Newton Distance Trainer
Newtonrunning.com | 7.8 oz | $155
Fit | The flagship model of this upstart brand continues to evolve with a new mesh upper configuration. Built to be a high-mileage everyday trainer, it has a secure fit in the heel and mid-foot, and a slightly wider toe box than most road shoes so the toes can properly splay out.
Feel | There is a superior foot/shoe connection in this shoe, both because of a low-volume cavity and because of the forefoot lugs that press into a hollow chamber, which can result in an absorbent or springy sensation depending on your foot strike style. “I’m not sure I was always running in them with a mid-foot gait, but I definitely thought it was lighter than most trainers I’ve tried,” said one tester.
Ride | Once you get the hang of Newton’s four external lugs underneath your forefoot, the ride feels firm and fast. “I used to be skeptical, but now I’m a believer,” said one tester. And with a flat, mid-foot strike pattern, it’s versatile enough to handle long distance quite well, too. “It’s definitely different than every shoe out there,” said one tester.