I originally discovered this product when it arrived in my RunnerBox last month and was immediately intrigued. Mino is inserted into your running shoe to “Automatically track your shoe usage so you can replace them before injuries happen”. Interesting!
We all know you are supposed to replace your shoes every 300-500 miles but who can keep track of that? Does running on different surfaces affect the life span of shoes? Does the weight of the runner affect the shoe’s integrity? Does the style of a runner matter? I don’t know about you but I’ve always wondered how to know when to replace my shoes.
Enter “MINO” a new product designed to tell us just when to replace our shoes before we injure ourselves.
What is it?
It is a 2.5mm thick soft foam insert that goes right under the liner or orthodic of your shoe. It is calibrated to count 400 miles of compression to the mid-sole of your shoe. Right smack in the middle of the 300-500 mile suggested life span of a running shoe.
“There are 6 progressive LED’s that light up once you hit a certain amount of compressions per the miles you have run. We count walk steps and run steps differently in the algorithm and average it all out b/c we have found some people walk and run in the shoes (and cross-train). We recommend every 3-4 weeks, lift up the sock liner, press and hold the blue “O” on mino to display the lights and see how far along you are.”
There are 6 wear light indicators that show you how worn your shoes are. You will need to insert the Mino into a new pair of shoes to get an accurate reading. It is only necessary to insert the sensor into one shoe (either left or right). A spacer is also included for those that want to have one in the other shoe as well. I could not feel it under the Superfeet that I had in my shoe.
How do you install it?
Simple- lift up the lining or orthodic of one of your shoes, place the foam inside and replace the insert. No batteries or charging required. Use the spacer on the other shoe if you wish but it is not necessary.
What will the sensor tell me?
“There are 4 blue lights, a yellow and a red. The red is calibrated at the 400 mile mark. If you like to change your shoes a little earlier than 400 miles, you can change them out when the yellow lights turns on (350 miles). Once you hit the red light, the Mino will still function, but it won’t tell you anything other than you’re about to OUTRUN YOUR SHOES.”
If you like to replace your shoes after 350 miles, simply watch for the yellow indicator. The red light means you’ve hit 4oo miles.
How do I check it?
Every few weeks simply lift up the liner, press down on the blue button for 2 seconds and note the color of the wear lights. The Mino is not reusable for another pair of shoes.
This in an introductory review as I have just placed the sensor into my own shoes. I will be doing periodic updates on the product over the next few months as I pile on the miles. I think this is a pretty cool product for the price ($15) and the peace of mind of knowing when to replace your shoes. One more positive of this company is that all of the sensors are Made in The United States.
Mino also provided me with some samples to share with my running group. More on their experiences in the months to come.
I’d like to share a Mino with one of you to test out as well. Please enter the raffle below if you’d like to give it a “test run!”
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How often do you replace your shoes? How do know when you need to?