3.26.2011

New Balance Minimus and Crossfit


Well, the minimalist running trend has hit the markets full blown.  No longer must everyone succumb to the silly looking Vibram Five Fingers style of barefoot running shoes.  Introducing the "Minimus" by New Balance which uses a Vibram sole.  I have been looking for some shoes to accompany my workout regimen at Crossfit Sweat here in Springfield, VA.  I was told I needed a flat-footed shoe like Chuck Taylors, Weight lifting shoes, or Vibram FF were good CF choices.  However, there was one problem.  I didn't like the versatility of the first 2 and I didn't like the looks of the Vibram FF.

And low and behold 2 new shoes hit the market in the Minimus and the Merrell Trail Glove.  After reading many reviews I opted for the NB's.

Here are some pics:

Compared to my CF unfriendly running asics you can see the size and the difference in sheer bulk.

I DO like the styling and the rugged materials used.




After walking in them for a while, I noticed some damn impressive grip, and they are definitely comfortable.  Just remember that you can't just jump in these and start running.  You MUST train your feet and train to run in the POSE method.  I'm going to use these primarily for gym work, where running isn't a huge part of the WoD.  Box Jumps, Lifts, Etc.  After I get used to them, I'll then use the for short runs.  

I'll keep you all posted.  


5 comments:

Any update on how you're liking these? I'm looking it transitioning away from VFF's, and as much as I like INOV-8, I know there just has to be another option out there, more readily available.

Sorry about not responding sooner...
I LOVE these shoes. They're good all-around. Great on agility wods, solid enough for olympic lifts, and light and minimal making them very tactile like the vibrams. These are my go-to shoe. Only thing I'd change on them is the placement of the sizing label. I think this was a slight oversight, as if you're barefoot in the shoes, the texture of the label tends to stick and grab on the inside of your foot.

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