This update to the 101 lightweight trail racer gets low (4mm heel-to-toe drop) and goes to a natural running last for more forefoot room.
Every now and then there's a shoe that has our staffers tossing and turning at nights, waiting in anticipation. We know the signs. The open catalogs on their desks. The methodical checking of blogs and chat rooms for product updates. The tents in front of our receiving dock.
The New Balance MT110 is one of those shoes. Every trail runner in the building was drooling over this shoe. So when we got our first shipment, it took about 16 nanoseconds for the first pair to be out of their box and on someone's feet.
Turns out, the anticipation was totally warranted. New Balance nailed almost every technical aspect of this shoe. We couldn't find one tester who was unimpressed with the fit and construction of the upper. It reminds you it's there just enough without getting in the way. Of course, for the heel strikers on staff, this shoe would take some getting used to on the trails, but midfoot strikers felt right at home right away, with a smooth transition free of the "slap" on ground contact that can occur in a less well-designed shoe.
The MT110 is actually one of the most versatile trail shoes on the road that I've seen. I was impressed by the comfort and stability of this shoe on the road and trail. The cushiony lugs provide a nice level of protection. I rarely go sockless, but without socks in the MT110 I didn't feel a single hotspot.
I really like the fit of the upper. No complaints there. And the midsole seems plenty flexible, but it feels a little too built up on the outside edge of the forefoot. Probably something I would get used to after a few longer runs.
New Balance stamped the phrase 'Keep Up' in the outsole. It's kinda corny, and anyone behind you would have to be crawling on their hands and knees to see the words on your footprint, but it's also a fun little detail that tells you the designers put some thought into every aspect of this shoe.