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Men’s MT20 Minimus Trail Winter Running Shoe Review

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Posted February 21, 2012 by Aaron in
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Rating

Looks
8.0


Mobility
7.0


Comfort
7.0


Minimalism
5.0


Total Score
6.8


Overview

Weight (ea): 6.5 oz
 
Sole Thickness: 3mm
 
Retail Price: $99.99
 
Best Use: Dry Cold Conditions
 
Waterproof: No
 
Closure System: Standard Lace
 
Sole Type: Vibram
 
 
 
 
 

Pros:

Comfortable and warm, good traction for those long winter runs. Breathable synthetic upper keeps the warmth in while providing adequate venting.
 

Cons:

Not completely waterproof but with socks you can get away with wet winter runs.
 

I live in Ohio and hate treadmills, this time of year I need a trusty winter shoe. New Balance aims to fill that position with the MT20 Winter Running Shoe. Get a barefoot feel, even in snow and slush! One thing I hated about winter was having to put my big ole’ traditional running shoes […]

by Aaron
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I live in Ohio and hate treadmills, this time of year I need a trusty winter shoe. New Balance aims to fill that position with the MT20 Winter Running Shoe. Get a barefoot feel, even in snow and slush! One thing I hated about winter was having to put my big ole’ traditional running shoes on to go run in the snow, that leads to all kinds of odd pains, now with these great minimal inspired winter shoes I don’t have to worry about that. They’re a great minimalist shoe option for the winter runner who can’t skip the run even if it’s bad out.

Outsole


The lugged Vibram outsole is much like the other Minimus shoes from 2011 and match the trail series pretty close. It’s rubber sole is suited for traction on snow and some icy conditions. I would recommend to stick to just packed snow or plowed streets if you can.

The ACTEVA midsole is lightweight, flexible, and comfortable.

One caveat with this outsole, rocks can get stuck in the gaps and hurt your feet. But I’ve found this is only a rare occurrence. If you own the Minimus Trails from last year and need a winter version this is pretty much your go to shoe. You’ll feel right at home and most likely more comfortable out in the colder temperatures.

Insole

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The non-removable comfy insole is designed to be worn with or without socks. It’s winter so I pretty much just slip on some lightweight socks for added warmth but have done a few runs without socks and they feel great too. It’s mainly what you prefer, some people just hate socks and vice versa.

When running in extremely cold temperatures always stick close to home in case your toes start to go numb.

Upper


The upper is a nice synthetic mesh material that allows your foot to breath without letting too much cold in. I found these shoes to be perfect for when it’s 20 degrees Fahrenheit out. Any colder and I would definitely recommend you put on a pair of socks unless you’re an experience runner and now about circulation. The lace system features a traditional shoe style lace that makes for a comfortable fit.

Overall

If you’re looking for a solid minimalist winter shoe built on the Minimus platform the MT20 Minimus Trail is your shoe. Your feet will thank you on those long winter runs out in the slush. Socks or no socks you’ll be able to get your workout done.

Where to buy


Shops Product Price
Amazon New Balance Men’s MT20 Trail Minimus Shoe,Orange/Black,11 D US

An entirely different approach to trail running than the traditional running shoe, the MT20 New Balance Minimus Trail takes the proven versatile

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Amazon New Balance Men’s MX20 NB Minimus Training Shoe,Blue,10.5 D US

Keep yourself pumped and motivated for the gym with the feel-good WX20 Minimus sneaker from New Balance. Crafted of soft mesh material with synthetic

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Amazon New Balance Women’s WT20 Trail Minimus Shoe,Grey/Pink,8 B US

Taking care of your body and running with a more natural gait means you have to change more than just your shoes. If you’re ready to learn better

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Amazon MT10GY New Balance MT10 Men’s Minimus Trail Running Shoe, Size: 12.0, Width: D

The New Balance Minimus MT10 introduces the only minimal trail running shoe that delivers the benefits of barefoot running with the protection of a

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Amazon WT10GG New Balance WT10 Women’s Minimus Trail Running Shoe, Size: 08.0, Width: B

The New Balance Minimus WT10 introduces the only minimal trail running shoe that delivers the benefits of barefoot running with the protection of a

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Amazon New Balance MO10 Minimus Multi-Sport Shoe – Men’s Black/Blue, 10.5

An entirely different approach to all-season outdoor athletics, the New Balance Minimus Multi-Sport MO10 takes the proven versatile durability of a

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Amazon Womens New Balance Minimus 10 Life, Color:Black/White, 7 B

The New Balance Minimus WW10 is a barefoot-inspired wellness shoe for athletes seeking to help their bodies adjust to a more natural stride. Intended

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Amazon New Balance WR10GY Running Minimus Barefoot Running Shoe Womens 6.5

The New Balance Running Minimus Shoe is designed specifically for pavement pounding By removing a lot of the material typically found in running

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Amazon New Balance Men’s MT20 Winter Running Shoe,Grey/Green,10.5 D US

Get the most out of your run with the very minimum in the New Balance WT 20 minimal athletic shoes.

  • Lightweight mesh upper with synthetic

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used from: 63.46


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Amazon Womens New Balance Minimus Zero Trail, Color:Black/Teal, 7.5 B

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used from: 16.83


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Amazon New Balance Women’s WO10 Athletic Shoes,Grey/Yellow,8 B US

An entirely different approach to all-season outdoor athletics, the New Balance Minimus Multisport MO10BK takes the proven versatile durability of a

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About the Author

Aaron

I'm an habitual runner, website designer, music producer and lover of coffee. I made this site to be a one stop shop for all things minimalist shoes so you can find the one right for you.

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