I had no idea when I bought these shoes that they had just been released. Dumb luck I guess. I really like the lighter version of the New Balance shoes, (the Minimus Trail MT10s), partially because they feel like you are running in slippers. Here is what the MT10's look like:
I tried them out on the Hunter Creek trail, which is the most technical section of trail near my house. It has smooth singletrack, pavement-like packed dirt, ankle breaking scree rock, ice, sidehill stuff - the whole nine yards. The shoes were amazing. I could tell a real difference in grip. In fact, I was suprised that on the way back of my out and back trip I could see nearly every footprint I had made on the way up the trail, and each footprint was very clear. I have never seen that with a shoe before and it seemed to confirm my impression about the grip.
Bottom line, these are the best trail shoes I have ever worn.
A caveat though. If you haven't run in minimalist shoes before, I wouldn't advise starting from scratch. It took me nearly a year (and a nasty case of shinsplints) to transition from regular running shoes to shoes like this. I'm happy I put the time in to do it because my feet and lower legs are much stronger, which I feel has protected me injuries, but it takes time to make the switch.
Here are some pictures of the shoes: