NEW BALANCE MT1010 V2

featured image December 26, 2013

The New Balance MT1010 V2 is a great upgrade to the original MT1010. It is slightly thicker, 1mm ultra-lightweight midsole, adding cushioning without adding weight. Let’s take a look at the MT1010 V2.

INITIAL IMPRESSION

I’ve tried minimal shoes (zero drop with very thin midsoles and no rock plate). The MT1010 V2 is stated to be “minimal”, but I would put the MT1010 V2 in a class between truly minimal and traditional.

The shoe fit very nicely out of the box with or without socks.  There may be some fit issues with those with narrow feet. The upper is constructed of no-sew material that provides weight reduction and a blister-free feel.

Side views

top & bottom

front & back view

The upper looks and feels like synthetic nylon versus mesh. I believe NB increased the durability from the previous version (a plus).

side views 2

The outsole with its hexagon lugs has a fairly aggressive tread pattern for most terrain you will encounter.

outsole view

TRAIL TESTING

The MT1010 V2 tested well groomed to technical terrain.  I landed on some sharp rocks and the outsole and TPU film rock plate took the impact well.

I had some concerns with the “nylon” look upper regarding draining, but the shoe drains very well and keeps out the debris.

I liked the MT1010 V2 for the shorter training runs (15 to 20 miles) when I wanted a lighter shoe to do the job.

TECH SPECS

  • Weight – 8.20 oz (232 g) (Size 9)
  • Offset: 4mm
  • Gusseted tongue
  • Minimal Neutral  Shoe
  • Rock Plate
  • Midsole – EVA
  • Upper – Synthetic
  • Made In – USA
  • Women’s Version – None

Weight Table

weight table

CONCLUSION

The NB MT1010 V2 is a great upgrade to the original. It is well built for a “minimal” shoe. I think the MT1010 V2 hits the sweet spot for those runners who want to transition out of the traditional running shoe but not go too minimal.

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