DiscontinuedUpdate: Merrell Bare Access 4
Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.
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Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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WeightMen: 7ozWomen: 5.5oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 0mmWomen: 0mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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89 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
The popping from this shoe really worked wonder, and you are speeding without knowing it.
Merrell has been using the Vibram sole on this shoe, and it is absolutely the best wearing I’ve ever had on my feet. I run with the forefoot strike.
If you liked the zero drop, medium stack height, soft interior, wide toe-box, and flexible forefoot of the Bare Access 2, you will not be disappointed with your upgrade.
- Merrell built on the success of the prior version and addressed several issues in the 3rd incarnation of the Bare Access. Right off the bat, the bigger mesh with larger holes is a straightforward answer to breathability issues of the earlier version.
- Another improvement that is directly connected to a past concern is the addition of more reflective materials for low-light running. In the new version, the reflective materials are more than adequate to satisfy the needs of those who often take their runs in low-visibility areas.
- The overlays are slightly thinner in this version. They still help provide a very nice midfoot hug for the foot, though.
The fit and sizing of the Bare Access 3 are very similar to the older version. It is designed for those with medium to narrow fit. The heel and midfoot are comfortably snug while the forefoot gives some leeway for those who need a little more room for the toes to splay. Medium is the offered width of the shoe. The sizing runs true in the Bare Access 3.
Merrell uses a Vibram outsole with hexagonal lugs. The lugs are almost flat, which helps with the smoothness of the transition. There are flex grooves in the forefoot and a cut from the heel to the midfoot for added flexibility.
The midsole of the Bare Access 3 is a very simple full-length EVA. It is quite thick for a minimalist shoe, which gives more than enough cushioning for high-mileage sessions.
The new upper is very minimal courtesy of a thin mesh that is very breathable. It is as breathable as the Bare Access 4. There are synthetic overlays that give good midfoot hold. A new addition found in the upper are reflective materials around the shoe for low-light running. Quite a rarity for road shoes is the presence of a toe cap in this shoe. Merrell uses M Select Fresh in the interior to provide a healthy and odor-free environment.