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  • 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
    $100
  • Weight
    Men: 7.2oz
    Women: 6.1oz
  • 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: 13mm
    Women: 13mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 13mm
    Women: 13mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 8.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Most of the runners noted that the excellent traction of the Road Glove 3 gave them confidence during their running sessions.
  • The Merrell Road Glove 3 is lighter by a substantial margin than any of the past versions.
  • Some runners liked the way the upper moved with the foot.
  • Many of the testers easily welcomed its breathable upper unit.
  • While this is built for shorter distances, a few experts observed that it became a great option for minimalist runners who like middle-distance runs.
  • The outsole durability impressed a handful of runners.
  • It has an affordable price.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners were disappointed with the wide heel as it caused some wobbly heel movement.
  • A small number of runners found the Merrell Glove 3 as somewhat stiffer compared to other shoes of the same type.
  • There were complaints saying that it was only meant for short distance runs because they felt foot soreness when wearing it for an extended length of time.

Bottom line

The Merrell Glove 3 is an excellent minimalist shoe. It wraps the mid-foot very well, yet it offers almost no arch support. Barefoot-inclined individuals are the ones who are going to fully enjoy what it has to offer.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, 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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84 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 | Runblogger

    I’m quite impressed with the sole of this shoe, and actually wish that this sole was the base for some of the other Merrell Barefoot shoes that I have worn.

  • 89 / 100 | Minimalist Running Shoes

    If you are looking for an upgrade to your current minimalist shoe (4mm drop or lower), the Merrell Road Glove 2 with 0mm drop and minimal cushioning is the next shoe for you.

  • 57 / 100 | Toe Salad

    Synthetic shoes are always more susceptible to smell. The Road Glove has been treated with an anti-odor process, my experience with these things is that they don't last for long though (especially after I have worn the shoes wet).

  • 89 / 100 | Glow Magazine

    A lovely light shoe that I especially my short (tempo) training will do.

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Updates to Merrell Road Glove 3

  • The 3rd version of the Road Glove from Merrell greatly improves upon its predecessor with a more appealing upper design that caters to the contemporary tastes of today’s runners. The consistent color scheme makes it pleasing to look at and its overall minimalist design lets it do its intended purpose well.
  • The upper unit of the Merrell Road Glove 3 has a more open construction that the Road Glove 2. The breathable fabric used for the upper features noticeably holes that constantly let air inside the shoe. It’s a more effective way in keeping the foot dry and cool at all times.
  • The sole unit has been retooled to perform more effectively on the roads. It has a 4mm thickness and it’s made of a durable yet responsive foam that’s reliable in keeping the foot comfortable during activities. Flexibility is still highly afforded by this running shoe, so natural movement isn’t restricted.
  • One of the strongest and most dependable outsole components has been used for the outsole unit of the Merrell Road Glove 3. It is able to protect the sole unit from abrasion and wear. Traction is also a part of its service.

Merrell Road Glove 3 size and fit

The Merrell Road Glove 3 has a standard running shoe length. It comes in a variety of sizes that adhere to the regular measurements. The heel, mid-foot and forefoot sections have a medium width and volume. It can accommodate runners with medium-sized feet. Its semi-curved shape lets the natural curvature of the foot to acclimate well to it.


Outsole

The Vibram TC 1 Outsole unit is featured on the external side of the sole unit. It’s one of the most durable components in the market. It offers durable protection against wear and tearing. Runners can be confident that the outsole won’t peel off easily, even after multiple uses.

The minimalist outsole construction allows runners to experience a near-barefoot style of running. It allows a more palpable feel of the asphalt, but it doesn’t sacrifice the flexibility of the entire sole unit itself.


Midsole

The mid-sole unit makes use of a foam that’s 4mm thick. It’s made from compression molded Ethylene vinyl acetate or CMEVA. It delivers a moderately plush underfoot cushioning, shock attenuation and responsive performance that’s reliable. It also doesn’t limit the flexibility of the entire sole unit, so the foot is still able to go through the gait cycle with ease and comfort.


Upper

The upper unit makes use of a mesh material that has a more open construction. Its breathable nature allows air to seamlessly enter the shoe and keep the foot cool and dry at all times. It’s pliable, as well, so the foot can move more freely even as the upper is hugging it.
The overlay system was made from durable TPU. It’s applied directly onto the upper unit without the use of stitching and it doesn’t have any seams. They’re meant to secure the foot and keep it locked in place for a snug wrap.
The forefoot area features a Toe Bumper that’s been fused onto the upper material. It was designed to provide durable protection for the toes when it comes to debris and other hazards on the road.

A Synthetic Leather Sling is placed on the rear of the shoe. Made from leather, it secures the heel and part of the mid-foot, making sure that the foot is locked down. It also prevents accidental shoe removals.

The insole of the Merrell Road Glove 3 has been integrated right on top of the mid-sole unit. It has been treated with an anti-microbial coating that’s meant to keep the interior environment clean and healthy for the foot.