Facts

Discontinued
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 do 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 need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / 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
Show more facts

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

7 reasons to buy

  • Merrell’s benchmarks when it comes to grip on different trail surfaces are met by the Ascend Glove 3.
  • According to most runners, the shoe’s durability is dependable.
  • Many runners noted the high-quality nature of the materials being used in the shoe.
  • Some testers loved its versatility as it can take on shorter or mid-distance runs with ease.
  • There is sufficient cushioning for enhanced underfoot comfort.
  • Runners who like low-profile and near-barefoot running appreciate the Ascend Glove 3.
  • The slightly wider forefoot accommodates a wide variety of runners.

3 reasons not to buy

  • It has a slightly expensive price.
  • Some runners thought that this shoe made their feet look awkwardly long.
  • A good number of runners were disappointed that the Ascend Glove 3 runs one size smaller than usual.

Bottom line

Minimalist runners know what it feels to run like they didn’t have any shoes on. The Merrell Ascend Glove 3 is an ultra-durable, low-profile shoe that has enough cushioning and support for various distances and at different speeds.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 568 ratings

5 star
68%
4 star
9%
3 star
11%
2 star
3%
1 star
9%

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.

Are you an expert? Apply to contribute here.

90 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 94 / 100 by Runblogger • Peter Larson • Level 5 expert

    If you’re looking for a zero-drop trail shoe with a rock-plate and a wide toebox, the Merrell Ascend Glove is definitely a shoe to consider.

  • 88 / 100 by Running Times • Running Times • Level 5 expert

    Although this is true minimalist footwear, the Ascend includes trail-specific features such as a stout toe cap and Vibram outsole that gripped rock well.

  • 85 / 100 by Gear Institute • Donald Buraglio • Level 5 expert

    At 8oz, this is one of Merrell’s heaviest Barefoot shoes, so they may seem a bit clunky if you’re used to other models.

  • 93 / 100 by Caveman Clarke • Caveman Clarke • Level 3 expert

    I would be happy using the Asend Glove in a variety of terrains and weather conditions and since trialling them they have become one of my favourite trail shoes to run in.

  • 86 / 100 by Toe Salad • Huib van der Wal • Level 2 expert

    The Ascend Glove came with a tag that said they can be machine washed, like all Merrell minimal sport shoes. Because of the Gore-Tex uppers I would recommend a soft liquid detergent.

  • 94 / 100 by Vita Runner • Vita Runner • Level 1 expert

    I have used them on the crushed gravel surfaces flawlessly, trails, grass, dirt of all kinds. The run up to and from on paved roads for a few miles is also smooth and comfortable.

  • 89 / 100 by Runner's World UK • Annie Rice • Level 1 expert

    Traction on dirt paths, forest trails and most other surfaces is decent, though you may struggle for grip in really muddy conditions, but then if that's your chosen playground, a different shoe would probably be advisable.

Show moreless reviews
Apply to become an expert

Updates to Merrell Ascend Glove 3

  • The Ascend Glove 3 from Merrell is a trail running shoe that’s designed for the minimalist trail adventurer. Though it’s relatively thinner than most shoes that are meant for the trails, it still gives reliable cushioning, secure coverage, and efficient grip on the surfaces. The materials used in this shoe are of high quality, so they are able to remain efficient even after many uses.
  • The upper unit of this running shoe is made from durable fabrics that are breathable and comfortable on the skin. The high-quality construction allows it to keep itself and the foot shielded from any trail hazards. It follows the natural movement of the foot, as well, making sure that the runner feels as free to move through the gait cycle without being limited.
  • A low-profile and close-to-the-ground mid-sole unit is used for the Merrell Ascend Glove 3. It cushions the foot well during impact and carries it responsibly through the gait cycle. It’s flexible, so it doesn’t make the underfoot experience limited or restricted.
  • A high-tier protective layer is used for this running shoe’s outsole unit. It is meant to shield the rest of the sole unit from wear and abrasion, making sure that the shoe is free from the potentially damaging effects of the trails. Multi-surface traction is also very much afforded by this strong external layer.

Merrell Ascend Glove 3 size and fit

The Merrell Ascend Glove 3 has a regular shoe length. It follows the standard measurements for men and women, making sure that the sizing scheme is as agreeable to their preferences. The available width is medium, so it allows those with medium sized feet to wear this shoe with ease. The semi-curved shape follows the natural curvature of the human foot.


Outsole

The Vibram outsole technology is used for the Merrell Ascend Glove 3. It’s created to make sure that the sole unit gets the high quality protection it needs when traversing the trails. The rubber material at work here is very durable, so wear and tear won’t worry runners so much.

Gripping lugs are visibly seen as part of the outsole unit. These lugs are the ones that are responsible for delivering multi-surface traction. Uphill climbs and descents become less taxing to the runner because of this helpful outsole design.


Midsole

Flexibility is part of the service given by the mid-sole unit of this running shoe. Made from high quality foam, this layer has a low-profile nature that’s still able to cushion the foot well. It moves in tandem with the foot, keeping the entire gait cycle well-supported throughout. The close-to-the-ground design gives ground feedback to the runner.


Upper

A breathable mesh material is used for the upper unit of the Merrell Ascend Glove 3. It wraps around the foot in a snug and secure way, feeling like a glove when hugging the foot. It’s flexible and doesn’t have any extra layers, so natural movement is greatly encouraged.

A breathable lining is used for the inner wall of the upper unit. It further enhances the breathable nature of the shoe, keeping the interior free from odor-causing moisture. The runner is even allowed to wear this shoe without socks because it doesn’t irritate the skin.

A heel pull-tab makes wearing and removing this shoe easier. One only needs to put a finger through this tab and then pull on it in order to usher the foot inside the shoe.