Tom

Tom

Chattanooga, TN and Las Cruces, NM

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Thomas 's Passions

Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Hiking
Kayaking

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Tom

Tom wrote a review of on March 6, 2013

2 5

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.

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Tom

Tom wrote a review of on March 6, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The 730 was my first minimalist shoe. The 4mm drop and the wide toe box were the key factors for me in purchasing this shoe. The upper mesh and the rubber sole are very durable. With wet conditions, I would not recommend wearing this shoe if you are running on steep terrains. This is a great road running minimalist shoe. If you do not have a wide foot, this shoe may not be best for you.

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