Facts

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
$90
Weight
Men: 7.4oz
Women: 5.4oz
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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 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Bare Access Flex was an excellent choice for running on mixed trails because of its relaxed fit and sleek construction, according to a reviewer.
  • Many runners praised the outsole’s performance in wet environments.
  • Several users noted that the shoe was lightweight and was very comfortable to use on short-distance runs.
  • The midsole was quite responsive and delivered a lot of feedback, stated a tester.
  • There were some who thought that the toe box was nicely shaped; not too wide but also not restrictive.
  • The shoe fared well on the technical trails even without a sock, a user wrote.

5 reasons not to buy

  • A reviewer mentioned that this running shoe did not perform well on tempo runs.
  • The fabric of the upper has worn out after a brief time, a lot of users observed.
  • Few runners commented that the Bare Access Flex offered less support compared to its predecessor.
  • Some consumers observed squeaking sounds while walking and running in the shoe.
  • A couple of buyers said the arch support was a little too aggressive for a neutral shoe.

Bottom line

The Merrell Bare Access Flex is an attractive shoe that has excelled in the criteria of comfort and support. Some runners thought poorly of its durability, while others praised the shoe’s versatility amidst different running conditions.


Rankings


Ratings

3.8 / 5 based on 61 ratings

5 star
52%
4 star
7%
3 star
11%
2 star
21%
1 star
5%

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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.

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88 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 91 / 100 by The Run Experience • Craig Dos Santos • Level 1 expert

    Overall, I really enjoyed the shoe. I will continue to use this for all types of workouts.

  • 90 / 100 by Justine Fricke • Justine Fricke • Level 1 expert

    My feet need to get used to wearing this shoes for sure but overall, I really really like them.

  • 87 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Peter Stuart • Level 4 expert

    The Bare Access Flex is an interesting beast. It's lightweight and has excellent grip on lots of different surfaces. It's not my first choice for a road shoe and I wouldn't use it on trails where I'd want rock protection.

  • 88 / 100 by Julius Na'im • Julius Na'im • Level 1 expert

    I've done five miles. My feet feel great.

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Updates to Merrell Bare Access Flex

  • The Merrell Bare Access Flex is an all-terrain shoe that claims to offer a natural running sensation. It’s designed for people who have medium-high to high arches. It has a zero heel-to-toe drop and generous cushioning for a relaxed feel on both the trail and the road.
  • The mesh upper provides a durable and breathable coverage. It is being assisted by TPU overlays to enable a secure fit. The internal neoprene lining has anti-microbial properties for a healthy environment for the foot.
  • The FLEXconnect™ midsole brings a flexible running experience and protection over a variety of distances.

Merrell Bare Access Flex size and fit

The Merrell Bare Access Flex has a low stack height and a medium-wide construction. Runners are recommended to get a half-size smaller than the standard running shoe length to obtain a suitable in-shoe experience. The width profiles are D – Medium for the men’s version and B – Medium for the women’s version.

Outsole

The M Select™ Grip+ rubber outsole has anatomical grooves for a sticky and durable grip in all directions. It also offers slip-resistant stability on both wet and dry trails. Angled lugs hook onto the terrain easily. There are also gripping lugs surrounding the edge of the outsole, providing durable traction for lateral motion.

There are flex grooves to give the shoe adaptability and agility when running on uneven surfaces. The design of the grooves is a mix of horizontal and vertical lines that run across the outsole, therefore ensuring support for the entire foot.

Midsole

The Bare Access Flex features the FLEXconnect™ technology; it uses a material that is denser and more durable compared to the conventional foam of other running shoes, thus making it stiffer and more capable of handling lateral movement.

There is an integrated EVA footbed that possesses anti-microbial properties to prevent bacteria from causing odor or infections.

Upper

The mesh upper is breathable and has a moisture-wicking characteristic that keeps the foot dry and comfortable while lessening distractions during the running session.

There are TPU overlays on strategic locations to hold the foot in place and to provide additional support while running.

It also features an internal lining made from a combination of mesh and neoprene fabric, which is meant to control moisture and to combat odor-causing bacteria.

The lacing system is a traditional lace-up closure with an additional eyehole to enable lace locking.

Hyperlock™, a printed heel counter made from thin TPU material, promotes security during quick descents and sharp turns.