We review these high-end running shoes.
Running in a pair of Newtons is a bit like driving a French car: it feels very different to start with, but once you get used to it and find your rhythm it’s like a trusty old friend. Newton shoes are unique in having four ‘external actuator lugs’, protruding chunks of rubber that stick out of the bottom of the shoe. The lugs press into hollow chambers inside the midsole to absorb shock and then return the energy to lever you forward; but you need to be a forefoot striker – or learn to be one – for this to work. We don’t hold with the idea everyone should run like this, but we gave these to the forefoot strikers we know and they won’t take them off.
Hands-down best shoe for forefoot running; but if you land on your heel, steer clear.
PEAK PERFORMER AWARD, ISSUE 18, AUGUST 2010
Zoot Ultra TT
Traditional running race shoes are stripped of technology and end up dirt cheap; these are a new breed of shoe that adds back in new patented tricks, bumping the price up. Their speed, stability and low weight was spot-on, and uppers were super comfortable. They have a great sock-liner system in place of a tongue and laces, elasticated mesh uppers for swollen feet, odour-reducing insoles and an ingenious lacing system. There was just one snag. The narrow foothole made them tight to pull on (two secs longer than our usual shoes) and the high back rubbed on the run. From shoes promising so much, we need perfection.
Potentially brilliant tri shoe: fast, snug and comfy inside. Just not quite perfect.
GOLD AWARD WINNER, ISSUE 18, AUGUST 2010