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A fast and comfortable, neutral running shoe perfect for a rcing day edge.
…after over 250 miles of training and racing.
Name: Newton Gravity 5
Usage: 5k to Half Marathon
Weight: 8.1oz. (230g)
Heel to toe offset/drop: 3mm
This is Newton Running’s go-to neutral trainer, combining comfort and support with their proprietary Pop-1 platform.
Whilst still a fairly niche brand, Newton are beginning to carve out a reputation for fast, high quality running shoes among runners. Launching in 2007, their initial shoes brought to prominence their Action/Reaction technology and the Pop-1 platform found on the soles of most Newtons. This is a raised section on the mid/forefoot area of the sole, that almost tips you forward as you run.
The first time I tried Newtons, it was their MV3 racing flat which, with the raised platform created a negative heel to toe drop. Amazing for stripping seconds off your 5k time, but hell on your calves if you don’t slowly introduce them. For this reason, Newton have made their range of shoes increasingly accessible to first-time Newtoners, with the Gravity V being the most recent version of this popular mid-distance runner.
They look really good. I also own the previous version, the Gravity 4 and although it felt and performed well, that model lacked the sleek and aesthetically pleasing design of this latest version. They look fast; almost like a racing flat. Turning them over in your hand you can see and feel the build quality, which you do pay for but is well worth it – you pay for what you get.
There’s a lot innovation behind all Newton running shoes, centered around their Action / Reaction technology. This is present in all Newton shoes to a lesser or greater extent; a lug on the forefoot carries their P.O.P (Point of Power) technology. The Gravity 5 has P.O.P 1, Newton’s most responsive, and prominent tech. This serves to almost tip or throw you forward with every footstrike – perfect for that race day edge.
They’re light at 8.1 oz. and with the lugs feel like racing flats. I wore them in several races, including several 5k parkruns, a 10 mile race and the Central Park Half Marathon. They felt equally comfortable at all distances although I did feel it in my calves after the half marathon – that may have been a combination of the shoes and the hills!
The upper is a seamless, engineered mesh that molds itself to the shape of your foot. The lacing system and laces themselves are comfortable and work well with the foam backed tongue in avoiding any irritation or pinching.
As mentioned previously, the mid sole features Newton’s famous Action / Reaction technology. It also features high rebound EVA foam which gives good but not excessive cushioning and a ‘biomechanical metatarsal sensor plate’.
They’re really comfy, with enough support to be called a neutral trainer.
The Gravity 5 has become my go-to running shoe for races – all distances up to half marathon. They feel fast, look great and are best saved for that extra kick on race day.
Buy the Newton Gravity 5 here