Newton Gravity V
The Newton Gravity V is designed for distance runners who want premium comfort. However, at just over 8 ounces, it’s light and responsive enough to handle speedwork and racing. It’s an all-in-one solution. Which is a good thing, because it doesn’t come cheap with a suggested retail price of $175.
The Gravity V offers runners a breathable mesh upper with an elastic 4-way stretch metatarsal panel adapts to different foot shapes and widths. The seamless upper reduces the chance of hotspots and blisters along stitch lines. Another noticeable difference from the Gravity IV, is the tongue design. The new tongue features a radial band to keep the tongue in an optimal position at all times, and foam backing on the tongue provides added comfort under the laces.
How Do They Feel?
The Newton Gravity V offers whole foot protection with forefoot and rear foot shock absorption and cushioning. The outsole is made from super high abrasion rubber compound (s.h.a.r.c.) to stand up to high mileage on paved surfaces. Just like the Gravity IV, this new model sports a 5-lug platform. Newton’s patented dynamic movement system uses five lugs which compress under the weight of the runner and then rebound upon release creating a POP effect. The aggressive rebound of the Newton Gravity IV creates a fast, smooth ride for runners.
I run in my Newtons once or twice a week. I reserve them for my tempo runs and my track workouts. The unique platform and low-drop design encourages a forefoot landing, but can also put a lot of stress on your calves and tendons if you’ve trained in running shoes with a more traditional geometry. I find that I run better if I balance my running by wearing more traditional shoes during easy runs and more aggressive shoes like the Newtons or racing flats for the fast stuff. Other runners might tell you the opposite. What can I say? As George Sheehan once said, “We’re all an experiment of one.”
On the track, the Newton Gravity V is fast and responsive. I plowed through sets of 200 and 400-meter repeats and they felt great. Out on the roads, they sailed through my 6-mile tempo runs. As I mentioned before, I’ve been hesitant to wear them on long slow runs, but that’s just because I’m an overly cautious masters runner with an irrational fear of injury.
These shoes were sent for review.