User Review: New Balance MT10 Minimus
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $105
These were my first minimalist shoe, and after many more they are still my favorite.
- Just the right amount of ground feel
- Shed water well
- Mud fills sole lugs easily
- Sole wears quickly
These were my first pair of minimalist shoes and I have to say, after half a dozen other models by various makers, they are still my favorite all around trail shoe. New Balance is my go-to for minimalist running shoes. The MT10's have just the right amount of ground feel and the 4mm heel-toe drop feels pretty damn close to zero drop.
I've worn these on some pretty technical trails and they perform very well. The traction is fine on hard packed dirt and rocks, but the lugs are very small and struggle on mud because the voids between the lugs are shallow and mud fills them easily.
I wore these at the Mt.Snow VT Tough Mudder and finished in the top 5% of the 10,000 people who participated, and have worn them for a handful of other "adventure races" so they can handle what you toss at them. They are not my dedicated training shoe, simply because they are a little more minimal than I like to wear on training runs but they are great for shedding water and dealing with obstacles that require balance. I wouldn't wear these for one of my Trail Ultras, I think 15 miles is their cutoff for me.
I still wear my first pair, probably more for nostalgia than anything, but hey, they still work.