|Update:||Newton Distance 9|
|Weight:||Men: 7oz | Women: 6.1oz|
|Heel to toe drop:||Men: 2mm | Women: 2mm|
|Arch type:||High arch|
|Strike Pattern:||Forefoot strike|
|Width:||Normal | Normal|
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The cushioning provided by the lugs uses a different approach to most shoes that rely on EVA foam. However, the forefoot cushioning of the Distance feels quite similar to shoe of the same drop that use standard EVA foam. Running with a Newton Distance on one foot and the Brooks PureCadence on the other, the forefoot cushioning was nearly identical. In fact, I felt like the Brooks had a little more rebound than the Distance.
- Newton dished out minimal changes in the 5th version of the Distance. The upper gets the major makeover in this version. Most visible is the change in the mesh. The forefoot continues to be very open for ultra-breathability, but the rest of the shoe is now made of more refined and structured mesh starting around the midfoot to the heel. This helps with foot security in these areas.
- Another change is in the tongue padding. This version has a very flat tongue made of smooth material. Newton wanted the tongue to fit like a second skin.
- The suede overlay in the midfoot has been replaced with a stitched version. To compensate for this, Newton also moved the stitched logo from around the heel to the immediate vicinity of the midfoot.
The fit continues to be a trademark of past Distance models. It has a secure wraparound feel in the heel and locked down midfoot with a very average forefoot. The snug fit helps provide that fast-paced feel. This should be a nice fit for those with medium to narrow feet. Standard shoe length is applied in the shoe.
The outsole is made largely of what Newton calls as the SHARC or Super High Abrasion Rubber Compound, which is basically very tough carbon rubber for excellent wear and tear protection. Moreover, this has excellent traction even in wet conditions. Like all Newton shoes, the Distance IV features the proprietary lug system just beneath the metatarsal. In this shoe, it is the POP 1 or the 5-lug system that has squared corners for optimal cushioning.
The midsole is a simple compression-molded EVA that covers the entire shoe. It works with the lugs to create another Newton tech in the Action/Reaction technology. The idea behind the design is to provide runners with almost the same energy return that is commensurate with the force upon impact. The Newton Gravity 8 is another competition shoe with the Action/Reaction technology and is one of the most popular running shoes from the brand.
The upper uses two kinds of mesh. It has round holes in the forefoot with a more structured type starting from the midfoot to the forefoot. The heel is a bit stiff for some semblance of stability. There is a synthetic overlay in the midfoot as well as a stitched Newton logo. Semi-flat laces hold the fit together while an almost flat tongue gives a second skin feel.