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  1. 34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good crossfit shoe, February 4, 2013
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    I rated 4 stars as I think this is a great shoe, but I’d like to have a little little more traction. On surfaces such as basketball courts, laminate, or smooth finish concrete, I feel this shoe lacks a little grip. It seems like the tread pattern is alright, but that the compound or surface finish of the compound isn’t as sticky as I might like. The shoe is very light and airy, and I think it has enough support for the movements I intend to do with it. It provides more lateral movement stability and control than fivefigers, which I was using before this shoe. The shoe seems to fit fairly true to size, and laces up snugly on my foot. I’m only a few workouts in, but it seems like the construction will hold up well to indoor use.

    Like: Weight, stability (for what the shoe is), minimal heel to toe drop, openness and breathability, looks, balance.

    Dislike: I might like additional grip from the tread.

    recommend for: crossfit, indoor gym work

    Update:
    I’ve put a ~3 months of weightlifting-centric crossfit on these shoes now. They’ve held up well. As an additional dislike, I’d say that I feel the inward angle of and extra room/material on the toe is a bit extreme. I’m not sure if I could claim that the shoe slows my sprints, but I don’t think the sole outline is quite right for running, at least for my form. The top-down view of the shoe doesn’t suggest the extreme angling, but the bottom-up view (showing the sole of the shoe) does. I wouldn’t remove another star, but I would revise my purchase, having this experience.

    Update 2:
    After 9 months, I’d say the traction is only a concern on surfaces which would be slick for any shoe; it’s not an issue on tractioned rubber (e.g. diamond plate patterned), astroturf, asphalt, or textured concrete (e.g. outside, or sidewalk). A stickier compound may still be an improvement. I still see the sole profile as a bit odd, though it’s a 4-star shoe. I use this shoe in a hot, dry, often dusty environment.

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  2. 41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent Minimal Shoe for Weight Training, January 24, 2013
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    NKC, MO

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    I have used traditional running shoes (Brooks Glycerin) for some time for both weight resistance and cardio training and decided to try a more minimal shoe with a lower heel drop – and am pleased.

    Sizing: Many reviews on this model and the earlier versions all recommended to order a 1/2 size larger. In Nike running shoes I normally wear a 12 and are borderline small (finding 12 1/2 in Nike’s can be a challenge). The Brooks Glycerin running shoe a 12 was perfect with a 12 1/2 slightly too large. I ordered the 12 1/2 in the New Balance MX20v3 and it fits perfect. I have no prior experience with New Balance to compare.

    Fit and Comfort: You barely notice this shoe when wearing it due to both it’s light weight and conforming fit. The shoe easily snugs around your foot when laced and provides good lateral support. The sole and insert provide some cushioning while still allowing you to feel the surface. I do not plan to use these shoes for running, only weight lifting. Traction on the sole is good and had no issues with various leg training movements (lunges, leg press, squats etc). The fabric covering around the foot is breathable to help keep your feet dry.

    Quality: The pair I received had no visible flaws and the shoe seems well made. As this is a very light weight shoe time will tell how long they hold up relative to the price.

    Summary: I would recommend this shoe if you are considering a light weight or minimal type shoe. It looks more normal than some of the 5 toe style minimalist shoes.

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  3. 21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Stand UP Guy (shoe), November 22, 2013
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    Mitchell Kasdin (West Los Angeles, CA United States) –
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    This review is from: New Balance Men’s MX20v3 Minimus Cross-Training Shoe (Apparel)
    These are a minimalist shoe, so they don’t have a lot of support. It has a 4mm heel drop which puts you in a very neutral position for doing cross training, which is what you want; you can feel your feet. Makes for a more intimate workout. I wear these strictly in the gym for about half hour +, while i do tabata training or longer format interval training. I have been exercising for over 40 years, so i think i know my way around a pair of shoes. These are great shoes – for the gym they give great lateral support for doing footwork and hold your feet in well. They remind me of my Asics Tiger wrestling shoes i had back in the 70’s, but with way better everything. I don’t run in these shoes per say. I prefer my mr10v2 which are running shoes. I read some of the recent reviews that only gave the shoes 2 stars or so and they sound like “NB Haters”. Probably someone from another shoe company, Merril, Adidas, Rebbok, Converse – who knows- who cares? The MX20’s don’t dig into my heel and such. The only negative that i would have about the shoe, but doesn’t apply to MX20 is that if your foot sweats a lot and you do the barefoot thing (recommended) then the shoe might not smell so good and feel like a new slipper. Read my other review about the MR10WB2. It has the same shoes last NL-1 so the fit is nearly identical.
    suffice to say I have three NB shoes and i just looked at the MO10GT (GoreTex), which is very nice, just wish it was made local.

    The other peeve that i have and it is minor is that i now will own three Minimalist shoes and they are a bit pricey and have a limited shelf life. The cross trainers should last longer since they are worn inside. To NB’s credit they have done a good job designing shoes to fit each niche and activity.

    1. x-trainer MX20
    2. Runner MR10
    3. Trail Shoe MO10 (near future)

    For those not in the know the New Balance Style code # is this:
    MO – mens outdoor
    MX – Mens crosstrainer
    MT – Mens Trail
    MR – Mens running

    then comes the color code so BR might me Black and Red or WB might be White and blue.
    then they stick on the version number after that like (Version) 2. Also the Zero and O’s look the same so that can add confusion when typing in and doing searches.

    so style # MT10BS2 = mens trail 10 black-silver version 2

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