NEW BALANCE SUMMIT K.O.M./Q.O.M.
PRICE: R2 500 WEIGHT: 317 grams (M), 257 grams (W)
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.”