|Update:||Newton Gravity 9|
|Weight:||Men: 8.7oz | Women: 7.4oz|
|Heel to toe drop:||Men: 3mm | Women: 3mm|
|Arch type:||High arch|
|Strike Pattern:||Forefoot strike|
|Heel height:||Men: 26mm | Women: 26mm|
|Forefoot height:||Men: 23mm | Women: 23mm|
|Release date:||Feb 2018|
|Width:||Normal | Normal, Wide|
|Colorways:||Black, Blue, Red|
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Bad Form Prohibited: A review of the Newton Gravity 7More photos
I am a 41-year-old runner, about 170 pounds and 6’ 1” tall. I race all distances, from 5ks to Marathons, and spend at least half of my year training for an upcoming marathon.
I’ve run in Newtons before. A few years ago I was frustrated at my lack of progress and bad form on my foot strike.
After a consultation with a shoe expert, I was fitted for a pair of Newton Kismet. It was a shocking transition from a plush stability shoe to a lightweight neutral shoe that forced me to land mid- to fore-foot.
I received some minor calf strains as I became used to the lugs underfoot, but 1,000 miles through 2 pairs of Newtons was the answer to correct my running form. I mention this to explain my high expectations of the Newton Gravity 7.
The Newton Gravity 7 is very lightweight and fit moderately well to my foot.
I was excited to see some modifications and improvements in the shoes compared to the last models I ran in a few years ago. Generally, the shoe felt fast, providing exceptional response underfoot.
I usually wear a size 12, so that’s what I ordered, and they fit snug. Every so often, I catch the toes on my right foot crashing into the end of the shoe, but it is not problematic.
Compared to the pair of Newtons I trained in a few years ago, the toe box for the Gravity 7 is quite spacious. My feet are not cramped, and my toes are able to splay naturally.
The heel is firm and fits closely to my foot. The drop of 3 millimeters makes for a very responsive heel.
When it comes to the arch, however, I noted that the support for my foot is somewhat lacking. People with higher arches may not find this shoe to be as supportive as needed.
I am very impressed with the upper portion of this shoe. The tongue is almost unnoticeable and the mesh is breathable but firm.
The midsole is moderately cushioned but very responsive.
The website claims a “biomechanical metatarsal sensor plate,” which I assume sits just above the lugs on the outsole. This combination makes for a very responsive shoe, allowing the runner to feel the road and adapt the feet through the stride.
The Gravity 7 is fitted with “Point Of Power” – POP1 – technology, which provides heavy rubber lugs under the forefoot. These lugs accomplish at least two things:
- They compel the runner to land mid- to fore-foot, which is probably the most efficient foot-strike.
- They give the runner a great sense of responsiveness on the go.
I jumped into the Gravity 7 with not much of an adaptation period. In fact, my first run in these was a warm up and 5k race. As a daily trainer, I have no complaints at all about the shoe’s function.
As noted above, I enjoy great responsiveness in the shoes, though I have NOT experienced a noticeable “POP” or additional springiness from the POP1 technology. My form and foot strike has become more efficient from running in these shoes, however.
Work out Adaptability
I ran in the Gravity 7 for 4 weeks, putting 226 miles on them, which is an average of 56 miles per week. I used these for speed work, long runs, recovery runs, and hill workouts.
I rank the workouts for which this shoe is best used below:
- Speed Workouts
- Long Runs
- Recovery Runs
- Hill Workouts
Let me explain why Hill Workouts ranked last: The POP1 technology made running UPHILL terrific! But they made running downhill uneven and problematic for me.
I was able to get 500 miles out of my last Newtons a few years ago. I am not as optimistic with this pair of Gravity 7. After 225 miles, the lugs look like they will only last another 100 miles or so. The foam portion of the heel is deteriorating pretty quickly.
This photo reveals how much the shoe can tear up if you allow a lazy foot strike. I estimate these shoes will probably only last around 300-350 miles before needing replacement.
- POP1 encourages proper foot strike.
- Lightweight = great trainer and racer.
- Midsole cushioning is adequate.
- Outsole foam on heel area deteriorates quickly.
- $175 is a little too much for a shorter life expectancy.
I am a big fan of Gravity 7. This shoe fits well, is exceptionally lightweight, and helps promote an efficient foot strike.
I am not pleased with the durability of the shoe, or its function on extreme downhill slopes. Otherwise, I find this shoe to be a very efficient daily trainer.
Check out my video review here.
Newton Gravity, always running downhill (or so it feels that way)More photos
I was given the privilege to test out the New Gravity 7 running shoes. I had been a longtime admirer of Newton shoes but had been afraid to try them because of the different style of running and the cost.
It was probably the cost that scared me the most because who wants to spend nearly $200 to find out that Newton shoes were impossible for them to adjust to. With the chance to try the shoes and give my opinion all at the cost of my review was very exciting.
These shoes are bright red and green (my kids refer to them as my Christmas shoes); I like how bright they are and I normally don’t like bright shoes.
The weight of the shoe seems near featherlike, I have been running on the trails in trail shoes for a long time but even for road shoes, they seem light. Newton puts a large 5 lug P.O.P platform at the back of the forefoot.
The P.O.P. system is designed to give momentum and provide the cushion. The midfoot of the outer sole looks like it is made of soft foam and as though it won’t hold up to the miles I hope to put on the shoe.
When I put the shoes on, I’m immediately impressed with its true to size fit. The upper is very soft and feels like it will breathe easily. The support fits my medium arched foot with near tailor like precision.
The tongue is comfortable and is sewn to elastic ties on both sides about half way down the tongue. Walking around the house provides a large wobbly rocking motion as I roll over the P.O.P. platform. I can’t wait to go for a run in these.
First run impression
I was expecting that I would have some pain or that I would have to run with a forefoot strike versus my more natural heel strike.
I was pleasantly surprised when I was able to easily convert to forefoot strike without any pain. I only ran 4 miles for my first run and the shoe felt light and fast.
The long haul
From day one on these shoes, it felt fast and I, for the first time in a long time, looked forward to speed work. This shoe will make you feel like you aren’t wearing shoes at all, giving that wonderful flying feeling.
I ran a few 5K races pacing one of my kids (19min/9-year-old) and while I wasn’t running hard it was nice to have these shoes on and I feel that they would make a good race day shoe. The shoe is fast and gives more cushion than you would expect from a shoe this light and thin.
On longer runs, the shoe still performs. I ran a hand full of 20 mile runs in them and while my feet felt a bit bruised up and my calves slightly more tired, they performed as good or better than my Adidas Boston Boost. Overall these shoes flat out perform.
The shoe construction is of higher quality than most shoes on the market. I did, however, experience issues with the outer sole separating from the midsole.
For the selling price of these shoes, I would have been upset with this material issue, however, it didn’t affect the overall performance of the shoe. This was the only material break down that the shoe suffered in over 300 hard miles of running.
Overall, the shoe performs like a sports car, it’s fast lightweight and responsive. It excels on the track and when performance is needed. Also, they can carry you through the long runs as well as much heavier training shoes.
If you have never used a forefoot striking shoe with a very small heel drop, it may take a couple weeks to get used to it. Once you get over the hump of sore calves you will really enjoy this shoe.
This shoe isn’t meant to be everyday wear around the house type of shoe, I’m not saying you can’t do it but I don’t think it would be comfortable. I don’t wear my running shoes for any purpose outside of running in but don’t think that this shoe would be fun to wear around outside of running.
This isn’t a cheap shoe which might keep and has kept me, from purchasing. At a suggested retail price of $175 for a shoe that will take a few weeks to get used to running in might not be for everyone. I would still recommend this shoe as it’s a fun shoe to run in plus everyone will look at you like you know what you are doing.
They're not reinventing the wheel here. They're just making damn good wheels out of premium materials that last.
In our brief wear-test of this shoe, we appreciated it quite a bit for its light, nimble and responsive feel. It has a lightweight construction and smooth, comfortable step-in feel, but it’s one of only a handful of shoes in this review that feels even lighter on the run.
- The midsole design of the Newton Gravity 7 has identical technology with the previous version. One of the cosmetic changes done in the shoe is the absence of the text on the P.O.P. platform. With this change, the shoe’s performance should remain. It gives runners the springy ride and low offset design that they desire.
- Another primary update was made to the color palette of the shoe. It aligns with the bright pops that the fans of the series have come to love.
- This year’s newest version of the Gravity utilizes a thin layer of Newtonium Cushioning compound. The purpose of this material is for additional comfort and responsiveness.
The shoe runs true to size, and it offers a comfortable and snug fit to medium-footed runners. The Gravity 7 from Newton is available in standard medium D and B widths for men’s and women’s respectively.
The SHARC outsole is integrated into the Newton Gravity 7. It is formed in a phalangeal pattern which aims to deliver increased traction while adapting to the natural movements of the foot. The material is sure to perform well in wet and dry conditions. It provides added durability to the platform as well.
Located in the forefoot area is the high-density rubber. This component of the shoe is focused on providing long-lasting performance that the runner will enjoy.
Better cushioning is encouraged by the high-rebound EVA. It adds durability against the hazardous nature of different paved surfaces.
The Newton Gravity 7 utilizes the new technology called the Newtonium Cushioning System. The foam that is closer to the foot offers a more responsive and comfortable cushioning. This technology is essential in providing the runner with a more efficient and energetic ride.
In the heel and forefoot area lies the Action/Reaction Technology. This component of the shoe offers an agreeable energy return. When the lugs in the external sole unit are compressed, shock absorption is improved, and energy is released during the toe-off phase. This feature also brings a similar benefit to the Newton Gravity 8, which is the latest version of this shoe.
The Newton Gravity 7 uses the Biomechanical Metatarsal Sensor Plate. This sensor plate's primary goal is to increases the wearer’s proprioception. Coordinated movements are encouraged by these proprioceptors. As a result, a better and more flexible ride is promoted.
Enhanced flexibility and full-foot cushioning are offered by the POP1 features of the shoe. Lugs recede into air-filled chambers to provide a fast and responsive underfoot feel. These lugs are acting like rubber bands that push the runner off to their next stride. The energy created from the foot’s heel strike and mid-stance is stored in the external lugs.
The ETC Sockliner is integrated into the Newton Gravity 7. This material plays a significant role in ensuring the maximum comfort of the runner.
The High Rebound EVA works together with the POP1 technology. This material is essential in providing a durable underfoot cushioning to the shoe. It also helps to deliver a more responsive ride.
Stitched to the upper unit of the shoe is the Strobel Last. It offers a more comfortable under shoe feel as well as high levels of flexibility and strength.
The Newton Gravity 7 uses a lightweight and seamless Engineered Mesh. It is focused on allowing better inflow and outflow of air to go through the upper section. This material creates a more relaxed, healthier, and fresher foot environment.
The 360 Degree Reflectivity increases the shoe's visibility during evening runs. This ensures that the runner can be seen, especially in low-light conditions.
An individualized fit is offered by the 4-Way Stretch Mesh Metatarsal Panel. This part of the upper is an essential component of the shoe that adapts to the foot without any restriction.
It has a Heel Lace Lock that provides added security to the foot. It aims to keep the ankle and heel area snug and tight.
The updated mesh tongue enhances the upper fit. It uses a breathable and flexible mesh to provide the right combination of comfort and performance.
The lightweight and semi-flat laces are used in the Newton Gravity 7. Throughout the running activity, a snug and consistent fit are maintained with the help of these laces.
The Newton Gravity 7 utilizes an updated Pre-Molded Heel Counter. Newton added this technology to create a better and improved heel support as well as a comfortable fit and form.