Merrell CTR Cruise Review
Whether you are a dedicated trail runner who hates the pavement or the weekend trail running warrior, the Merrell CTR Cruise is a performer that is hard to match. We tested these shoes out on a number of different terrains and found them to perform best on the uneven rocky or rutted out surfaces. With the beefy Merrell G3 and Gait Phase cushioning, we had no fear when it came to running on sharp and jagged rocks. To add additional comfort, Merrell added an Ortholite sock liner with Outlast, which gives you heat management and better cushioning for your feet.
As many people have been using trail running shoes has a light hiker, we found the CTR Cruiser to be a great little hiker as well. With its aggressive outsole, you are sure to get good traction whether you’re taking a stroll on a gravel path or hiking up one of Colorado’s 14’ers. For the minimalist, you may want to look somewhere else as this shoe does have more bulk (approximately 26 oz/pair) than most other trail runners. Though it’s not a good fit for the minimalist, its a great option for those that like a little more cushioning and protection on long hauls on the trail.
• M-fit semi-curved gender specific anatomical last
• T-cup slip resistant heel and tongue construction
• nature-Tex™ recycled strobel board
• Outlast® heat management sock liner
• Ortholite® anti-microbial comfort foam sock insert
• DWr treatment provides Durable Water resistance
• ir3™ rubber outsole for durability and traction
• gait-phase (g-pHASe™) midsole cushioning
• g3-pHASe™ provides responsive heel cushioning
• ir1™ Sticky rubber for lateral traction and grip
• Weight: 13.4 ozs. / 382 gm (1/2 pair)