|#1||Merrell Trail Glove 3|
|#2||Merrell Grassbow Air|
|#3||Merrell Vapor Glove 2|
|#4||Merrell All Out Peak|
|#5||Merrell Bare Access|
Merrell Trail Glove 3
The Merrell Trail Glove 3 is one of the best running shoes for adventure running. It is a minimalist shoe designed to satisfy runners who desire a comfortable shoe with the natural feel of barefoot running. With its low heel to toe drop and Vibram outsole, they help you to enjoy greater ground sensitivity and flexibility.
Merrell Trail Glove 3 Features
The Merrell Trail Glove 3 upper is made with durable air mesh that keeps your foot well-ventilated when you run for long hours. The breathable air mesh works in combination with the anti-microbial foot bed to keep your foot dry and free of odors. Equipped with a special Omni-Fit lacing system, and a TPU Sling at the rear foot, Trail Glove offers a true glove-like fit. This 3rd edition has a wider toe box to accomodate runners with wide feet. The new design of the upper mesh makes this shoes more attractive and visually appealing. The shoes now have elegant reflective stripes that increase visibility in low light so you can seen by others from a far distance.
The Trail Glove 3 offer a 4 mm CMEVA cushioning in the midsole that makes it stand out among other minimalist shoes. CMEVA stands for compression molded ethyl vinyl acetate and it is a modified version of the popular EVA midsole used in many running shoes. This cushioning material reduces shock when you land, protects your foot from impact, and offers superior comfort. Since CMEVA is a lightweight material, it gives excellent shock absorption without making these Merrell running shoes unduly heavy. Thus, it can be used to run on rocks and other hard surfaces without allowing you to have blisters.
The Glove 3 have a durable Vibram TC1 outsole – a popular outsole brand that guarantees excellent grip, traction and protection on minimalist style shoes. This sole also offers exceptional flexibility and superior performance, especially when you run on the road or on hard surfaces. For additional protection, the sole has a unique trail protect plate that shields your foot from the effects of running on sharp stones or very uneven surfaces. To provide good traction on both wet and slippery surfaces, the sole has specially designed lugs that give you good grip and wear resistance. Due to the shallow, non-aggressive nature of the lugs, you can also use this shoe for many other types of road running, trail running, and hiking. In fact, some people prefer to use the Merrell Trail Glove 3 as boating shoes because they don’t retain water, and they do not slip on wet rocks.
The Merrell Trail Glove 3 Verdict
Merrell Grassbow Air
The Merrell Grassbow Air running shoes are low hiking shoes designed to help you spend hours hiking while your foot remains cool. Instead of wearing heavy boots each time you need to hike a trail, these light and versatile shoes will help you to reduce the weight of your hiking gear and keep things minimalist.
Merrell Grassbow Air Features
Lightweight Breathable Upper Design
In the Merrell Grassbow Air upper unit, Merrell uses the well-known Gore-tex air mesh material. This material provides superior ventilation for your foot and ensures that there is sufficient airflow to wick out sweat and keep your foot cool. Apart from cooling your foot, the light weight of this material makes it easy for you to get a hiking shoe that will weigh less than 360g. Obviously, this makes the shoe far more comfortable than traditional hiking boots, which feel heavier as you spend more hours on a trail.
When you go on a long hiking trip, you don’t have to bother about using socks, which usually makes the shoes feel heavier. The mesh lining and EVA foot beds are treated with Merrell’s M-Select Fresh odor control technology. M-Select has potent anti-bacterial properties that stop the activity of bacteria and prevent the shoe from developing any unpleasant odor.
The Grassbow Air also has anti-debris technology. The shoe was built to prevent dirt from coming into it when you have to walk on soft or quick sand. Its bellowed tongues will prevent small stones, dirt and debris from getting into your shoe. Similarly, the heel air cushion and heel counter, made from thermoplastic polyurethane, will keep your heel firm and stable.
Well Cushioned Midsole
In the mid-sole section, the removable foot beds provide comfort for your underfoot. The foot frame is made with Merrell’s In-Board compression molded EVA material. This material is lighter than conventional EVA foam but it offers amazing cushioning, strength and durability. It has the capacity to withstand the tough conditions you will encounter when hiking on unpredictable off-road and rugged terrain.
To keep your toes and forefoot from getting injured, the Grassbow Air is reinforced in the toe box section. With the help of the TrailProtect technology, your toes will not be bruised even when you hit them on rocks, stones or roots. TrailProtect is made of durable rubber that has the capacity to withstand repeated impact with very rough and hard surfaces, like the sharp rocks you may encounter while hiking. This flexible pad in the forefoot absorbs shock and protects you when you are descending down a hill on a rocky surface, so you can move fast with confidence.
Durable Merrell Grip Outsole
The Merrell Grassbow Air outsole features the famous M-Select Grip technology. Designed to deliver exceptional slip resistance, this grippy outsole material offers stability and durability on both dry and wet ground on various types of terrain. With 3.5 mm lugs, the winter treated outsole on Grassbow Air, offers good traction in both cold and hot weather conditions. This makes it ideal for tru-hiking on long trails that require you to remain on the trail for three to twelve months.
The Merrell Grassbow Air Verdict
Merrell Vapor Glove 2
Merrell Vapor Glove 2 is an extremely light, breathable shoe designed for runners who love a minimalist barefoot experience. It offers a snug and secure fit but its flexibility mimics the natural foot movement. With its well-protected toe section, it is suitable for running on trails.
Merrell Vapor Glove 2 Features
Comfortable and Breathable Upper
Most of the Merrell Vapor Glove 2 upper unit consists of air mesh – a highly breathable lightweight material, which allows you to run without your foot getting hot or sweaty. The Rear Foot Sling made from thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) provides support for the heel. It helps to secure your heel in place without adding any unnecessary weight. At the toe box, the toe bumper is reinforced with rubber. So you can enjoy adequate protection when your toe comes in contact with rocks, roots or debris during trail running.
On top of the mid-sole foam, a fixed foot bed made of microfiber provides anti-microbial properties and helps to prevent odors. The Vapor Glove 2 also adds additional cushioning for the foot. To prevent blowouts from occurring along the sides, particularly near the little and big toes, Merrell has reinforced the shoe inside and out. You can see a polyurethane material painted unto the mesh.
Responsive and Flexible Midsole Cushioning
Although a minimalist shoe will normally not have much cushioning in the midsole area, this shoe still offers durable cushioning for your underfoot. A lightweight compression molded EVA foam material delivers flexible support for the foot. In the Vapor Glove 2 midsole, and the zero drop gives you a very good ground feel.
High Qualilty Outsole With Good Grip and Traction
Merrell uses the Vibram outsole for this minimalist shoe. Made principally of durable rubber, it delivers impressive traction on both wet and dry surfaces. When you use Vapor Glove 2 to run on asphalt roads, you will notice the firm grip that it provides. Apart from grip and traction, the Vibram sole is also very flexible. The light groove pattern makes it possible to bend the whole shoe.
The Vibram outsole is divided into 4 distinct sections: the heel, the mid-foot, the small toes and the big toe. Each section is separated by deep flex grooves. You can rely on this outsole to provide natural fluid movements and good traction and its durability guarantees a long lasting ride on the road and light trails.
Appearance and Fit
With at least 8 color schemes, the Merrell Vapor Glove 2 will satisfy your tastes in terms of appearance and attraction. The color combinations are quite beautiful. You will easily find one that will suit you whether you want one that is eye-catching or one that has a fairly conservative design.
The Vapor Glove 2 has a slightly larger size and than the standard running shoe length. You may select a size that is half less than your normal size. The toe box has a medium-to-narrow width while the mid-foot and heel sections have a medium width. Overall the shoe tends to fit runners with narrow feet better, although it can accommodate runners with medium-sized feet.
The Merrell Vapor Glove 2 Verdict
Merrell All Out Peak
Merrell All Out Peak is a well-built neutral trail running shoe. It comes with a sole that delivers amazing traction on virtually all trail surfaces and it offers superior cushioning and comfort. This shoe is ideal for runners who need a durable trail running shoe for everyday running.
Merrell All Out Peak Features
Durable, Comfortable and Breathable Upper
The upper unit of the Merrell All Out Peak have a combination of breathable air mesh and durable synthetic material. At the toe bumper, you will find thick outsole rubber, which is designed to protect your foot and prevent bruises. This means that whether you are taking a stride up a trail or running downhill, your toes will not get hurt. Also at the toe box, a piece of synthetic waterproof rubber keeps water out and enhances the shoe’s durability.
By the sides of the All Out Peak, a set of zig zag strips, made of reflective material, provide additional visibility in low light conditions. The zig zag design is called a Hyperwrap 360 degrees fit system, which keeps the mid-section of the foot in place for improved stability. In addition, a removable footbed, with anti-microbial properties, keeps your foot dry and prevents the build up of foul odors.
Superior Midsole Cushioning for Comfort and Stability
In the midsole, Merrell uses their Uni-Fly technology, which helps to disperse the impact each time you land on a rough surface. It also provides adequate underfoot protection for both short and long mileage runs. At the heel, the air cushion offers lightweight and stable cushioning. The All Out Peak are efficient shock absorption that makes the shoe more responsive. With the molded arch shank, you can enjoy improved flexibility and stability on a very rough terrain.
Impressive Outsole for Grip on Wet and Dry Ground
Merrell built the outsole of this shoe with the Vibram Megagrip technology. That is why it provides superb traction on virtually any type of surface. So you can use this shoe to run on snow and wet surfaces in winter or on hard, stony and dry ground in summer. Apart from grip and traction, the Vibram outsole also provides impressive durability.
With the 6mm long lugs on the sole of the All Out Peak, it can dig conveniently into almost any type of trail for superior traction. Although you will enjoy the deep lugs on soft mud or dirt, they also work well on rocky surfaces. The durability gives you an assurance that the shoe will offer you service for hundreds of miles before it starts to show serious signs of wear.
Attractive Style and Normal Fit
The Merrell All Out Peak comes with at least eight color variations for the men and women versions. The designs spotting a black upper mesh look more masculine while those with the brighter colors like blue and orange have more feminine appeal. All together, the shoe fits true-to-size so you can use your standard running shoe size when you want to buy it.
The Merrell All Out Peak Verdict
Merrell Bare Access
The Merrell Bare Access is a famous minimalist running shoe that has very responsive insoles. It offers a reasonable amount of protection and comfort for long trail runners. Runners seeking for a shoe that can enhance speed and performance will also appreciate the snug fit in the midsection, roomy toe box, and barefoot feeling underneath.
Merrell Bare Access Features
Breathable, Roomy and Comfortable Upper Design
Merrell combined synthetic leather and air mesh in the upper unit. The fourth version of the Merrell Bare Access running shoes offer an upper unit that is stronger, more breathable, durable and supportive. So you can use this shoe to run for several hours without experiencing any kind of chaffing on your foot. At the mid-foot, the overlays made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), make the fabric wrap round your foot like a glove without increasing the total weight of the shoe. The light padding provided around the heel collar also helps to improve comfort and fit.
The ventilation holes in the upper air mesh are so effective that sweat dries up very quickly. Obviously, this is complemented by the roomy toe box. To prevent bad odors from emanating from the shoe, the inner sleeve has an M-Select Fresh coating that provides anti-microbial properties. That is why running with the Bare Access offers you a clean and healthy space for your foot.
Durable Midsole With Good Surface Feel
Merrell has added the MBound technology to the midsole of the Bare Access to offer excellent ground feeling to the runner’s foot. This technology gives some cushioning to the foot while making you feel as if you are running with your barefoot on the ground. While running with the Bare Access you will discover that if offers amazing flexibility and it allows you to move freely on on trails.
In addition, the compression molded EVA foam is a durable midsole material, which lasts for 100’s of miles. It does not break down as fast as the ordinary ethylene vinyl acetate. The cushioning system offered by this midsole material supports the runner’s weight well. For this minimal amount of compressed EVA, the Bare Access offers a fairly good amount of rebound and flexibility. It also helps to smoothen out the natural movement of your foot.
Stable Outsole for Good Traction
In the outsole, Merrell combines the proprietary Bare Access Outsole, which has Vibram as its main technology. In addition to the durable rubber pods made from the Vibram material, it also has flex grooves in the forefoot. The combination of Vibram pods and the grooves provide wear resistance and a more responsive toe-off. The outsole provides stability and firmness on most trail surfaces even in wet conditions. This is partly due to the low platform of the Bare Access. Overall the outsole is quite flexible and responsive.
Aesthetics and Fit
Like most other trail running shoes produced by Merrell, the Merrell Bare Access comes with 8 major color schemes. Four have darker colors and may be more appealing to male users while the other four bright colors may be more attractive to females. The shoe has a relatively narrow fit, so you may need to buy a 1/2 size larger than your normal running shoe size. This will make it possible for you to enjoy a wider toe box and use the lacing system to adjust the tension in the mid-foot section.