Facts

Terrain
Trail
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Competition
Price
$80
Weight
M: 207g | W: 207g
Heel to toe drop
M: 4mm | W: 4mm
Heel height
M: 18mm | W: 18mm
Forefoot height
M: 14mm | W: 14mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 4.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

The good

  • Runners appreciated the lightweight nature of the Merrell Trail Crusher.

  • Many felt that their overall experience with this shoe was comfortable.

  • The flexibility of the platform gained good remarks from those who needed freedom of motion.

  • The color schemes of the upper unit were lauded by a tester.

  • A runner said that this running shoe didn’t have a bulky or unappealing look.

  • The testers appreciated the non-aggressive outsole design, which allowed them to use this shoe on asphalt.

The bad

  • A tester wrote that the back part of the shoe rubbed uncomfortably against their skin.

  • This shoe may not provide support for long-term activities, noted one runner.

Bottom line

The Merrell Trail Crusher gained praise for its comfortable coverage, appealing looks, and versatile outsole. It was able to deliver great service to those who tried it. Though there were some who weren’t as satisfied with its inner construction, many still found it agreeable for their activities.



World wide, Trail Crusher is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Merrell, is the 13th most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 921 shoes


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 6 ratings

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4 star
17%
3 star
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Updates to Trail Crusher

The Merrell Trail Crusher is a versatile neutral running shoe that can actually handle both the trails and the roads. It doesn’t look like the regular trail companions that are layered by a lot of features and add-ons. Instead, this model has a smooth upper with only two stitched reinforcements in the forefoot and heel areas.

The upper unit of this running shoe makes use of durable materials to let it resist abrasion and potential damage when exposed to the trail environment. Breathable mesh promotes ventilation while TPU and synthetic leather keep the upper sturdy and long-lasting. Smooth textile lining hugs the foot well and prevents skin irritation.

The platform of the Merrell Trail Crusher uses the MBOUND™, a foam system that balances impact cushioning and responsive performance. It handles the landing impacts well. It also launches the runner forward with energy during the toe-off phase. The Merrell air cushion in the rear section of the platform improves shock absorption.

The M-Select™ GRIP is an outsole technology that prevents wear and tear from affecting the integrity of the mid-sole. Durable rubber serves as the shield against the potentially harmful effects of surface friction and continued use. It can hold on to dry and wet terrains with ease. Flex grooves enhance forefoot flexibility for a more efficient toe-off.

Trail Crusher size and fit

The Merrell Trail Crusher has a standard running shoe length. It comes in sizes that use regular measurements. The available width is medium, so it is able to accommodate those with medium sized feet. The semi-curved shape of this model adheres to the natural shape of the human foot.

Outsole

The outsole unit of the Merrell Trail Crusher uses the M-Select™ GRIP, a technology that is able to deliver reliable traction over dry and wet surfaces. Non-prominent gripping nodes enhance the grip of the outsole. This design is not very aggressive, making it agreeable for use on the roads.

Flex grooves allow the platform to be more adherent to the natural movements of the foot. They’re placed in the forefoot section to enable more effective toe-offs.

Midsole

The MBOUND™ is a full-length foam unit that delivers a mix of underfoot cushioning and responsiveness. It is able to attenuate impact shock while adding a springiness that’ll improve the toe-off.

The Merrell air cushion in the heel is a unit that enhances the capability of the platform to absorb impact shock.

The removable EVA foot-bed has been coated with M-Select™ FRESH anti-microbial and anti-moisture treatment to keep the inner environment clean and healthy.

Upper

Breathable mesh makes up the main cover system of the Merrell Trail Crusher. It accommodates air flow in order to keep the foot cool and dry.

TPU and synthetic materials are also used to reinforce the upper unit. They’re not layered on top of the mesh, but fused with it to deliver a consistent look that’s smooth and easy on the eyes. They heighten the durability of the upper fabrics, which help in maintaining durable protection from the environment.

A protective toecap aptly shields the toes from debris or rocks that may cause discomfort or injury.

smooth inner lining keeps the foot comfortable while wearing the Merrell Trail Crusher. A bit of padding is also included to make the coverage feel more secure and agreeable to the foot.


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