Newton Distance Elite

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Newton Distance Elite Facts

The Newton Distance Elite is a minimally neutral running shoe designed for racing as well as daily training. This masterpiece was originally designed for the elite racers, tested and recognized by some of the greatest runners. They were then introduced to the public. All types of runners have praised it because of the lightness, comfortable feeling, and appealing design. This shoe is a good choice for runners who carry out weekly workouts and short or mid-distance racing. Best practices of the MV3 has been used in the making of this shoe, allowing to feel maximal comfort and running experience.

Pros
  • Extremely light (9 oz), providing high energy return;
  • Close connection to the ground, providing more stability;
  • Ideal on the road;
  • Tailored for longer and faster runs;
Cons
  • Requires time to adjust to the shoe specifics;
  • Less support and cushioning comparing to other high-end running shoes;
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outer sole is made of high - density rubber in midfoot, and a lightweight EVA heel. Action / Reaction lugs offer high responsiveness and underfoot protection while keeping the feet low to the ground and in cose connection with the terrain. This is a design that has never been implemented in shoes before, and a study shows that this design provides a better reponsiveness and underfoot protection. Traction and durability have been attained with the help of high - density rubber, allowing to build up on speed and providing better grip on any surface. The heel has been made out of carbon rubber, preventing the shoe from a quick wear and tear, it has also received additional reinforcement to keep the heel from slipping and prevents movement of the feet.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

To keep the light at the very minimum, the midsole, like the rest of the shoe material, has been minimized as much as possible without losing the comfort and feel of the shoe. The shock is absorbed with the help of external lugs that contribute to absorbing the shock forces and release the collected energy. The foot ability to flex naturally has been achieved with Meta-flex grooves in the forefoot, along with the EVA cushioning in the underfoot.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper part of this shoe has been crafted from a highly breathable, fast drying open mesh material to keep your feet comfortable and prevent it from overheating and keep it dry. The asymmetric lacing system with laces that has been made slip-proof, with double eyelets will keep the feet stable and fixed while running, and this effect is also improved with midfoot welded support straps. However, this asymmetry is minimal and can only be absorbed at the point where the laces start and the tongue attaches to the foot. The toe cap has been made slightly thicker, to prevent the toes from bruising and fix the foot in the shoe.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Distance Elite is considered to be a lightweight performance trainer. They provide runners a significant advantage in speed runs and races. The light weight of these shoes will give the athlete the ability to run faster and longer with more integrity and higher efficiency. This has been achieved by stripping away all excess material and minimising the cushioning, and removing any ekstra details that can be removed without losing the efficiency of the run and the comfort of the shoe.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The shoes feature a breathable, fast-drying, open mesh that allows ventilation and the air to circulate the feet. This system keeps your feet dry during the run, helping to prevent blisters, and will prevent the overheating of the feet. This is an important aspect and one that is most cherished amongst all runners who has experienced running in rainy conditions or in hot weather.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The fit of this model will hug the runners feet, creating a feeling that the runner is running bare feet. The toe box is slightly wider than on other models, therfore it will feel more comfortable for those runners, who has wider feet. This shoe will feel most comfortable on asphalt, as the cushioning has been kept to a minimum to attain the lightness of the shoe. Most protection and reinforcement has been provided for the toe section, the midfoot section, and for the heel - a small heel cup has been integrated.

This setting provides enough support for the runner to gain speed and grip, however, on the corners or on a terrain other than asphalt the feet will press against the upper and side parts of the shoe and could make it feel a little uncomfortable until the runner has become accustomed to this shoe. The comfort of the shoe has also been achieved with an asymmetric lacing system, which has been complemented with midfoot support straps. The lugs of this she has been placed so that it is difficult to push off from the toes.
Style
Style

Style

These are available in a few different bright and attractive colors that all look good. This shoe will not bother you with excessive attributes and style elements, instead it looks simple, bright and encouraging. Newton has always offered vivid, eye-catching colors.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Durability often depends on the user, and on how resistant h es against the shock that the feeta bsorb when meeting the terrain. These shoes does not have outsole rubber over the heel, so depending on how you usually wear your shoes will be the deciding factor on how long they last. If you often run at high speeds and for a long duration, you may tend to see faster signs of wear and tear. As these shoes are intended to be lightweight, the overall construction is not heavy duty. Also, they will not last too long on a rough terrain, as the protective and supportive material has been stripped down to make this shoe lighter.
Protection
Protection

Protection

If you are switching from higher drop model to this lower drop model, one thing must be kept in mind. As the heel is closer to the ground, the muscles and tendons of your leg, especially on the back of your leg, and under the feet, will take the time to stretch to fit the new model. It is advised that some time is taken to get accustomed to this model by starting using it slowly, giving the muscles enough time to adjust.

Newton representatives have said it themselves, that, if you are not accustomed to this type of shoe before, the getting used to them should be taken slowely, first by walking in them, then running short distances for shorter periods of time, for example, you can start with 15 minutes workout, and gradually add the time and distance, until the runner feels comfortable and the muscles have adjusted.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The reinforced heel, toe, and midfoot section provide a great Active / Reactive effect, returning the energy, at the same time ensuring an excellent grip with the surface, and lets the runner build higher speed. However, this can also be a cascading effect if the runner is not accustomed to low-level cushioning, as the shock of the feet hitting the ground can be disturbing and tiring. Never the less the shoe responsiveness will give the runner the best experience of the run.
Support
Support

Support

These are a neutral pair of running shoes which is most suitable for paved roads, gravel, or track. It is the ideal choice for neutral pronation runners, and it provides an excellent combination of support and motion control. However, for people who have over-pronation, this pair may not be so good on your feet and legs. Take those points into consideration before choosing these shoes.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

Designed as speed racing shoes, the Distance is suitable for the road, track, and packed gravel. However, they aren’t very suitable for rough terrain like rocky trails and may damage not only your shoes but also your feet. It’s important to remember to use these shoes for the terrain which they are intended. The high density rubber on the outter sole provides a better grip with the terrain.
Price
Price

Price

They are quite expensive, and one of the most expensive shoes from its brand. However, with many benefits and advantages which they bring the user, it is worth with our money, especially for those people who are willing to invest in an excellent speed running shoe. This model will never be wasted money if you consider yourself a good and deducated runner.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Designed as speed racing shoes, the Distance is most suitable for straight lines and smooth asphalt. Not very suitable for rough terrain, off-trails, tracks, and may damage not only your shoes but also your feet. It is important to remember to use these shoes for the terrain that they are intended.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

A unique feature of the Distance Elite is its forefoot lugs. Because of the unique positioning of the lugs, the Distance does not have a very flexible toe box, and most of the flexibility comes from the midfoot area behind the lugs. However, they do offer an excellent combination of flexibility.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The stability of this model is perfect for straight lines and smooth surface as the low-drop of this shoe provides a good feel of the ground and surface. However, you may find that troublesome when running in harsher terrain or on uneven surfaces, it can be difficult to keep your balance because your feet will feel the terrain better in this shoe model than in others. This aspect must be borne in mind when considering going off the road in these shoes.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The drop for this model is 2mm - which is the same as the earlier Distance models, however, as the materials have been made lighter, the runner can feel the terrain in more detail. The 2mm heal-to-toe drop will make this shoe ideal for longer runs. However, the runner must also take into account that the low-drop of this shoe can strain the muscles on your feet at first, therefore, if you have accustomed to higher drop shoes, this model must be worn-in first, to strain the muscles in your legs. This can be achieved by patiently doing shorter excercises and gradually adding the time and distance of your workout.
Key features
Key features

Key features

• Seamless, highly breathable, fast-drying, open air mesh that prevents the feet from overheating and allow the air to circulate the feet more freely;

• Asymmetrical lacing system that has been designed to fix the feet in the shoe;

• Midfoot welded support straps that assists the asymmetric lacing system;

• Minimal heel counter;

• High-density rubber in midfoot providing better grip with the terrain;

• Lightweight EVA heel provides a comfortable cushioning for the wearer;

• Action/ReactionTM in the midfoot;

• Biomechanical metatarsal sensor plate;

• High-rebound EVA;
Bottom line
Bottom line

Bottom line

The Distance is an excellent shoe for short and average distance running, and will also be a perfect choice for longer runs on smooth terrain. It is highly recommended for neutral pronation runners on terrain such as paved roads and asphalt.

The low drop will provide a better feeling of the surface and more stability, however, this aspect will work against the runner on rough terrain. It will become the first choice for runners in strong shape, and for those who prefers speed. This will not be your off road running shoe, however, it can become your best choice in distance running, or in marathons. Although the price is a bit more expensive than other brands, the benefits, and advantages which they provide for the wearer make them worth what they cost.

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