Last fall I got to review the Newton MV2 and I am a big fan of the shoe. When I found out Newton was sending me the new 2012 Distance trainer to review I was super stoked. I run well in Newton running shoes and they are great for tuning my running form. When I run in other shoes I try to remember the foot strike that the Newtons encourage. Since I rotate my shoes often, I use the Newtons to reset my form back to a conscience state of proper foot strike. I have only had the Newton Distance Trainers for three weeks and I have already put 135+ miles on them. They are slightly heavier at 7.8 oz. than the MV2 at 5.8 oz. but make for a better general miles trainer than the MV2. I would use the MV2 for up to a half marathon but switch to the Distance for any greater distances. While I had to move up to a 10.5 size shoe in the MV2, the Distance fits perfect at a size 10 and has a generous toe box. I can’t explain why, but I just run faster in Newtons. This past weekend I PR’d a 10 mile race in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park wearing the Distance. So what’s new in the 2012 Newton Distance Trainer?
- The midsole side profile is streamlined to reduce weight and highlight 2mm heel to toe drop
- They filled in the midsole to make the mid-foot more stable
- The new mesh used for the upper has a better weave to keep out debris but is still highly breathable
- Removed all metal parts from the shoe to lighten the shoe – eyelets are now stitched instead of metal
- Wider throat to the shoe accommodates more ranges in feet
- Removed the Newton heel wrap to lighten the shoe
- The shoe is about 5% lighter for men’s and a whopping 11% lighter for women’s
- New contoured sock liner for better fit.
The Newton Gravity was updated too. If the updates are as good as the updates to the Distance then Newton is headed in the right direction. The shoe feels and rides like the previous model, it’s just a better fit and a bit lighter. If you like Newton trainers you will love the 2012 Distance Trainer. For another review check out GingerRunner.com