New Balance Men's MT20RB2 Minimus Trail Barefoot Trainer,Black/Silver-Alpha,7.5 2E US
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- Synthetic and mesh
- Vibram sole
- Odor resistant lining
- 4 mm drop from heel to toe
- Designed for comfort with or wihout socks, this sleek trail runner offers a modular Vibram outsole to deliver traction over natural terrain while maintaining excellent ground feel and a minimalist mindset.
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- Package Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- ASIN: B0071H6M4I
- Item model number: MT20v2 Minimus Trail-M
- Date first available at Amazon.com: February 19, 2013
- 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.
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Top Customer Reviews
Update: My original review rating was two stars, but only due to the durability. I ordered a second pair in 2015 and the new version has lasted longer. Granted I only wore them for about five months and they started to show wear at the toes, but no holes so far. I have gotten them back out for this year and I estimate I should get two to three more months (maybe more). Given the INCREDIBLE comfort they now deserve a four star rating.
-The shoes are very light, very flexible, very grippy.
-The tongue has no loop on top for the laces to go through, so it will move around if it wants. On my right foot it stays put, and on my left it keeps sliding off to the left completely.
-After 4 weeks of use, small holes (1/8") started appearing on the toe box mesh area. 6 weeks in, there are more of them, and the holes got about 3x as big. The holes are in areas where the mesh bends and creases as you walk, so they are clearly generated by normal wear and tear.
-My initial order in the size that I usually wear was about an inch and a half larger than I usually wear. I had to order a size and a half down. I think I should have went 2 sizes down.
Other thoughts: This was my first pair of New Balance sneakers after having been a long time supporter of Nike and Adidas. I don't think I'll be getting anything from NB again any time soon.
I'm very satisfied.
**SIZING: I wear a 12.0 and based on reviews ordered a 12.5. I have some room left at the toe, and the fit is generally great.
** HOW TO RUN IN THESE: Heel striking is okay while walking in these.
(1)If you've never run on minimialist shoes, I suggest two things: patience and form. Seriously, repeat these two words over and over before and during your run.
(2) Purposely set out to *not* break any personal records on the first few runs.
(3) Focus, instead, on landing on the mid portion of your foot. To do this, rotate your foot downward, hinging on the ankle, just before your foot hits the ground. In other words, begin the motion that pushes your foot off the ground -- pushing off with your toes -- *before* your foot actually makes contact with the ground.
(4) You may need to shorten your stride, avoiding longer strides that force you to land on your heels. I know it sounds odd, but give it a try and in doing so, the right form will occur naturally. This motion is in contrast to landing on your heel, rolling your foot toward your toe, then lifting your foot back off the ground with your toes pointed upward to set up for another heel strike. Don't do this wearing these shoes or you'll demolish your shins and knees!
You'll have to make a conscious effort to do this for the first several runs. If your calf muscles are sore after the first run or two, you're doing it right. Be patient, and again, focus on form -- not speed or distance!
Might as well start practicing this with your old shoes while waiting for these to arrive in the mail, right?
I run on a lot of dirt and gravel (about 1-inch rocks) and these shoes handle the terrain and bumps very well.
The shoes are insanely light, being basically paper thin. The bottoms have no support, so if you don’t run with a mid-foot strike, I would strong discourage these shoes. While I really enjoyed them for running, because they are so light I used them for cross-functional training and pick-up sports as well.
The biggest issue people seem to have with these shoes is the material wearing away. Holes in the lining, rips on the seams, and the rubber bottom pieces falling off. I also had these issues, but I wore my pair through some rough trail running, including 2 Tough Mudders, and other various long-distance races.
All-in-all they are very comfortable, light, and fit great. The prices have dropped significantly now, so these could be a very good shoe to supplement your training (and they will last longer that way).