New Balance FuelCell SuperComp SD-X
The New Balance FuelCell SuperComp SD-X is a high-performance track and field shoe designed for sprinters and middle-distance runners, with a particular emphasis on the 200m through 800m distances.
I tested these spikes out, and found them to be both comfortable and fast. Here we will go over the New Balance FuelCell SuperComp SD-X sprinting spikes so you can see if they are the right sprinting spikes for you.
About The New Balance FuelCell SuperComp SD-X
The New Balance FuelCell Supercomp SD-X gives sprinters and middle distance runners a combination of comfort and performance which is unmatched by most sprinting spikes.
The New Balance FuelCell Supercomp SD-X combines FuelCell foam technology with a responsive carbon fiber spike plate, which gives these shoes a bouncy, propulsive, and high speed ride. In using these spikes, I found that they make you feel like you want to go forward, and you want to do it quickly! If you want a pair of spikes that feel like they launch you down the track each step, these are a good option to try.
The upper material on these spikes is breathable and form fitting, similar to the sock-like feel of the Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2. They fit snugly on your foot, but without feeling like they are restricting your foot's ability to move. If you enjoy a flexible but sturdy upper material in your sprinting spikes, the New Balance FuelCell Supercomp SD-X would fit your needs.
These sprinting spikes come with a carbon fiber spike plate with 6 removable spikes, as well as many smaller, molded plastic points which aid in traction and give you outstanding grip around the turns. Being designed for the 200 meter up through the 800 meter events, these spikes will ensure you have grip when you needed and propulsion when you want it most.
Overall, the New Balance New Balance FuelCell SuperComp SD-X is a top-of-the-line track and field shoe that is designed to provide speed, support, and comfort for competitive runners. If you want to upgrade your spikes and try something new, the SD-X is a worthy contender.
Fit & Comfort
I picked up a pair of size 11.5 SD-X spikes, and personally I find them to be just barely big enough for my feet without socks. So, from a fit perspective, I would say that they run slightly small.
These spikes are pretty comfortable, with the spike plate providing good coverage of the foot. The FuelCell foam makes these spikes feel spikes yet supportive, and the breathable upper material is snug to the foot without being uncomfortably tight.
Common Questions About The New Balance FuelCell Supercomp SD-X
What type of runner is the New Balance FuelCell Supercomp SD-X designed for?
The New Balance SD-X is designed for sprinters and middle distance athletes, specifically targeted at the 200m, 400m, and 800m events in track & field. 100 meter dash sprinters and hurdlers can benefit from using these spikes as well, making them a well rounded sprint spike for athletes competing in various events.
What is the technology used in the midsole of the New Balance FuelCell Supercomp SD-X?
The FuelCell Supercomp SD-X utilizes technology such as the FuelCell foam and a carbon spike plate to help propel you down the track at the fastest speeds possible.
New Balance FuelCell foam is a high-performance foam technology used in the midsole of New Balance running shoes and sprinting spikes. It is designed to provide a responsive and energized ride for runners by returning the energy generated by each foot strike. The FuelCell foam is made from a lightweight and durable TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) material that is engineered to provide both cushioning and propulsion.
The full length carbon spike plate provides a stiff, reactive, and powerful ride which ensures that the force you put into the ground is used efficiently to sprint down the track.
What is the weight of the FuelCell Supercomp SD-X?
The New Balance FuelCell Supercomp SD-X weighs 5.3 ounces, or 151.3 grams. This is approximately the same weight as a baseball or a half-deck of cards.
Does the FuelCell Supercomp SD-X have a carbon fiber plate?
Yes, these sprinting spikes utilize a carbon fiber spike plate with 8 non-removeable spike pins.
How does the FuelCell Supercomp SD-X compare to other track and field shoes?
The New Balance Supercomp SD-X ranks up there with other high performance sprinting spikes such as the Nike MaxFly, the Adidas Adizero SP2, and the Puma EvoSpeed Tokyo Future.
What makes the New Balance FuelCell Supercomp SD-X unique is that it is designed for both the sprints and the 800 meter run.
What is the drop of the FuelCell Supercomp SD-X?
The New Balance FuelCell Supercomp SD-X has a 6mm drop.
What is the fit of the FuelCell Supercomp SD-X like?
The New Balance FuelCell Supercomp SD-X fits like a sock, thanks to its flexible and soft upper material. This is similar to the Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 in that it form fits to your foot. The FuelCell foam gives these spikes a soft but bouncy ride, giving you a great combination of comfort and performance.
How much does the FuelCell Supercomp SD-X cost?
You can pick up a pair of New Balance FuelCell Supercomp SD-X sprinting spikes for $179 through the New Balance website.
About The Author
My name is Cody Bidlow. I have been sprinting and coaching in Track & Field for the majority of my life. One of my life purposes is to share what I have learned, so that other people can benefit.
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