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 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.

    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.

  • Use

    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
    $130
  • Weight
    Men: 7.5oz
    Women: 7oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 0mm
    Women: 0mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 14mm
    Women: 14mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 14mm
    Women: 14mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
  • Special editions
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Summary

We spent 10 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The shoe delivered a precise fit, a couple of users stated.
  • The Merrell Bare Access Flex Knit gave just enough support for everyday running, wrote a reviewer.
  • Many users appreciated the convenient lacing system.
  • The midsole gave adequate cushioning despite being a barefoot shoe, said a buyer.
  • The toe box was pleasantly spacious, a wearer mentioned.
  • One reviewer was amazed at the sock-like sensation of the upper.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners claimed the Bare Access Flex Knit did not feel like a minimalist shoe because of its bulky
  • A bit stiff in the heel, a user observed.
  • One tester experienced discomfort after wearing the shoe for an extended period.

Bottom line

The Merrell Bare Access Flex was able to impress both new and loyal users of the brand, as the shoe received several commendations regarding the fit and efficiency of its features. However, it seemed to have missed on providing a good feel, according to some wearers. Therefore, Merrell still has some areas to improve on the Bare Access series.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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Updates to Merrell Bare Access Flex Knit

  • Merrell releases an updated version of their barefoot running shoe that offers adaptability and a lightweight comfort: The Bare Access Flex Knit. As the name implies, this release uses a knitted material in the upper that aims to give a luxurious feel and an accurate fit. This shoe will appeal to vegans as well, as it uses no animal products in its creation.
  • The upper gets a couple of reformatted elements, the most notable of which is the knit material mentioned previously. Another new design Is the lacing system, which was incorporated to bring convenience to the runner.
  • The midsole and outsole still feature the same technologies as the base shoe: The FLEXconnect™ cushioning with an integrated footbed, and the M-Select™ GRIP+ rubber that supplies multidirectional traction.

Merrell Bare Access Flex Knit size and fit

The Merrell Bare Access Flex Knit runs true to size. The knit upper is made of supple threads that will stretch accordingly, thus accommodating all foot volumes. The shoe is available in width profiles of D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women.

Outsole

The M-Select™ GRIP+ outsole of the Bare Access Flex Knit equips the runner with a slip-resistant stability on both dry and wet ground, over varied terrain. This anatomically-shaped structure is sticky and sturdy, allowing optimal traction on any surface.

The lugs are 2-mm in depth and come in triangle shapes, positioned back-to-back in pairs. These angled shapes help in gripping the surface of both road and trail.

Midsole

As it uses the FLEXconnect™ technology, the ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole of this shoe has dual-directional flex grooves that supply agility and stability. The grooves are found on the lateral and medial sides, and they make the shoe adapt better to the natural movement of the foot.

The shoe includes an integrated footbed to provide additional underfoot cushioning, as well as an enhanced arch support.

Upper

The 3D knit upper of the Bare Access Flex Knit enables a 360-degree sock-like fit. This kind of material means the runner will get superior comfort and breathability all over, and their foot will be well-accommodated. Meanwhile, the shoe’s internal lining is a breathable mesh that lets sweat and moisture evaporate quickly.

There is a Hyperlock™ molded thermoplastic urethane (TPU) heel counter for security. It brings a locked-down fit, thus preventing the foot from unnecessary movements.

The lacing system features a unique closure method, which allows the laces to be tucked beneath the tongue. With this technique, the laces have no chances of untying and getting in the way of the run.