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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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: 8.1oz
Women: 6oz
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.

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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 8.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Based on some reviews, the Merrell Trail Glove 4 is more protective and stylish than the previous version.
  • A lot of runners said that this shoe performed well on short and long-distance trail runs.
  • According to some testers, the tongue unit and the laces are more comfortable and secure.
  • Some of the fans of the series mentioned that this version is really visually appealing.
  • A good number of reviewers appreciated this shoe because it fitted like a glove.
  • Most of the testers mentioned that the formal style of the Merrell Trail Glove 4 allowed them to wear this shoe for casual occasions.
  • A lot of runners agreed that the Merrell Trail Glove 4 was more flexible when compared to other shoes.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some users felt some pain when they initially started wearing the shoe.
  • According to some testers, the mesh was very thin. It easily tore apart after only several uses.
  • A few runners mentioned that the shoe felt a bit loose in the ankle.
  • Some runners observed that the outsole had a flimsy grip on muddy trails and slimy rocks.

Bottom line

Many claimed that the Merrell Trail Glove 4 is one of the most appealing shoes that a runner could ever have. A lot of testers admired the flexibility, slip resistance, construction and durability of the shoe. Trail Runners recommended the Merrell Trail Glove 4 because of its appealing and stylish look. They also commented that the shoe performed fairly well on short and long trail running sessions, with minimal pain at the start of wearing the shoe.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 120 ratings

5 star
68%
4 star
19%
3 star
4%
2 star
4%
1 star
3%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, 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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90 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 97 / 100 by RunRepeat • Avery Smith • Level 3 expert

    The shoe could definitely be a little lighter, but apart from that, it is just perfect. It is truly the most comfortable, "almost barefoot" trail running shoe on the market.

  • 85 / 100 by Fellrnr • Fellrnr • Level 5 expert

    While this is the Trail version, I find it's ideal for Road use as the outsole is not aggressive, and I prefer it over the Merrell Road Glove.

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Updates to Merrell Trail Glove 4

  • The Merrell Trail Glove 4 is a trail running shoe that always connects runners to the trail. It features a zero-drop stack height with a 3-mm lug depth to enhance traction in a light setup. It has a breathable mesh lining that promotes a healthier foot environment.
  • It also features a traditional, five-piece lace system for added security to the runner’s foot.
  • One of the greatest changes to this version is the tongue. The half burrito tongue is not separated but rather a continuation of the upper.

Merrell Trail Glove 4 size and fit

The Merrell Trail Glove 4 has a standard running shoe length when it comes to sizing. This shoe is best for runners who prefer minimal trail running. Available widths are D-Medium for the men’s version and B-Medium for the women’s version.

Outsole

The aggressive Vibram TC5+ outsole of the Merrell Glove 4 aims to provide runners with a more responsive, durable and flexible running experience. It consists of a lightweight rubber material that is abrasion-resistant. It also provides a better grip for runners.

Between the midsole and the outsole of this shoe is a Trail Protect Pad that is designed for better underfoot protection from rough and sharp objects like debris and rocks. It distributes pressure while maintaining minimal forefoot flexibility.

Midsole

The midsole of the Merrell Trail Glove 4 is made up of a compression molded EVA foam that provides light and long-lasting cushioning. The EVA was chosen because of its lightweight qualities that allow runners to feel light on their foot.

The Non-Removable Microfibre Footbed utilizes M-Select Fresh. This is an anti-microbial agent that keeps the runner’s foot cool, healthy and dry. This solution is helpful in eliminating odor-causing microbes and preventing perspiration.

Upper

The synthetic mesh upper of the Merrell Trail Glove 4 is strategically designed for durability and breathability.

A breathable mesh lining aids in the absorption of sweat and moisture. It is also geared towards maintaining the ventilation of the shoe.

It has a roomy toe box which is ideal for the runner who has a wider foot. This gives the runner’s toes enough space to spread out and circumvent over-crowding.

The TPU overlays have been added to key areas to provide support where it is most needed. It extends from the eyelets for greater upper reinforcement and increased durability. The overlays provide a lightweight structure to the shoe.

It has a lightly padded collar and tongue. These sections hold the foot in place and provide some cushioning.