The New Balance MRC1600 v2 is a racing flat ideal for long distance road races up to the marathon.


Important Shipping Note: U.S. sales only.


From 5k to Marathon, the New Balance MRC1600 v2 is ready to take on the roads. With a responsive RevLite midsole and FantomFit upper engineered for a close fit, this shoe is perfect for fast track intervals or your next road race.

Model Number:

Weight: 5.1 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (19mm), Forefoot (13mm)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D) 

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe size
  • Heel: Medium to narrow
  • Midfoot: Medium to low volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to narrow
  • Toe-Box Height: Medium
  • Arch Structure: Medium-low
  • Shoe Shape: Curved

Assembly: Imported


  • RevLite is an innovative foam compound that provides lightweight, responsive cushioning.


  • Blown rubber runs the length of the shoe for increased cushioning and responsiveness.
  • DynaRide is a lightweight, high traction outsole.


  • Open Mesh covers the majority of the upper for lightweight breathability.
  • FantomFit a skeletally engineered upper providing an ultralight fit and support.
  • Combination Last utilizes slip construction in the heel for flexibility and reduced weight, and Strobel construction in the forefoot for underfoot comfort.


  • NB-J is a racing-specific last for high performance running.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: This is a fantastic lightweight racing flat. I had other racing flats before but this is one has really blown my mind. It is extremely light, yet offers a soft and responsive ride. It is definitely not made for anything but hard surfaces but this is to be expected. The only thing that worries me, is the durability. I put 100 miles in them and I expect them to last another 100 miles at best. I have not run the 1600v1 so cannot comment on whether or not it is an improvement over the first version. I do not have any problems whatsoever and already look forward to the next half-marathon.
From: Torsten, CA. June 9, 2015

Comments: I realize there's always pressure to improve and change, but sometimes (occasionally) a design comes along that's nearly perfect. V1 of the RC1600 was that product. V2, similar to Dave's comments, didn't just jab my ankle, it actually cut into it -- making it bleed and leaving a wound. I also had to cut the tongue, but getting it right so it wouldn't re-open my cut was tedious as the tongue slipped and moved while running. Other than this "improvement," V2 appeared to be the same shoe. I'd also appreciate some muted colors. Neon orange is not my thing. I've looked everywhere for the V1, but it must be very popular as they're all sold out. Disappointing.
From: Ian, Glenelg, MD, USA. December 1st 2014

Comments: Had 2 pairs of the v1 of the RC1600, loved them, ran several half and full marathons in them, and lots of hard fast workouts. They were really the ideal race shoe for me. Unlike Dave, I had no problems at all with the changes. The new tongue didn't cause me any issues or feel much different. I wear socks (he never said if he did or didn't but just throwing that out there), so not sure if that mattered, but everyone's feet are different. Eyelet holes seems fine with me, I always go one down from the highest holes and that worked again here. The one real thing I noticed as an improvement is that there wasn't any rubbing of my left pinky toe in the update, which is usually an issue for me, not just in the 1600. I don't know if that's because of the reduction of any seams, or that the forefoot was just a tad bit roomier, but I like it. Give this one a shot if you like the previous version or are looking for a great 1/2 or full marathon shoe.
From: John, Chicago, IL, USA. September 8th 2014

Comments: The New Balance RC1600 is the first pair of shoes that I have purchased 3 pairs of. Honestly, I think that version 1 was just about the perfect shoe for me. Perfect weight, balanced heel to forefoot, comfortable upper, fit like a glove, looked great, and held up really well. Unfortunately, I have not been very happy with the changes for the v2. They look awesome and the bottom of the shoe is essentially unchanged (feels a hair softer, but I might have forgotten how the foam feels new). The trouble is that the new tongue has a stiff portion that rides up really high on your ankle and jabs into you as you bend. I had to cut a significant portion off of my pair and it still isn't perfect yet. The placement for the eyelets has also changed relative to your ankle (looks similar, but the upper shifts everything somewhat). I can't seem to find the same comfortable placement that I had on my old pairs and may end up making 2 new holes. The laces in the original version were perfec t and held your foot snug and were compliant without coming undone. The new laces are a lot thinner and are much less forgiving when you are trying to lace to the right tension. I would recommend that people buy the first version while they still can. Hopefully after some modification, these aren't going to be half bad. If it aint broke, don't fix it.
From: Dave, MA, USA. July 26th 2014