Shoe Review: New Balance MC 996 D
February 6, 2013 · Print This Article
Known for their following with avid and world class runners, New Balance took a major step into the tennis industry this year by signing up-and-coming Canadian Milos Raonic to a multi-year footwear and clothing deal. Although Raonic’s apparel won’t be available until the fall, New Balance was quick to send us a pair of his signature MC 996 shoe (pictured to the right) for a review.
After wearing these shoes for two weeks (50 hours on court), I was thoroughly impressed by how they continued to take the shape of my foot over time. Wearing the Nike Air Max Courtballistec 4.3 and the Babolat Propulse 3 over the past 2 years, the MC 996 certainly takes over in the comfort and speed department. Using footwork and court speed as my greatest strengths when coaching or competing, the MC 996 allowed me to stay low-to-the-ground, while maintaining comfort and stability. Weighing a remarkable 13.7 ounces, the MC 996 shoe is considerably lighter than the Courtballistec 4.3 (16.1 ounces) and the Babolat Propulse 3 (16.2 ounces). The soon-to-be released Babolat Propulse 4 comes in at 16.4 ounces.
If shoe weight isn’t your biggest concern, how about durability? The MC 996 comes with a one year NDurance One Year durability guarantee, which is truly unmatched in today’s tennis market. Priced at $94.95 US, the MC 996 won’t dent your pocket book either.
Available in two widths (D and 2E), the MC 996 tennis shoe comes in three smart cosmetics for 2013: White/Green/Black, Black/Yellow/White and White/Silver/Black.
In an evolution of the 851 shoe, the 996 steps up the game with PROBANK stability technology, REVLITE and an NDURE cage, while not sacrificing stability.
I would say that overall the MC 996 shoe is best kept for the match court because of it’s low-to-the-ground nature. I definitely felt as though my court speed was improved when playing on both clay and hard-court and you almost want to save that feeling until you’re playing a match.
The New Balance MC 996 is currently on the market and can be purchased at the following TennisWarehouse.com link.
For more on New Balance and all their current and upcoming products, checkout their official site at NewBalance.com.