Summary

We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The Newton Kismet 5 provides a smooth and consistent ride, according to various runners.
  • A lot of wearers agree that the midsole is firm and supportive yet still bouncy and responsive.
  • The upper is more breathable compared to previous versions, a couple of reviewers stated.
  • The Kismet 5 remains stable enough to handle even light trail runs, a user mentioned.
  • This is one of the most comfortable running shoes from the Newton brand, according to several buyers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The sizing of the Kismet 5 is smaller than expected, a few wearers commented.
  • For a stability shoe, there is not enough arch support offered by the Newton Kismet, said some reviewers.

Bottom line

The Newton Kismet 5 continues to be a dependable running shoe with components that perform according to expectations. Users were pleased with the shoe’s responsive midsole, breathable upper, and accommodating outsole. However, it is worth noting that the shoe falls behind a little bit on the main feature it is supposed to have, which is stability. The sizing also remains to be criticized, like its previous version.

Overall, the Kismet 5 has proven itself to be a satisfying purchase, and some were able to make the shoe their favorite.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A popular pick
It has never been more popular than this May
  • The Newton Kismet has always been known for its features that cater to the overpronator who frequents a daily run. In this fifth iteration, the Kismet offers a leveled-up performance in terms of agility and stability. With some slight updates from the previous release, the Kismet 5 has improved certain elements in the upper and sole unit for a better running experience.
  • The upper’s seamless engineered mesh is now made more breathable to allow the runner to wear the shoe for longer periods of time without discomfort. It still brings the lightweight durability that users are familiar with in the fourth version.
  • Meanwhile, the sole unit focuses on enhancing the stability features of the Kismet 5, as well as the promotion of a forefoot strike. Retained from the Kismet 4, these features are specifically designed for a fusion of stability and comfort.

The Kismet 5 follows the measurements of the standard running and, therefore, fits true to size. The shoe’s anatomical shape enables a comfortable splay of the toes and a snug fit in the midfoot and heel. The Newton Kismet 5 is offered in widths of D - Medium for men and B - Medium for women. 

Newton’s Super High Abrasion Rubber Compound (SHARC) delivers traction on both wet and dry surfaces. The SHARC comes in the form of a rubber wedge that is reinforced in the high-wear areas of the shoe, namely, the forefoot and the heel. 

At the forefront of the midsole technologies of the Newton Kismet 5 is the Action/Reaction technology. This feature begins its work in the lugs of the outsole. As the lugs move and gain action, the midsole creates a reaction that is similar to a trampoline: responsive and with a quick bounce-back. What sets the Action/Reaction technology from other running shoe cushioning designs is that there is less energy lost throughout the gait cycle.

The Newtonium foam goes directly underfoot for maximum-level responsiveness and comfort. With a full-length construction, the benefits brought by the Newtonium foam is consistent throughout the length of the foot. The Newton Gravity 8 is another running shoe from the brand that has this same feature.

The Kismet 5 also incorporates an Extended Medial Bridge (EMB), a piece of structural support placed on the arch of the midsole. The EMB works in correcting overpronation by providing a greater surface area under the arch, which then helps to stabilize the foot.

A unit of seamless engineered mesh makes up the upper of the Kismet 5. The material endorses breathability and lightweight durability in key areas. Its streamlined structure enables a contoured and irritation-free fit. 

The mesh is supported by strategically-placed overlays, ensuring a secure fit. The overlays are attached without the use of stitches, which reduces the weight of the shoe and promotes a more comfortable feel to the foot.

The Newton Kismet 5 utilizes Strobel lasting through a full-length fabric that promotes a pleasant in-shoe sensation.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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