Newton Distance 7

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The Newton Distance 7 carries on its line’s well-earned reputation for lightweight, comfortable, and highly responsive racing shoes. Many of the features that runners enjoyed about its previous versions have returned for this model, along with some very notable enhancements. These include the brand’s Action/Reaction technology, that propels the runner even further, and close-fitting Newtonian cushioning for full-length shock absorption. The outsole’s lug membrane is tuned tighter for a greater spring-back, and a stretchable air mesh now constructs for unrestricted breathability. It’s worth pointing out that, other than the fact that its colorways aren’t for everyone, the only real drawback here is its expensive price tag.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

-Lightweight comfort

-Fast yet supportive

-Highly responsive

-Breathable

Cons

-Expensive price tag

-Colorways may limit its usage

Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

For the most part, the Distance 7 has kept the same outsole design and materials as its predecessor. A high-density rubber makes up the forefoot, which provides greater levels of traction and responsiveness by powering the runner forward. And a super high abrasion rubber compound, or s.h.a.r.c., is used once again to strengthen durability against rough road surfaces. Even the Full Flex Zone, which accommodates the foot’s natural splay, and a layer of cushiony EVA have also returned. There have been updates made to its lug membrane, which is located at the forefoot and marked by a different color. It’s been tuned tighter to give more of a trampoline effect to the toe-off phase. Many reviewers have expressed how much faster they’re able to move and how secure they feel during their runs.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

Two different materials are used to construct the base of the Distance 7’s midsole unit. The first is a layer of high-rebound EVA, used to protect the foot and increase durability. The second is the brand’s Newtonian foam cushioning, which fits close to the foot and runs the entire length of the shoe. Though both are very responsive on their own, another one of Newton’s most advanced features increases this quality even further. The Action/Reaction technology is comprised of a POP.1 platform located above the lug membrane. Spaces are set for the lugs to compress into, which enables an even greater spring as the runner lifts off there toes. A new addition to this model is the Biomechanical Metatarsal Sensor, which enables the runner to have a better feel of the ground below and, therefore, greater control over their movements.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The Distance 7 comes equipped with a brand new air mesh upper for better ventilation and temperature control. It also doesn’t retain any moisture, which allows the runner to stay dry and light on their feet. As an added bonus, this material has an added stretch to it that prevents pinching, blisters, or other forms of discomfort. While the lacing system is mostly traditional, flattened high-performance laces are used to evenly distribute a snug feel that keeps the foot locked in place. Greater stability can be achieved via two extra eyelets that are near the collar. And, finally, 360-degree reflectivity is distributed throughout the entire upper for a safer run through low-light conditions.
Weight
Weight

Weight

With men's sizes averaging out at 7.6 oz. and women's rounding out at 6.6 oz., the Distance 7 is constructed to be so lightweight it can easily qualify as a competition running shoe. Most racing shoes are around two ounces lighter, as they need to enable the runner to reach their highest speed possible. However, this particular model comes equipped with a number of responsive and stabilizing features that help propel the runner forward securely. Reviewers appreciate not only the shoe's lightweight feel but also the fact that it doesn't take away from its supportive wear.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Thanks to one notable update, the Distance 7 is now more breathable than any other model within its line. Its standard mesh upper has been replaced with air mesh for completely unrestricted ventilation, ensuring the highest level of temperature control possible. This material has also shown to be extremely moisture wicking, so the runner can stay dry and comfortable even on long distance runs.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

As with all of its predecessors, reviewers are extremely happy with the level of comfort that the Distance 7 gives them throughout the day. Its new air mesh upper enables unrestricted breathability that allows the runner to feel cool and dry no matter how much they move. The combination of Newtonium foam and EVA provide firm yet comfortable cushioning that performs especially well during long-distance runs. Its multiple responsive features safeguard the runner against pain and fatigue, and the Full Flex Zone makes its wear especially comfortable for those with wide feet. Despite its low drop platform, it actually provides the runner with a substantial amount of cushioning. The heel height for this model is 25mm and the toe height measures in at 23mm. However, more detailed reviews have indicated that it may not be ideal for those who are seriously overweight or in need of additional cushioning.
Style
Style

Style

Newton Running’s footwear is known for its many vibrant colorways, and this model proves to be no different. Both men’s and women’s sizes get two different color schemes each, all of which are equipped with high-performance laces, plenty of toe-space, and 360-degree reflectivity for low-light environments. Men can choose between black and yellow or blue and lime green, while women have black and teal or pink and yellow as their options. Though these outrageous hues could potentially limit the usage that the runner might get from them, it definitely makes them a unique and stylish option for training or competitions.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The materials used to construct the Distance 7 are high-quality, it’s able to hold up fairly well to constant use. The high-density rubber and s.h.a.r.c. that make up its outsole where engineered to withstand heavy usage on rough surfaces, and its midsole’s EVA and Newtonian technologies ensure that its cushioning truly lasts. Even the upper’s stretchability means that there’s less give and, therefore, less risk of tearing. Some reviewers say that it could still be sturdier, as its outsole can show signs of wear after only a few uses. Others have also noticed the overlays starting to peel not long after they bought this shoe.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Despite its flashy appearance, the Distance 7 offers quite a lot of protection from both road and environmental hazards. The high-density rubber and s.h.a.r.c. material that make up its outsole safeguard the rest of the shoe from possible damage, as does a layer of high-rebound EVA. This same foam technology is paired with the brand’s Newtonian foam to absorb shock and keep the foot cushioned enough for even long distance runs, cutting down greatly on the amount of pain and fatigue they’d feel by the end of the day. The Action/Reaction technology further strengthens this quality while enabling the runner to speed through their runs safely and efficiently. The Biomechanical Metatarsal Sensor gives the runner a better feel of the ground underneath and could alert them to any potential hazards. Its air mesh upper’s highly breathable nature eliminates any worry of foot odor or infections that would otherwise be caused by excessive sweating. As an added bonus, 360-degree reflectivity keeps the runner safely visible as they move through low-light conditions.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Aside from its breathable comfort and vibrant colorways, another standout feature of the Distance 7 is its high level of responsiveness. High rebound EVA is used in the construction of both its outsole and midsole, and Newtonian foam is set on top to provide full-length shock-absorption. The lug membrane in the forefoot is tuned tighter than it was in its predecessor, which gives even more of a trampoline effect during the toe-off phase. This feature is enhanced by the brand’s Action/Reaction technology, Its POP.1 platform provides a space for these lugs to compress into for a stronger snap-back as soon as the runner lifts their foot. Its breathable air mesh upper has some stretch to it in order to better accommodate the runner’s movements and individual shape.
Support
Support

Support

Despite its low drop platform, the Distance 7 still gives runners enough support to comfortably get them through long distance runs. The high-rebound EVA that makes up its outsole and midsole forms a comfortable yet responsive base for the foot. Newtonian foam cushioning, which runs the entire length of the shoe, fits close to the foot for a more supportive wear. High-performance laces and a padded collar are in place to further enhance this quality.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

All tests and reviews indicate that the Distance 7 functions best on different types of roads, thanks primarily to the two rubber compounds that construct its outsole. Its level of traction and Newtonium foam cushioning also allow the runner to take on uneven surfaces with ease. Several reviewers even stated that they felt completely secure while moving across wet surfaces. Still, its level of traction and upper design do make it unfit for harsher activities such as trail running.
Price
Price

Price

One of the few things that would completely deter buyers from choosing the Distance 7 is the shoe's expensive price tag of $155. Since it's is not nearly as well known as other athleticwear brands, such as Nike or Adidas, Newton Running has to rely almost entirely on quality to justify their prices. Given the shoe's high level of supportive comfort, lightweight responsiveness, and long list of technologically advanced features, many feel that it is absolutely worth the money spent. As with other running shoes, a lower price can easily be found on Amazon through some very reputable listings.
Traction
Traction

Traction

As with its predecessor, the shape of the Distance 7’s tread pattern appears to map out the anatomy of a human foot. This, along with the forefoot’s added texture and square-shaped lugs, allows the runner to have great control as they move along uneven surfaces. The s.h.a.r.c. material that makes up its outsole further strengthens the runner’s grip. Some reviews even indicate that it can also perform on wet surfaces.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Since it is a competition shoe, the Distance 7 gives the runner a fairly flexible wear. The materials that construct its outsole, midsole, and upper are designed to move along with the foot while still keeping it supported and stable. This is especially true for its Action/Reaction technology and stretchable air mesh upper. There were some reviewers who found it to be quite stiff, at least when they first started wearing it. However, it does loosen up and become easier to move around in after the initial break-in period.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Though it does not include any corrective features, the Distance 7 still gives runners an incredibly stable wear that powers them through competitions and casual runs. Its tread pattern closely mirrors the shape and anatomy of a foot, enabling strong traction and control of movement. The responsive nature of its EVA and Newtonian foam midsole fully absorbs each impact to keep the runner moving securely, as does its Action/Reaction technology. Its Biomechanical Metatarsal Sensor enables the runner to have a better sense of the ground that they walk on. A Full Flex Zone is included to allow the toes to splay completely and further stabilize the runner. And the inclusion of high-performance laces keeps the foot locked in place by ensuring that the entire top of the foot feels snug.
Drop
Drop

Drop

Those who prefer their running shoes with a low drop platform will be extremely happy with the design of the Distance 7, as its heel-to-toe drop height only measures 2mm. Though it does offer a minimal amount of heel cushioning, this particular feature helps to balance out the runner's foot and provide them with a more natural gait cycle. It goes without saying, however, that a low drop platform is not meant for everyone, especially those in need for more sufficient cushioning.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-High-density rubber and S.H.A.R.C. for the outsole
-Full Flex Zone to encourage foot spreading
-Action/Reaction technology
-Biomechanical Metatarsal Sensor
-Responsive Newtonian foam
-Stretchable air mesh upper
-Vibrant color options
-Expensive $155 price tag
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Though Newton Running may not have been around nearly as long as Adidas, Nike, or Puma, the quality of its footwear proves that it's absolutely on-parr with any popular running shoe brand. Its Distance line has been an excellent example of this, and the line's seventh model continues to uphold this glowing reputation. Whether they're racing or going for a casual run, reviewers have seen and felt the benefits of its lightweight stability and breathable comfort. And racers have taken note of how much faster and more securely they're able to move, thanks to its responsive features. Though it's definitely on the pricier side, those who frequently compete are sure to get plenty of use out of this shoe.