There had been a number of new minimal shoes come out just before this that I hadn't had a chance to see yet. Merrell had its Trail Glove series, and New Balance had the Minimus line, in both trail and road versions. Uncharacteristically, Scheels had one of each of these in my size, so I set about trying them on.
Despite the weird rockered look of the shoe, it felt pretty natural on my foot. I walked around a bit, but really wondered what it felt like to run in. The sales guy let me on to the treadmill, and I did maybe a quarter mile, paying close attention to how my footfall felt. Everything seemed great, so I decided to take the shoes home.
This is a nice, light shoe. The upper is featherweight but not unsupportive - it does a great job of keeping your foot where it needs to be. The sole simply feels natural to me. Not a zero-drop shoe, but with 4mm drop from heel-to-toe, it feels pretty close. The tread pattern might not be great in wet weather, but we don't get much of that here. Everything else - arch support, heel cup, lacing system, breathability - seems just fine.
As far as where this shoe fits in my line-up - it's a great light trainer. I don't think I'd throw it on for a serious race, although I was happy to rotate in in on the middle leg of a 3-leg relay. It feels good going fast, so I may wear it for intervals or track work sometime. The longest I've been on it so far is about 11 miles - I'm wary of taking it much farther than that, but I'm not sure why. It was just fine at that distance; don't see why it couldn't go further.
So - really happy with this shoe. I don't have a rating system, but - 4.5 out of 5? Hope to be wearing this one for a while to come.