Profile of the New Balance Minimus Prevail
New Balance goes back to the basics of minimalist trainers with the Minimus Prevail. The shoe caters to those who value lightness and flexibility in their training footwear. It also aims to give maximum control of the movement through a firm REVlite midsole and a grippy Vibram outsole.
Minimus Prevail vs. Minimus 40
Those who favor the brand’s Minimus line may be curious to know what makes the Prevail different from its predecessor. Apart from the visual redesign, the shoe introduces a host of structural changes:
Firmer sole. The Prevail model ditches the cushiony Rapid Rebound foam in favor of the full-length REVlite midsole. It results in a thinner and stiffer midsole that renders better power delivery for weightlifting.
Improved fit. The new version features an updated upper in response to the complaints about the Minimus 40’s narrow fit. The new engineered knit is meant to give a more precise fit as well as more space in the toe box.
Better support. The new ASYM counter is designed to give lateral support where it is most needed.
The NB Minimus Prevail is equipped with a one-piece Vibram outsole. It is designed wide and flat to plant the entire foot firmly on the floor. The outsole also has well-defined edges to prevent the foot from rolling over the side.
The shoe features an innovative lug pattern for enhanced multi-directional traction. The brick-like treads eliminate the chance of foot slipping during jumps, quick cuts, lifts, and stance adjustments.
The wearer can also be sure of the outsole’s durability. Vibram is a long-established brand which has an excellent reputation for its wear-resistance. Thus, side portions of the unit are also used to protect the midsole from abrasive rope climbs.
The brand’s proprietary REVlite midsole serves as a buffer between the foot and the floor. Given the shoe’s minimalist design, it offers a very basic amount of cushioning in favor of a better ground feel. Its firm nature ensures a more efficient power delivery and stability.
REVlite belongs to New Balance’s most lightweight foams. According to the brand, it is constructed to be just as durable and well-performing as the other shoe foams while being 30% lighter than them.
At the same time, this foam is quite flexible. It allows the trainer to bend easily in the forefoot section. That way, the foot’s flexibility doesn’t get hindered during the running and jumping portions of the workout.
Like most flagship CrossFit shoes, the Minimus Prevail has a 4-mm difference in height between the forefoot and the heel. This minimal drop is considered to be a norm for cross-training where a more natural foot position is preferred.
The trainer employs an engineered knit upper to create a sock-like containment for the foot. The knit material is known for giving a more adaptive fit than mesh or synthetics. It is also significantly lighter and provides better ventilation through the large, strategically placed pores.
The fabric has been instilled with strong TPU fibers. This little twist helps to deliver lateral support while keeping the shoe’s weight at the minimum. Light synthetic overlays are only present around the eyelets and on the toe box, where extra protection comes handy.
New to the Minimus series is the ASYM Heel Counter. It is an external panel made of sturdy TPU which reinforces stability in the rearfoot. ASYM stands for asymmetrical and refers to the component’s shape. Larger on the sides and thinner at the back, it gives support where it’s most needed without being a bulky heel drag.