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February 23, 2011

New Balance Minimus Trail Review and Giveaway Contest

Admin note: Remember how I said this review was going to be awesome? Well, by now you’ve figured out from the title of this post what I was referring to. Yes, there’s a giveaway, and I wouldn’t be nearly as stoked about it if I wasn’t so impressed with the shoe … but for details on that, you’ll have to read on.


In my review for New Balance’s forthcoming Minimus Road shoe last week, I expressed my disappointment that the shoe wasn’t more minimal; rather, it’s intended as a transitional shoe, targeting folks who want to leave standard footwear behind but aren’t quite ready to commit to completely minimal footwear. Since I run almost exclusively in true minimalist footwear, its utility was sort of lost on me.

See, if I were designing a transitional shoe, I’d do something more dramatic. I’d strip the overall weight of the shoe down as much as possible and make the uppers feel like there’s barely anything there. I’d make the midsole low to the ground, with a very marginal slope from heel to toe to promote flat foot strike, but leaving just enough protection in the heel area to accommodate the occasional inadvertent heel strike. I’d make it amazingly comfortable but durable enough to be worn for endless miles in any imaginable conditions.

In other words, I’d make the New Balance Minimus trail shoe.

New Balance Minimus trail version

I suspect that the classification of this shoe will differ between longtime minimalist runners and traditional footwear users. New Balance promotes this as their true minimalist model, and if you’re trying the Minimus in comparison to standard running shoes, the barefoot sensation will be quite remarkable. Pure barefoot runners, on the other hand, will find some of the structural elements unfavorable, and will think of this (as I do) mainly as a transitional shoe. Fortunately, the Minimus is so thoughtfully designed and so well-constructed that it has something tangible to offer both of these groups.

Here are the vital specs for the Minimus Trail: overall weight is 7.1 oz, with a midsole height of 15mm in the heel and 11mm in the forefoot, resulting in a 4mm slope from heel to toe. Considering that most minimalist footwear is completely flat and less than 8mm thick, you can appreciate how barefooters would be apprehensive. Furthermore, the specs aren’t dramatically different than New Balance’s own MT101, which checks in at 7.8 oz and 18mm/8mm heel to toe. So the forefoot of the Minimus is actually higher off the ground than on the 101, but with a much flatter slope.

Accordingly, I consider the Minimus not quite minimal, but it’s the last stop before reaching that destination. And after logging a couple hundred miles on mine, I’ve come to believe that this will be one of the most attractive trail shoes on the market in 2011. It complements my minimalist running quite nicely without feeling like I’m returning to traditional footwear, and has several innovative design features that make it one of the best high-performance trail runners of any variety currently on the market. So let’s take a look at those from the top down.

Lightweight mesh upper; stability strap across forefoot

Two types of mesh comprise the Minimus upper: a wide-open ventilated top layer, with a very thin, finely woven base layer underneath to keep grit away from your toes. Like the road version, the Minimus Trail is made to be worn without socks, and the comfort of the interior lining against bare skin is super comfortable. Its tongue is similar to the MT101, consisting of little more than a thin fabric layer. The fabric of the tongue and top of the toe box is different than the majority of the upper, but is still very light and has minimal structure to it. Standard shoelaces provide nice even tension across the top of the foot.

Sockless liner; heelcups with light padding

Construction of the entire upper is so lightweight and comfortable that your foot feels like it’s inside a soft slipper. It lets water in relatively easily, but also dries very rapidly, making it ideal for stream crossings. There is plenty of room in the toe box for foot splay, and the contour of the last and upper fit my foot like a hand sliding into a glove. (Or maybe a mitten. You get the point.) Fit around the heel is secure without feeling tight, and the ankle collar is cut low to allow full range of motion, with a modest lining on top for improved comfort without added bulk.

Stability straps around heelcup; 15mm heel midsole

Perhaps the most noticeable innovation on the upper are two strips of synthetic leather: one across the top of the foot at the base of the toes, and one that wraps around the heel. The heel strap is similar in appearance to the back of a pair of Vibram FiveFingers, and maintains stability of the lightweight upper around the heelcup. The forefoot strap is anchored by a raised shark fin-shaped portion of the outsole on each side.

Shark-fin outsole overlay; contrasting mesh fabrics of midfoot and toe box

When you first put the shoe on, this forefoot strip feels a bit constricting, but as soon as you start running you can appreciate its purpose. On irregular terrain, it prevents excess lateral movement inside the upper, and when you’re running downhill, the strap prevents your toes from sliding forward into the toebox. If the shoe is sized appropriately (for me, they run true to size), even the steepest hills won’t mash the tips of your toes; this innovation alone deserves some kind of special recognition from veteran trail runners.

The midsole of the Minimus is where New Balance will probably draw the most contention from the barefoot crowd. No, it’s not a zero drop shoe, and yes, 15mm in the heel is fairly substantial. However, I also think this design element will attract one particular group of runners who have thus far been reluctant to try minimalist running: those looking to hammer the pace, especially on hilly trail courses. In fact, one of the first thoughts I had when running in the Minimus was that this shoe is the perfect marriage of minimalism and speed.

Here’s what I mean: despite all the barefoot miles I’ve logged over the past couple of years, and despite being able to tolerate ultra distances in minimalist shoes, there’s one aspect of trail running that remains a huge challenge for me: running fast on steep descents. When I’m really pushing for downhill speed, especially on tricky terrain, it’s extremely difficult to maintain a forefoot strike and prevent my heel from contacting the ground with impact. With the Minimus, you can blast the downhills, and the bolstered heel gives you a small margin of protection before resuming your smooth forefoot stride when the trail levels out.

Yeah ... it's flexible enough

Thickness of the midsole is greater than typical minimalist footwear, but the Minimus maintains pretty decent ground feel, especially through the forefoot area which is only 11mm thick. The entire midsole is flexible in all directions, allowing your foot to contour around trail irregularities just as it would in Vibrams or moccasins. I’ve found the added thickness to be ideal for providing solid, reliable protection from roots and rocks without having to sight the trail as actively as you do in minimalist footwear – which is another feature that’s valuable to hardcore racers.

Vibram high-performance outsole

More innovations are apparent in the Minimus outsole, which was developed by Vibram. It features grippy circular lugs with deep grooves in between for minimal weight and maximal flexibility. The outsole is slightly contoured in the arch area, similar to a pair of FiveFingers but not quite as snug.

Traction of the outsole is truly outstanding, and the Minimus has become my first choice when trail conditions are sloppy. They hold firmly in slippery mud, steady on wet rocks and stream crossings, and securely on loose gravel. Best of all, since the lugs are more circular than knobby, the ride remains fairly smooth even on asphalt – always a nice feature when you have to run a mile or two to reach the trailhead.

Circular lugs with deep cutouts

Across all conditions, the Minimus trail outsole is a dramatic improvement over any minimalist shoes I’ve tested – including Vibram’s KSO Trek and Trek Sport, which I had ranked highest to this point – and are nearly comparable with the most rugged trail outsoles like La Sportiva’s Crosslite and Salomon’s SpeedCross 2. I’d love to see Vibram incorporate this design on a FiveFingers model someday, since the outsole’s flexibility is perfectly comparable to the best minimalist shoes on the market.

In case it isn’t already obvious, I’m extremely impressed by the Minimus trail shoe, and I think it will turn out to be one of the most groundbreaking products of 2011. New Balance doesn’t call it a transitional shoe, and barefooters won’t call it a minimalist shoe, but its exceptional comfort and extensive high-performance features are likely to win fans from both of those camps.

And here’s the part that I’m most excited about of all: in conjunction with this review, New Balance has generously offered one pair of Minimus trail shoes as a contest prize for one of my readers. To enter, leave a comment below this post, and I’ll award extra entries for either a blog link or sharing this page via Facebook – so when you comment below, let me know how many entries you’ve earned (and I reserve the right to verify). Also, if your profile doesn’t have an address attached to it, leave me your e-mail so I have some way to reach you if you win.

I’m leaving the window of opportunity on this contest open for an extended period of time for two reasons: 1) To give as many people as possible a chance to win, and 2) Because the Minimus becomes available for purchase on March 1st, so if you don’t win the contest you can still grab one pretty quickly afterward. The winner will be announced on Saturday, March 5th, so good luck to everybody, and very special thanks to New Balance for sponsoring this contest.

*** UPDATED: The contest is OVER as of 3/5/11! You can purchase the NB Minimus Trail here from TravelCountry.com, or here for the women's version.

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nrmrvrk 2/23/11, 9:48 PM  

I've been looking forward to the Minimus since hearing about them after getting my MT101s. Count me in for a single entry.

drunkmonckey 2/23/11, 9:54 PM  

2 entries: leaving a comment and posting up on facebook for my friends that have been waiting on this shoe
Sounds like it gives the merrell trail glove some good competition and will be even better when they hopefully zero drop it and give wide widths later this year

pablotrejo 2/23/11, 10:17 PM  
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pablotrejo 2/23/11, 10:21 PM  

Been waiting for this shoe for a while. Can't wait to try it! Posted on facebook too, so I guess i get another entry.

krystyna47 2/23/11, 10:22 PM  

Oh, this looks like the shoe for me! Thanks so much for the review. Count me in for one entry. Cheers!

Matt Chavez 2/23/11, 10:36 PM  

First, great review and I cannot wait to get a pair to compare them to my growing line of transition/minimalist shoes!

Three entries.
1. For posting here.
2. For sharing via Facebook.
3. Going to link your review to my blog tomorrow.

Rory dela Paz 2/23/11, 10:46 PM  

It sounds like it's worth a shot at getting a free pair! I've posted to my Tumblr account: rorydlp.tumblr.com, which posts to my Facebook account.

El Guapo 2/23/11, 10:49 PM  

One entry, the Vibram soles look amazing, and with how they've performed on my Bikilas, these shoes should blaze through any trails!

paul 2/23/11, 11:11 PM  

2 entries for me please donald. my blog is at www.overtrailsandhills.blogspot.com

Love the blog. its been a great source of advice while transitioning to minimalist running

Komickid 2/23/11, 11:46 PM  

Count me in for one entry. Working on transitioning away from clunkers, would love to try these!

Glen 2/24/11, 12:30 AM  

Would love a pair, especially seeing as how there are no plans (yet!) to bring em to NZ....

jonnyb 2/24/11, 1:42 AM  

Despite my concerns about the heel drop and the relatively thick sole, I *covet* these.

andy 2/24/11, 2:07 AM  

2 entries for me (comment and FB)

JenniferLeah 2/24/11, 4:07 AM  

Wow. Cool :)
I gotta say this is one good looking shoe! and since I am new to the minimal shoe thing, these would certainly give me a great starting point! Im ready to hit the trails as soon as all this snow melts-
Linkin on my blog as well.
Two entries please

Steve 2/24/11, 4:13 AM  

Looks great.

One entry for me.


Steve from 56303

Tony 2/24/11, 4:31 AM  

Great review. Count me in for 1 entry please.

CK 2/24/11, 4:34 AM  

Appreciate the review, and chance to enter. Looks to me like a return to the 70s with modern tech materials (fine by me).

Tanya Patrice 2/24/11, 4:58 AM  

Great review and it would be awesome to get my hands on that shoe.

Chris 2/24/11, 5:06 AM  

I'd love a pair of the Minimus Trail.


surjeet 2/24/11, 5:25 AM  

been anxiously awaiting these shoes. been hearing mixed thoughts since the merrell barefoot line came out. looking forward trying on a pair :).

reposted on facebook, too, so two entries.

adam 2/24/11, 5:36 AM  

Just one entry for me. I have the Merrell Trail Gloves and love them so I probably wouldn't end up buying these guys on their own.

Any chance you'll be reviewing the Trail Gloves????

Scott 2/24/11, 5:38 AM  

Looks like the minimial movement is going well with Merrell, Altra, Kinvara's (at least they also have 4mm drop) and the New Balance. Happy feet, happy feet.

Enter me in the contest!

Andrew 2/24/11, 5:48 AM  

These look great, count me in for one entry.

Lesser is More 2/24/11, 5:49 AM  

Very cool! Thanks for the review and giveaway! Put me in for 1 entry.

Matt 2/24/11, 5:51 AM  

Great review, as always. I think these are still a little too intense for me, but I've got a running buddy that's reading BTR, hopefully I'll help him win a pair of transitional shoes so he can start his recovery lol.

One entry for me please :D

Carlisle/Wortman Associates, Inc. 2/24/11, 5:55 AM  

Count me in for a single entry. I am really impressed with New Balance and I'd love to try the MT!

Tait 2/24/11, 5:55 AM  

Nice Preview! Would love to try these out! Posted on our FB team page as well.

Anthony Bunt 2/24/11, 5:55 AM  

Great review, these sound a bit like a pair of cross country flats, so I might have to give them a shot for a future 10k. I wonder how they compare to my Crosslites...? I posted on facebook and my blog fcaendurancerider.blogspot.com

Put me down for three entries:)

Emily 2/24/11, 6:04 AM  

These sound great! One entry for me please.

Chris 2/24/11, 6:06 AM  

In for one entry.

What do you think of the price point on the Minimus Trail, considering the pricing on MT100/101s? I've heard they were in the $100+ range.

Will you be reviewing the Minimus Life?

TylerS,  2/24/11, 6:09 AM  

Great review. Makes me want them even more than I already did! Count me in for two entries!

loyalisaac 2/24/11, 6:22 AM  

Lets see, since I can see the ground looking through my current MT 101's, please put me in the drawing!


Woodrow 2/24/11, 6:23 AM  

It is encouraging that a major company like NB is taking a step like this. Hopefully others will follow and continue to push the market towards more innovative minimalist products. One entry for me and thanks for the review and giveaway.

Justin Nunez 2/24/11, 6:27 AM  

Love the review. One entry for me

Jason D. 2/24/11, 6:29 AM  

Interesting looking shoe, put me down for an entry please!

Jacob 2/24/11, 6:36 AM  

Minimus sounds like the name of a dimunitive Transformer.

MDMatt 2/24/11, 6:47 AM  

Please enter me in the contest to win a pair. I would enjoy these. Thanks.

Brent 2/24/11, 6:50 AM  

Been anxiously waiting for these ... they look super awesome.

Crossing fingers I get my hands on a pair!

Horacio 2/24/11, 7:01 AM  

MT 101 are my favorite shoes, Minus Trails only can be better.. I want them!

Joel 2/24/11, 7:03 AM  

Entering the contest! I dearly love my MT101s, and am really looking forward to trying these. Krupicka is currently testing the next generation of the MT series - which is built on this shoe's last. I'm going to bet that it will be incredible (it'll be called the 110).

Darren 2/24/11, 7:18 AM  

Great review Mr. B.

Add my name to the hat, my 101's are destroyed (over 600 miles though). Would add this to FB but I've become more frustrated with that entity day after day, so I'll just have to stick to the one entry. I'd tell my "real" friends but they think I'm strange for wearing the 101's so this would be a non-starter.

Like Joel above, looking forward to the 110 too.

Cold and Snowy Reno

Sean 2/24/11, 7:21 AM  

I tweeted and shared on facebook! And I'm leaving a comment here. I'd love a pair, but my wife has suspended my shoe budget!

bwats 2/24/11, 7:23 AM  

Good review, I'm in that transition stage and running road miles in Brook's Green Silences and think these may make a great trail shoe to continue the process.

Gretchen 2/24/11, 7:23 AM  

Thanks for the review, I'd love to win a pair!

Ian Edlind 2/24/11, 7:25 AM  

Sounds like a great shoe - I personally, need a transition option like this. Count me in for one!

51feetunder 2/24/11, 7:26 AM  

Hmmm...I just bought a pair of VFF Komodo's but I still have a hankering for a trail shoes like this or the Merrel Trail Glove. This review may have tipped the scales though.

Count me in for two entries:

1.) this wonderfully comprehensive comment
2.) A blog link at: http://51feetunder.wordpress.com


Meg T 2/24/11, 7:26 AM  

I'd be really interested to try this shoe! Count me in for 1 entry!

Tim 2/24/11, 7:30 AM  
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TK 2/24/11, 7:31 AM  

Those look awesome. Count me for two entries...I'll post a link on my blog. Thanks for a great review.

Brandon 2/24/11, 7:35 AM  

Awesome review. I'd love myself a pair of these NB's!

Puller 2/24/11, 7:35 AM  

keeping my fingers crossed!!! never won a contest here yet lol

Tim 2/24/11, 7:38 AM  

Wow, been waiting for these for a while now, but your review just ratcheted up my excitement another level!

Count me in for Two entries, one here and one on FB.

Carly 2/24/11, 7:38 AM  

Very cool shoes, count me in for 2 entries, comment and facebook post :)

Daniel Prevett 2/24/11, 7:42 AM  

Count me in for 1 entry. Thanks!

Scott 2/24/11, 7:43 AM  

Double entry! Pick me pick me!

DoubleA 2/24/11, 7:45 AM  

Single entry here, these shoes have definitely garned many positive reviews.

Craig Smith 2/24/11, 7:46 AM  

I'm interested in these shoes!

Kristen 2/24/11, 7:47 AM  

One entry for me! So psyched for these shoes....

mike,  2/24/11, 7:49 AM  

one comment here, one on FB. have always liked NB and wondering how much of an arch these have. if i feel anything then i can't wear em.


Thomas c,  2/24/11, 7:49 AM  

Would love to try these

twilley 2/24/11, 7:54 AM  

one entry please!

BG 2/24/11, 7:55 AM  

thanks for the great review. count me for one entry please.

Steven Nordstrom 2/24/11, 7:55 AM  

I've been hoping to try these shoes out for a while now. They look great in orange!

Will 2/24/11, 7:57 AM  

Two entries for me - 1 comment + one link from my blog at goruniowa.com to be posted soon.

I've been debating between inov8, Trail Glove and the Minimus Trail and this review might have tipped the scale toward the NB. I will have to wait to try them on, however.

ratherbeswimming 2/24/11, 7:59 AM  

I'd LOVE this shoe :)

2 entires, I shared on my blog!


Michael Shane Helton 2/24/11, 8:01 AM  

Donald, I think you left out one of the most important factors with the Minimus line: the brand new last. These shoes are not using the old standby last from shoes such as the 790's and MT100's...this is a new last which was created with much input from Anton K.

I have been running in these shoes for about 6 months now (prototypes) and I absolutely love them. I have bunions and the extra room in the forefoot is simply amazing.

Victor 2/24/11, 8:01 AM  

Might have to check these shoes out! Count me in for 3.


and.e.aitch 2/24/11, 8:05 AM  

Great review, the most in depth that I've seen yet. It feels like I've been waiting for a year for this shoe to drop. Put me down as a single entry man. Thanks.

Kovas 2/24/11, 8:09 AM  

Great review - 3 entries: comment, personal FB, blog FB page.

treklightly 2/24/11, 8:10 AM  

I love the look of these shoes and will definitely have to try them out. Thanks for the giveaway!!

rob 2/24/11, 8:12 AM  

Awesome give away, put me down for 2 entries for a blog posting at:



John 2/24/11, 8:18 AM  

for me too please. . .

Jared 2/24/11, 8:21 AM  

I'm in for one.


Mikey 2/24/11, 8:23 AM  

I love running in the MT100 and the MT101s. I think removing the rock stop stuff and adding more traction is a great move in the right direction for me. Sign me up for an entry.

ratherbeswimming 2/24/11, 8:40 AM  





Shoeless Joe 2/24/11, 8:40 AM  

would love to try these puppies

Cody 2/24/11, 8:45 AM  

2, FaceBook and here! I've always loved New Balance!

Matt 2/24/11, 8:49 AM  

Would love another (less)minimal trail shoe...

tdomina 2/24/11, 8:49 AM  

Too bad they didn't zero drop it. Oh well, I'd still love to give 'em a try. Count me in for 1 entry.

Phillip Hamilton,  2/24/11, 8:53 AM  

Alright, Donald, put me in for two. I posted a link on Facebook, which is a very rare occurrence.

Phillip Hamimlton

Phillip Hamilton,  2/24/11, 8:54 AM  

Hamimlton? What in the wide world of sports just happened there. My last name is Hamilton. I swear it...

a beefy and inelegant water source 2/24/11, 8:55 AM  

I'll jump in for an entry. Great review - looking forward to trying them myself.

Mark 2/24/11, 8:58 AM  

Thanks for the review. From when the Minimus was first announced, I thought it was going to be much more of a minimalist shoe. A bit disappointing, but perhaps as you say, a good transition show. I run in the Terra Plana Evo's, which are not that great when off-road so, look forward to trying these out for my trail runs. Cheers.

RD Jim 2/24/11, 9:00 AM  

Shoe me for 2! Posting to facebook now.

whoapower 2/24/11, 9:07 AM  

Put me in for two entries, posting to FB now!

Brad F.,  2/24/11, 9:17 AM  

Looks like a fun shoe that i would like to try.

Ev 2/24/11, 9:22 AM  

2 entries.... Facebook and commenting. I've never used minimalist shoes before...


Woody 2/24/11, 9:27 AM  

No entry for me but wanted to state that I think your review is spot on! I received a pair from New Balance last week and was really impressed by the ground feel and traction. I appreciate you pointing out the shoe for what it is and compared to other trail shoes on the market currently, it is truly a fantastic option that allows for speed on all terrain without sacrificing ground feel.

Eric 2/24/11, 9:27 AM  

Put me in for one.

I'm a barefoot/minimalist runner exclusively, but after your review these sound tempting.

Eric Evans,  2/24/11, 9:27 AM  

I have been running solely in minimalist shoes (Vibrams) for around 6 months after transitioning slowly for the previous 6 months. I can no longer stand to run in my old bulky running shoes. However, my feet occasionally get sore or bruised as I continue to work on my form. I am starting to realize now that I could still benefit from a good "almost" minimal running shoe to allow my feet to rest after hard trail runs instead of not running or toughing it out. These may be just the thing.

JBK in CA 2/24/11, 9:52 AM  

I've heard your raving about this first hand and would love to win a pair.

Tom Logan 2/24/11, 9:54 AM  

2 entries. I am sharing on FB too. Love the 101's, but these are looking pretty sweet.

jamesgodfrey,  2/24/11, 10:00 AM  

Finally, someone has designed a racing flat for trails. Thanks NB!
The minimalist street shoe fad is puzzling, however--racing flats are lighter, lower, and cheaper; they've been around since the 1970s. NB has always produced a few good pairs every year or so. Looking forward to the Minimus Trail. Good review!

Bob 2/24/11, 10:03 AM  

I was leaning pretty heavily toward the Merrells, but these sound like a pretty great choice as well, "high" heel and all...

dug deep,  2/24/11, 10:03 AM  

Enter me please
dugdeep at rocketmail.com

Angie Bee 2/24/11, 10:04 AM  

Two entries for me.
It will give me great excuse to hit the trails!
There is a link on my sidebar now under the giveaways section

I think that the Evos need to have a version with lugs...

Tater 2/24/11, 10:18 AM  

Put me down for two. Thank for all your hard work. I really appreciate it. Crossing my fingers!!!

Ross 2/24/11, 10:38 AM  

Wow that shoe rocks, it look really cool. I think it meets many of the needs of runners, the sole rocks interesting grip potential while giving great feel for the ground under you. The upper looks free and breathable while addressing the needs of holding it onto your foot. Very promising entry into the minimal running category.

runputt 2/24/11, 10:44 AM  

Very interesting. I am also looking forward to the Minimus Life. Put me down for two entries(Facebook).

haystack 2/24/11, 10:51 AM  

These sound excellent! Sign me up for one entry. Thanks

Tomislav 2/24/11, 10:52 AM  

Wow! Looks like great shoe.
Count me in.

Dax 2/24/11, 11:01 AM  

Put me down for 3 entries.

My blog (www.dirtyrunning.com)



Graham 2/24/11, 11:04 AM  

Interesting. Not sure if I need these AND the Trail Glove, but I'll try them on when they get up here in Canada. (sometime in the fall likely) But if I could win a pair... woot.

2 entries, here and the FB

Kyle Schaeffler 2/24/11, 11:08 AM  

I can't wait to get this shoe someday... Count me in for one please =]

Trail Clown,  2/24/11, 11:24 AM  

Cookie monster needs transition shoe

ajones 2/24/11, 11:35 AM  

These shoes look absolutely divine!

Alex 2/24/11, 12:36 PM  

awesome giveaway

3 entries please

Blog Link: www.alexmares.com
FB share

thank you so much for the great reviews and the insight to the minimalist movement (and how to do it safely)

Jimmy 2/24/11, 1:02 PM  

2 entries for me. I shared it on facebook!

Toshi Moshi 2/24/11, 1:15 PM  

2 entries please. Here and facebook. Thanks!

Stephen Boulet 2/24/11, 1:17 PM  

Just one entry for me. I'd be interested in hearing how it compares to the Merrell trail glove.

mclight81 2/24/11, 1:20 PM  

count me in for one entry. Looking forward to these new shoes

Julie 2/24/11, 1:22 PM  

One entry for me, please. Thanks!

Dave Mount 2/24/11, 1:24 PM  

I've been reading about these for months, but after seeing an employee at the local NB wearing an advance pair recently, I can hardly wait to get my feet in them. Thanks for the detailed review, and the fun contest!

maxamilian 2/24/11, 1:24 PM  

Great review Donald, those look amazing. I have still not purchased any minimalist running shoes yet. I just can't decide which ones to pull the trigger on. Put me down for 2 chances, comment plus FB. Thanks for the great work.

JJ 2/24/11, 1:26 PM  

Great Review, looking forward to trying these out. Please put me down for 1 entry please.

Malinda 2/24/11, 1:26 PM  

Wow! Count me in for one entry!

Travis Ringger 2/24/11, 1:28 PM  

Been looking forward to this review for a long time! Count me in for one, please.

milsom 2/24/11, 2:08 PM  

these look interesting. i have enjoyed my 100s and was looking at getting the 101s, but now maybe i will get these instead.

Marcos 2/24/11, 2:46 PM  

count me in for 1 entry. A free shoe for each foot! What a deal!

Timothy 2/24/11, 2:46 PM  

Really interested in giving these a try.

PK 2/24/11, 3:24 PM  

great review

PK 2/24/11, 3:26 PM  

Forgot the rules- 1 entry for me. Still a great review and site

Rodney 2/24/11, 3:49 PM  

Thanks for the great review! Put me down for one entry please.

Jobu007 2/24/11, 4:08 PM  

Another stellar review...count me in for 2 entries (FB)dz..THANKS!

Larry Linux 2/24/11, 4:16 PM  

Thanks for the review. I have been waiting for this shoe for months. The only thing that could make it any cooler would be to win a pair for free!

James 2/24/11, 4:44 PM  

I'm having a hard time deciding which transition shoe to buy for 2011, but your review of this shoe is hard to pass on. I entry please.

Drew 2/24/11, 4:53 PM  

Sign me up for 2 entries: 1 comment, 1 FB post!

mariko 2/24/11, 4:54 PM  

I love my 101s and would love to try the Minimus! One entry, please.

Haley 2/24/11, 5:08 PM  

They sound like great shoes! I'm really hoping to get more into trail running once springs rolls around :)

3 entries
1-commented here
2-linked to blog (http://morefunlesspounds.blogspot.com/)
3-posted on FB (link to FB on my blog)

marathonmaiden 2/24/11, 5:15 PM  

woot! i really want to do more trail running this year and these shoes look way cool

Will 2/24/11, 5:19 PM  

Great review! I'd LOVE a pair of these. Please put me in for 2 entries since I'm posting on FB. Thanks!

Kevin 2/24/11, 5:21 PM  

I seriously want a pair of these. Put me down for 2 entries, here an FB.

I Pull 400 Watts 2/24/11, 5:38 PM  

3 for me.
One for the comment
One for Facebook
One for my blog

Trailrat 2/24/11, 5:43 PM  

Put my name in the pot!!!

2 tickets for me

seanreymond 2/24/11, 5:47 PM  

Glad to hear you like them! Can't wait to get a pair of my own.

One entry for me, thanks!!

Jennifer 2/24/11, 6:05 PM  

great review. the shoes look cool. i would love to win them.

hypnos 2/24/11, 6:06 PM  

Great review! Enter me once please!

The BIG E 2/24/11, 6:10 PM  

From the Number of comments looks like LOTS of people are excited for this shoe. Looks cool. Nice review. Send me a size 9 please.....

chris 2/24/11, 6:10 PM  

Great review. I've been waiting for this shoe for some time now and will be in line to pick up a pair.
Posted up on Facebook as well for a dbl entry.

Der Scott 2/24/11, 6:17 PM  

For those of with wide feet, we'll have to wait until mid summer for the wide models to appear, at least according to my local running shop. I tried the "normal" width model and it was very tight on my wide foot.

Charles 2/24/11, 6:26 PM  

Why use the word transitional shoe? Maybe something like the Minimus trail or road is what scientist are going to find out is ideal for reducing injury rates.

One Entry

Shacky 2/24/11, 6:31 PM  

Been waiting for these to come out for quite some time now. Thanks for the in depth review.

2 entries (comment & FB post)

wirehairedrunner 2/24/11, 6:45 PM  

Oh Donald, I'm sorry you have so many comments to sort through. Of all the Minimus reviews I've read, yours is the best! I will also be sharing this review on Facebook. Thanks!

Kim Neill
Boise, ID

Jamie H.,  2/24/11, 6:51 PM  

Awesome! One entry please..

Jeff 2/24/11, 7:16 PM  

Two entries, please. 1 comment, 1 FB! I love my Vibrams but I'd love these!

Minimal Racer,  2/24/11, 7:37 PM  

I would love these. Put me down for two entries, on on Facebook, another for commenting. Email me at nikonwil@yahoo.com

krazygoat,  2/24/11, 7:40 PM  

Would love to try these bad boys out, been watching their development for forever.

Linked to my facebook

209Mike 2/24/11, 8:02 PM  

This was the one "minimalist" shoe I was actually interested in. Thanks for the contest. +1 for Facebook


Claude Diamond J.D. 2/24/11, 8:14 PM  

Send 2 please(one for tHe wifey). I love that the new NB is designed to look like my wide foot.

Jam 2/24/11, 8:26 PM  

Awesome review! I've been watching this ever since Anton K had that teaser video.
+1 for comment
+1 for FB

David Ulschmid 2/24/11, 8:42 PM  

Count me for two. Im putting this on Facebook RFN. Give Kyle Kranz another entry, since he linked me here. Love this shoe!

joseph 2/24/11, 9:08 PM  
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joseph 2/24/11, 9:12 PM  

One entry, I don't know if I'm doing it right so I'll give my email. Josephgrovers@gmail.com

Anonymous,  2/24/11, 9:17 PM  

wow, these look nice.
2 entries for me!

Marc Trussler 2/24/11, 9:46 PM  

Great review Donald. Was planning on buying this shoe, but it would be nice to win a pair instead...


Richard 2/24/11, 10:55 PM  

1 entry.

Trail? Did someone said trail?!!! So looking forward to summer.

Les Veto,  2/24/11, 11:27 PM  

One entry please, but will sell my grandmother for a pair of these babies!

TheRunningNobody 2/24/11, 11:39 PM  

Great, it is hard to find running shoes that we can actually be proud to wear and say, "Yeah, my shoes look nice" and not just say "Yeah, but you know, at least they are comfortable" ...

2 entries for me please, here is the link :


ikkinlala 2/25/11, 12:21 AM  

I'd love a chance to try these if Canadians may enter.

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

Matt 2/25/11, 4:26 AM  

Can't wait to try these out!

Richard 2/25/11, 4:32 AM  

One entry for me please!

Vanessa 2/25/11, 5:17 AM  

Three entries!

1. For posting here.
2. Facebook post at www.facebook.com/vanessaruns
3. Will be putting up a blog post on March 1st at vanessaruns.com.

Great review!

islander 2/25/11, 5:25 AM  

Sounds cool, one entry for me please.

cat 2/25/11, 5:26 AM  

love it. did 3 here fb & twitter ty :0)

Shannon,  2/25/11, 5:43 AM  

Awesome! I've been waiting for a minimalist runner to give an in-depth review on these. I run barefoot & in five-fingers, and I've found steep rocky downhills difficult as well. Looking forward to trying these out!
Count me in for 2 entries - here and on facebook.
Thanks! :-)

DavidS 2/25/11, 6:00 AM  

Looks great! Good review. Put me down for one entry. Thanks.

altorresusc 2/25/11, 6:22 AM  
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altorresusc 2/25/11, 6:23 AM  

Time to get back to the basics. Bring on the Minimus!

Andy 2/25/11, 6:32 AM  

Pretty much every review I've read prefers the new Merrels to these, but these look way more badass. Put me down for one, thank you!

Craig 2/25/11, 6:35 AM  

Nice review. I posted on facebook as well. Looking forward to checking them out.

FAT Newkirks 2/25/11, 6:54 AM  

I've been looking forward to the Minimus since hearing about them. Count me in for a single entry.

Ted,  2/25/11, 7:35 AM  

Wow, this is a popular one. I would love to get a pair of these, and free is always the best price.


Mike E 2/25/11, 7:43 AM  

I would enjoy a chance at trying this out personally, thanks! Please put me down for one entry.

dirkericson 2/25/11, 7:47 AM  

I currently run in MT100s and could really use an upgrade. I bought the MT100s when they first came out and they are still going, not pretty but still going.

Mindi Young 2/25/11, 7:54 AM  

I would love to try these, especially since my husband and I intend to go hiking quite a bit once Spring arrives! Please put me down for two entries (here and Facebook). Thanks!

Casey 2/25/11, 9:08 AM  

I have been dying to try these. Thanks for a great blog!

Jonathan 2/25/11, 10:16 AM  

Great review!! I've been waiting for these to come out for a long time now! Looking forward to picking up a pair and trying them out!!

Rakicy 2/25/11, 10:43 AM  

Would love to give these shoes a try! Put me down for one entry.

JimDog 2/25/11, 11:43 AM  

The heel and sole look completely different from the ones I tested out months ago. These look AWESOME!!! Hope I win!

2 Entries (here and Facebook).


TK42ONE 2/25/11, 12:13 PM  

Just one entry please.



karijo09 2/25/11, 12:23 PM  

Just a comment for a single entry. The shoes look awesome.

The Dude 2/25/11, 1:14 PM  

Wow, lucky comment #190! Apparently your audience has grown significantly, congrats!

Lisa 2/25/11, 1:26 PM  

Put me in for one entry, please. Thanks!

Chad 2/25/11, 1:54 PM  

Shoes look great would be fun to try.

Erik 2/25/11, 2:14 PM  

One entry, thanks!
vardeloos-a at yahoo.se

ZMON 2/25/11, 3:36 PM  

Fellow NB tester here: was welcomed home from work with a new test to start next week. I've got the Minimus Trail V2 till April...now about that snow...would love to have a pair of my own. Cheers!

Zak, Portland ME

Running With The Devil 2/25/11, 4:27 PM  

It's finally raining hard enough to break through the crusty, snowy nonsense we've suffered through on the East Coast since Christmas. Tomorrow will be my first trail run in 6 weeks. Would love to run the Minimus through what will probably be an unbelievably muddy spring.

Josh 2/25/11, 6:12 PM  

this is a the shoe i've been waiting for. I've loved the 101 and am ready to move down!

I'll be picking up a pair if I win or not!

Josh 2/25/11, 6:14 PM  

oh, and double that with a facebook post!

nursedude 2/25/11, 7:06 PM  



Matthew 2/25/11, 7:12 PM  

I love my old NB 790s and I'm really looking forward to trying these as a replacement.

Posted on Facebook, too.

Katie 2/25/11, 8:08 PM  

Awesome shoes, I'm in!!

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