New Balance Summit KOM
Anyone who is looking for a pair of shoes that will be good to use for multiple different purposes should look to the New Balance brand. The New Balance Summit KOM (or QOM for women- King of the Mountain and Queen of the Mountain) shoes are versatile and can be used in multiple different settings, including on gravel, rough roads, rocky roads, and mountain terrain. The shoe is even designed to use in wet conditions.
One of the biggest things that many people look for in a pair of running shoes is their ability to be able to wear them in as many places as possible. Most people do not want to have to spend close to $200 for a pair of running shoes, again for a pair of climbing shoes, and again for a pair of hiking shoes. The nicest thing about the New Balance shoes is that they can be used on a variety of different surfaces- including all the ones listed above- and you get a durable pair of shoes out of the deal.
The only negative things that some people found with these shoes was the fact that they are rather stiff, heavy, and narrow in some places. But other people who have wider feet have found that these shoes fit them pretty well. So it seems to have mixed reviews regarding the fit and how the shoes feel on the feet.[easyazon_link identifier="B075R7FX9H" locale="US" title="New Balance Men's SKOM-Summit King of Mountain V1 Trail Running Shoe Grey 12 D US" tag="edgehunting-20"]New Balance Men's SKOM-Summit King of Mountain V1 Trail Running Shoe Grey 12 D US[/easyazon_link]
- The shoes have great traction, meaning that you will be able to wear them on a variety of surfaces and not have to worry about slipping
- The shoes provide a lot of ventilation for your feet
- There is adequate protection in the outsole, midsole, and upper for your feet
- People believe that the shoe is a good price for everything that it has to offer
- Many people believed that the shoes are durable
- Some people believed that the sole of the shoe is stiff
- The shoes are rather heavy according to some people, which could affect performance
There are also lugs on the outsole of the shoe which aid in how well the shoes will grip the terrain. These will allow you to run on many different surfaces, which means that if your interests span a variety of areas, you won’t have to just stick to one with these shoes. And, the lugs will aid you while running uphill and downhill.
And finally, another important feature in the outsole lies in the forefoot, where there are grooves. This is a feature that many running shoes have adopted because it aids in the overall flexibility of the shoe. Having a flexible running shoe will help you to bend your feet naturally and help to improve your performance, while also minimizing the risk of injury.
There is also a sock liner in the shoe, which can be removed if necessary. If you are someone who needs to have a special type of insole in your shoe, you can easily remove this and replace it with the one of your choosing.
And finally, there is a layer in between the midsole and the outsole called ROCKSTOP. This will help to protect your feet immensely if you plan on running on rough terrain where you might hurt yourself on sharp objects. And, the great thing about this is that it’s very durable and thin. The thinness will help to aid in the comfort of the shoe, but the durability will help to make sure that you can run on any type of terrain and not have to worry about anything happening to your shoes that might potentially injure you.
The Summit KOM shoes surely do not lack in this area. The mesh material also is lightweight, and it aids in the overall flexibility of the shoe.
Besides that, there are overlays on the upper. Overlays are important because they help to keep your foot securely in the shoe without compromising any of the shoe’s breathability. Your foot will remain supported and comfortable and you won’t have to worry about your foot coming out of the shoe or slipping around inside. The lacing system of the shoes also helps with this.
And finally, the forefoot of the shoes is protected with Toe Protect. The purpose of this is to ensure that anything you might encounter on the road, including rocks, sticks, or other things that could potentially hurt you will not get into your shoe and cause you to get hurt.
Despite many of the lightweight features that these shoes offer, they are fairly heavy for a pair of running shoes. The men’s version of the shoe weights 11.4 ounces and the women’s version of the shoe weighs 9.1 ounces. There are certainly heavier shoes available, and there are people who were pleased with the performance of these shoes regardless of their weight, but if you are not looking for a pair of heavier shoes, then this is something to consider.
Thanks to the mesh material that the uppers of the KOM shoes are made out of, your feet will be well ventilated while you are on your run. The overlays that are on the shoes also do not compromise the shoes’ overall breathability. People said that their feet were able to stay cool and dry while on the run.
However, some people said that these shoes were not the most comfortable regardless of that. They said that the forefoot area of the shoe, as well as the toe box, was a bit narrow for their liking. So, as we suggest with any pair of shoes, it is probably best that you purchase these at a store where you will have the opportunity to try them on and see which size fits best.
Other than some sizing issues and potential issues for people who have larger feet, people said that these shoes were comfortable, and they especially were great for use on rougher terrain, where they said they experienced no problems.
Besides that, there is a thin layer of ROCKSTOP between the midsole and the outsole of the shoe, which also helps to protect your feet from anything sharp that you might come across on the road.
-These shoes can be worn on a variety of different surfaces
-The forefoot of the shoes is fortified with Toe Protect, which also helps to protect your feet from the terrain
-Lugs on the outsole of the shoe help you to get a great grip on the road or the trail