A few years ago, New Balance Minimus led the way in equipping the runner who wanted a more “minimal” running experience. Fast forward to 2013 and the preference of many runners is shifting to a shoe with a bit more impact protection, but that still offers a lightweight, flexible ride. So is Minimus dead? No way. The line is evolving to adapt to the needs and wants of today’s runner. Here’s what will be introduced into the line for the rest of 2013.
The New Balance 1690 (shown above, more sneak peek pictures and info here) bridges the gap between more minimal styles and a conventional running shoe. With a flexible, 4mm offset platform and RevLite cushioning, this shoe makes it easy to transition into the world of Minimus. Designed for ‘urban running,’ this shoe can be taken anywhere, paved or not, and with a no-sew upper, this looks to be one comfortable shoe. The 1690 will be available starting July 2013.
Minimus MR1/WR1 Hi-Rez
A fresh take on the bare-bones Minimus 00, the Hi-Rez is designed for runners seeking unmatched ground feedback and flexibility in a running shoe. Featuring a midsole consisting of 42 independent pods, this sub 4 oz, zero-drop shoe is built to move effortlessly with the foot and deliver an almost-barefoot sensation. The Hi-Rez launches in April 2013.
Minimus 1010 v2 Amp Trail
The Minimus Trail 1010 returns in its second iteration this summer. Marketed strongly to the Tough Mudder/adventure racing crowd, the original 1010 found its niche among trail runners looking for a bit of protection underfoot while maintaining a low profile and flexible ride in a lightweight package. Based on user feedback, New Balance tightened up the toebox a bit in the v2, for a more confident forefoot fit. The 1010 v2 will be released in July 2013.
Minimus 1010 Amp Road
We don’t have any images to show you just yet, but here’s the info we know on this brand-new model. Based on the success of the 1010 Trail, New Balance will be introducing a road counterpart in the Minimus Road 1010. With a 4mm offset and a fair amount of cushioning underneath, this shoe will offer a low profile and flexible ride while keeping the runner protected from hard pounding on the pavement. The 1010 Road launches in May 2013.