Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe

Men's New Balance 101

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Men's NEW BALANCE® 101 :: The next best thing to running barefoot. The men's New Balance® 101 is the brand's first leap into the barefoot running arena, and boy is it a doozy. Perfect for the runner who wants a minimalistic shoe with plenty of comfort and stability. Smooth, responsive, and steady, it's time to hit the trail.

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If you're a runner with high arches and you love to race or train fast, Performance Neutral shoes are right for you. Enjoy a lightweight, low-to-the-ground design that's perfect for picking up speed. When choosing running shoes, find your perfect fit using this chart. Category types are based on factors like arch height, running habits and body frame.

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  • ACTEVA midsole: Superior lightweight cushioning in a low profile midsole
  • Rock Stop: Flexible protective layer that protects feet from rocks and shock, minimizing pressure, and dispersing shock energy
  • Lightweight TPU welds to lateral forefoot area: Provides additional support and helps prevent blowouts
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  • Country of Origin: China

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Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe
 
4.6

(based on 47 reviews)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (45)
  • Comfortable (35)
  • Good traction (29)
  • Durable (17)
  • Rugged (15)

Cons

  • Poor arch support (3)
  • Poor cushioning (3)

Best Uses

  • Trail running (45)
  • Mixed terrain (33)
  • All weather conditions (19)
  • Road running (18)
  • Walking (10)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      72% 

      (33 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      98% 

      (45 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Low arch (22), Average arch (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (41)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (46)

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5.0

WOW!WOW!WOW

By Antil0ck

from Seattle

About Me Avid Athlete

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Feather light weight
  • Good Traction
  • Rugged

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Trail Running

    Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

    First off, if you are considering buying this shoe, you are most likely a minimalist runner who's vocabulary does not include pronation and supination control. The MT101's are just awesome! and WOW! I cannot believe that NB has out did themselves again with this shoe. Granted, they had some expert help from Runner Krupicka who as a minimalist ultra runner had allot of input on the design of this shoe. The shoe fit like a glove with plenty of toe room, snug at the heel and nice and felt really flat at the bottom. With a minimal heel rise, this shoe gave me great control when pushing hard down some pretty technical trails. The traction on the shoes were superb! After a number of rainy days in Seattle, I took the Mt101's out on some pretty muddy trails with little slipping. I found myself wanting to push harder down the trails as my feet felt that comfortable and secure inside these shoes. Size is true to fit and there is enough toebox room for foot swelling.

    A++++ for NB for creating such a wonderful shoe.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Low Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Almost Perfect

    By Brian Runner

    from Pennsylvania USA

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Trail Running

      Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

      If you loved the NB100, you will be pleased with the update. Unlike many shoe updates, there were no major changes, which means with the 101 you get the same great results you got with the 100's, plus a few improvements. The toe box is wider, giving the toes more room to spread and flex naturally as they do when barefoot, and the construction has been improved in areas that were prone to blow-outs for high mileage runners on the 100's.

      The order form suggests ordering up half a size, as have some customers, however these shoes were built for running sockless, and I've found that like the 100's, the fit is true to size if you are a sockless runner.

      Until the NB Minimus trail shoe arrives next spring, the 101 is the best option for minimilast runners looking for that "medium ground" beween running barefoot and having the protection they need to run long and hard on race day.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Low Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Monsters!

      By nogravity

      from Oakland, CA

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Cushions Impact
      • Durable
      • Good Arch Support
      • Good Traction
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All Weather Conditions
        • Mixed Terrain
        • Road Running
        • Trail Running
        • Walking
        • Wet Weather

        Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

        Can't do the beach as well as the vibram five fingers but they are way cooler, are not as light as the brooks racers but they are better insulated and your toes will not go numb in the winter months, they give trail runner support and are as light as it gets. if you dig the barefoot feel this is the best all around shoe i've ever run. best of all they don't spin marketing to charge a primium price for striping out the technology!!!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Really, really good.

        By KenZ

        from Redwood City, CA

        About Me Avid Athlete

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Good Traction
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All Weather Conditions
          • Mixed Terrain
          • Trail Running
          • Wet Weather

          Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

          These shoes are really great. Please note that they are really minimalist (well, the heel drop is a bit large, but other than that they are). Thus, if you're used to "regular" trail shoes, you'll want to slowly work these into your training, not just switch right over to them.

          I have fairly wide feet, but bought them a half size up and that seemed to work out fine. They're super light (for a trail shoe), and a joy to run in.

          The one bit of weirdness is that on downhill switchbacks at relatively high speed, your heel slips a bit to the side (meaning the lateral heel support is noticeably less than regular shoes). Not a problem, and happens only on fast twisty descents, just something to note. That's the price you pay for the minimalist approach (which is why I only gave it four stars... it's nearly perfect, but not all the way there).

          I'll definitely be doing another pair of these when this pair wears out.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels half size too small
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Arch Type:
          • Low Arch
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent for new minimalist runners

          By Quick Patrick

          from Whatcom County, WA

          About Me Gym Rat

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Good Traction
          • Lightweight
          • Rugged

          Cons

          • Poor Arch Support
          • Poor Cushioning
          • Poor Stability

          Best Uses

          • All Weather Conditions
          • Mixed Terrain
          • Trail Running
          • Walking
          • Wet Weather

          Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

          These are excellent for those who are venturing into minimalist style running. They're not as minimal as vibrams, but that's what makes them great. They're lightweight, flexible, breathable and they provide just enough protection for your feet while still allowing you to feel the ground. I found them to be true to size, so if you like a snug fit, order your actual size. If you prefer a little bit of wiggle room, order the 1/2 size up. Also, for those who are just stepping into minimalist runs, start slowly and work your way up, just because you can run a marathon in a pair of 1226s doesn't mean you should try it in these, you'll be using muscles that aren't use to the work. Even though I avidly work my legs with heavy weights in the gym every week, my calves were tender after my initial 2.6 mile run. So be smart, listen to your body and be safe.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Arch Type:
          • Low Arch
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good, Confident, Minimalist Feel

          By Britches

          from Katonah, New York

          About Me Avid Athlete

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Flexible
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Color Choice

          Best Uses

          • Grass
          • Hard-pack dirt trails
          • Mixed Terrain
          • Trail Running

          Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

          The New Balance 101 is a fantastic trail shoe for those who have moved towards lowering their heel and into the minimalist realm. I have been enjoying these since they came out in early fall, and I am doing my entire trail running in these shoes. I do all of my interval training on a grassy field and these substitute for cross-country spikes very well. The soles provide good traction and flexibility but do not get all gummed up with mud, thus reducing any increase in weight as you hit muddier terrain. The stiff "rock-stop" forefoot provides an excellent platform for push-off on rocky or rutty conditions, and the mesh upper wicks moisture well reducing absorption of water in wet weather. I'll need to buy a few more pair to store away for future use. I even like the color; however, there are no other color choices. I do not recommend these shoes for those who have not successfully been weaning themselves away from over-engineered running shoes with lots of stability control, cushioning or a high heel-to-toe ratio.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Arch Type:
          • Low Arch
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Yeah!!!

          By Fastlayne

          from Indio, Ca

          About Me Avid Athlete

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Good Traction
          • Lightweight
          • Pronation Control

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Road Running
            • Walking
            • With Orthotics/Inserts

            Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

            I use this shoe for racewalking. I have wide feet, it's hard to find low profile, light weight shoes, but these shoes did the trick. The nubs on the bottom do not hender walking on the street. Finally. :-)

            • Sizing:
            • Feels half size too small
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great trail shoe

            By mac99

            from Castle Rock Colorado

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Good Traction
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All Weather Conditions
              • Mixed Terrain
              • Trail Running

              Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

              I have run in the MT100s for a while, and was waiting eagerly to get the 101s. They feel very similar, just a slightly more comfortable heel pocket - a little softer on the Achilles. They also seem a slightly wider in the forefoot. great trail shoe

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
              • Arch Type:
              • Average Arch
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              solid lightweight shoes for minimalists

              By Tanner

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Avid Athlete

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Durable
              • Flexible
              • Good balance
              • Good Traction
              • Lightweight
              • Low Profile
              • Minimal
              • Rugged

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • All Weather Conditions
                • Mixed Terrain
                • Road Running
                • Trail Running

                Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

                GREAT SHOES BUT BREAK THEM IN SLOWLY IF YOU ARE NOT A MINIMALIST RUNNER...

                I have run over 300 miles in these so far and they have no evidence of wearing out. Just enough protection for your feet on rocky trails but still very low profile...rock plate takes away some of the 'feel' of the trail but minimal profile and cushioning helps to make up for that.

                longest run: 15 miles

                terrain: mud, trails, street and beach.....all smooth

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Arch Type:
                • Low Arch
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Over-pronators Beware...

                By Dave

                from Sacramento, CA

                About Me Avid Athlete

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Good Traction
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Not Durable Enough

                Best Uses

                • All Weather Conditions
                • Mixed Terrain
                • Trail Running
                • Wet Weather

                Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

                I had a pretty good experience with these shoes for a few months of fairly heavy trail running. I'm a 170 lb runner who strikes on the outer portion of the forefoot, though I don't wear through shoes too quickly. These shoes did not last 200 miles before tearing at the joint wear the fabric meets the last at the outer-forefoot. During a run, the fabric separated for four inches along this joint...ugly. I could not run in them. Highly disappointed because I've heard so many great things about the durability of this design.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels half size too small
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Arch Type:
                • Average Arch
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Lovely

                By MTN

                from MO

                About Me Avid Athlete

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Rugged

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • All Weather Conditions
                  • Mixed Terrain
                  • Trail Running

                  Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

                  Liked them a lot

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Arch Type:
                  • Average Arch
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  fast shoes

                  By Dave

                  from Manassas, VA

                  About Me Avid Athlete

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Good Traction
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • All Weather Conditions
                    • Mixed Terrain
                    • Road Running
                    • Trail Running

                    Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

                    The first time I used these shoes I jogged over to a track and did 4x400m intervals. The shoes felt very fast and light. They felt as light as toe shoes but with arch support. They seem to encourage proper running mechanics; quick, short strides. I've run 4 workouts in them so far and I'm planning to run 2 5k races in them this weekend. I'm excited about racing in them. In the best uses category I clicked trail running but this would be for a relatively smooth trail surface not a very rocky surface. There's not enough cushion on the bottom for a rocky trail.

                    • Sizing:
                    • Feels true to size
                    • Width:
                    • Feels true to width
                    • Arch Type:
                    • Average Arch
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    4.0

                    Light and right for race day

                    By Dirt HOG

                    from South America

                    About Me Avid Athlete

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Traction
                    • Lightweight
                    • Shoe laces stay tied

                    Cons

                    • Poor Arch Support

                    Best Uses

                    • Mixed Terrain
                    • Trail Running

                    Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

                    Wore them on race day in wet muddy conditions over dirt, gravel, exposed roots, and cobblestone. They are super light and the traction was just fine for these conditions. I was able to dodge exposed roots and ruts in the dirt (mud) trail with ease.

                    • Sizing:
                    • Feels true to size
                    • Width:
                    • Feels true to width
                    • Arch Type:
                    • Low Arch
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    4.0

                    Very light for a trail shoe

                    By Matt

                    from NYC, NY

                    About Me Avid Athlete

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Rugged

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • All Weather Conditions
                      • Mixed Terrain
                      • Trail Running
                      • Wet Weather

                      Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

                      I've only had these for 2 months but they've been great so far. I only run with them once or twice a week since they're more for trail running but they're really light. They don't have much forefoot cushioning so they might start to get uncomfortable on long runs but for 4-6 mile runs they're great. The rock stop soles are great. I've run over sharp rocks and twigs and don't feel a thing.

                      • Sizing:
                      • Feels true to size
                      • Width:
                      • Feels true to width
                      • Arch Type:
                      • Average Arch
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Lightweight but no traction in mud!

                      By Texas Runner

                      from Austin Texas

                      About Me Avid Athlete

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Trail Running

                        Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

                        Just ran the Dry Creek Half Marathon in Idaho which normally would have been amazing. These shoes made the trek incredibly difficult due to muddy conditions. The other athletes that came prepared with deep lugs had no trouble staying on the trail and climbing strong. However, I spun my "tires" like I was on ice. No traction in wet conditions.... a huge dissapointment that caused me to loose points in the series :-(

                        • Sizing:
                        • Feels true to size
                        • Width:
                        • Feels true to width
                        • Arch Type:
                        • Average Arch
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        Fred Flintstone Feet - Great Shoe

                        By the Montster

                        from Texas

                        About Me Avid Athlete

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Laces Cinch Great
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • none

                        Best Uses

                        • Mixed Terrain
                        • Road Running
                        • Trail Running
                        • Walking

                        Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

                        My feet are flatter than flat. I have NO arch. I had experimented via CrossFit with minimalist running, but not seriously on trails, or roads. I got these shoes for Christmas & have been running in them regularly the past several months including sandy trails, rocky trails, blacktop roads for distances up to 5 miles. I'll say after my first 4 mile trail run, my calves were super sore the next day from my body being it's own shock absorber, but that is a me issue, not the shoe issue. These are great shoes & part of what I hope continues as a great minimalist movement, for purely selfish reasons, I like 'em.

                        • Sizing:
                        • Feels true to size
                        • Width:
                        • Feels true to width
                        • Arch Type:
                        • Low Arch
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes
                         
                        5.0

                        awesome

                        By smerra

                        from houlton, maine

                        About Me Avid Athlete

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Mixed Terrain
                          • Road Running
                          • Trail Running
                          • Walking
                          • Work

                          Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

                          these are just as good as the vibram five fingers, if not better since you can where them anywhere without the questions and staring. i wear them for running and work.

                          • Sizing:
                          • Feels true to size
                          • Width:
                          • Feels true to width
                          • Arch Type:
                          • Low Arch
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          5.0

                          Wicked light trail shoe!

                          By Chris

                          from La Jolla

                          About Me Avid Athlete

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Good Traction
                          • Lightweight
                          • Rugged

                          Cons

                          • none

                          Best Uses

                          • Golf
                          • Trail Running

                          Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

                          I ran 8 miles of rugged trails the first day out. Nice traction and wicked light weight. The next two days of running were 9 miles each day. I had few stingers from large rocks, but performed superbly as I avoided a larger snake in my path. Dang I hate snakes!

                          • Sizing:
                          • Feels true to size
                          • Width:
                          • Feels true to width
                          • Arch Type:
                          • Low Arch
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          5.0

                          Great Running Shoe for me

                          By CrackerJack

                          from NE

                          About Me Avid Athlete

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Good Traction
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Trail Running

                            Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

                            These are the best minimal running shoes that I bought yet. So light weight you hardly remember you have them on. They also felt true to size and I didn't have to break them in at all. Awesome shoe.

                            • Sizing:
                            • Feels true to size
                            • Width:
                            • Feels true to width
                            • Arch Type:
                            • Low Arch
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No
                             
                            5.0

                            A Quick Shoe!!

                            By isomorpheus

                            from Oceanside, CA

                            About Me Avid Athlete

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable
                            • Lightweight
                            • True Trail Racing Flat

                            Cons

                            • Poor Traction
                            • Wears Quickly

                            Best Uses

                            • Mixed Terrain
                            • Racing
                            • Trail Running

                            Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

                            Use it for trail races. This is light and fast. Traction is OK ... some traction given up for lightweight which I'm good w. Was very happy w rock plate on bottom... Contrary to vibrams. It has a roomy footbed that gives it minimalist feel.

                            I didn't feel the rubbing that many spoke about at the small toe w out socks. Only small issue i felt was that the tongue slips w/o socks causing some bunching... it doesn't seem to happen w socks.

                            Have used on road and treadmill... surprised at how the quick feel transitioned over well.

                            I highly recommend!

                            • Sizing:
                            • Feels half size too small
                            • Width:
                            • Feels too wide
                            • Arch Type:
                            • Low Arch
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No
                             
                            5.0

                            Great minamalist shoe

                            By SirUllrich

                            from Wyoming

                            About Me Professional Athlete

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Traction
                            • Lightweight
                            • Rugged

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • All Weather Conditions
                              • Trail Running
                              • Training

                              Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

                              Have been using these as as a gym shoe. Am very impressed, they are good to run in and push you to run on your toes versus heel which is the idea of a minamalist shoe. They are very light weight and look great. The shoe bottom looks like they will be perfectly suited for some trail running.

                              • Sizing:
                              • Feels true to size
                              • Width:
                              • Feels true to width
                              • Arch Type:
                              • Average Arch
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No
                               
                              4.0

                              perfect, but for the heel lift

                              By Lawrence

                              from Montreal

                              About Me Avid Athlete

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable
                              • Good Traction
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Too much heel lift

                              Best Uses

                              • All Weather Conditions
                              • Mixed Terrain
                              • Road Running
                              • Trail Running

                              Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

                              I bought these shoes about 3 months ago, and I was ecstatic about them initially. Now, as I have to run more on cold winter sidewalks, I have discovered the problem with the 8mm heel lift. Here's the thing: if you are a runner with good form, you place your foot down on the ball of the foot, and the heel moves towards the ground as the 3 joints of the leg flex to take your weight. If you are barefoot, the heel will only touch lightly if at all. If there is a heel in your shoe, you will tend to put your heel down more quickly and more completely. This is not so noticeable in a cushioned shoe, but in a firm shoe like the mt101, the heel can hit a frozen sidewalk pretty hard. Of course, one adapts and prevents the heel from hitting hard by using the calf muscles, but this little shortening of the calves is unnecessary and ultimately fatiguing. The solution? Take out the 8mm heel lift. Please. Otherwise my Merrell Trail Gloves are going to win this battle. And I have been a New Balance fan for 20 years.

                              • Sizing:
                              • Feels half size too small
                              • Width:
                              • Feels true to width
                              • Arch Type:
                              • Low Arch
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No
                               
                              5.0

                              Best running shoes (for me)!

                              By Slow_Runner

                              from Portland, OR

                              About Me Gym Rat

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable
                              • Good Traction
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • All Weather Conditions
                                • Mixed Terrain
                                • Road Running
                                • Trail Running
                                • Walking
                                • Wet Weather

                                Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

                                It allows me to have a fore-foot and mid-foot strike. Awesome! I hope NB continues to make these shoes.

                                • Sizing:
                                • Feels true to size
                                • Width:
                                • Feels true to width
                                • Arch Type:
                                • Average Arch
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No
                                 
                                4.0

                                I did not know what I was buying.

                                By sparkythecat

                                from Independence, OR

                                About Me Avid Athlete

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Comfortable
                                • Good for off road
                                • Rugged

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Mixed Terrain
                                  • Trail Running
                                  • Wet Weather

                                  Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

                                  I was going to get another shoe and this one popped up and the price was right so I bought it. It is fairly light weight and offers the non support I like lately. It is also shaped like a track shoe and has very little heal lift, which I like also.

                                  • Sizing:
                                  • Feels true to size
                                  • Width:
                                  • Feels true to width
                                  • Arch Type:
                                  • Average Arch
                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No
                                   
                                  5.0

                                  AWESOME shoes!!!

                                  By Thomas in Henderson

                                  from Henderson (Las Vegas), NV

                                  About Me Avid Athlete

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Comfortable
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • They feel like slippers

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor Cushioning

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Road Running
                                  • Totally comfortable
                                  • Trail Running

                                  Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

                                  This is my new favorite pair of shoes! Light weight, comfortable, no frills. This shoe does EVERYTHING it says it will!!!
                                  It's definitely a minimalist shoe. I would fully recommend this shoe to anyone looking for an excellent minimalist.

                                  • Sizing:
                                  • Feels true to size
                                  • Width:
                                  • Feels true to width
                                  • Arch Type:
                                  • Low Arch
                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No
                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Why didn't I switch sooner?!?!?!

                                  By E.I.

                                  from Central Ohio

                                  About Me Avid Athlete

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Comfortable
                                  • Durable
                                  • Good Arch Support
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Rugged

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor Traction

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Mixed Terrain
                                  • Trail Running

                                  Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

                                  These are a mnimalist trail shoe, so I hope you are not expecting a lot of cushion or motion control. Not suggested for heel strikers, but excellent if you are a midfoot or toe runner. I switched to these from the Asics Trail Sensor 4 and love the switch. After the first wear, they fit like a glove. Plenty of room in the toe box to spread your toes for increased natural stability. The only thing that I would like to see improved is a little bit deeper lugs in the ball of the foot for push off in muddy and fresh powder snow conditions. Great in packed conditions. Great on the moutain bike and bridal trails I run on.

                                  • Sizing:
                                  • Feels true to size
                                  • Width:
                                  • Feels true to width
                                  • Arch Type:
                                  • Average Arch
                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No
                                   
                                  5.0

                                  A lightweight alternative

                                  By Wade

                                  from JBB, Iraq

                                  About Me Avid Athlete

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Traction
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Mixed Terrain
                                    • Road Running
                                    • Trail Running
                                    • Walking

                                    Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

                                    I use these 101 for sprints and long distance running. I really enjoy how light the shoes feel while you are running. I barely remember I have shoes on. They protect against sharp rocks well. Though this protection comes at a small price off less flexibility in the sole. Over these shoes are great and have replaced my KSOs while here in Iraq.

                                    • Sizing:
                                    • Feels half size too small
                                    • Width:
                                    • Feels true to width
                                    • Arch Type:
                                    • Average Arch
                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No
                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Great shoe!

                                    By Chris

                                    from Oakland, CA

                                    About Me Avid Athlete

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Rugged

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

                                        Love the shoe. It's lightweight and I like the look. My only issue was the back lip of the shoe. I had to endure some painful blistering on my Achilles tendon as I got used to running in them. Yes, I'm wearing them without socks, but I thought that was the point of these ultra-minimal doohickeys. In any case, I seem to have toughened up now, and it's not bothering me anymore.

                                        • Sizing:
                                        • Feels true to size
                                        • Width:
                                        • Feels true to width
                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • No
                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Best Running Shoes for Me

                                        By Slow_Runner

                                        from Portland, OR

                                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                        Verified Reviewer

                                        Pros

                                        • Comfortable
                                        • Feet strengthening
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • All Weather Conditions
                                          • Mixed Terrain
                                          • Road Running
                                          • Trail Running
                                          • Wet Weather

                                          Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

                                          I really like these shoes. They are perfect for fore-foot strike running style.

                                          • Sizing:
                                          • Feels true to size
                                          • Width:
                                          • Feels true to width
                                          • Arch Type:
                                          • Low Arch
                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • No
                                           
                                          3.0

                                          Good Running But Undecided

                                          By California Tarahumara

                                          from Orange County, CA

                                          About Me Avid Athlete

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Comfortable
                                          • Good Traction
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Mud Resistance
                                          • Quick drying
                                          • Rugged

                                          Cons

                                          • Awkward Heel

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Mixed Terrain
                                          • Trail Running

                                          Comments about Mens New Balance 101 Trail Running Shoe:

                                          I am undecided about the New Balance 101 minimalist running shoe. As a long-time user of Nike Free 3.0 & 5.0 I became disillusioned with the more conventional Nike Free Run generation and have been looking for an alternative real and affordable minimalist shoe. From the previous reviews the New Balance 101 seemed to be "it." From my first run in wet conditions the shoe delivered when it came to traction, mud resistance, and good foot landing position. It's very light and makes one feel fast. I have now placed about 100 miles on them with a positive experience while I run. But after I run in the 101's my right heel hurts although my foot is properly landing in the "barefoot" style. The duration of the after run pain has lessened as I run more miles in them. However, just to test yesterday I ran 13 miles on my old and torn 3.0 Nike Frees and experienced no pain during or after the run. I sized up 1/2 a size as recommended and the shoe fit like a glove and is comfortable.

                                          • Sizing:
                                          • Feels half size too small
                                          • Width:
                                          • Feels true to width
                                          • Arch Type:
                                          • Average Arch
                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • No

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