Newton Distance V

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Newton Distance V Review Facts
The Newton Distance V is designed with speed in mind. This shoe is the perfect choice for runners who need a versatile platform racer shoe that is able to provide just enough stability. Newton has packed lots of technology into this shoe and the features are impressive. From the high-rebound EVA outsole to the Action/Reaction technology in the midfoot, Newton has gone out of there way to cater to the needs of even the most particular runner. The Distance V carries the torch from its impressive predecessor and pushes the Distance line to a whole new level.
Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Action/Reaction system minimizes wasted energy
  • High-rebound EVA cushioning
  • Breathable mesh upper
  • Full flex zone in the upper promotes a natural stride
Cons
  • Bright colors
  • Not a lot of traction
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Positive
  • Besides the fact that they run small, which is my fault for not going with what the reviews said, these shoes are very light and comfortable. They have a great road response and I can see them being a great distance shoe. Next pair will be bought at a larger size, silly me.
  • These shoes take some breaking in and getting used to. They are form improving shoes, keeping me on tack and straightening out my stride. These are strictly running shoes. They seem a bit awkward to just simply walk in due to the lugs.
  • I have bone spurs in my toe and these shoes do not create any pain do to this. They have a low dop and great all over support. I would suggest to move into these slowly, they can be a great shoe but you have get used to the design. They are not a regular type of runner. They have a video on their website that helps you with this. I really love these shoes.
  • These shoes breath really well and are equally as comfortable, I love them. They are very light and help your form a lot. These run a half size small so check the charts for sizing.
  • I love these shoes. I am not a runner, just an old person that is on their feet a lot and like to take long walks for exercise. These are so comfortable and they say they are for people with problem feet, I see that because they are really great and freaking comfortable.
  • These have a slight lift to them that helps you stay on your toes when you run. They took some serious getting used to but I am ntow broken in and they are magic. They have a thin tongue and are extremely light and comfortable. I will never buy anything else.
  • These give ust as much support as my old D S, which they discontinued. This is my 10th pair of this brand and they never disappoint. They are comfortable and really made for long distance runners.
  • This show was made for racing. They are so fast and great for my mid strike form. I ama nutrera runner and tese cary m through with no issues, ever. I love, love, love these shoes.
  • These have sped up my running time. I am impressed. I was a fan of the IV but these are extreme; huge upgrade.
  • After putting a big chunk of mileage on these, I have to say that this shoe is fast! Running in these at any distance is a plus. They have put some major and effective updates into this shoe. They are so supportive and the laces do not loosen up like the older models. Ths is near to perfect as you are going to get in a distance running shoe. I highly recommend these.
  • These shoes breath, support and are exactly as they say they are. They are firm in the sole and very durable. They run a half size small. They are super responsive and very light making racing great. If you are just getting into newtons, the lugs and design take a bit of getting used to. So, do not give up. Be patient and you will learn they are the best distance shoe on the market.
  • These shoes are what they say they are. They have cushioning all throughout the sole and the toe box allows for a perfect toe splay while the heels snug you in. The only thing they are lacking is arch support, they have none.
  • These are a super improvement from the Distant 2s. I had to get a half size up in these. THey are the best shoes really. All over support and have really helped carry me through the distance runs. I am happy, just a little annoyed about the sizing.
  • If you are not sure weather to purchase, do t! You will be very pleased. This shoe is for high mileage and distance running. These offer all over comfort and are light while allowing for extra support. They give me no pain at all even after going far. They run a wee bit snug so half size up should be ok. Nothing too annoying though.
  • This shoes is so light and responsive. This shoe was not made for stability. I am able to use these or miles and it feel like I am not wearing a shoe at al. My toes are not squished and they are so light. These are perfect for mid striking people and the low drop really assist in keeping the form just right in your stride. These shoes are just great.
  • I would say these were made for a larger or wider foot. The shoe itself is really great and cushioned and what not, it just fits me weird.
  • These are a great upgrade for the Newtons. The colors are great and do not blows your retinas out, ery low-key and neutral options. They have a bit of stiffness on the to that isn't working out but not enough to say the shoe sucks; I am hoping they fix this at some point in their upgrades.
  • This is a great shoe. I love Newtons and these do not disappoint. Not as great as my Lady Isaacs but they work. I would recommend these to anyone looking for a distance shoe with tons of support and comfort. The toe box is great too. When you put these on you will automatically know they are made for running distance.
  • What got me hooked on these shoes was the lugg system. I do have to get these a whole size up compared to any other runner I purchase but it is not a deal breaker.make sure that you wear higher socks or the tongue might really ut into you. Although they have a couple issues, it is nothing that I would say that makes the shoe horrible. Seriously they are great. Oh, the heel can be slippery when wet, so use caution.
  • These shoes are really sturdy and very durable. They are very comfortable to add to it. I am impressed.
  • They rubbed a bit on the top of the foot and toes while breaking in but they are now OK. They are seamless on the top and very breathable though. This has a good support and cushion for those longer runs and they perform pretty flawless. Great responsiveness and make me feel faster than normal.
Negative
  • All of my Newtons have been the same size but these are too small. This is really disappointing because I feel when you flub up the sizing it puts the integrity of the shoe in question. They do not sit right in the arches, etc. This is a huge issue for me since I was really loving the other models.
  • Too small! I am not impressed with this model comparably. I would say this is a downgrade.
  • These were falling apart after only a couple runs. First, the right shoe after 3 runs and then the other after 10 runs. I am not sure but the durability is lacking , which is really sad to me because I love Newton.
  • The sizing on these is way off and unlike any other Newtons I have owned. They look clown like and fit different than I am used to.
  • These area a solid downgrade from my IV’s. They lack breathability and flexibility. They fit like a large block on your foot. I returned immediately.
  • These caused severe bruising on my toes, something I am not used to from Newton. Although the box is wide, it is shallow. I use Newtons regularly but these are a huge no no.
  • The tongue keeps getting caught up and sliding down, which is very annoying and uncomfortable The shoe is also very small compared to the other models, a full size difference. This shoe was the worst Newton made so far and I like Newton a a lot. I am super disappointed.
  • I only run in Newton, they are just great shoes. This V though, I am so unhappy with it. They gave me blisters on my toes and the sizing is all off. These run way too small and when you size up, they are too long. I feel this is why my toes blistered.
  • These caused black toenails for me, which is sure sign of a bad shoe. They are too shallow in the toes box and it has changed design I think. I feel this is a downgrade and I am not happy with them at all.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Distance V is comprised of a high-rebound EVA. This is designed to absorb impact and propel the foot forward with no wasted energy. Newton also brings back their famous s.h.a.r.c outsole material which stands for Super High Abrasion Rubber Compound. This gives lots of durability to handle many miles and friction with the running surface. The rubber ice lugs found on the bottom of the outsole offer a good deal of traction as well. There are four raised lugs that are part of the Action/Reaction technology that is used to enforce a forefoot strike and increase efficiency. Newton categorizes these as their P.O.P 1+ platform for those who are familiar with the technology.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Newton Distance V is packed with even more features and technology. Runners will appreciate the biomechanical metatarsal sensor plate in the foot that helps support the foot while providing stability. The Action/Reaction technology helps to propel the runner forward with an ingenious use of raised lugs over a tight membrane. As the foot strikes, the lugs press into the membrane and then explode outward to help the runner conserve precious energy. For those heel strikers, Newton has also employed this technology along the heel of the foot as well.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper material used here is a lightweight, breathable mesh. This is designed to be both breathable and quick-drying. The upper also claims to be seamlessly engineered to minimize friction within the shoe. Newton offers a new full flex zone that accommodates the foot’s natural splay within the shoe. The upper material also manages to have 360-degree reflectivity to help runners be seen on dark runs.
Weight
Weight

Weight

This shoe is designed to be lightweight and responsive. It weighs in at only 8.1 oz. This won’t put it on the list of the best lightweight running shoes but it is certainly a solid showing. Newton was able to find a great balance of a shoe with many features that manages to still come in a lightweight package.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Breathability is extremely important in a running shoe and Newton took this into consideration when creating the Distance V. The upper material is seamlessly engineered of lightweight breathable mesh. This gives space for lots of airflow into and out of the shoe. Whether you're wearing socks or not, the shoe will keep its ventilation even on the hottest runs. The breathability means that these shoes won’t be found on the list of top waterproof shoes but it’s a worthy tradeoff for the high ventilation.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Newton Distance V is a very comfortable shoe. The high-rebound EVA cushioning gives it a responsive feel without sacrificing too much support. The new full flex zone allows the foot to comfortably spread out with each stride that is taken. Even, the semi-flat lightweight laces allow for a comfortable tying experience that is less likely to loosen or come undone.
Style
Style

Style

Style is a tough subject to nail down. With the Newton Distance V, the style preference will be in the eye of the beholder. Newton has never really been known as a fashionable athletic shoe brand, but their shoes do have a unique style. The grey and green colorway is a little more subdued than their offerings in other models. The reflectivity of the shoe has both function and fashion to give a futuristic look. The Newton logo is always very subtle and tasteful on their shoes. Runners who are fans of brightly colored shoes will certainly love the bright green outsole found on the Newton Distance V.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Durability is a key component to weight when looking at a pair of running shoes. A perfect shoe should withstand the punishment of many miles on the roads or trail. Newton has addressed this concern with their s.h.a.r.c outsole. This stands for super high abrasion rubber compound. This material is designed to take a beating and hold up to the wear and tear of each and every stride. The upper portion of the shoe has also gained some durability improvements over the previous model. The seamless mesh upper is reinforced in more areas. Newton has also added a new high-abrasion rubber outsole wedge on the lateral heel of the shoe. This will help absorb the impact for those heel strikers who need a little more durability on their outsole.
Protection
Protection

Protection

A number of technological advances help to protect the foot from the elements and the impact of the running surface. The high-rebound EVA cushioning is the main form of protection. It runs from heel-to-toe and ensures protection against some of the most common running surfaces that runners come across. The breathable mesh upper protects the ankle and upper portion of the shoe from the elements. Finally, the 360-degree reflectivity adds another layer of protection to give runners higher visibility when running in low-light situations. When worn with the right reflective running gear (LINK 6) the runner will be much more likely to be seen by drivers while running at night.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The responsiveness found in the Newton Distance V mainly comes from the Action/Reaction technology found in the forefoot. There is a system of raised lugs that are above a high-rebound membrane. As the foot lands on the raised lugs, the lugs retract into the membrane. When the foot propels off the ground, the runner feels the bounce of the lugs rebounded back to their original location. This gives the runner added momentum to carry into each stride. Fortunately, Newton also added this technology to the heel of the shoe as well to help heel-strikers benefit too.
Support
Support

Support

The Newton Distance V has a decent amount of support but not as much as the similar Newton Motion V Once again, the technology found in this shoe contributes to the overall support. Newton’s biomechanical sensor plate helps keep the midfoot supported with stiff but not overly rigid support. The enhanced medial midsole platform offers an upgrade over midsole platforms found on previous iterations of the shoe. The high-rebound EVA material gives ample cushioning and support from heel-to-toe. Even the heel lace lock offers some additional support in the lacing system for those runners looking for more support in the heel and ankle area.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Newton Distance V is a shoe designed for speed on the road and the track. Its lightweight construction and breathable mesh upper make it perfect for warm runs on hot pavement. Aside from the raised ice lugs for the Action/Reaction system, the shoe doesn’t offer a lot of added traction to take on the adventurous terrain. Most runners would be wise to keep these shoes on the track or on the pavement in order to get the most out of the technology used.
Price
Price

Price

In most cases with running shoes, you get what you pay for. Newton continues to build their impressive line of products that have given them a solid reputation in the running gear market. Newton shoes certainly don’t fall into the budget shoe category. With the amount of technology found in these shoes, runners should be extremely happy with the value they are receiving. Savvy runners may be able to find deals, but paying full price for the Newton Distance V will be well worth it.
Traction
Traction

Traction

As stated earlier, traction isn’t the strongest area for Newton with the Distance V shoe. There is some traction provided by the raised ice lugs as part of the Action/Reaction system, but beyond that, there isn’t a lot of additional traction. The remaining area of the bottom of the shoe is relatively smooth. You won’t find any additional patterns or creative systems to aid in traction control. Again, runners would be best suited to use these shoes on road runs and track training.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Newton Distance V is pretty good when it comes to flexibility. It won’t be confused with any of the ultra-flexible minimal shoes on the market, but it still provides enough flexibility for most situations. The high-rebound EVA material used in the outsole is particularly bouncy and flexible. The upper material as well as forgiving and flexible due to the new full flex zone that accommodates the natural movements of the foot. The stiffness of the biomechanical metatarsal sensor plate keeps the shoe from being even more flexible. But most runners would agree that the enhanced support will outweigh any lack of flexibility.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The enhanced medial midsole platform in the midfoot really helps to stabilize the foot when running. In addition, the biomechanical metatarsal sensor plate does an amazing job of keeping the midfoot stable and it minimizes excessive movement within the shoe. Of course, Newton’s famous Action/Reaction system helps add to the stability of the shoe by encouraging a forefoot strike without sacrificing wasted momentum. The runner is will have a secure stride with the added momentum of the forefoot lugs bouncing back into the high-rebound membrane. Newton even added additional heel support by giving the Distance V a new heel lace lock system to keep the heel stabilized even on long runs.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Newton Distance V has a heel-to-toe drop of 2mm. This is a fairly small drop but it will feel substantial to any runners who are used to one of the many 0 drop shoe options. The drop may feel different due to the raised lugs found in the Action/Reaction system. These will naturally cause the runner to land on their forefoot and it may make the drop feel a little more severe than it actually is. Some runners may feel like this is a negative drop due to the height of the forefoot lugs. Newton has tried to counterbalance this with the smaller lugs found on the heel, but you’ll still notice the difference if you’re used to running on a more flat shoe without the ice lugs.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features


  • Action/Reaction system

  • Breathable mesh upper

  • 2 mm heel-to-toe drop

  • High-rebound EVA cushioning

  • Durable s.h.a.r.c outsole

Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Newton Distance V offers a lot of technology that will be well-received by serious runners looking for speed and efficiency. Newton was able to keep the weight low while still delivering a complete set of features. The innovative Action/Reaction system may not work for everyone but it’s a radical idea that has become a hallmark of the Newton running experience. While the brightly colored outsole may turn off some runners, there are still a lot of things to like. Any runner looking to experiment with a system to encourage a forefoot strike would be pleased with the experience offered by the Newton Distance V. It’s taken the key components of its predecessor and improved in nearly all categories.