Newton Gravity Review – v6
This is a quick Newton Gravity Review looking at the 2017 model ov VI (6).
I have tried the NEWTON Gravity 6 running shoes over the last few weeks, on and off. Let me tell you about that.
But first to clear up the Forerunner 245 thing. I bought a new BLACK strap for my 235 to replaces the luminous green one. It looks much better and I’m pretending it’s a 245. It isn’t of course. I just feel happier doing that. Don’t know why. It’s in the photos further down. £5 well spent.
OK. Back to the Newtons.
Whilst I might associate ‘minimalist running’ with VIBRAMs, I would say that the Newtons differ notably from many Vibrams I have seen and NEWTON shoes are designed specifically to accommodate and enhance natural running foot-strike and gait. So you won’t be running in a glorified wafer-thin sock. Instead you’ll have something to promote natural technique. Generally from Newton this means:
- Allowing foot movement and spread within the shoe;
- Ground ‘feedback’ mechanisms in the shoe under the metatarsals;
- Small heel-to-toe drop ie not much of a heel; and
- A shoe-based energy-return mechanism under the forefoot…as shown in the 2 images, below.
I was specifically looking at these, pre-Ironman, to enhance efficiency and natural gait as well as see if there were any gains to be had from the energy return system. In the end I didn’t use them for the Ironman. I got my feet on them too late and didn’t properly get used to them. They were great up to an hour and did seem to give me, perhaps, a little extra edge in speed but a wee bit more adaptation was needed to properly bed myself into them.
Currently I’m using them in rotation with ‘normal’ shoes and progressing nicely.
If you have one pair of non-NEWTON shoes and you aim to replace them with the NEWTONs then that might be a risky strategy. If you’ve already used MOTIONs or FATEs then you’re probably good for the ‘upgrade’, although typically over £100 they are not a cheap shoe by any means – note: Amazon prices seem to be down towards Eu70 in some countries.
GENERAL VIEW OF THE SHOES – NEWTON GRAVITY REVIEW
They are lightweight and appear both durable and breathable. Once you are confident in them for longer distances they could easily be your only shoe brand.
The lugs under the forefoot, as shown above, do feel pronounced. The DO seem good for aiding impact reduction AND then assisting a possibly improved ‘toe-off’. I’m hoping that their ‘pronouncement’ will soften up a little as the miles keep going up.
They feel comfortable for me and true to the sizing and they lace up as well as most shoes do these days although perhaps the tongue could be a bit longer.
If you want to give some a go here are some Amazon links. I partner with NewRunningGear in the EU/UK and there should be a sneaky 10% discount if you buy through the link below using the code GRAVITYTFK10 – that’s the same code as for STRYD.
PRICE, DISCOUNT & AVAILABILITY
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