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Fall 2012 Trail Running Shoe Review

  • By Allison Pattillo
  • Published Nov. 5, 2012

New Balance 1010, $110

7.7 oz. (m), 6.5 oz. (w)

Fit: The 1010 runs true to size and has a secure, yet non-restrictive fit through the heel and midfoot, with a wide toebox design to enable the foot to transition through a forefoot landing to big toe push-off.

Feel: The 1010 expands on the appeal of New Balance’s Minimus line by marrying a 4mm drop with a slightly thicker layer of cushioning and a more supportive and durable upper for a slipper-like fit. With a deeply stitched, gusseted tongue to keep grit at bay and no removable insole, there is nothing to think about—except for running, of course.

Ride: The forefoot rock shield of this sprightly trainer provides welcome protection from rock shots, as well as extra confidence to tackle the trails. It performed extremely well on loose dirt and gliding over larger obstacles. Some runners felt the design pushed them toward overpronation.

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