DiscontinuedUpdate: Merrell Trail Glove 5
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WeightMen: 6.7ozWomen: 5.5oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 0mmWomen: 0mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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Heel heightMen: 11mmWomen: 11mm
Forefoot heightMen: 11mmWomen: 11mm
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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86 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews
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.
I simply cannot find any problems with the shoe after running sockless in them on trails, asphalt, and track for over a month.
With fairly narrow feet, I didn’t feel my feet swimming in space to the extent I experienced with the original Trail Glove.
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.
Personally, I like the new design motif of the Trail Glove 2 a lot. The original Trail Glove looked okay to me. But, this one, with it's dark to light gradient and web-like reflective overlays looks cool, especially after the shoes get dirty.
- 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.
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. These lugs are as reliable as the lugs found in the Trail Glove 5.
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.