Sunday, November 16, 2014

I tried out the Newton Gravity III that I got a while back and because of injuries I had a friend test them out for me.  He generously agreed to review them for the Running Without Injuries Blog.  Here it is, courtesy of Ferdinand Batatan. 

Last week, I had the opportunity to test out the Newton Gravity III. At first, I was a little bit hesitant on how this shoe will perform since I’m used to the Altra’s zero drop technology/innovation.

It took lot of trial and error, mostly error, to find the right shoes for me. A very good friend of mine introduced me to Altra shoes and voila…I found my shoes. In my opinion, once you find the right shoes, you stick with them!

Though I previously owned a Newton Motion shoes (with 4 lugs)… I have to say that I had a love it/hate relationship with the Motion shoes. The loved the feeling of testing out new “lugs” innovation and hated finding out that the shoes did not work for me.

With that being said, should I try new shoes made by the same company? Ehhhhh, sure why not?!?  My plan was to run for a short distance only and if it doesn’t feel right, then I would be done with them….that’s how I roll.

So there I went.  I spent the first mile being careful of how I landed on my feet, so I didn’t injure myself. To be more conservative, I ran 8:30 min/mi pace to get the right feel for the Gravity III’s. They didn’t feel too bad for the first mile, so I went for another mile to test it further.

My biggest concerns were:

· Would the 3mm toe to heel drop causes some muscle tightness on my calves since I am used to a zero drop shoe?

· Would the lugs be an issue in balancing myself every time I land my feet like with the Motion shoes?

I have to say that I was really surprised how the shoes performed.  The shoes are more stable than the Motion and the ride is so natural that it lets my feet do what they are supposed to do. The 5 lugs are well placed, helping balance my forefoot and letting me feel the ground under my feet. The shoes are really not that cushy compared to Altra but enough to give me a soft landing. The Gravity III’s lightweight and breathable mesh was comfortable and because they are breathable, they won’t get that funky smell after each run.

I have to say that I ended up with a total of 9 miles.  I love all 9 miles with the Gravity III.

Thanks Newton….this time you hit the mark!

Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

Thank you Ferdi for the great review.

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