After I announced my initial success transitioning from the Nike Air Pegasus to the lighter minimalist Brooks Pure Flow in early-December, I received a note from a fellow runner and “sounding board” partner; recommending that I’d try Newton’s Light Weight Neutral Trainers.
Proving that timing is everything, I took a flyer on the shoe recommendation after thinking about it for a couple of days; the new “kicks” arriving a week later.
The following day, I took the Newton Trainers out for a spin and instantly fell in love with them, largely due to the biomechanical metatarsal sensor plate in the midsole, which encourages a runner to land on their forefoot with a clean and consistent foot strike.
Continuing to prove that timing is everything, the new Newton MV2 Men’s Racing Flats came on the market and a friend who knew my size sent to them to me in the mail at the end of December.
Now that’s a great friend.
The shoes also became a great friend during the initial rollout as well. It took me about half a mile to get used to the zero (0) millimeter drop compared to the 4mm heel-to-toe drop in the Brooks Pure Flow and Pure Connect shoes in my current rotation, but I quickly adjusted and continued to be blown away by Newton’s sensor plate in the midsole.
Additionally, the biggest “aha moment” in all my 16 years as a declared runner occurred during the MV2 rollout, when I “felt” all phases and landings in my footstrike, getting into a comfortable rhythm for the duration of the workout.
I also love the shoe’s overall fit and feel. At 5.8 ounces, the MV2′s are definitely the lightest shoes I’ve ever owned and unlike the fit challenges I initially experienced with the Pure Connect, I never noticed wearing them at all, despite being created to advance a “race day fit.”
My thanks to the great friend for the MV2′s as these are likely the shoes I’ll be using for speed/tempo training as well as short distance events in the coming weeks and months.
However, I’ve been kind of babying my new racing flats, only wearing them during “game time” and using other shoes during warmups and cooldowns, as I want these shoes to last a looooooong time.
The new MV2′s ain’t cheap at $125.00 retail, but a well-made and technology-driven shoe should pay dividends for serious runners and event competitors.
Brian Adkins is a Chicago-based runner, marathoner, endurance athlete, writer, editor, essayist, and independent scholar. You can contact Brian at: email@example.com