Verdict from 1 expert and 16 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Light: Quite a few reviewers appreciate the trimmed down weight of the Newton BoCo AT 5. 
  • Comfortable: According to many, the trail shoe has enough cushion for a cozy in-shoe feel. 
  • Great fit: The snug wrap of the platform keeps the foot locked in place. 
  • Grip: Several buyers praise the lug pattern of the running shoe, ensuring stability. 
  • Breathability: Despite the hydrophobic qualities of the Newton shoe, multiple commenters claim that it still maximizes airflow. 
  • Protective: It incorporates durable materials that are able to resist sharp trail elements, commended a few users.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Abrasive: Some racers have observed that the running shoe needs some break-in period. 
  • Lacks lateral support: A couple of runners have shared that the platform lacks reinforcement especially on the sides.

Bottom line

As the name suggests, the BoCo AT 5 from Newton is built for all terrains and harsh weather conditions. With a design founded on this concept, the neutral trail runner delivers unparalleled grip, strength, and support. Featuring a revamped construction, the Newton BoCo AT 5 dons more surface adherence and comfort than its precursor.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Newton BoCo AT 5 vs. 4: What has been changed

Since the BoCo AT collection has established reputable qualities among avid trail runners, its fifth iteration only features one significant upgrade—its upper. This is intended to highlight ample protection from unfriendly running conditions and elements. The rest of the neutral running shoe’s makeup mirrors pretty much everything from the fourth version. 

AT 5: Who is it for? 

With the trail shoe’s engineering, it is an ideal pick for: 

  • Racers who want to tackle middle to long-distance trail competitions 
  • Heavy runners (anyone with a BMI beyond 25 or those who weigh over 90 kg.) 
  • Neutral runners
  • Overpronators (foot rolls inward); it has sufficient arch support
  • Athletes who run during the winter

What is it not great for? 

  • Jogging shoes because of its rather hefty weight
  • Running shoes for heavy rain, mud, or puddle; it can only handle slight drizzle


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