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New Balance Minimus Amp (MT1010): Some Recon

Posted by on Dec 27, 2011 | 4 Comments

Thanks to Bryon Powell and the gang at for the photo- check out their post for even more details on the MT1010.

Here are some teaser details for New Balance’s Minimus Amp, which goes by the MT1010 code:

  • Due to be released in July with a price tag of about $100,
  • 4mm drop,
  • More cushioning than the MT10 (first generation Minimus Trail),
  • Uses same last as the Minimus Trail Zero,
  • Sockless liner,
  • Vibram sole

This shoe looks like an intermediate trail shoe that would fit between the MT110 and original MT10/20.  I’ll hopefully have more details in the future!



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  1. Boris Terzic
    December 27, 2011

    Those look really nice!

  2. Dan
    December 27, 2011

    I see a lot of potential uses for this. Transition shoe while people are building up foot strength (not everyone wants to scale back mileage just to go barefoot or extremely minimalist). Rugged trail shoe for 50+ ultras. Or what I think I might use these for, is a backpacking/fast-packing shoe. I’m doing the John Muir trail this summer (30 miles a day over the course of a week while carrying a 20-25 lb pack) and these shoes could give my feet a nice break from the pounding.

  3. David Henry
    December 27, 2011

    I saw the same article Jason. However, I was under the impression that it was more substantial than the MT110. see comment by Bryon here:

    “Dan, More height doesn’t necessarily mean more substance – part of the difference is the tall lugs of the MT110 vs the lower laying lugs of the MT1010. The MT1010 definitely seems more substantial in hand.”

    If it is indeed an in between the MT10 and MT110 that might be more interesting as it still has a rock plate (thank goodness for that). Definitely looks like a decent shoe to try and I’m never upset about having more models and approaches for a minimal tech. trail shoe :).

    • Jason
      December 27, 2011

      David, I’d defer to Bryon’s assessment as he actually has handled the shoes. My info is second-hand.

      It will be interesting. I have mixed feelings about more substantial minimalist shoes, though it may be necessary on rugged trails. At any rate, I’m excited to try these out.