Earlier in the year I debated on what shoes to purchase as my main running shoes for the 2014 season. I primarily compared the Nike Free 3 Flyknit and the New Balance Minimus 10V2. I decided to go with the Nike Free based on recent history and success in those shoes. I set both a half marathon and 10K PR in my previous Nike Free’s and hoped to continue that success. After a couple hundred miles and a few races in the 2014 editions, I feel safe in providing my review of them.
I have eclipsed 360 miles on my New Balance Minimus V20’s and that means it is time to pick up a new pair of running shoes. I have narrowed the field down to three choices. I am debating between the Under Armour SpeedForm RC Running Shoe, 2014 Nike Free 3.0 with FlyKnit, or the 2014 New Balance Minimus Zero V2. I have earlier experience with the Nike and New Balance shoes but the Under Armour are a gamble. Especially coming from the drama involving them and the US Olympic Speed Skating team at the Sochi Olympics. Though I blame most of that performance on the team and not Under Armour.
I wrote in a previous post about my deep love for the Nike Free running shoe series. I also mentioned in that post, that I was, however, looking to test out a potentially more minimal shoe despite favoring the Nike’s already. I decided to give the New Balance Minimus 20 V2’s a try. I got them on a great deal from The Clymb. Below is my in depth review of this particular model after about 3 months of use. The shoe will probably be up for renewal by the time I release this review but I wanted to be thorough so others could use it as a reference point for deciding on New Balance Minimus shoes in general. Immediately, below is the product description from New Balance themselves.
Since April of 2009, I have managed to run over 2,600 miles across paved road, trails and treadmills. Over that time, I have put many shoe brands and models through the test. I once ran exclusively in Adidas but their shoes let me down one too many times. They ran too narrow, had too much cushioning and did not breath well at all. While my love of Adidas faded, my love for the Nike Free running shoe series has grown. The Nike Free series is a system of minimalist shoes that offer a range of cushioning and fore foot flexion that you can’t find in almost any other line. What I love most about them is that they offer 3 different levels of cushioning that allow you to transition year over year to a more minimalist shoe. The shoe soles come in a 5 mm, 4mm and 3 mm heel drop. Each pair becomes more and more aggressive and advanced as you progress through the line.