Verdict from 16 experts and 100+ user reviews

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.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Slightly expensive stability shoe.
  • The All Out Charge is too narrow for some runners as indicated in some reviews.

Bottom line

The Merrell All Out Charge is a neutral running shoe that performs well on trail runs. It provides a great ground feel and will not disappoint when used on the rough trail. Based on the user reviews, the shoe gained generally positive feedback. This shoe is the best option for those who are looking for a lightweight stability shoe.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Good to know

  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


How Merrell All Out Charge ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 24% trail running shoes
All trail running shoes
Top 14% Merrell running shoes
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Top 38% stability running shoes
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