Newton Trail Runners

After more than two years in development, Newton Running has produced its first trail-running shoe. It’s not set to launch until July, but when the men’s and women’s Terra Momentus trail shoes come to market they will be the first to incorporate Newton’s proprietary “actuator lug” technology into a dirt-oriented shoe.

Newton is known for its unique and high-price road-running shoes, which use lugs on the sole to “rebound stored energy” every time you land and push off. The technology is said to promote a more efficient, natural running stride.

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Mockup: Newton Running men’s Momentus

For the trail models, Newton includes a breathable “closed mesh” upper that’s said to be debris-proof. A midfoot chassis provides added stability while on uneven terrain. The sole holds to Newton’s “actuator lug” theme, though the company adds significant reinforcement to handle off-road venues.

The Momentus shoes will be available in July for $140.

—Ryan Dionne

Posted by Fakemullet - 12/09/2009 12:47 PM

Reminds me of Nike Shox, those eventually ended hurting my knees.

Posted by John - 12/11/2009 08:57 AM

I like that Newton gears their shoes towards midfoot/forefoot runners, but I’ve never really like shoes that have a whole bunch of fancy technology. The simpler the better in my opinion.

Posted by stephanie - 12/13/2009 06:01 PM

I would love to be a tester! i wear Newtons on the road and haven’t found anything i like for the trails yet!

Posted by Stephen Regenold - 12/13/2009 09:36 PM

Stephanie: Have you tried Inov-8 shoes on the trail? I often use Newtons on the road and Inov-8s on the trail. They are my main two brands as of late. (I like the Inov-8 Roclite 285 and X-Talon 212 models best.)

Posted by Rick Van - 07/12/2010 03:02 PM

I moved to Pose running last year after picking up the Newton Neutral Racers at the San Diego Marathon. The side ripped out before the nubs were worn much at all. Unfortunately, Newton is not standing behind their shoes. I think I’m done being an advocate for them. Here’s the picture:

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