NEW BAL­ANCE SUM­MIT K.O.M./Q.O.M.

PRICE: R2 500 WEIGHT: 317 grams (M), 257 grams (W)

Runner's World South Africa - - SHOES + STUFF - – A.F. NEW­BAL­ANCE.CO.ZA

The Sum­mit K.O.M. (men’s, King of the Moun­tain) and Q.O.M. (women’s, Queen) are de­signed to with­stand any trail, thanks to their rugged dura­bil­ity. Our testers found the shoe to be re­silient over muddy and rocky trails; a Rock­S­top plate in­serted be­tween the mid­sole and out­sole min­imises pres­sure and dis­perses shock. And testers con­firmed that the shoe held up well in wet con­di­tions.

The RevLite mid­sole re­duces weight with­out sac­ri­fic­ing too much cush­ion­ing, though some testers wanted a lit­tle more un­der­foot. Oth­ers said the Sum­mit K.O.M./Q.O.M. was still com­fort­able over long pe­ri­ods on the trail.

“I would have pre­ferred a lit­tle more cush­ion­ing,” said a tester, “but I didn’t find my feet hurt­ing any more or less when us­ing these on some 40km-plus runs.”

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