We spent 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • 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.

3 reasons not to buy

  • 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.



A top rated Trail running shoe
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Expert Reviews

90 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Feed the Habit | | Level 3 expert

    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.

  • 95 / 100 | Running Tips | Level 1 expert

    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.

  • 85 / 100 | Birthday Shoes | | Level 1 expert

    This is a solid trail running shoe, and it will work for light road running too.

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  • 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.

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.

Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.