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New Balance Minimus Trail Zero v2 Sneak Peek

November 8th, 2013

New Balance has an update in the works for their ultra-minimal Minimus Trail 00, however the second iteration of the shoe bears little resemblance to its predecessor. Rather, the design of the Zero v2 was more inspired by the RX Terrain, a fell-specific shoe popular in the UK during the late 2000’s, complete with aggressive outsole lugs and synthetic suede overlays that give the shoe a throwback aesthetic. Read more…

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New Balance MT00/WT00 – Our Take

March 23rd, 2012

New Balance WT00 Women's Running Shoes

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Get the New Balance MT00/WT00 for a near-barefoot running experience without beating the soles of your feet to a pulp on the trail.
(View Men’s MT00 and Women’s WT00)

Big Features

  • Zero Drop: As the name suggests, the Minimus Trail 00 sits on a level platform with a 12mm stack height in the heel and forefoot.
  • Vibram Outsole: Durable Vibram rubber is placed on areas of the outsole that are most likely to see high wear and need a little extra grip.
  • No-Sew Upper: Great for runners who want to run sockless, the no-sew upper minimizes hot spots where blisters might form.

Trail Test

In general, it’s nice to be in touch with nature. But maybe you don’t want to be so in touch that you’re pulling splinters, rocks and other debris from the soles of your feet. Crazy, we know. Trail runners looking for a near-barefoot shoe have a flexible, durable option in the Minimus Trail 00.

The weight of this shoe – a bit over 4 oz for men, a bit under 4 oz for women – is pretty darn impressive. The shoes actually weigh less than the box they come in. Take a second to let that sink in. As expected from such low weights, the Minimus Trail 00 provides all the essentials, without anything extra.

The upper material appears highly durable, especially for how thin it is, though it doesn’t feel or look like the highest quality material out there. The trail ain’t no fashion show runway, right? But still, the mesh material didn’t quite feel like it was working with our feet, particularly in the forefoot, where all testers noticed some undesirable crinkling above the toes.

The Minimus Trail 00 sports the most deconstructed mid/outsole we’ve seen on a running shoe. The knobby lugs spaced a bit apart give your foot freedom to move in every imaginable direction, provide a bit of traction, and will keep your skin safe. But don’t count on any rock protection – every lump and bump on the trail will be transmitted to the sole of your foot.

The Minimus Trail 00 will give you a little protection from the trail without weighing you down or interrupting the natural way your foot wants to move.

Runners Say

“The MT00 gives you a little bit of cushion underfoot thanks to the springy lugs, but basically, your foot is on its own in this shoe.” – Matt

“Comfortable fit on the foot overall, but feels more narrow in midfoot and through the toe box than the WT10.” – Lauren

“The traction was good and the feel was fine on dirt and soft trails, but I got beat up any time I stepped on a rock. Although it did not create any problems, the upper puckered oddly across the forefoot when I cinched up the laces.” – Jonathan

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New Balance Minimus Trail 00 – First Look

January 5th, 2012

New Balance WT00

Kind souls that we are, we gave you a sneak peak of this shoe last fall (check out the MT00 video and WT00 video). Now that we’re getting closer to the mid-March launch date, we wanted to provide a little more information on this innovative near-barefoot shoe by New Balance.

The MT00 and WT00 will both list for $110 upon launch. For all you pavement pounders out there, stay tuned for more information on the Minimus Trail 00 sister shoe, the Minimus Road 00.

What to Watch For

  • Low Rider: This is the lowest trail shoe offered by New Balance. The 00 means zero drop from heel to toe. There is only a modest midsole and thin Vibram outsole separating you from the dirt, pebbles or scrub you’re about to step on.
  • Featherlight: Not surprisingly given how low the shoe is, this is also the lightest trail shoe New Balance offers, at just 4.4 oz for the Men’s size 9 and 3.5 oz for the Women’s size 8. In fact, those weights make it the lightest trail shoe on the market, period.
  • Holy Sole: The deconstructed midsole keeps weight down while providing more cushioned lugs for ground contact. High-wear spots on the heel and forefoot are reinforced with a Vibram rubber outsole.
  • Barely There Upper: Strategically placed overlays welded to a durable nylon material creates a light, slipper-like fit. If you forget you’re wearing shoes while chewing up the trail, you’ll put smiles on the faces of plenty of New Balance product engineers.
  • Hot Spots Be Gone: The upper is practically seamless, except for some stitching where the tongue attaches at the base. Translation: if you don’t want to wear socks, you don’t have to.

Men’s Colors

Women’s Colors

New Balance WT00 - Outsole View

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