New Balance Minimus 1010v2 Trail, $110
Category: Lightweight Dirt Dancers
Weights: 8.5 oz. (men’s), 6.4 oz. (women’s)
Heights: 15mm (heel), 11mm (forefoot)
Fit: The fit of these is snug in the heel and medium in the midfoot, with room to move in the toe box.
Feel: An initial feeling of firmness while standing gave way to smooth striding once testers got moving. While there is a lightweight, minimalist-inspired feeling, these don’t feel like the “barely there” models in the New Balance Minimus line.
Ride: Wear-testers with a neutral stride felt the ride of the 1010v2 Trail was natural and smooth, but testers who overpronate and need stability didn’t think this shoe offered enough underfoot support. Grippy lugs and a forefoot rock plate made for fun running on slightly technical trails, and slight outer-tread flares kept slippage to a minimum on undulating paths.