New Balance has been a well-known name in the running and general athletics world for quite a while. Recently, they have been making a bit of a comeback in terms of popularity, especially in terms of fashionable trail-running shoes. The New Balance Minimus 10v1 Trail is one such shoe. It is fashionable, and as its name implies, has a minimalist design and is meant primarily for trails. The Minimus 10v1 is not the most recent model of the New Balance shoes, but it still is solid for those seeking a lightweight trail-running shoe.
The outsole also makes use of lugs, a common feature in trail shoes due to their additions to traction. The lugs in the New Balance Minimus 10v1 Trail are multidirectional as well, which makes for even better traction in trail terrains, and when ascending and descending mountains.
Additionally, the outsole’s thickness and material allow it to withstand impacts to the foot which might otherwise cause issues. Overall, the outsole of the Minimus 10v1 trail is a fairly decent piece.
The piece in the 10v1 is the lowest version, though it still is pretty impressive. It is very similar to EVA foam, a popular choice thanks to its good responsiveness and lightweight nature. The major difference is that Acteva is 12 percent lighter than standard EVA, and also has added materials to make it extra durable, setting itself a bit above.
The midsole also features a slightly wider toe box than some trainers, which helps to add the perfect amount of space and comfort to the foot while striding. There is also a bit of extra padding above the Acteva for a bit more cushion and comfort, which is a nice plus. The midsole of the Minimus 10v1 Trail is a fairly strong piece overall.
The upper also features synthetic overlays, which help to add some needed stability to the upper, while also not hinder the flexibility of the mesh.
The area near the front of the upper also has toe protection, which is especially nice on trails, where random and harsh impacts are more common and can be more impactful.
Within the upper is an anti-bacterial liner, which of course helps with odor and is a nice plus also. The upper of the Minimus 10v1 Trail is very good and has the plus of being very lightweight as well.
For a trail shoe, which is often a bit heavier, this is extremely light. This, of course, fits in with the minimalist design orientation of the Minimus 10v1 trail. The weight is a key and strong component of the shoe and gives the shoe a light and responsive feel.
Mesh is already a great choice for air-flow because it is woven with holes, but the mesh utilized in the Minimus 10v1 is extra light compared to most, making it even airier. Breathability in the shoe is strong as a result, and should definitely be sufficient for the majority of users.
The upper is very comfortable thanks to several of its traits. The mesh that sits atop it is very lightweight and also very breathable, both of which are nice features for comfort. The antibacterial liner is also nice for comfort, as it helps prevent odor build up.
The midsole contributes to the toe box and Acteva foam. The comfortable toe box is a nice plus for the shoe, as it allows for a good amount of space. The Acteva foam provides cushioning and support beneath the feet, also helping with the overall comfort. Comfort as a whole is pretty good in the Minimus 10v1 Trail.
The Minimus 10v1 Trail exemplifies this despite being a trail shoe, which is pretty impressive. The shoe has an overall clean design, which doesn’t appear too clunky or overbearing. This might also be due in part to the fact that it is minimalist-oriented.
It features crisp color combinations as well, which is great for those who are a bit pickier when it comes to color. There might be some trouble in using the shoe for everyday use, however, as it is designed functionally for trails. Overall though, the 10v1 Trail is a stylish shoe for a trail trainer and offers good color choices.
These pieces are pretty well constructed and overall make the top of the shoe long lasting, and not too susceptible to tears. The midsole contributes to durability with the Acteva foam.
This foam is similar to EVA in that it maintains its original shape very well over extended periods of time, which helps to keep the shoe responsive and comfortable over long periods. Finally, the Vibram material helps the outsole, by making it resistant to impacts and wear and tear.
Overall, the shoe is not as durable as some other trail shoes and general trainers, but this is also related to the fact that the shoe is minimalist. Overall, durability is decent in the Minimus 10v1 Trail is decent.
The combination of these helps to keep outside elements out and stabilize the feet. The midsole contributes to its Acteva foam. This Acteva cushions the feet and protects it from harsher impacts and shocks.
Protection could probably be better in the Minimus 10v1 trail, but taking into account its minimalist design, it isn’t bad. Protection is certainly adequate in the 10v1, for the type of shoe it is.
The Acteva foam is both light and good at returning energy, making it an excellent source of responsiveness within the shoe. The overall light weight and breathability of the shoe also contribute to its responsiveness, by giving it a less burdensome and airy feel. Responsiveness in this shoe is quite strong as a whole.
The midsole helps to support once again with the Acteva foam. This foam supports the feet from underneath by reducing shocks and impacts. Support is decent in the shoe as a whole.
It is still usable on more common city surfaces, but, one might be better off getting the non-trail version of the shoe if a majority of miles will not be run on the trail. Most surfaces should not give the Minimus 10v1 Trail much trouble, and it is pretty well equipped in general.
When taking into account that it is not the most recent model, however, this value does go down a bit. Overall, the quality of the shoe is decent, so unless an exceptionally high price is paid, the 10v1 Trail is not a bad buy for its cost.
The multi-directional lugs are also a plus, as they aid grip greatly when ascending and descending sloped terrains. Traction should definitely be sufficient on a majority of running terrains.
Apart from this, there really isn’t much else that promotes flexibility in the shoe. Overall though, the flexibility of the New Balance Minimus 10v1 Trail should definitely suffice.
The upper stabilizes through its synthetic overlays. These help to keep the foot straight while running, but also doesn’t limit the flexibility of the mesh. This helps facilitate a very stable stride overall. Stability in the Minimus 10v1 is pretty good as a whole.
- Vibram outsole
- Acteva Midsole
- Minimal profile