These shoes, or the previous version (and the version before that), have been my main shoe for about the last 4 years. I picked them up as I was transitioning away from barefoot running. I couldn’t actually run barefoot in Maine and couldn’t use Vibram FiveFingers in the Maine winters.
Weighing a mere 6.2 ounces, these shoes are wonderfully minimal while still providing adequate support and traction. I use them primarily for CrossFit, running, day hikes, etc. While they are overall a fantastic little shoe that have performed admirably with just about every task I have thrown them into, they don’t necessarily specialize in any. For example, they are fantastically lightweight and breathable, but the mesh on the toe frays quickly after certain CrossFit movements. They are a great running shoe, but they have a 6 mm drop. I prefer zero. They are sold as a trail runner, but the hexagonal lugs on the new shoe are far less effective than the circular lugs on the previous version, and even less effective than the Speedcross cleats. They will serve you well in any activity because they do not specialize, which is exactly why I have stuck with them for so long and will continue to do so.
The Bare Bones
Name: New Balance Minimus 10v2 Trail Runners
Materials: Lightweight synthetic blend
Sizing: True to size
Weight: 12.4 oz (per pair at size 10.5)
Available Colors: Black/silver, black/green, orange/blue
Recommended Uses: Minimalist trail running, jogging, CrossFit
Get Your Own: New Balance Minimus Trail Runners