Terra Momentum – Newton’s Answer For Trails.
Newton is known for running and with their Terra Momentum shoe you’re ready to tackle the tough stuff. Recently Newton sent us a pair of their men’s Terra Momentum all terrain running shoe to test out. The shoe is designed to take on whatever a runner throws at it, including roads, urban paths and technical mountain trails.
Terra Momentum – Observations
The first thing you will notice about Newtons in general are the bright color offerings. Some color combos would make a super hero blush with envy. Our Terra Momentum came in an orange/yellow/grey combo, which certainly gives you the look of an elite runner.
The second thing you will notice is the shoe’s bottom. Every Newton running shoe including the Terra Momentum, is equip with what Newton refers to as Action/Reaction technology. It’s located in what looks like 4 raised areas or lugs on the bottom of the shoe’s forefoot. The effect is that every foot strike gives you instant feedback as you land on them. The lugs move in and out of hollow chambers, absorbing shock and then releasing energy to help propel you forward. It’s a rather odd feeling at first and you might find yourself rocking back and forth in them as you stand just for fun.
Terra Momentum – Down and Dirty
I was a little concerned how these shoes would actually do on the trails. They are far from the traditional trails shoes I have used, looking more like road shoes and less like trail shoes. I also had some reservations that the raised lugs might impede stability on the trails. Well all those concerns were for not. The shoes worked perfectly in some pretty gnarly conditions. At some point during the run I did tighten the laces up to get a more secure fit. The shoes felt really at home on the trails, but when the trail smoothed out they felt like fast road shoes.
On Newton’s website they mention that many runners will need time to strengthen muscles and tendons that may not have been as active with other shoe company’s shoes. For first time Newton runners out there, you may need to take it easy and not run as far in the beginning. Both Kathleen and I have been running in so many minimalist shoes lately, that we didn’t need any break in period at all. Not that Newton Terra Momentum are minimalist shoes, it’s just that our muscles were ready for this type of shoe.
- The shoes weigh 11.2 ounces and have a 4.5mm heel to toe drop. They retail for $149, which is the least expensive of Newton’s lineup.
Terra Momentum – Upper
- Highly-breathable closed mesh keeps out debris
- Non-stretch upper and webbing provides lateral stability
- Slip-proof laces with heel-securing double eyelets
- Lightweight flexible molded P.U. support frame
- Reinforced toe cap
- Reflective logo and heel tab
- Gusseted tongue
Terra Momentum – Midsole
- Tuned Action/ReactionTM technology in the midfoot and heel
- Biomechanical metatarsal sensor plate
- Tuned firm high-rebound EVA
- Midfoot/rearfoot support chassis for added stability
- ETC anti-friction, anti-bacterial sockliner
- Accommodates most orthotics
Terra Momentum – Outsole
- High-traction and -durability rubber compound
Terra Momentum – Overall Impression
The Terra Momentum is a great choice for anyone looking for a shoe that can handle different types of terrain. I am not sure if this would be my ultimate choice for trail running or not. I still have to do much more testing. Where I think the shoe could be more refined is to reduce the overall stack height so the shoe would sit lower to the ground, add more nubs on the bottom for traction and add a beefier toe guard.
I found the Terra Momentum to be really comfortable, cool looking and perfect for trails around Austin. The shoe is easy to get in and out of. The lacing system works and can be adjusted as needed. This is the perfect shoe if you really do a lot of mixed terrain. Many times I have found that running on groomed surfaces in trail shoes isn’t that comfortable. With the Terra Momentum, since it feels like a road shoe, it will feel great!
The shoe definitely is not going to be for everyone. Newton’s in general are very flashy and some people may want a more subdued color scheme. The price point is on the high end, which will have to be evaluated by the purchaser. The Terra Momentum isn’t what I consider a full fledged trail shoe either, since it doesn’t have quite the traction and beefiness that other exclusive trails shoes have. Lastly some people might not like Newton’s Action/Reaction technology and prefer a more traditional type.
Overall we really like these shoes and look forward to testing them out some more.
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