unknown v4.

New Steadiness Summit Unknown v4 Midsole

With a reasonably modest stack peak of 32 millimeters within the heel and 26 millimeters within the forefoot, the New Steadiness FuelCell Summit Unknown v4 options the model’s FuelCell midsole foam. This foam is a mix of nitrogen-injected TPU and EVA foams, and its resiliency and sturdiness get up for a lot of miles. A rock plate gives further safety and actually helps the shoe stay responsive over rocky terrain.

After spending extra time in larger stack peak sneakers this fall and winter, the nimble and light-weight really feel of the Summit Unknown v4 felt positively fast over terrain. Moreover, the 6-millimeter drop was a welcome reprieve for this previous man’s calves and Achilles.

New Balance Summit Unknown v4 - medial view

A medial view of the New Steadiness Summit Unknown v4.

New Steadiness Summit Unknown v4 Outsole

The New Steadiness FuelCell Summit Unknown v4 makes use of pretty unobtrusive and low lugs that make use of the model’s proprietary Hydrohesion rubber which is surprisingly grippy. I’d examine the stick of this rubber to Salomon’s Contagrip, and it conjures up loads of confidence in sticky mud and clay, on moist rock, via snow, and whereas negotiating icy trails. It appears sturdy as properly.

New Balance Summit Unknown v4 - outsole

The outsole of the New Steadiness Summit Unknown v4.

New Steadiness Summit Unknown v4 Total Impressions

The New Steadiness FuelCell Summit Unknown v4 stays a shoe for path runners searching for that light-weight and agile road-racing-flat really feel with some added cushion, rock plate safety, and traction thrown in. I believe this mannequin maintains considerably of a sleeper popularity till some type of quasi-minimalism fad returns to the forefront of path shoe advertising. I’m solely midway joking about that concept because it’s not runners shopping for the majority of high-end trainers in the US, however reasonably healthcare professionals and hipsters latching on to the newest gorpcore pattern.

The New Steadiness Summit Unknown v4 is a path working shoe freed from gimmickry and that is refreshingly mirrored within the worth as properly. Slip on a pair with some two-inch cut up shorts, strap in your handheld bottle, and expertise less complicated instances.

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New Balance Summit Unknown v4 - upper

A high view of the New Steadiness FuelCell Summit Unknown v4.



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