Shoe Review: Newton Gravity 7
Whether you are a Newton fan or not, the Gravity 7 is really something most road runners should take a look at if they are looking for a performance based shoe. The biggest thing here is obviously Newton’s specialized platform, their P.O.P. technology, but more than that the Gravity is really just a solid lightweight, quick shoe. The transition to the platform comes with some drawbacks and the price point is a very steep one, but if you’re looking for something fast and responsive these are definitely worth the glance.
The upper on the Gravity 7 is similar to the 6. It is made of a nearly seamless, ultra-breathable, engineered mesh which also has some reflectivity as well. The toe box itself is nice and stretchy so you can let your toes open up a bit. The tongue is also made of a slightly padded engineered mesh and its honestly quite comfortable, but does have an odd tendency to slip to the outside. They did add brand new laces to this model and honestly we experienced no slippage during run.
The interior is fully anti-microbial and honestly feels great and doesn’t hold smell. Lastly, they have a pre-molded heel counter and a heel lace lock all to keep you in place.
As mentioned prior, the mid on the Gravity 7 is all EVA, just high rebound. The cushion extends the entire length of your foot giving you maximum comfort and foot protection. They also use their custom Action/ReactionTM Technology in the mid-foot and heel which is all about rebound.
The outsole on the Gravity 7 uses a high-rebound EVA in addition to normal EVA. It is very clear from the wear patterns as to which is where, but lets say they did a good job of matching wear pattern to areas where reinforcement was needed.
The POP pad is really just some crazy lugs. These are made of higher density rubber hollowed out and injected with air and designed for high abrasion, so they should remain durable over the years.
Style & Aesthetics
We totally love the looks. The fire engine red is aggressive and quick looking and the mesh combo makes it look like a racer. The downside is there is only one color way for men and women, red for men and a teal/pink combo for women.
The Gravity 7 is really the top of the line in the Newton lineup. They are the epitome of everything Newton stands by; lightweight, responsive, minimal drop, and cushioned. After over 100 miles on them, we can clearly say you will either love them or hate them.
So what’s to love? First, there is ample cushion with ~26mm in the heel, this translates into a higher level of comfort over distance despite the weight of the shoe overall. Next, the EVA they use is really high rebound. It flexes less and gives you a much more solid toe off. It also doesn’t seem to compress over time which is a huge win. Lastly, you have the P.O.P. technology and this is the love/hate. It really encourages proper form and toe off and trust us, with a massive piece of dense EVA in your way, you will learn to transition properly. If not, then it’s going to annoy/nag you for the whole run.
So what’s not to like? The bottom line is they feel weird for most people for at the least the first few weeks. You will most definitely need to give it time to have your feet and stride learn how to run these. Altra runs into a very similar issue. Most runners have gotten use to heel striking in their 8-10mm drop shoes, so switching to something that really enforces proper form honestly is tough. Your calves will hurt, your achilles, your ankles, etc, but it will get better.
If you are a neutral road runner and a lover of all things Newton, then get out the door and get after these. If you are just curious about the tech, then this might be a good time to take a look. The Gravity 7 is fast, light, and can be as aggressive as you want truly. They took take some time to get used to, but they can fly once you do.
Technical Stats, Pricing & Availability
- Weight: 8.7oz (size 9)
- Drop: 3mm heel/toe
- Type: Neutral Road
- MSRP: $175.00
- Available: Now