|A very light trail shoe, but lacking in grip on wet mud|
It's good to know how people get on with a pair of bareform shoes after they have had plenty of time to put them through their paces. After owning a pair of NB Minimus MT00 for a fair few months now I feel I am able to comment well on whether this is a good trail shoe or not. So here it goes:
1) Great for dry compact trails such as found in the US or summer months in the UK
2) Very light and fast, and a very flexible shoe; allows natural toe splay and biomechanics
3) Great for sprints and shorter tempo runs
4) Can cause blisters on the upper part of the toes where the thin rough material rubs when the shoe bends; it always bends from one point as the sole and material is so thin
5) Absolutely useless on muddy trails in the colder and wetter months in the UK. Mud sticks, grip slides all over the place; wouldn't even consider taking them out in the serious mud and wet
6) Durability not great on technical trail
To conclude, this is a great training tool for fast, short and dry/compacted trail running. For everything else I would use another trail shoe such as the Inov-8 Trailroc 235 or Vibram FiveFinger Spyridon LS.
Let me know what you have found...