New Balance seems to have redesigned the MT1110 trail runners. Previously, this model was known as "MT1110 GT" and featured a waterproof Gor-Tex liner. The new model, sans the "GT" designation, omits the Gore-Tex liner (most likely due to a manufacturing defect as documented here.
Does anyone have any experience with the new MT1110 model? I'm worried that these shoes might not be very durable. Unlike some New Balance models which are manufacured in the USA, the MT1110 is produced in China. The overall workmanship seems suspect.
Stitching at Tongue Coming Loose
Given the problems with the original MT1110 GT, I'm a bit leary of the MT1110. I'm also considering a pair of New Balance MT810 shoes. The MT810 shoes are made in the USA and appear to be of much higher quality. However, the MT1110 shoes are lighter: 21.7 oz for the pair versus 26.5 oz for the MT810.
If the workmanship problems I've spotted in the MT1110 are merely cosmetic, I'd prefer to hike in them; however, if the problems I've noticed are symptomatic of overall poor design and low durability, I'll have to go with the MT810.
Note that my feet are very wide which, unfortunately limits my choice of trail runner to New Balance models.
In summary: does anyone have any experience with the new New Balance MT1110 trail runners? Are they durable?