|Update:||Newton BoCo AT 4|
|Weight:||Men: 10.1oz | Women: 8.5oz|
|Heel to toe drop:||Men: 3mm | Women: 3mm|
|Arch type:||High arch|
|Strike Pattern:||Forefoot strike|
|Distance:||Daily running | Long distance | Marathon|
|Width:||Men: Normal | Women: Normal|
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Still, our test team was a bit mixed on the BoCo's performance on technical trails, where some "struggled a bit" with the uncertainty of the underfoot action and reaction.
The ride is great on softer surfaces, not as great on asphalt, but they really weren’t built for use on the latter.
Best For: Newton fans seeking a dedicated off-road trainer, or experienced forefoot runners looking to tackle technical or muddy terrain.
The fit was comfortable and the upper was deemed to provide solid security and support by most, while others found it a bit too roomy in the toe box and forefoot.
Now that I’ve put some miles in the shoe, I’m pretty confident in what I’m about to say: The BOCO is not my favorite trail shoe. By far.
The BOCO is responsive and light for a trail shoe.
- Newton attempts to gain some headway in its second attempt in the trail running category in the BoCo AT. In this shoe, Newton offers a winter companion for trail enthusiasts that will keep their feet warm and their ride smooth and very well-protected.
- The outsole has a particularly interesting new feature that is not found in other Newton 4-lugged shoes. Whereas some of these have stability issues, Newton did not go back to the 5-lug system in the BoCo AT, but instead uses smaller lugs in both the lateral and medial side of the more pronounced 4-lug system. There is a very stable ride with added grip because of the presence of these smaller lugs on both sides of the unique Newton design.
- Another great result with the new design is how smooth the transition is from the heel to the toes. As long as the runner gets used to the unique 4-lug system in the forefoot, there should be a very evident improvement in the runner’s forward motion.
- The entire upper is coated with water-resistant properties to make this shoe ideal for winter or wet conditions. Protection on rugged and tough terrain includes a very tough toe bumper, reinforced eyelets, and a ripstop upper.
The fit of the BoCo AT is designed for those with average foot measurements. There is a snug fit in the heel and the midfoot while the forefoot has generous space for the toes to splay. As it is, runners with slightly wider feet can readily feel at home in this shoe. The available width of this shoe is the standard D for the men’s and B for the women’s. The sizing runs true to the standards in the BoCo AT.
Newton anchors the production of their shoes in their unique configuration of lugs. The idea of the location of the lugs beneath the ball of the foot is to create a cushioned, smooth, and propulsive ride. The BoCo AT is one of those shoes in Newton’s fold that now uses the 4-lug system, albeit with a new upgrade. As mentioned, there are now smaller lugs on the medial and lateral sides of the 4-big lugs to stabilize the ride. These multi-directional lugs offer a cushioned and stable grip on uneven terrain.
The midsole is primarily occupied by a single density EVA that delivers decent cushioning and responsiveness. Part of the forward propulsion created by the midsole is provided by the biomechanical sensor plate beneath the metatarsals. It acts like a pivot that smoothens the transition from landing to take off. This also comprises what Newton calls as the Tuned Action/Reaction system happening in the shoe’s engine room. The Action/Reaction technology is also present in the Gravity 8, one of Newton's most popular running shoes.
The upper is a nice mix of closed mesh for adequate breathability while helping keep debris and snow off, vinyl overlays for excellent support and lockdown security, and a vinyl ripstop for uncompromising durability on rugged terrain. Running on tough winter trails is made more comfortable with the protection provided by the thick, tough, but flexible toe bumper. A soft ETC sockliner with anti-microbial properties adds cushioning and comfort in the interior.