If you’re planning a year-end overseas trip, chances are you may be looking to travel to a wintry country where you’ll experience snow. Your workout plans don’t need to be disrupted; New Balance has launched an all-new Permafrost pack, which includes the Rebel v3 and FreshFoam1080, to help support your workout needs, come rain, snow, or shine.
FuelCell Rebel v3 Permafrost review
The FuelCell Rebel v3 Permafrost is enhanced to offer seasonal coverage and thanks to its design, this is great for everyday runs, training sessions, and long distances.
Although I couldn’t test them in snowy conditions, I tried them while jogging outdoors after a rain. This is absolutely water-resistant and I love that it offers good grip – thanks to its Hydrohesion rubber outsole – despite the wet weather. My run was steady and comfortable.
If you’ve tried other FuelCell shoes from New Balance, you’ll know how lightweight the shoes are and the good cushioning feature they offer. This pair is no different.
Besides these features, these shoes are designed with reflective accents that don’t just make for an aesthetically pleasing appearance but also help to catch the light, making it great for night runs.
Finally, those who are investing in these for trekking or running in the snow will appreciate that they come with toggle/no-tie speed laces so that you can tighten your laces easily when you’re wearing gloves.
Fresh Foam X 1080v12 Permafrost review
For another shoe option that is designed to face the elements, consider the Fresh FoamX 1080v12 Permafrost, another item in the new Permafrost edition from New Balance.
Like the Rebel v3, this is equipped with the Hydrohesion rubber outsole for better grip in wet conditions, reflective details, and toggle/no-tie speed laces.
The key differences are with the foam used – Fresh Foam has even better cushion so it’s incredibly comfortable while FuelCell foam is made for better speed and power as it delivers a cushion effect that drives you forward. I find that the Fresh Foam is better for long treks and runs.
Also, the Fresh Foam X 1080v12 Permafrost has a water-repellent upper, while FuelCell Rebel v3 Permafrost is water-resistant. What this means is that the former can keep dry better, but I feel that the difference is negligent when I tried them.
New Balance FuelCell Rebel v3 retails for S$199 and the Fresh FoamX 1080v12 Permafrost retails for S$269. They’re available at the New Balance online store, as well as all Lighthouse (Jewel and Suntec City Mall) and Experience (Tampines Mall, Vivocity, Novena Square, Parkway Parade, and Paragon) stores.