Newton Fate II Reviewed by 220
When the Newtons strode onto the market, I predicted they’d be a fad. Well, nine years later, I’m eating my words! Versatility’s been key to Newton’s success with the Fate 2 following its predecessor with relatively shallow lugs. (For newcomers, Newton’s USP are lugs across the metatarsals to steer you into a ‘natural’ forefoot landing position.) There’s an argument that they’re so shallow, you’re better off with a traditional pair of neutral shoes but these transition smoothly, fit well and, like most Newtons, respond efficiently. They’re certainly niche, and not just because of that lug – their low profile construction might not suit heavier runners; that said, they’re no überlightweights (301g), the five lugs clearly adding weight. The upper’s purportedly delivers an efficient ride but they more breathable than the original Fate certainly won’t suit all but that’s princess-and-pea stuff.
›› VERDICT 80%
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