New Balance MO80 Minimus Multisport Shoes - Men's Specs
Nylon mesh/synthetic textile overlays
Running shoe type
Average footwear weight (pair)
New Balance MO80 Minimus Multisport Shoes - Men's
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New Balance MO80 Minimus Multisport Shoes - Men'sis rated4.0out of5by2.
Rated4out of5byanthony1775fromGood All-Purpose ShoeI like this shoe and the fit. It's adequately tight through the arch, but very roomy in the toe box, and the heel cup has a good cradling effect. I actually have to remind myself not to tighten the first couple of eyelets worth of laces too tightly because it will bunch up the material at the toe box. Those I keep loosely in place, then I snug the upper laces a little more for a good fit. The deep double eyelets at the very top give you alternatives for lacing styles, which I like, allowing you to tighten in the rear foot and ankles, without over-tightening the top of the foot.
The length is shorter than expected. I attribute this to two possibilities: a) my feet are getting bigger, or b) it's a characteristic of New Balance's minimalist shoes. I say that because I have run almost exclusively in New Balance shoes my whole adult life. I have long narrow feet, and for a long time it was the only one that fit, due to widths. I'm 40 now and I run with a more mid-sole, fore-foot strike than heel-toe. I've heard that both with age and/or with a natural stride that your feet will stretch out. I still have a high arch, but my feet fit better in normal widths and in some shoes I need a larger size. The conundrum of course is few people make 1/2 sizes above 13, so I have to bump to 14. That was the case with this and previous minimalist series New Balance shoes. So, either they tend to run a little short, or minimalist runners' feet get longer with age.
As minimal shoes go, this one is the lower end, all-around performer. Good for hiking, walking, running and multi-sport or functional fitness type conditioning. I'll probably pick up a separate running shoe for workouts that are more purely running-centric, and for track workouts, etc. This shoe will seem a little stiff if you've run in other minimalist series New Balance shoes, but I really like the stiffness and more robust sole for other activities, especially hiking. I do a fair amount of backpacking and I've been searching for a lightweight, yet sturdy hiker. This could be the one, especially for summer with the breathable mesh and light upper.
Construction seems very solid. I complaint of past minimus series trail shoes for New Balance was that the rubber toe guard would become unglued quickly. This one seems more solid, but only time will tell. One gripe I do have is country of origin for manufacturing: New Balance has long been one of the last bastions of American shoe making, especially in traditional locations like New England. Not so for this model, made in Indonesia.
Date published: 2013-10-09
Rated4out of5byStephen Dfromgreat shoesThe first pair I ordered was my normal size, but when they arrived they were too small. I returned them and got a half size bigger, and they fit great. This is the first pair of minimal running shoes I've had and I love them. They're super lightweight and comfy. The soles provide plenty of traction in the snow and ice.
Date published: 2013-04-04
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New Balance MO80 Minimus Multisport Shoes - Men's Customer Reviews