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  • Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    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.


    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
  • Weight
    Men: 6.7oz
    Women: 5.5oz
  • 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: 11mm
    Women: 11mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 11mm
    Women: 11mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
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We spent 7.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The 2nd edition of the Trail Glove has a soft upper and a cozy lining for comfortable runs on the trails.
  • The price is very reasonable.
  • It is very light.
  • A significant number of runners valued the noticeable ground feedback with just enough protection provided by the rock plate.
  • It is very flexible.
  • The Trail Glove 2 has some serious traction, according to many reviews.
  • Some runners appreciated the upper’s ability to dry off.
  • A majority of runners loved the new sleek and sophisticated look.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of runners noted that the arch is a bit too snug.
  • The contour of the snug arch takes some break-in time.
  • Works mostly for those who have extensive experience with minimalist shoes.

Bottom line

The Trail Glove line is one of Merrell’s most popular shoes and should continue to be so for experienced minimalist runners. With an improved upper and roomier toe box, getting that much closer to barefoot running is capably provided by the 2nd instalment of this series. It feels agile and has tons of traction in basically all off-road terrain.


Expert Reviews

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86 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | Gear Institute

    Best for dedicated trail runners, through-hikers, or minimalist outdoor enthusiasts looking for a low ride with modest cushioning and protective features for high-demand off-road activity.

  • 97 / 100 | Minimalist Running Shoes

    I simply cannot find any problems with the shoe after running sockless in them on trails, asphalt, and track for over a month.

  • 70 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru

    With fairly narrow feet, I didn’t feel my feet swimming in space to the extent I experienced with the original Trail Glove.

  • 90 / 100 | Outside Times

    An evolution rather than revolution of the original and well-loved Trail Glove. A few key refinements add up to a much more comfortable and better performing shoe.

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Updates to Merrell Trail Glove 2

  • Merrell introduces only a handful of changes in the Trail Glove 2 to keep the spirit and performance of the original model. In the outsole, the lugs in the forefoot are more aggressive than before to really enhance the traction, particularly when going uphill or taking on grass, mud, or technical terrain.
  • The upper gets a makeover by a new breathable mesh. More than just ventilation-friendly, the new mesh has a shiny and sleek appeal compared to the one used before. Overall, the upper has a softer feel courtesy of the plush lining of the interior.
  • Perhaps the biggest change that is not so evident is a roomier toe box both in width and height. It directly answers the concerns of the past version where the narrow toe box limited the number of people who can enjoy the shoe’s awesome performance on the trail.

Merrell Trail Glove 2 size and fit

The fit of the new version of the Trail Glove clearly resembles the original model except for the added real estate in the toe box. It still caters to runners with narrow to medium dimensions of their foot. The heel and the midfoot have nice squeeze that holds the foot in place on uneven terrain. Medium is the width of this shoe. Shoe length is standard in the Trail Glove 2.


The Vibram outsole remains to be the rubber of choice in the Trail Glove 2. This is characterized by lugs that are generously spaced apart with aggressive forefoot lugs. A rock plate serves as an adequate protection against rocks and sharp objects without taking away ground feedback.


As expected, the midsole is mainly for some cushioning and added underfoot protection. The midsole houses a 4mm compression-molded EVA to get the job done. It runs the whole length of the shoe for consistency in cushioning and better transitions.


A very breathable mesh with DWR-coated synthetic leather and synthetic overlays serve as the most significant features of the upper. It is a bare minimum upper that envelopes the fit very well because of the overlays and the OmniFit Lacing system. Inside the shoe is a Microfiber footbed with antimicrobial properties.