BY DANIEL KLEIN
As the offseason finally ends and pre-season workouts start to ramp up, New Balance has released the sequel to last year’s 20v3 Minimus cross-trainer. The new 20v3 Cross Trainer looks like a solid upgrade to its predecessor with some tweaks to the lateral stability of the shoe and an additional eyelet which helps the athlete to stay back on his heels. These MX20v3’s are a cutting-edge addition to the Minimus line. If you are looking for the newest technology available in a cross training shoe, these have it.
Aside from the technology, New Balance took these cross trainers to a new level with the MX20v3 Mid Cut. With additional support to the ankle while keeping the same 4mm heel-to-toe drop, these shoes are universal to all workouts.
These shoes were first seen on the feet of Miguel Cabrera at the end of the 2013 season. Dustin Pedroia recently tweeted a picture of his custom 20v3 mid cuts claiming they “might be the most comfortable shoe ever!” All we need is a decent set of eyes to know that these shoes look sweet, but New Balance seems to have delivered on performance too. Ball players looking to get the most out of their workouts should give these a look.
(Editor’s Note: Daniel, the author of this post and newest WPW contributor, is a catcher in the Blue Jays organization. When he told me he caught Josh Johnson last Spring, I had already hired him, but if I hadn’t, that would have sealed the deal. Aside from the obvious credentials, he knows gear as well as anyone and we’re thrilled to have him aboard to lend even more professional credibility to our site.)
As soon as I saw the Pro Baseball Limited Edition 20v3’s last year, I had to get them as my workout shoes. I was using them for everything from box jumps, to heavy squats, to even the occasional yoga session. Quickly these shoes became my every day training shoe throughout the season. Through heavy use in 2013, my 20v3’s started to lose a bit of traction and I had started looking for a viable replacement. I then caught wind that New Balance might release a mid cut of there 20v3’s for 2014. This was perfect because I was looking for a bit more stability for the ladder drills that I was doing in the off season. As soon as the 20v3 Mid Cuts came out, they were in my hands and I couldn’t be more happy about it. Easily the best cross training shoe that I’ve used, the revamped version of the 20v3’s will be my trainer of choice for the rest of the year. I recommend getting a half size smaller in the Minimus’ for a nice snug fit.
New Balance MX20v3 Minimus Cross Trainers are offered in various team colors and are available.