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Simon Darlington
Reviewed: 14 February 2013

Feel is great, narrow fit, not very durable upper

Lightweight
As all Newtons promotes forefoot strike
Natural Feel
Not very durable, toes ripped through the upper after minimal use (1 mid-distance tri, 1 half marathon, small number of training runs) - I mainly used them as a race day trainer
Narrow fit
Dont even bother with them if you've not ran in Newtons before. If you have then the Distance is the trainer to stick with.

Use sparingly, i.e. have another set of trainers to train in use these to race in
Score breakdown



Fit:
3.0
Responsiveness:
4.0
Cushioning:
3.0
Comfort:
4.0
Breathability:
5.0
Durability:
1.0
Value:
2.0

Simon Darlington would recommend this product
Andy James 7
Reviewed: 31 October 2012

Very light and fast

I like the fact that they are so light and fast and thanks to the lugs do put a good spring in your step. You almost feel like your running barefoot but they still offer a good amount of cushioning. Great for shorter races up to 10k
They do take a lot of getting used to even as a distance user. They don't last long so are only really for racing. They work out quite expensive per mile
I would recommend them for an experienced runner who is used to wearing newtons but purely for racing. Make sure you go a good half size bigger than your foot size
Score breakdown



Fit:
4.0
Responsiveness:
5.0
Cushioning:
3.0
Comfort:
3.0
Breathability:
5.0
Durability:
2.0
Value:
2.0

Andy James 7 would recommend this product
Lee Stockman
Reviewed: 31 October 2012

Light, Fast and expensive

Shoes feel good from the word go, they are light and fast feeling. I went half size up. I use mine for speed work outs and races up to half marathon distance, done over 150 miles in mine and barely any sign on use to them.
Expensive for what they are and even more expensive if you replace them in the 250-300 mile range that Newton recommend.
Great racing flat but far to expensive.
Score breakdown



Fit:
4.0
Responsiveness:
4.0
Cushioning:
4.0
Comfort:
3.0
Breathability:
5.0
Durability:
4.0
Value:
1.0

Lee Stockman would not recommend this product
Ultra AJH
Reviewed: 31 October 2012

light, fast, comfortable

they feel great out the box, and give a good snug fit (I went 1/2 size up)You feel like racing when you put them on and I think for 5 and 10ks they are perfect. I wear newtons for most runs so am already quite used to them.
The fact that they got stolen after 3 races I dont like :-/ Also I would say unless you are used to a zero drop then just take it easy til you are.
Love them for racing, going to get some more as soon as I can.
Score breakdown



Fit:
4.0
Responsiveness:
5.0
Cushioning:
3.0
Comfort:
5.0
Breathability:
5.0
Durability:
3.0
Value:
3.0

Ultra AJH would recommend this product
Grozzlybear
Reviewed: 11 July 2012

To paraphrase the great man - for every action there is an equal opposite reaction - mine was serious bruising

Like my NB Minimus shoes these are zero drop but with better cushioning although they have a very unusual forefoot design - protruding lugs that help to propel you forward on push off. Like the NB's I had to use them with a heel pad though these come with a 3mm pad to help you transition to the very low profile. Also, like the NB's I find them only suitable for up to 10k. They are very fast and light though not quite as responsive as they look and the lugs can bruise your Mets if you're over zealous with them. The lugs work though.
They come in at a tight fit - try before you buy (TFN Nottingham are great) - they are not cheap and you won't get much more than 250 miles out of them. The lugs while effective can create discomfort and I sustained pretty bad bruising on my Mets until I adapted to them - definitely not a distance shoe in my opinion and they certainly qualify as minimalist so stay clear if your feet need more cosseting. I won't be buying these again because they are too restrictive, don't feel natural and I've found the Newton Distance S to be a far superior and more useful shoe for both racing and training.
Clever technology in forefoot works very well but doesn't compensate for other weaknesses and limitations at this price point and durability level. Bettered by their own Distance S shoe by a country mile in my opinion. I suspect lots of runners just wouldn't get on with these or at least expect a lot more for the price.
Score breakdown



Fit:
2.0
Responsiveness:
3.0
Cushioning:
5.0
Comfort:
3.0
Breathability:
5.0
Durability:
2.0
Value:
1.0

Grozzlybear would not recommend this product
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