I invented the mino because I hate getting hurt while training. There was no easy, automatic way to track the life of my shoes. My toothbrush and razor told me when they were dead but not my shoes. Good grief!
Don’t outrun your shoes. The Mino automatically tracks your new shoe’s life with a tiny microchip and shows you when your shoes need to be replaced. The extremely soft foam shapes to your shoe so you won’t feel it. Place it under your sock liner of your new running shoe and go for a run. It automatically turn on and off so you can run worry-free. Once a month life the sock liner and check if your ready for the next run.
The Mino is comfortable and weighs almost nothing, and does not require any calibration, syncing, or recharging. Simply peel the adhesive on the back and put it under your sock liners with the heel to the heel. Done. Go run.
$9.99 (excl 0% Tax)
Product Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 0.1 inches ; 1 ounces
Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
How does Mino know when my run shoes are worn out?
The Mino is calibrated to count 400 miles worth of compressions to the mid-sole of your shoe. When we did our research, manufacturers suggest swapping out full cushion shoes anywhere between 300-500 miles. They design running shoes to be worn out about that many miles. We split the difference and took 400. So we designed the Mino to be calibrated against that industry standard but do it based on real compressions to your real shoes. We count compressions instead of miles becasue each runner is different and can wear through shoes at a different pace. Each mile is counted at 600 steps per mile, which is the average amount of steps a runner makes (taking into account height, weight, gait length, etc etc). Some take more, some take less. There are a set of progressive LED’s that light up once you hit a certain amount of compressions you have run. We count walk steps and run steps differently in the algorithm and average it all out because we have found some people walk and run in the shoes (and cross-train). We recommend that once a month, lift up the sock liner, hold the blue “O” on Mino to display the lights and see how far along you are.
How thick is Mino?
The current Mino is about 2.5mm thick, and weighs under 1/2oz. You can’t feel it when running at all. However, we realize that running bio mechanics is a game of mm so we provide a “spacer” for the other shoe to make sure everything is in sync while running/walking. Some use it. Some don’t. We let the user decide.
Is Mino reusable?
No. The Mino is good for the life of one shoe only. We did this on purpose because we weren’t sure if the user would want to go through the hassle of recharging/resetting it. Plus we wanted to keep the cost down on production.
Do I need a Mino in both shoes?
No, so long as you take both feet with you while you run? Kidding, the Mino can go in one shoe and tracks both shoes at once. The included spacer keeps you level and, if you buy it at a local retailer, it will likely include a special coupon - remember Charlie and the Golden Ticket?
Does it matter which shoe I put Mino in?
No. The Mino can go in any shoe. Left or right, New Balance, Asics, Mizuno, etc. It’s good for all shoes and any runner/walker.
Does Mino work if I run on a treadmill?
Yes! Wherever you run/walk, the Mino works!
What if I don't have new shoes?
The Mino is best for new shoe only, as we don’t have a way to know exactly how many compressions you’ve made to your current shoes. Perhaps that’s the next revision. Some sort of density sonar?
Can I custom set my Mino if I like to replace my shoes at shorter, or longer, distances?
There is a blue, green, 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.
What size shoes does Mino fit in? Does it work for kids?
The Mino is 2″ wide and 4″ in length. It rests against your heel and extends just under the beginning of your arch. Because the Mino can go in any shoe, it would work just fine for adults, young adults, teens and kids.
Can I use Mino with my minimalist shoes?
Yes, so long as their life is measured in compression-life. The Mino is designed for any and all shoes that wear by compressing. A minimalist shoe without a compression system, like foam, wears by a different method than how the Mino measures wear. The spacer is designed to make sure that if you’re lowering your drop, you won’t be “off-balance” while you run/walk. If you are uncertain please contact us.
Can I put Mino under custom insoles
Yes. The Mino fits seamlessly under the sock liner so for those with custom insoles and orthotics, the Mino still functions as it is intended to.
Where is mino made?
The Mino was invented and designed in Massachusetts and uses many globally available components that meet the performance and quality requirements. The final assembly is also done in Massachusetts, USA to ensure the retailer needs are meet correctly and efficiently.
How do I install the Mino?
Its so easy - first you need to download an app, install a battery, do some fancy calibration, and call the tech support people at your local library. Kidding!!!!! Peel the adhesive on the back and put it under your sock liners with the HEEL to the heel. Done. Go run.
I invented the mino because there was no automatic way to tell when your shoes are dead.
I invented the mino because I suffered a stress fracture when I started running. There was no product on the market that easily tracked my shoe life and adjusted for the size, weight, and way I run. So I invented the mino during my time at Northeastern University.
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