New Balance Summit KOM GORE-TEX Review

Rainy Vancouver weather doesn’t mean you have to take your runs inside. The New Balance Summit KOM (King of the Mountain) is built to tackle the toughest terrain. The waterproof GORE-TEX and Vibram Megagrip will protect you from wet and slippery conditions.

The Summit KOM is a workhouse trail running shoe. The upper is made of engineered mesh for breathability with protective overlays to keep your feet secure. The additional Toe Protect bumper protects against rocks and roots.

The GORE-TEX liner adds an extra layer of weather protection. The breathable waterproof membrane kept my feet dry and warm during rainy runs. The lining add a bit of extra padding so you may want to go up a half size. It also tends to run hot on warmer days.

The Summit KOM is very comfortable  with nicely padded heel collar and tongue. There’s plenty of room for my toes to splay and push forward.

The RevLite midsole provided a firm and responsive ride without sacrificing cushioning and stability. During longer runs, the shoe is very comfortable with good ground feel.

On the trail, the aggressive Vibram Megagrip outsole provided excellent traction in muddy and rocky terrain. The RockStop plate dispersed the shock from landing on rocks across the foot.

Overall, the New Balance Summit KOM is a solid trail runner for winter running. It’s a very comfortable shoe with responsive RevLite cushioning. The waterproof GORE-TEX membrane will keep your feet dry and warm. The grippy Vibram MegaGrip lugs can handle any rocky and slippery terrain.

James Chung

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