Bryon Powell is such a tease. He runs irunfar.com and is always getting the scoop on new shoes. When he posted pictures of the upcoming New Balance Minimus MT1010 Amp's I shot off an email to my contact at NB asking about them. What I was told was it was built on the Minimus last with the same weight and fit as the MT110's, but with an extra layer of cushioning.
If you've been reading my blog for a while you know that the MT110 is one of my favorite shoes. I have worn it for the first half of a few 100 mile races (70 at Leadville, 30 at The Bear, 50 at Bartram) and then I change into a more cushioned shoe as my feet start to feel pounded. The idea of that shoe with more cushioning was extremely appealing. I immediately began to beg...
|No sockliner, for all you barefooters.|
|8.65 oz. for size 11. My MT110's in the same size weigh 8.5|
Out of the box, I was immediately struck by how light they are, especially considering that they look much more substantial than the MT110. A quick trip to my wifes cooking scale (shhh....) shows that NB lived up to their promise. They are almost the exact same weight as my 110s. Both are size 11.
The upper material is completely different than the 110. It is a light mesh that breathes extremely well. I have not waterlogged them yet, but when I did get them wet they dried extremely quickly. Like the 110, there is no sockliner. NB addressed a major shortcoming in the 110's. The tongue is now lasted to prevent dirt from entering. Thats a good thing, unfortunately I think they used a little bit to much material and I find that it bunches up. But the material is so light that it doesn't bother me. I did find that they run a bit larger and have a larger toebox. I had to tie the (very long) laces so tight that it deforms the shoe a bit. Again, once I'm running I don't notice it. Those of you with larger volume feet that find the 110 to narrow will enjoy the extra room.
|MT1010 Amp fit - notice extra width. Both shoes size 11.|
To get to the trails I have to run 1 mile of pavement. In that short time I noticed a little pressure point under my midfoot. One of the traction pods placement seems to feel a little bit higher to me than the others, or I just have weird feet. My wife has said that I have a lot in common with the princess and the pea, so I might be over sensitive. Once on the trails, the pressure seemed to disappear.
|Lots of traction|
One question everybody who has worn a 110 will ask is "Does it have the same raised lateral feel?". I did not detect any of that feeling. It does appear to me that it was reduced or eliminated.
Again, these are just my first impressions. Since I have PF pretty badly I have been limiting my time wearing minimal shoes. I am looking forward to putting more miles on them and will update my blog once I do.