DiscontinuedUpdate: New Balance Minimus 10 v4
Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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WeightMen: 7.2ozWomen: 5.8oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 4mmWomen: 4mm
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.
Heel heightMen: 17mmWomen: 17mm
Forefoot heightMen: 13mmWomen: 13mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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90 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
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.
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.
This is a solid trail running shoe, and it will work for light road running too.
Updates to New Balance 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.
New Balance 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.
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.
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.
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.