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Shoe Review: Newton Gravity 3 (III) Review

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Newton Gravity 3 (iii) Summary

Runners Need – £111.99

Promoted as a ‘neutral mileage trainer’ by Newton Running, the Gravity 3 (0r iii) is a very light and comfortable distance running shoe, albeit at a slightly uncomfortable price. Good as a daily training shoe or in competitions at a faster pace, the Gravity 3 is a structured shoe (not completely minimalist) but is also light and efficient (with the POP1 platform – we’ll get on to that!)

Buy this shoe if you’re looking to improve your efficiency and form and/or knock time off your 10k/10m/HM times. I’ve worn the Gravity 3 in two 10k races whilst testing and got personal records in both (37:49 and then 37:39). I’m not saying this is entirely down to the shoes, but my form and foot-strike definitely felt a lot smoother and more efficient in both races.

Newton Gravity 3 (iii) Summary Runners Need – £111.99 Promoted as a ‘neutral mileage trainer’ by Newton Running, the Gravity 3 (0r iii) is a very light and comfortable distance running shoe, albeit at a slightly uncomfortable price. Good as a daily training shoe or in competitions at a faster pace, the Gravity 3 is a structured shoe (not completely minimalist) but is also light and efficient (with the POP1 platform – we’ll get on to that!) Buy this shoe if you’re looking to improve your efficiency and form and/or knock time off your 10k/10m/HM times. I’ve worn the Gravity 3 in two 10k races whilst testing and got personal records in both (37:49 and then 37:39). I’m not saying this is entirely down to the shoes, but my form and foot-strike definitely felt a lot smoother and more efficient in both races. [taq_review] The Details Weight: 9 ounces (size 9 male) Heel to toe drop: 3mm Newton Gravity 3 tongue Appearance Well they look fast! The outer is meshed for less weight, bound at intervals by the structure of the shoe. These are no Nike iD’s in terms of colour and customisation. Newton are bit like Henry Ford in that respect; “you can have any colour you want, as long as it’s black.” The Gravity comes in two colours; bright yellow with hints of red and black for the men’s shoe, and pink for the girls. It’s the same with the Newton MV3’s I have, as reviewed previously for men and women. In terms of appearance, it’s not a part of the trainer that non-shoe geeks will care much about, however as with most Newtons, the lugs system looks a little strange, but I think kinda cool. A minor negative point is the ease with which they discolour around the toe area. Only 30 miles in, all on road and a grey, dark patch has appeared at the front of both. Comfort I have ‘normal’ feet, as in they are a size 9 (UK men’s average size) and neither wide nor narrow. The only shoe I’ve had problems with fit before is the Adidas Energy Boost, where the size 9 was so tight it felt like a medieval torture device and got sent straight back. On the other hand, the Nike Lunarglides were the most comfortable shoes I’d ever worn – until now. Writing this the day after running my fastest ever 10k, I should be hurting just a little bit? But nothing. From the moment I slipped the shoes on at home, to the end of the race I had not one second of discomfort. I also tested them out for a 13 mile training run and the verdict was the same. Newton Gravity 3 (iii) The proprietary Action/Reaction tech in the mid-foot and heel gives good, comfortable cushioning, but not so much that you bounce, roll or loose your feel for the road. The POP1 platform gives a spring like feel, on every…

Shoe Ratings

Comfort/Fit – 95%
 
Appearance – 75%
 
Weight – 95%
 
Technology – 100%
 

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The Details

Weight: 9 ounces (size 9 male)
Heel to toe drop: 3mm

Newton Gravity 3 tongue

Newton Gravity 3 tongue

Appearance

Well they look fast! The outer is meshed for less weight, bound at intervals by the structure of the shoe. These are no Nike iD’s in terms of colour and customisation. Newton are bit like Henry Ford in that respect; “you can have any colour you want, as long as it’s black.” The Gravity comes in two colours; bright yellow with hints of red and black for the men’s shoe, and pink for the girls. It’s the same with the Newton MV3’s I have, as reviewed previously for men and women.

In terms of appearance, it’s not a part of the trainer that non-shoe geeks will care much about, however as with most Newtons, the lugs system looks a little strange, but I think kinda cool.

A minor negative point is the ease with which they discolour around the toe area. Only 30 miles in, all on road and a grey, dark patch has appeared at the front of both.

Comfort

I have ‘normal’ feet, as in they are a size 9 (UK men’s average size) and neither wide nor narrow. The only shoe I’ve had problems with fit before is the Adidas Energy Boost, where the size 9 was so tight it felt like a medieval torture device and got sent straight back. On the other hand, the Nike Lunarglides were the most comfortable shoes I’d ever worn – until now. Writing this the day after running my fastest ever 10k, I should be hurting just a little bit? But nothing. From the moment I slipped the shoes on at home, to the end of the race I had not one second of discomfort. I also tested them out for a 13 mile training run and the verdict was the same.

Newton Gravity 3 (iii)

Newton Gravity 3 (iii)

The proprietary Action/Reaction tech in the mid-foot and heel gives good, comfortable cushioning, but not so much that you bounce, roll or loose your feel for the road. The POP1 platform gives a spring like feel, on every toe-off and the laces are semi flat and stay laced.

Soles of the Newton Gravity 3, showing the metatarsal plates/lugs

Soles of the Newton Gravity 3, showing the metatarsal plates/lugs

 

The inner is comfort lined and was fine when I tried it a few times sock-less – no blisters or hotspots.

It may feel a little strange walking on Newtons with their lugs sticking out of the outer sole, but this soon disappears once you’re being propelled forwards and urged to go faster by the Newtons.

Tech Spec

Upper

Lightweight, breathable mesh
Anatomical metatarsal stretch panels
Heel lace lock
Semi-flat lightweight laces
360 degree reflectivity

Outersole

High-rebound EVA

s.h.a.r.c outsole

Midsole

Action/ReactionTM technology in the midfoot and heel
Biomechanical metatarsal sensor plate
High-rebound EVA
Enhanced medial midsole platform
High-rebound EVA
s.h.a.r.c outsole

 

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Newton Gravity 3 (iii) Trainers

Newton Gravity 3 (iii) Trainers

The soles of the Newton Gravity 3 running shoe

The soles of the Newton Gravity 3 running shoe (post-run!)

Newton Gravity 3 running shoes on

Newton Gravity 3 running shoes on

 

 

 

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