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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Newton Aha Review

The Aha was my first experience running in a pair of Newton's since they added the additional lug, before that I ran in the Sir Isaac, Distance Gravity and most recently BOCO AT -(BOCO AT review here).  

My favorite up until this point was the BOCO, the lugs were barely noticeable and it was a light weight water resistant shoe great for slushing around in the snow or trail. 

New Favorite Newton Aha
In March I picked up a pair of Aha's while training in Albany and took em straight out of the box for a 13mile along the Hudson River.  Newton appropriately named the Aha, it was triumphant surprising run and I was throughly impressed.  The Drive down to the Hudson River was worth the sweat!  Perfect running weather... 13mi in 1:44:12 avg pace 8:01 avg cadence 90spm and 1737 cal burned.

EVA Midsole Offers Durable Underfoot Cushioning 
My plan initial plan was to leave my GU and water in the car and go out and back for 3.5miles returning to the car fuel and finish 7miles.  I felt so good I kept running for 6.5miles stopped in Mickey D's for some water and kept it moving. 

The 5 luged Newton's felt pretty freakin amazing, I had an Aha moment along the Hudson and decided to keep going screw the quick loop.  The addition of the 5th Lug offered a more stability for me as compared to the wobbly feeling I remember from the 4 luged Newton's. 

Action/Reaction Technology
Below are the details from Runningwarehouse:
Every one is familiar with the "Aha" moment when the confusion suddenly becomes clear. This sensation inspired the Newton Aha: the beginner Newton model for neutral runners. With Newton's POP 3 platform featuring the smallest lugs in the Newton line, this shoe is the first step to forefoot striking.

  • Action/Reaction Technology is utilized in the heel and forefoot. These external lugs compress to absorb shock energy, and then release energy during toe-off.
  • P.O.P 3 is an entry-level Newton platform, featuring tapered lugs that recess into polyurethane-filled chambers for a forgiving underfoot feel.
  • EVA midsole offers durable underfoot cushioning.
  • Biomechanical metatarsal sensor plate in the forefoot allows you to feel the ground, offering constant sensory feedback.
  • SHARC Outsole consists of a high abrasion compound that provides increased traction in both dry and wet conditions.
  • Engineered mesh provides lightweight breathability and structure in key areas.
  • Overlays are anatomically placed to provide a secure fit.
  • ETC Sockliner is anti-bacterial for underfoot comfort and a healthy foot environment.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full length fabric for a comfortable underfoot feel.
P.O.P. 3 is an entry-level Newton
The Aha is one of those shoes that's getting a lot of road time with me now... Recently Newton teamed up with Zappos to offer a limited edition Kitchen Community Aha.  Each purchase will go towards providing a child access to a learning garden in his/her school.  For more on this exciting collaboration go to Zappos.  It doesn't take much to give a Sneakerholic a reason to indulge in his/her addiction and since this was for a good cause I decided to pick up a pair of the limited addition Kitchen Community Aha.

The Kitchen Community Aha
The Aha rides like a traditional light weight trainer but, with a nice P.O.P. and cushion feel in the forefoot that encourages a quick turnover.  A few things attracted me to Newton, their technology informative videos and vibrant colors.  The Aha is the ideal shoe for anyone looking to make the transition to Newton.  


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