Verdict from 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Many of the runners commend the comfort that the Merrell Antora Rainbow offers. 
  • According to a number of experts, the shoe is highly versatile; it can perform well in different terrains. 
  • The shoe provides sufficient stability, some testers remarked. 
  • The lacing system of the shoe disables heel slippage and does not unravel easily, a few reviewers noted. 
  • Some runners have lauded the fact that the shoe does not require a break-in period. 
  • Some users have been delighted that the Merrell Antora Rainbow provides a lightweight feel. 
  • The shoe fits extremely well, shared numerous runners. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe has caused some blisters on the foot, a disappointed buyer claimed.
  • The shoe squeaks on every step, remarked one wearer.

Bottom line

This vegan-friendly trail running shoe is highly lauded for the overall comfort it gives and has garnered quite a few positive responses from different runners, testers, and experts. A lot appreciate the stability delivered by the shoe, which greatly helps runners, especially when treading through rugged trails. Although there have been some negative responses regarding the wear experience, many are still satisfied with the overall performance of the shoe. A lot of the users even claim that they will surely get another pair of the Merrell Antora Rainbow and recommend the shoe to their peers. 

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Good to know

- Merrel Antora Rainbow’s Vibram® TC5+ outsole technology, which is also employed by the Merrell Trail Glove 5, provides durability and excellent traction on different trails. 

- Employed in the midsole of the shoe is the Q Form™ 2 which promotes natural foot alignment and increases comfort delivered by the shoe. 

- The Antora Rainbow’s TrailProtect™ rock plate protects the foot from underfoot debris. 

- A Hyperlock™ synthetic heel counter is supplied to the shoe to offer added support and security. 

The Merrell Antora Rainbow is available is standard sizing measurement. Thus, you can still get a pair of these trail running shoes with your usual size preference. 

The textile and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) upper material of the Antora Rainbow permits the adaptability and secure fit of the shoe. The Hyperlock™ synthetic heel counter helps add support and security of the foot when running. 

The Vibram® TC5+ is a technology that is also found in other Merrell trail running shoes. This rubber outsole is known for its durable properties that help protect the shoe from abrasive elements.

This outsole component of the Merrell Antora Rainbow employs adaptive lugs that provide exceptional traction on different terrains. 

One of the notable technologies supplied to the Antora Rainbow is the Q Form™ 2 midsole technology. This gender-engineered midsole technology for women contains a heel air cushion that helps with the shock absorption upon impact. To reduce pronation, a softer zone in the forefoot is employed which also promotes the natural alignment of the foot. In the heel area, a softer zone is supplied to absorb shock and guide the foot to decrease supination. 

The TrailProtect™ is a technology that stabilizes the runner during rugged ascents and descents. The TrailProtect™ rock plate of the Antora Rainbow serves as an added protection to the shoe; it protects the foot from underfoot debris. 

For added stability when running on trails, a compression-molded EVA (CMEVA) midsole stands as one of the key components of the shoe. 

The Merrell Antora Rainbow is furnished with an abrasion-resistant textile and TPU upper that enhances the overall durability and comfort delivered by the shoe. 

A Hyperlock™ synthetic heel counter is added to the shoe which provides extra support and stability to the foot when running. This also affects the overall fit of the shoe. 


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