New Balance Men's MT101 Trail Running Shoe

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Great fit, light weight, can handle very rugged trails without issues.
The only reason not to buy them now is the upcoming MT110 that will have even more minimalist heel-to-toe drop.
I'm 6'1" and about 185 lbs, so you may get more/less mileage out of them depending on your size and usage.
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  • Synthetic and mesh
  • Rubber sole
  • Men's Clearance
  • Trail Racer/Lightweight
  • 7 D Left

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Product Description

New Balance is dedicated to helping athletes achieve their goals. It's been their mission for more than a century to focus on research and development. It's why they don't design products to fit an image. They design them to fit. New Balance is driven to make the finest shoes for the same reason athletes lace them up: to achieve the very best.

The MT101 from New Balance is designed to be a durable trail running shoe. The synthetic and mesh upper offers lightweight construction, while the treaded rubber outsole gives you stability on the trail.

  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 8.2 x 5.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B003GXEG76
  • Item model number: MT101-M
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 4, 2005
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,703 in Shoes (See Top 100 in Shoes)
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    By M. Williams on January 18, 2011
    Size: 12 D(M) USColor: Green Verified Purchase
    If you're looking for a solid trail shoe with minimal padding and an amazing rock plate, these shoes are amazing! I had been running trails in track flats prior to getting the 101s, and while I enjoyed the low profile and flexibility they offered, they were lacking in the protection department - and running in the Rockies, it's nice to have a little something there to protect from the terrain. There is not a lot to these shoes, you sit very close to the ground, which is ideal for trails - there have been times where, had I been wearing a more traditional shoe, I would have rolled my ankle on the terrain. With these, you're pretty much right on the ground, so there's nothing to roll off of. As mentioned, the rock plate does an excellent job of keeping those pointy edges from bruising the bottom of your feet. Makes blasting down rocky trails, well...a blast! True minimalists will probably shy away from the rock plate and the heel toe drop (not certain, but I want to say its something like 10mm), though it certainly doesn't feel like it.

    Cons:
    -The only real concern I've had with these are the way the shoe curves inward, seems to rub my pinky toe, especially on longer runs. For me it hasn't been anything thats rubbed raw or anything, but I have noticed little callouses forming on my pinky toes.
    -Not that its a big deal, but I'm not a big fan of the special laces that are supposed to help your shoes from coming untied. They only seem to work when I'm trying to actually untie them! :)
    -When I wear these on the roads, I definitely feel it in my calves more the next day than on the trails or with more of a road shoe on the road.
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    Size: 11 D(M) USColor: Green Verified Purchase
    I've ran more than 100ks with this pair, mostly on trails. These are very light and comfortable even in rough terrain.

    Compared to my old pairs, my feet never really felt battered after running on mt101's on trails, no heelstrikes nor overstriding. My feet are landing at the right, natural spots - the forefoot to midfoot.

    The design is wicked, I had never seen a shoe that immitates the color of a green beetle.

    Anton and NB really nailed it with this one.
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    I am very pleased with these shoes and I hope New balance keeps making them forever. The MT101 are a semi minimalist shoe and are not a "true" minimalist shoe because of the padding and large 11mm heal to toe drop, in my opinion this makes them perfect for someone who is interested in getting in to minimalist running while lowering their risk of injury during the transition. I suspect the minimalist movement will shift from the current thin strip of rubber into the middle ground of light padding and minimal heal to toe drop and the MT101s come close.

    I exclusively run off road but I've always worn road shoes because I do not like stiff and bulky trail shoes, however every time I hit a root or rock funny I wished I had a more protective shoe on. The rock plate in the forefoot of the MT101 is amazing, I do not see how they can make a shoe this flexible and light while still protecting my feet from pointy objects. In the padding department the 101s barely felt any different from my Brooks Ghost (sounds ridiculous, but that's what I felt). I found I needed to lace these shoes up a bit tighter than I normally do, I suspect this is because they offer very little structure of a typical running shoe. I recommend keeping the milage low at first, my ankles were a bit tender the first two weeks while I built my up my strength, the soles of my feet however never felt sore. The outsole rubber is pretty tough and after 250 miles I can barely see any wear. My only complaint is that they are a bit narrow and they rub the outside of my pinky toes, this is a common complaint and three of my friends with this shoe have the same problem. I chopped off some of the green plastic on either side of the toe box and this helped out a little and did not compromise the durability of the shoe.
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    I've been on the search for the prefect trail running shoe for a while now. I've tried Merrells, Vibram Fivefingers, Teva, and even Adidas. All of them failed on some level. Up till now the Fivefingers were the closest fit, and indeed I still run in them when the weather is good. I have the "KSOs" though, and it was just too easy for my feet to get wet after a rain. Water would soak in and it wouldn't dry. Additionally, you have to be super-careful not to hit any sharp rocks. They are so minimalistic a shoe that you can feel every nook and cranny of the road. This is almost always a good thing, unless you are traversing *very* rugged or rocky trails. Obviously an issue on long runs. I won't go into too much detail about the other brands, but they were murder on my feet.

    Then came the mt101. For my particular feet and gait, these are the holy grail of running shoes. Even when running in cushy shoes, I tend not to heel strike. I almost always run on the toes of my feet. The mt101s (like the Fivefingers) seem to be designed to aid in this style of (natural) running. They perform outstandingly well on the trail. They handle rocks and other trail obstacles like a champ. They have a very flat "low profile" bottom which interferes very little with the innate mechanics of running. After all we've evolved over much of our existence as humans on this planet to run with no shoes at all. The mt101s allow that natural stride to happen unimpeded.

    Finally they are both light and they breathe extremely well making them ideal for long runs through the woods.

    So far I've had these shoes for over a month and have logged countless miles in them. I've taken to wearing them not just on the trail, but *everywhere*. They're excellent walking shoes (they also look nice paired with casual clothes like jeans and a t-shirt). The other shoes that I own continue to gather dust in the closet.
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