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.
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WeightMen: 7.3ozWomen: 7.3oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 4mmWomen: 4mm
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 heightMen: 18mmWomen: 18mm
Forefoot heightMen: 14mmWomen: 14mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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Updates to Merrell Trail Crusher
- The Merrell Trail Crusher is a versatile neutral running shoe that can actually handle both the trails and the roads. It doesn’t look like the regular trail companions that are layered by a lot of features and add-ons. Instead, this model has a smooth upper with only two stitched reinforcements in the forefoot and heel areas.
- The upper unit of this running shoe makes use of durable materials to let it resist abrasion and potential damage when exposed to the trail environment. Breathable mesh promotes ventilation while TPU and synthetic leather keep the upper sturdy and long-lasting. Smooth textile lining hugs the foot well and prevents skin irritation.
- The platform of the Merrell Trail Crusher uses the MBOUND™, a foam system that balances impact cushioning and responsive performance. It handles the landing impacts well. It also launches the runner forward with energy during the toe-off phase. The Merrell air cushion in the rear section of the platform improves shock absorption.
- The M-Select™ GRIP is an outsole technology that prevents wear and tear from affecting the integrity of the mid-sole. Durable rubber serves as the shield against the potentially harmful effects of surface friction and continued use. It can hold on to dry and wet terrains with ease. Flex grooves enhance forefoot flexibility for a more efficient toe-off.
Merrell Trail Crusher size and fit
The Merrell Trail Crusher has a standard running shoe length. It comes in sizes that use regular measurements. The available width is medium, so it is able to accommodate those with medium sized feet. The semi-curved shape of this model adheres to the natural shape of the human foot.
The outsole unit of the Merrell Trail Crusher uses the M-Select™ GRIP, a technology that is able to deliver reliable traction over dry and wet surfaces. Non-prominent gripping nodes enhance the grip of the outsole. This design is not very aggressive, making it agreeable for use on the roads.
Flex grooves allow the platform to be more adherent to the natural movements of the foot. They’re placed in the forefoot section to enable more effective toe-offs.
The MBOUND™ is a full-length foam unit that delivers a mix of underfoot cushioning and responsiveness. It is able to attenuate impact shock while adding a springiness that’ll improve the toe-off.
The Merrell air cushion in the heel is a unit that enhances the capability of the platform to absorb impact shock.
The removable EVA foot-bed has been coated with M-Select™ FRESH anti-microbial and anti-moisture treatment to keep the inner environment clean and healthy.
Breathable mesh makes up the main cover system of the Merrell Trail Crusher. It accommodates air flow in order to keep the foot cool and dry.
TPU and synthetic materials are also used to reinforce the upper unit. They’re not layered on top of the mesh, but fused with it to deliver a consistent look that’s smooth and easy on the eyes. They heighten the durability of the upper fabrics, which help in maintaining durable protection from the environment.
A protective toecap aptly shields the toes from debris or rocks that may cause discomfort or injury.
smooth inner lining keeps the foot comfortable while wearing the Merrell Trail Crusher. A bit of padding is also included to make the coverage feel more secure and agreeable to the foot.