New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe Mens 9 D
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A minimalist style that doesn't sacrifice support, the New Balance® 101 men's running shoe is crafted using a lightweight blend of mesh and synthetic materials. Its rubber outsole provides durability and dynamic traction on tricky surfaces.
- Package Dimensions: 14.1 x 14 x 6.4 inches
- ASIN: B005K0MU5S
- Date first available at Amazon.com: November 5, 2010
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-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. I would suspect that is due to the minimal padding and my calves absorbing more of the shock - not necessarily a bad thing, but it is worth mentioning.
All in all, I highly recommend these shoes for trail runners who don't want a lot of shoe, but do want a little protection. Every time I put these on I love the way they feel. Can't wait to see what the MT110s and NB Minimus will have to offer!
UPDATE - Blew a hole in the sidewall at the aforementioned pinky spot at around 320 miles. I'm 6'1" and about 185 lbs, so you may get more/less mileage out of them depending on your size and usage. I would guess that about 300 of those 320 miles were all on trails, so they got used and weren't really babied! There's a very good chance I will be buying another pair.
I bought several different running shoes in the last two years. Too many of them were just too much. Too much sole, too high in the heel just too much in general.
I decided it was time to get back to basics and essentials.
I don't want to run barefoot, too old for that. I just wanted some protection from the elements and the trash that is strewn about everywhere I go these days. When I was younger shoes were less overdone, less heeled, less cushioned and yet many people got by without all the gadgets and widgets. Most people got a pair of Keds and started working at whatever it was they were trying to accomplish. Learn to run correctly & right for yourself and you will see the benefits of not letting technology do everything for you.
So, if you just want to get back to basics this shoe is for you, minimalist.
PS: Also works well as a Kung Fu shoe.
Hope this type of shoe stays around for a while and isn't just a short term pop culture phenomenon.
I was looking at a review that got a lot of negative commentary, which I refused to acknowledge since I refuse to ever be a pop phenomenon fanatic and swallow new trends without question. I went back and added updates to my review of that shoe.
In previous decades I had tried NB Running shoes and found the ones I tried, used and wore to not be for me. It seemed that in that time where we didn't have online buying as an option the NB shoes I managed to purchase then were predominantly intended for pronators. I myself am an underpronator/supinator. Whether NB made shoes, at that time, that would have worked for me will remain an unknown. Now everything is available online and companies that make the effort can provide a potential customer, with some semblance of knowledge regarding their needs in footwear, with enough data on the shoe to satisfy almost anyone but the absolute novice. The newer Minimus line(s) and the MT's have suited my needs very well.
These are an excellent shoe if you can get them anymore. I have recently bought more NB shoes (minimus line) because of my experience with these. I don't think they have a really great match/replacement for these which is too bad but the newer lines seem pretty decent.
After a year of adapting from "overdone" to "just enough" I feel this is a great way to go. Get just enough shoe and forget the springs, gel bags, air bags and other gadgets that mask weaknesses that only require time and effort to overcome. Forget barefoot just go minimal, sometimes less is more or so Browning wrote.
These shoes are extremely light and very comfortable. I have mostly used them to jog/hike trails in Phoenix, AZ and have found them to provide plenty of protection against the terrain. I have also used them to run on pavement without any problems.
I haven't had any issues with the seam along with the pinky toe as I have read in other reviews. I do wear New Balance LC3 Sock when I run in them (I didn't buy the socks on Amazon, I found them at a Ross store, 3 pairs for $5). If you don't wear socks with them, you will definitely feel the seem against your pinky, and after awhile of rubbing it can be bit painful.
Overall, I would highly recommend these shoes to anyone, and will be buying a second pair in the future.
After 5 months of wearing them, though, the sole is already starting to detach quite significantly from the upper. I had hoped these would last quite a bit longer. I've contacted the seller (Altec - who I've had good experiences with before) about the warranty policy but I've never had shoes (even highly used trail runners) fall apart so quickly.
Comfortable shoe, but I wouldn't buy them again.