Newton Boco AT, $129
Category: Cushioned Cruisers
Weights: 9.6 oz. (men’s), 8.2 oz. (women’s)
Heights: 24mm (heel), 18mm (forefoot)
Fit: The Boco AT has a medium fit from the heel through the midfoot and opens into a comfortably roomy (both in terms of height and width) toe box.
Feel: The Boco AT feels protective without being burly. The smooth, synthetic suede heel interior has a no-slip grip and feels great without socks. While the forefoot lugs that protude from the outsole are not as pronounced as on many Newton models, you do notice them at first.
Ride: Testers loved the responsiveness of the Boco AT for less technical trails and smoother dirt/gravel roads. Although the stout toe box keeps tootsies protected against roots and rocks, one tester suggested the forefoot side rails have too much energy return for rocky conditions. It excels in road-to-trail types of runs, partially because padding at the first and fifth toes provides welcome relief from downhill pounding.