Facts

Terrain
Trail
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Competition
Price
$115
Weight
M: 204g | W: 164g
Heel to toe drop
M: 4mm | W: 4mm
Heel height
M: 17mm | W: 17mm
Forefoot height
M: 13mm | W: 13mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

The good

  • Many runners value the versatile nature of the Minimus Trail v3 as it runs very well on both the trails and the roads.

  • New Balance offers 5 different color options for the Minimus Trail v3.

  • Most runners were impressed by the shoe’s incredible grip on different surfaces.

  • Outsole durability is another strong point in this shoe, according to a good number of runners.

  • It is a quick-drying shoe based on the results done by a couple of testers.

  • It is very flexible, as noted in some reviews.

  • A significant number of runners mentioned that the shoe feels light and fast.

The bad

  • The outsole rubber material tore away for some users when they used it on more difficult trails.

  • Some noted blisters when they tried to wear this without socks.

  • Others felt that it was narrow in the forefoot area.

Bottom line

A lightweight and great looking shoe with just enough stability is the best way to describe the Minimus Trail v3 from New Balance. This shoe was built for speed, but with enough arch support and protection when the run calls for more mileage.



World wide, Minimus Trail v3 is in the top 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, New Balance, is the 4th most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 921 shoes


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 558 ratings

5 star
78%
4 star
12%
3 star
3%
2 star
0%
1 star
7%

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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90 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 95
    Running TipsLevel 1 expert
    by Running Tips
    But trying out New Balance MT10v3 felt great and I am continuing to enjoy them. I am very pleased to have taken the plunge and purchased them.
  • 90
    Donald BuraglioLevel 3 expert
    by Feed the Habit
    The MT10 was a standout shoe in the minimalist crowd a while back; now it’s almost in a class by itself as the perfect combination of minimalist construction and high performance.
  • 85
    Dan FinkelsteinLevel 1 expert
    by Birthday Shoes
    This is a solid trail running shoe, and it will work for light road running too.
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Updates to Minimus Trail v3

The extremely popular Minimus Trail or MT10 gets even better in its 3rd instalment through a few minor changes. New Balance focuses the changes in the upper to improve the comfort and fit of the shoe. The most noticeable change is the modification of the huge band across the forefoot. It is not as thick as before and slightly shifted in its location to continue giving the same kind of support and security, but without being overbearing.

The Minimus Trail v3 also has a new mesh that is very soft that only enhances the next to skin feel of this shoe. Complementing the soft mesh is the no-sew construction that virtually eliminates the risk of developing blisters or irritation.

Finally, as a trail shoe, the already great traction was even enhanced by slight modifications. The lugs are a bit longer and more numerous than before. This enhances the grip of the shoe in practically all sorts of outdoor terrain. The improved length of the lugs serves as an added protection on technical trail since the Minimus Trail has never used rock plates before.

Minimus Trail v3 size and fit

The fit of the New Balance Minimus Trail v3 is basically the same as the original MT10. It is medium that runs a bit narrow in the average scale. As this is a shoe that is built for speed, the snug fit can only enhance the need to pick up the pace of the run. Runners with average to narrow feet should have no trouble in their forays on different outdoor trails. Medium is the offered width while sizing is accurate in the men’s and women’s versions.

Outsole

The Minimus Trail line continues to use Vibram rubber compound for its stickiness, even on wet areas. In this version, the outsole has longer and more numerous multi-directional lugs to provide insane grip on a multitude of trail surfaces.

Midsole

As can be expected, an extremely light shoe has a very simple midsole. Running the engine of this shoe is the deconstructed ACTEVA foam for its decent responsiveness and cushioning despite being very light. This has anti-odor properties and delivers optimal ground perception.

Upper

The super light upper is covered by a very flexible mesh that is also very breathable. There are a few no-sew overlays that basically serve as the main support and structure of this flexible upper. For protection against toe bruising, there is a TPU right on top of the toe box. Just as in the midsole, the upper has antimicrobial properties for a very healthy environment.


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