New Balance Men's MX20 Training Shoe
Solid contender in category
I settled on this shoe after trying several of the barefoot/minimalist catagory of training shoes. I'm 6'2" 190lbs with a regular width, high arch foot. I found the shoe to light, comfortable and plenty supportive for a lightweight shoe. Laterally the shoe kept my foot stable during plyo training days and on lifting days they were stable and supportive. I have now run these shoes through 2 rounds of p90x as well as free weight training and they are just now starting to break down (8 months) to the point where they are still ok for lifting but too soft and stretched out for most cardio workouts. I did not run in these ever or use them outside so I can not speak to there performance in those areas. I would definiealy purchase this shoe again. One note- like all shoes in this catagory. they feel tight on the foot in your normal size which can feel odd if you are not aware of this. They are supposed to fit this way and within a couple of workouts will fit like a glove. Do not purchase a larger half size to make them feel more like a cushy running sneaker (Nike Vomero). You will be disappointed in the support if you do.
July 27, 2012
Didn't work for me
As a larger, older athlete (6'1 225lbs, 42yo) with lower leg issues, these just didn't offer enough support. Minimus indeed. I hate to give them one star, because I didn't get to use them enough to know. I'm just too injury prone to give them a real try.
December 27, 2011
Great CrossFit shoe, not for ropes!
I was currently switching between my Chuck Taylors for heavy lift days (max days) and my Saucony Kinvara for pretty much everything else CF. I wanted the combination of both: stability on lifts and cushion during the runs. This shoe is a great blend of that. When doing heavy lifts, I feel locked in and during the jumps, runs, etc. there is somehow a surprise cushion there. I've had them for about a week and used them for 5 workouts so I can't comment on how long the "cushioning" part will last. The toe box is a little different (the angles) and I'd encourage you to try on a NB Minimus shoe first before ordering. Most of my toes are kind of the same length so my ring toe is pushed up against the material but the material has some give so it isn't too bad. Didn't try the 1/2 size up because I have room every where else. Last night at my CrossFit workout, the end was 5 rope climbes. The way up they were fine but on the decent, they just got shredded (think cheese and cheese grater). I read CrossFit blogs and it appears to be a common problem. Most consumers contacted New Balance and they sent them a new pair. NB told me to contact Dick's first and if that didn't work, to call New Balance back. The customer service at Dick's is sending me a return label via email and they said to send them back my new ones will be shipped out in 1-2 days. So hopefully I'll have them by next week...Customer Service said they have 90 day return policy. Pretty impressive. Overall, great shoe and I'd recommend them to all CrossFitters ... just not on the rope climbs. A different material needs to be there. Added some pics, but taken with my phone so quality isn't the best.
October 13, 2011