Who should buy the Merrell Antora 2

Designed specifically for women, the Merrell Antora 2 is a trail running shoe that's best for: 

  • light to moderate trail
  • daily training
  • easy, high-mileage runs

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Who should NOT buy it

Those who are looking for road running shoes can write off the Antora 2. And if you need a pair of stability shoes, you can skip this one too. 

Merrell Antora 2 trail shoe

Merrell Antora 2 vs. 1: What changed?

As a protective trail shoe, the Antora 2 is still equipped with the same midsole and outsole technologies as its predecessor. However, the mesh material has been used in the upper for better ventilation and a comfortable fit. 

Merrell Antora 2 mesh upper

No adjustment period needed

Many runners have mentioned that the Merrell Antora 2 is very comfortable right out of the box.

Merrell Antora 2 comfort

Outsole so sticky, you can run anywhere! 

On dirt, gravel, and grass, the Merrell Antora 2 clings. It does it so "impressively," most reviewers have not had any issues with slipping. 

Merrell Antora 2 grip

No need to worry about strained feet with the Antora 2

Thanks to its rock plate, testers report that they feel "confident" to step over rocky and uneven surfaces.

Merrell Antora 2 rock plate

Planted steps coming your way

The midsole has a decent amount of rigidness that gives the foot a stable platform needed to strike the ground.

Merrell Antora 2 midsole

The Merrell Antora 2 is a jack-of-all-trails

Apart from its multi-surface grip, the shoe also shines on light trail hiking and climbing activities. 

Merrell Antora 2 lockdown

Welcomes wide feet with open arms

Similar to Altra running shoes, the Antora has a "very roomy" toe box, said multiple experts. Even those with wide feet find it highly spacious for themselves; their toes never feel constricted. 

Merrell Antora 2 toe box

Looking for a flexible shoe? Skip this. 

Those who want to keep their steps natural-feeling might not like the stiff midsole of the Antora 2. This is a gripe that most critics share. 

Merrell Antora 2 flexibility

Sloppy toebox

Because it's so roomy, narrow-footed runners are not fans of it. According to them, it makes the shoe's fit "sloppy" and "loose." 

Good to know

Merrell Antora 2 lacing system

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Women 8.5oz
Drop: Women 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: Women 20mm
Heel height: Women 28mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation

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Jens Jakob Andersen

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