May
31
2014

Review: The 2014 Newton Distance III & Gravity III

2014 NEWTON GRAVITY III

2014 Newton Gravity III Review

Click to watch my 2014 Newton Gravity III Review

Well, i finally get my sweet lil ginger feet into a pair of the 2014 Newtons and am pleasantly surprised after that whole Newton BOCO AT debacle. These shoes return to what I know and love about the newton lug system, even bettering an already solid platform by adding a 5th lug and adjusting the midfoot lug box. Really have to say I enjoy these shoes a LOT!

The 5th lug is an amazing addition, creating far more stability in this shoe compared to it’s predecessor. It also features a beautifully comfortable upper thats thin, light and plenty breathable. This shoe really shines at the top of the Newton hierarchy, but BOY is it expensive ($175).

Now, I have justified this cost in the past – citing that the shoe gets more mileage, wear better, performs great as a trainer, etc. But really, comparing this new Gravity III to the new Distance III, I really can’t see why you would buy this over the $20 cheaper Distance III. That shoe will perform solidly as a trainer and racing shoe with plenty of durability – pending your efficiency – so i would stick with it. I will say that during my review process, I put far more miles in this particular shoe over the Distance, but that’s because I realized just how similar they are.

So click above and watch my full review of the 2014 Newton Gravity. Have you run in the new Distance III or Gravity III yet? What do you think about the new 2014 Newton shoes? And have you seen some of their new kicks like the KISMET, FATE and AHA?

LIKED:

  • 5 lugs (stable)
  • upper (light, thin, breathable, welded)
  • ToeBox (high volume)
  • Looks (design)
  • Durability
  • 3mm Drop
  • Flexible

DISLIKED:

  • Break-In (bit more than used to)
  • Weight (9.5oz)
  • Price ($175)
  • Odor retention

QUALITY: 4/5
COMFORT: 4/5
PRICE: 2/5
LOOKS: 5/5

TOTAL: 15/20

These shoes were provided by Newton Running for review. All opinions are my own.

 

2014 NEWTON DISTANCE III

2014 Newton Distance III Review

Click to watch my 2014 Newton Distance III Review

So after a few months, I finally got my hands on a pair of the new 2014 Newton Distance III and guess what? I really like them! After a bad experience with the Newton BOCO AT, I was skeptical of some of the new Newton tech, but am happy to report that the Newton Distance III stay true to form and rock for us midfoot/forefoot strikers. It feels just like the Newtons I’m used to and reminded me why I like them. Nice to feel that “POP” again – even though it takes quite awhile to get to that point in these.

While my major fault with this shoe revolves around how long it takes to really break-in the lug system – expect 40+ miles before you really fell that “pop” – there are a number of new things I really enjoy. The upper is fantastic. I think the new materials they are using are awesome, super soft, light and airy. The shoes themselves are fairly light (7.8oz) and will work very well for training and/or racing. Especially with the new lateral heel rubber which helps reduce wear-and-tear on the exposed EVA.

Comparing this shoe to the new Gravity III is a bit of a no brainer. While comparing Gravity and Distance shoes of Newton past, I could see why you would choose to run in both for various scenarios. But in this particular model year, I really feel that you get far more bang for your buck by sticking with the Distance III for all your needs. While the shoe is still VERY expensive, it’s a better deal than the $175 Gravity III and performs just as well – if not better. I put a bulk of my review miles in the Gravity, but once I switched into the Distance III, it was evident just how similar they are despite the lower heel drop, lighter weight and differences in upper. I liked them more.

For you Newton-philes out there, have you run in either the Gravity III or Distance III? Let me know in the comments below what you think of the shoes and if you’re as excited about them as I am? Also, have you seen some of the new models such as the FATE, KISMET or AHA?

LIKED:

  • 5 Lugs (stable)
  • Upper (breathable, light, thin)
  • Toe Box
  • Looks
  • 2mm Drop
  • Lateral Heel Rubber
  • Flexible

DISLIKED:

  • Break-in (no immediate POP, had to earn it)
  • Price ($155)
  • Sizing (expect a half size up)

QUALITY: 4/5
COMFORT: 4/5
PRICE: 2/5
LOOKS: 5/5

TOTAL: 15/20

These shoes were provided by Newton Running for review. All opinions are my own.

 

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4 Comments + Add Comment

  • Do you have any info on Newtons new models? Not much out there other than Road Runner Sports brief description.

  • I SOOO wanted the gravity 3′s to be THE shoe for me.. Not for a lack of trying, persistence and a bit of stubbornness it seems these shoes are damaging me.

    I have been running with a fore-foot strike for one and a half years (as wear on my shoes shows) and even splashing in some barefoot training, so I am sure that my technique can’t be that bad. However as soon as I slid into the Newtons and went for a 10k trial I started getting tight calves. The more I ran, the more sore my calves got and the longer it took to recover from the soreness. I had only experienced this kind of discomfort after running futher than I should in five-toe shoes..which I knew I shouldn’t have and quickly went back to suggested training regime.

    Then, back in my shiny Newtons, out of nowhere after only 27k I started getting very painful heal pain (researach pointed towards plantar faciitis). Ever though I am no doctor, all indications point towards the Newtons as the cause of my pain. I refrained from running for 3 weeks, and started back in my old shoes to find no discomfort while gently upping my distances.

    Now back in my old shoes and back to similar distances, I desperately try to use the Newtons to get SOME value for the large amount I paid. Yet after every run I return to the familiar tight calves and heal ache. I have tried to ensure good technique, gentle progression of distance and plenty of recovery time yet the Newtons still hate me.

    I hope my experience is a lone one and that it doesn’t spread to others!

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  • Love the videos. I’ve run through two distance s’ shoes. Does the 5 lug system provide enough stability in the standard distance iii shoe? Also how does the energy nr compare to the distance or distance s? Would like to save some money, but don’t want to give up too much of what I’m used to. Thanks again.

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