Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove Review

Zachary Rodasti

Zach's been testing gear with Active Gear Review since day one of the site, and just generally loves being outside doing any outdoor activity. He and his wife race year round, prefer long distance endurance events, and have raced marathons in multiple states nationwide. Recently, Zach added triathlons to his list of endeavors, and has competed in all distances up to a half iron. He has two young boys who are full of energy and get into all sorts of trouble on a regular basis - just like him.

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6 Responses

  1. Kato says:

    My question is, for trail running what did you prefer; the New Balance 10 or the Merrell Trail Glove and why? Thanks in advance!

  2. Hey Kato,

    That is a very good question! Both of these shoes are very similar in fit and performance, but if I had to choose, I would go with the Merrell Trail Glove. With the fit and performance being so similar, what tipped the scale for me was the upper. I feel the upper in the Merrell Trail Glove has a little more material that helps keep out rocks and debris. I hope this helps!

  3. Mike says:

    How is the inside of the shoe ?
    I have a pair of the New Balance trail lite shoes and the heel has exposed stitches that I had to cover with moleskin. Why not just make a normal heel counter ? Racing flats have a normal heel counter and they are super light.
    Thanks forthe feedback in advance.

  4. Jesse says:

    I absolutely love the Trail Glove from Merrell! I’ve worn it on a couple of hikes now and to trail run and it has ousted my Vibram Five Fingers for these purposes. The big sell for me over something like the New Balance Minimus is the wide a roomy toe box of the Merrells. Physical therapists and other people who study anatomy will tell you that there is something about the splaying of your front foot and toes that triggers a response in your body when you run and having the space for this to happen is crucial to get a natural motion. The lacing system also works really well.

    @Mike: I find the Merrells to have a pretty comfortable inside and I wear them barefoot often.

  5. Simply Sadie says:

    My question comes from Nebraska, where in reality we don’t necessarily have an abundance of trails…would I be disappointed in this type of shoe if at least half of my running was done on roads???

  6. My thought is since this is a barefoot style of shoe, it will work well on both trail and road. I put a number of miles on the road with this shoe and I was perfectly content. Keep in mind there is pretty much no cushioning which might affect you in the concrete jungle we live in today.

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