Facts

Terrain

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.

Arch support

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.

Price
$120
Weight
Men: 10oz
Women: 8.4oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 6mm
Women: 6mm

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.

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

5 reasons to buy

  • Most runners were happy with this shoe being lightweight, flexible and comfortable.
  • The HyperWrap 360 Degrees Fit System technology of the Merrell All Out Charge keeps the foot in place for agility and natural stability.
  • The All Out Charge has a good fit as cited in some reviews.
  • Some runners pointed out the cushioning and support of this shoe, which are exceptional.
  • Several color variations to choose from.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Slightly expensive stability shoe.
  • The All Out Charge is too narrow for some runners as indicated in some reviews.
  • The size runs small than the standard sizing.

Bottom line

The Merrell All Out Charge provides a great ground feel. It is a neutral running shoe that performs well on trail runs. It will not disappoint when used on rough trail.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 216 ratings

5 star
64%
4 star
24%
3 star
4%
2 star
3%
1 star
4%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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83 / 100 based on 17 expert reviews

  • 77 / 100 by Rob Andro • Rob Andro • Level 4 expert

    Not quite there, but definitely an improvement.

  • 82 / 100 by Jennifer Bozon • Jennifer Bozon • Level 1 expert

    One of the best things about them [that] I found is the grip.

  • 92 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Believe in the Run • Level 4 expert

    The All Out Charge is a durable and cozy trail shoe for folks who like connection AND protection. 

  • 84 / 100 by Running Magazine • Canadian Running • Level 4 expert

    For neutral runners, this shoe is great for mixed terrain running for pretty much as far as you can take it.

  • 81 / 100 by Tri Radar • Tri Radar • Level 3 expert

    The cushioning and midsole have a good balance so there is a touch of softness that feels forgiving while the shoe is firm enough and structured to also give stability.

  • 64 / 100 by 220 Triathlon • Matt Baird • Level 3 expert

    Good grip and durability, but purely for ultra stability seekers out there.

  • 95 / 100 by Active Traveller • Active Traveller • Level 2 expert

    We found the trail feel to be just right on reasonably rough ground, striking a balance between a connectedness with the lumps and bumps of natural terrain and a suitable amount of protection against the repetitive impact of running.

  • 90 / 100 by Women's Running • Jenny Bozon • Level 2 expert

    Providing great cushioning and protection, they offer a comfortable and well supported ride, while still allowing a great connection to the ground. 

  • 93 / 100 by Trail And Ultrarunning • Matt Williams • Level 1 expert

    I was quite impressed with this shoe. The thing that strikes me the most is that there’s nothing really gimmicky about it – it’s not MAX cushion, or a barefoot shoe, or [insert favorite shoe ‘feature’ here], it just shows up ready to work. 

  • 90 / 100 by The Great Outdoors • Will Renwick • Level 1 expert

    The amount of grip provided also impressed me; 5mm lugs in sets facing differing directions do well to limit any slipping and sliding – the middle lugs even looking like they'd be at home on a rugby boot. And it isn't a heavy shoe either, each one weighing around 283g.

  • 90 / 100 by Runultra • Alice Morrison • Level 1 expert

    I particularly like the comfort and cushioning and the support that keeps your foot strongly in place. - See more at: http://www.runultra.co.uk/Reviews/Products/Kit-Review-Merrell-All-Out-Charge-(women)-Running

  • 89 / 100 by Scotland Outdoors • Neil Braidwood • Level 1 expert

    My knees are fine, thanks to the shock absorption in the soles, which help to spread any impact, and although your feet do get wet, they don’t feel waterlogged, as the mesh sides allow for some egress. That rubber bumper at the front has saved me from a few stubbed toes on tree roots.

  • 82 / 100 by DB Reviews • Dee B • Level 1 expert

    The shoes have decent cushioning while still giving the feel of the ground one is running on.

  • 81 / 100 by Chris • Chris • Level 1 expert

    If you're a committed trail runner who likes a shoe that keeps a firm grip on both your foot and the trail, you should check out the Merrell All Out Charge.

  • 80 / 100 by Impact Magazine • Katherine Moore • Level 1 expert

    The shoe looks great and I highly recommend it based on quality and comfort.

  • 80 / 100 by Walkhighlands • Peter Macfarlane • Level 1 expert

    The sole is quite thickly padded and also very flexible which means you get a bendy shoe with a good bit of protection from treading on small stones – the bane of a minimalist trail shoe wearer’s life.

  • 74 / 100 by Runners Garden • Runners Garden • Level 1 expert

    I went out for a 5-mile run. The first part of the run was fine. I went over some stones and I did feel some pain.

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Updates to Merrell All Out Charge

  • Merrell comes up with a trail shoe that puts a premium on connection and protection in one go in the All Out Charge. Getting the perfect blend of protection and connection is something that most shoes struggle with. However, with Merrell’s move to add cushioning to the All Out line results to a plusher feel with better protection without taking away the very important ground feedback, especially on the trail in the Charge.
  • The All Out Charge is a mid-weight trail shoe with a slightly firm sole for a fast feel and an improved platform for powerful takeoffs. It is also a rarity as a trail shoe as it has several minimalist features, but is designed with a little stability in mind to take the runner from fast runs to daily high-mileage training.
  • Merrell creates a more versatile, very rugged, and protective All Out version than many of the past models. It is a shoe that finds a lot of sweet spots between traditional runners and those looking for a more minimal footwear. Runners who are looking for a no-fuss and do-it-all trail shoe should be delighted with Merrell’s introduction.
  • The HyperWrap 360-degree Fit offers the stretch and support in all the right areas. It enhances the comfort and security of the shoe.

Merrell All Out Charge size and fit

The fit is regular in the heel and midfoot while the forefoot is generous in width and volume. Merrell caters to the needs of a large number of runners with this kind of fit. The company offers the standard medium width for this shoe. It is also of standard shoe length and is available in sizes 6 to 14 for the men’s and 4 to 11 for the women’s.


Outsole

The outsole of the Merrell All Out Charge is very aggressive. It has 5mm multi-directional and rounded lugs that simply deliver a serious bite on a wide variety of trail surfaces. Merrell’s M Select Grip has proven traction and durability that should allow runners to enjoy the All Out Charge for a reasonably long time.


Midsole

The UniFly midsole is a full-length EVA with Merrell-exclusive materials and technology that enhance midsole durability and responsiveness in a lightweight foam. While the cushioning has been increased in many of the All Out line of shoes, the UniFly still offers adequate proprioception or ground feel. Thus, the right mix of protection and connection starts with this midsole. A molded nylon midfoot insert keeps the run stable without being intrusive for neutral runners.


Upper

The HyperWrap 360 Degrees Fit System uses a combination of really breathable upper, synthetic overlays, and small nylon strips that are directly connected to the sole. As the entire upper is connected to the sole, there is an enhanced wraparound feel and excellent security in the most natural way. A gusseted tongue keeps off trail debris while a traditional lace-up closure personalizes fit and comfort.