I’m a big fan of the New Balance MT10 and New Balance MT00 trail shoes (I’m also currently testing out the NB MT20v2, and like it a lot), but have found that they lack protection necessary for running on some of the chunky gravel trails near my house. The MT110 was a potential solution, but the medially slanted sole made that shoe a no-go for me. Thus, I’m happy to see that New Balance will be releasing a more protective Minimus trail shoe – the MO80 for men and the WO80 for women.
Running Warehouse just put up a blog post about the shoe, with some images and specs. The shoe is 4mm drop like the MT10, and has a full length sticky rubber Vibram outsole. RW reports that “the 80 is designed to offer a lot of protection for a Minimus shoe.” Launch date for the MO80/WO80 is January 2013.
Here are a few photos from the Running Warehouse post: