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Hi, I have been testing the MV2 since they were launched in the USA 2 months ago, and although I m slightly biased towards Newton shoes as I have been running in this type of shoes for the past 4 years.
I have only tested them on runs up to 10km, and for that distance I find them perfect. Lightweight, responsive and best bit is that the lugs underneath are finally spaced all the way to the edge/side of the shoe meaning that when going through cornerns or track work one doesn't feel as unstable as lets say in the Distancia.
The shoe itself is a zero drop shoe, however it comes with an additional 3mm insole for the heel that you can put in for a few weeks to adjust to a more minimal shoe. I have taken the insoles out now, and I find them perfect for the above distance of 10km. Mind you I m not yet sure how I would feel if I took them above 10km.
Just keep in mind that they come up small in comparison to the normal newton, I went a full size bigger to ensure I had a correct fit, and this seems like a common occurance from most runners who have bought the MV2.
Additionally, with Winter now in the onset I will not use them MV2 that much, especially if its raining as the mesh upper would make my feet get wet a little to quickly. But otherwise a great shoe, if not a very quick shoe.
The Gravity is a great shoe, although for Winter Running I would either use the Sir Issacs, as the lugs underneath give you a better widder grip, or if you are just running on muddy trails, and you want the Newtons to last long, then I would look at the Trail Version of Newton. I use the Trail version for all my winter running, when its wet or trail wise running. They last much better then the normal road running version.
Newton Pricing initially seems high, but in comparison, most high-end trainers are around the 120Pounds benchmark, with some of ASICS and Saucony trainers retailing for around 135Pounds.
A lot of running shops offer 10% discount if you belong to a Runners Club or Cycling Club, and sometimes it is worth looking around the Internet, although Newton UK tries to keep the pricing the same for online and retail stores to ensure an even playing field. Plus when you buy through a retail store you usually get advice on Newtons, how to initially train with them and to increase your milage with them. Although not every shop does this.
The Newton UK website has a list of dealers that stock Newtons, but just call ahead to enrsure that they stock the Terra or all weather shoe, as this is not a shoe most of them carry. The standard Sir Issacs are what most Newton stockist will stock. In case they don't have the Terra/All weather one, you can still try on the Sir Issacs, as fit is exactly the same on these, as the Terra/All Weather ones are build on the same platform as the SIr Issacs.Then they can either order it in for you, or you can see if you can get it online. Just make sure sizing is correct, as sizing is usually half a size bigger than your normal trainer.
LIke with any trainer, it is important to try them on first. If you need any more advice I be more than happy to help.
No problem at all. But again, do try them on for size first. Or order two sizes and then send one back.
p.s. if you based in London, and Sweatshop doesn't have them or can't get them in, then I can recommend you a place where you can get them from. (Disclaimer: I work for speciality sports store in Central London)
If they have developed a hole in the side after two weeks already then they would be covered by the manufacturers gurantee, although this is the first time I have heard of hole in the side of the MV2, so it might just be a one-off.
Distance Racers should be more sold, and I have the current pair and I used run around 60km a week for 6 month and they are still going strong, although this was done on pavement in complete dry weather.
Over the past 6 months we have had only one Newton return which was the Sir Issacs, but all in all Newton are not known for their trainers breaking down.
I m not a believer that racers should not be used for high milage training. Newton MVs should last the same amount of miles as their Distancia for example, but of course milage is all relative as it tends to depend on once own running ability.
I do 80% of my training in minimal trainers, ranging from MV2 to Vibram Fivefingers. I prefer running with less cushioning and zero drop shoes, but this is not for everybody. The shop assistant was probably looking at it all from the point of view, that a normal cushioned shoe is for training, with minimal racer being for race only, but this only applies to runners who like this approach. There are plenty of runners out there, who run differently, such a heel strike, midfoot strike or forefront strike. Every different running style, has different approaches to what trainers would be suitable or what distance one should run or can run.
If your happy with doing high milage with the MV2 then keep doing it, but keep an eye on any aches or pains of course.
Havnt had any durability issue with my Newtons, although it will depend on your own running style of course. Newton themselves say that their shoes last as long as any other trainer brand on the market.