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New Balance MO80 / WO80

September 10th, 2012

New Balance MO80 Men's Running Shoe

Low to the ground with a lightweight construction upper, the MO80 (Men’s model) and WO80 (Women’s model) are geared for outdoor running and beyond. Sticky Vibram rubber gives generous grip, while a 4mm offset keeps the foot position for a mid-to-forefoot strike. The no-sew upper hugs the foot, and the upper uses durable materials built to withstand trail debris and other tough conditions.

What to Watch For

  • 4mm Drop: This shoe has the same drop and is on the same “natural” last as the popular MT110/WT110 and MT10/WT10 models.
  • Firmer Platform: The 80 is designed to offer a lot of protection for a Minimus shoe.
  • Vibram Rubber: The tough rubber outsole includes bi-directional lugs for grip both on ascents and descents.
  • Trail-Ready Upper: The closed mesh keeps junk out and resists tears from sticks, rocks and other debris.

MSRP
$100.00

Launch Date
January 2013

Men’s Color
Grey/Blue MO80

Women’s Color
Black/Pink WO80

New Balance MO80 Men's Running Shoe Outsole View

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  • John Macklen

    What is the weight of the men’s shoe? How is the flexibility compared to the Minimus 1010?

    Thanks

  • Alice

    Thank you for your question, John. New Balance is reporting weights of 7.8 ounces for the MO80 (Men’s shoe) and 6.1 ounces for the WO80 (Women’s shoe). When we receive these shoes in January we will have greater details about how they compare to the Minimus 1010.

  • John Macklen

    Sounds great! I’m looking forward to hearing more about this one.

  • Nate

    Any idea if there’s a rockplate?

  • Alice

    Thanks for your question, Nate. There will not be a rock plate in the New Balance MO80/WO80.

  • Nate

    Thanks, Alice. It looks like the full outsole should provide a fair amount of protection. A bit more than the pods on the other Minimus models, at least.

  • Alice

    No problem, Nate. We also think that the outsole will provide a great deal of protection.

  • J.Mack

    What’s the heel to toe drop on the NB MO80?

  • Matt

    We’ve measured the heel at 18mm and the forefoot at 15mm.

  • J.Mack

    Thanks

  • MT10′sForever

    Oh well, another disappointment… Looks like the same irritating, plasitcky upper material as the last minimus trails. What’s wrong with nice soft mesh anyway? Sheesh.

  • Will

    How well would these hold up on the roads?
    I used my mt10′s on the road and they worked preety well but these look like they would have much more aggresive tread
    Since i run on both i need a versatile shoe

  • Matt

    We would expect them to hold up at least as well as the MT10′s on the road. The MO80 has a full-length Vibram outsole and just a bit more material in the midsole for some extra comfort on asphalt.

  • Will

    Alright thanks ive been looking for a minimimus thats slighlty thiker for traxk appreciate it

  • Jason

    @John Macklen
    Where’s the review?

  • Noel

    Hello, does this show work well with narrow flat feet? :) if I am transitioning to the minimalist shoe, is this one a good start?

  • Matt

    This shoe does fit a narrow foot comfortably. However, if by “flat foot” you mean that you need pronation support, this shoe like pretty much all “minimal” options does not provide support for overpronation. If you mean that you have a low arch, this shoe should work well. It has a medium arch structure typical of most running shoes. It is a good minimal option if you need a shoe that can handle a variety of terrain types.