Comment from: Noël Bodwell [Visitor]
Noël Bodwell

Thanks for such a comprehensive review. Great photos!One question:Is the upper mesh lined so that it will be warm enough for winter trail running in New Hampshire (ie: 0° to 20° and snow? I'm looking for a trail runner now that my toes are too cold in the Treks.

11/04/10 @ 12:17
Comment from: [Member]

Thanks, Noël. The MT101s are light and airy and won't protect you from the cold. Maybe you could use socks for warmth.

11/04/10 @ 12:21
Comment from: Robbie [Visitor]

Try the bamboo/wool socks made by Feetures for the cold. I love them!

And great review on the 101's. I've thought about buying a pair, but I'm holding out for the Minimus!

11/04/10 @ 12:32
Comment from: [Member]

Nice review Britt. You're really raising the bar with those snazzy shots. What did you use for the blue background?

11/04/10 @ 14:27
Comment from: [Member]

Thanks, Tuck. The shoe is on a glass desk in a room with a blue wall. Not planned, just happens to be in our house and seems to be a good place to take pictures of shoes.

11/04/10 @ 14:30
Comment from: Chad R. [Visitor]  
Chad R.

I too recently picked up a pair of the NB MT101 (love the green color), as I was looking for a replacement for my beloved Inov-8 f-lite 230s. I'd say that in comparison the NBs have a stiffer sole which makes it a little harder to maintain a midfoot strike, but the plus is that rocks and roots are less likely to be felt. The NBs are also less expensive than the Inov-8s. I plan on wearing my new NBs for a couple of 100-mile races in early 2011.

11/04/10 @ 15:18
Comment from: Rob [Visitor]

Looks pretty much like the MT100, also an ok minimalist trail shoe. My beef with this NB series (795, MT100, MT101) is the lack of more aggressive sole, that has mostly relegated my prior owned models (795, MT100) to either dry, non-technical trails or road runs (they slip like crazy on wet surfaces!) IMHO, while Inov-8s may cost a bit more, they are well worth it as the traction is second to none under most trail conditions, especially the X-Talon 212 or any of the RocLite line. I'll give the pending Minimus (road version) a shot when they come out, but I'm sold on Inov-8s for the trails...

11/04/10 @ 16:27
Comment from: Chris [Visitor]

Thanks for the great review. I too just got my first pair of MT101's. The big difference is that I am a long time heel-striker who is finally beginning to see the error of his ways. I am slowly trying to minimize my foot gear and the 101 seemed like a natural first step. Any advice on switching from a traditional running shoe?

11/05/10 @ 18:30
Comment from: Sam [Visitor]

Thanks for the review. I just picked up a pair last weekend and love them. I was running trail in my sprints, but since the leaves have all fallen in New England I can't see the roots and rocks. The shoe is great and doesn't do much to my form or my feet. I wanted to wait for the minimus, but with the dropping temperature and my love of the trails I couldn't. These are a fun, great alternative to minimal shoes on the trails.

11/05/10 @ 20:27
Comment from: [Member]

@Chris, the best advice I can give to run barefoot or in Vibrams to perfect a good forefoot strike. Also, take it slow because it can be really tough on the calves.

11/06/10 @ 23:24
Comment from: John [Visitor]

Britt, thanks for the review. I have a question. I have been running in treksports for 3 months now, but am looking for a shoe that offers more protection but is also minimalist for extended trail runs and some long hiking. I like the 101, but am concerned about the 10mm heel lift. Is this a problem of the trail? Can you keep a forefoot stride in these shoes? I wish I could wait until the minimus comes out, but can't.

11/24/10 @ 12:07
Comment from: [Member]

@John When I wrote the review I said a forefoot strike was not a problem for me in these shoes. Afterwards, I did a 25k trail run in the MT101s and felt like they performed well and didn't have much calf soreness. Recently though, I have been running in the Minimus Roads and I have experienced some calf and Achilles soreness, which makes me think I wasn't running on my forefoot in the MT101s as much as I thought. Hard to say for sure. In varied terrain like a trail run my foot lands all over the place just to keep my balance. When on the road, my stride is consistent and it is easier to focus on on maintaining a good stride. There were lots of roots on the 25k course and the rock plate worked well for protection. The MT101s do have a drop though, and that probably does tend to keep you more on your heels. Have you looked at the Inov-8 X-Talons or F-Lites? They have a 3mm drop and are a pretty popular trail shoe. I haven't tried them or the Minimus Trails, but would like to.

11/24/10 @ 12:28
Comment from: John [Visitor]

Britt, thanks for the quick reply. I have heard of Inov-8's, but have never looked into them. I will definitely do that now. Thanks for the recommendation. Cheers!

11/24/10 @ 12:44
Comment from: Robert Kennedy [Visitor]
Robert Kennedy

@Chris, I'll echo Britt's advice. i got a pair of Vibrams this summer and eased into them slowly. i started at 1/2 mile in my Vibrams and the rest of my run in old shoes (yes, i had to develop new routes to end back at home to switch shoes!) i added about a mile a week to my Vibram route until I eventually was able to go my entire run in them. it worked for me. only pain was a bit of heel pain as i eased into a better forefoot strike.

12/01/10 @ 21:00
Comment from: andy [Visitor]  

Great reviews - I bought a pair of these, mostly because the minimus was not wide enough for my foot... I bought them on Saturday, loved the feel in the store - and ran the north face 50K the next day... brilliant shoes up and down, wet and dry... loved them. No hot spots, no blisters, great shoes!

06/09/11 @ 22:05
Comment from: RunenrX [Visitor]

These shoes are the best pair of shoes I have ever owned. I used them for Track practice and racing only. I'm going on 3 years running with them and I want to buy stock up on few pair before they disappear never to be seen again. I'm not into that barefoot running mumbo jumbo because you cant set any PRs like that. I race with these puppies on trails and road and have marked my best times in them. These shoes are fucking magical, yep I'm that much in love with them.

07/24/13 @ 19:17
Comment from: ed meaux [Visitor]  
ed meaux

I have severe metatarsalgia due to an accident. I basically have no natural padding on the ball of my foot. I do not run, but do try to walk. It seems like a shoe with a substantial toe drop would be beneficial to me. What shoe would you recommend. Thank you.

02/13/15 @ 13:48

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