A lightweight, minimalist training shoe for leaving the pavement behind.
- Synthetic and mesh upper is lightweight, well-ventilated, and comfortable against your foot
- Debris-Free Construction keeps the uppers snug around your foot so dirt and debris won't enter your shoe and cause discomfort
- RevLite foam provides a high level of springy rebound and cushioning underfoot at 30% less weight then competing foam compounds
- 4mm drop provides minimal height offset between the heel and toe which encourages the most natural biomechanical movement of your foot and toes
- Rock Stop is a flexible layer between your foot and the shoe outsole that provides protection from rocks and impact
- Vibram outsole material grips off-road surfaces and pavement with equal purchase and this material is highly durable
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I have now been in this shoe for a few months and could not be happier with the performance and resilience. Before the MT1010, I had an earlier generation New Balance shoe not meant for off-road use, and I found myself avoiding terrain because of a lack of protection underfoot. Now in these beauties, aside from trail running, I have no trouble with short hikes, or packing them on longer hikes because of their weight. Additionally, the shoe drains incredibly well. I have soaked them over and over and found myself completely dried out in no time while maintaining the same performance.
On a closing note, I have suffered from pretty brutal shin splints since I was young, and the minimalist shoe design has certainly reduced the pain/stress resultant from shin splints substantially. Although I am not a doctor, there was a direct correlation between my use of minimalist design and longer, harder, and more frequent runs on both hard and soft surfaces.
This is the fourth model of New Balance trail shoes that I have owned and it ranks as my favorite. I have owned every generation of the minimus, from the 10, to the 110, and now the 1010. The 10 had no rock plate and while it was nice to have good sensitivity of what was underfoot, it could also be painful when what was underfoot was hard and pointy. The 110 introduced a rock plate under the forefoot which was a tremendous addition, but you could still get attacked by rocks at the insole. It also had much better traction than it's predecessor. The 1010 has a much better rock plate providing ample protection without sacrificing sensitivity. It also introduces a Vibram outsole which has proven to provide very good traction and durability. There have been a lot of complaints about poor durability. I have not experienced this. I run very rugged, technical trails. After four months of heavy use they show no signs of wear. I just ordered a second pair to have available at a midway aid station of an upcoming 50M ultra.
Before these came out and at the beginning of the Minimus craze, New Balance released the MT 101. Those shoes made it into the Backpacker Magazine gear guide that year, where I saw them and bought a pair. I've been hooked to this line ever since! The newer MT 1010's have only taken what I loved about the 101's and made it better. These are the dream Minimus trail running shoes. You'll never go back.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought this shoe not long after its release, and I really enjoyed it. With the Vibram sole and the rock plate, this minimalist shoe was in a league of it own. However, after three months the mesh on the upper began ripping near ball and big toe of my foot. Fortunately, the store allowed me to trade it in, but the second pair did the same thing after 3 months.
All that being said, I still really like this shoe! The minimal feel, the Vibram rubber, and the rock plate make it an excellent trail runner, but the mesh is weak. I hope this is something New Balance will correct if they make a second version.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I really like the minimus stuff and this follows suit. Though I can't tell you how many miles its will live for I will say this it is a great minimal option for those who can't stand vibram five fingers but love vibram. It offers a little more support or padding than someting like the VFF's. I have hand a few decent runs in them like an 11 miler and a few 7's. Great shoe, so comfortable I find myself wearing them all the time.