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 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
    $120
  • Weight
    Men: 7.9oz
    Women: 5.8oz
  • 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: 12mm
    Women: 14mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 14mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
  • Special editions
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Summary

We spent 6.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • A majority of runners felt that the weight of the Merrell Trail Glove 4 E-Mesh was light.
  • Most users commented that the toe box had enough room. There were no areas of constriction.
  • Plenty of testers observed that the shoe instantly felt comfortable out the box. One runner did a 4-mile run right away. Another user wore it all day without any issues.
  • A lot of testers felt supported on their runs.
  • Some mentioned that the arch support was good.
  • Tons of runners said that the outsole was durable and provided good traction.
  • Many appreciated its multi-functionality.
  • One user said her shin splint went away as she continuously ran in the trainer. Another user with musculoskeletal issues said that she did not feel any pain or discomfort of any sort.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One user said that the laces were too stretchy for him to secure the midfoot.
  • Most reviewers felt that the shoe was somewhat larger than usual.

Bottom line

The Merrell Trail Glove 4 E-Mesh is a lightweight neutral shoe designed for trail running. Plenty of runners found it to be ready right out the box. Other reviewers appreciated the support and durability it delivered. On top of this, the outsole exhibited sufficient traction on most surfaces. Some runners noticed that the size was somewhat larger, but the difference wasn’t that significant. Despite a few negative reviews, the shoe still proved to be comfortable which helped with runners’ leg and foot issues.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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Updates to Merrell Trail Glove 4 E-Mesh

  • The tongue on the Merrell Trail Glove 4 E-Mesh has a burrito-type closure. One side of the tongue is part of the upper, while the other side is detached like a standard tongue. This design improves the comfort felt on the top of the foot as the laces are tightened.
  • The technology that reinforces the heel is called Hyperlock. This is formed by two bands of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) film that moderately hold the heel in place, making runners feel more secure while running over different types of terrain.
  • The microfiber footbed is not removable. It has been integrated into the platform to provide extra cushioning, and a seamless underfoot feel which delivers premium comfort.
  • A company called Vibram manufactured the outsole on this shoe. It is an Italian enterprise which manufactures outsoles for different kinds of footwear. It’s also well-known for pioneering the barefoot running movement.
  • Merrell wants to ensure that runners have the utmost confidence when running on both technical and non-technical terrain. To make this happen, the TrailProtect pad has been incorporated into the midsole. This technology provides an extra layer of protection from rocks and other objects on the trail that could cause injuries underfoot.
  • The Trail Glove 4 E-Mesh has a Barefoot construction which delivers a natural, comfortable feel to the runner. This means that the materials used to make the shoe, as well as its design, are adaptive and minimalistic enough to allow the foot to move naturally.
  • The part of the midsole that comes in direct contact with the footbed has been designed with grooves that allow dual-directional flexing. Allowing this action promotes agility and stability on uneven surfaces on the trail. This construction is called FLEXconnect.
  • Merrell prides itself on making Vegan-friendly footwear. The Trail Glove 4 E-Mesh is no exception. There were no animal products used during its construction.

Merrell Trail Glove 4 E-Mesh size and fit

Merrell’s Trail Glove 4 E-Mesh is available in standard shoe lengths. Those interested will be able to get a pair using their usual size preferences. The same goes for the width. It is available in B – medium and D – medium widths.

Outsole

The Vibram material that the bottom of the shoe is made of allows runners to still have a good feel of the ground without worrying about durability. The rubber is strong enough to protect the shoe from harsh trail conditions. However, it is not as rigid as other outsole materials meant for the trail. This means that the outsole permits optimal movement of the foot.

Several anatomical flex grooves with varying shapes have been incorporated to provide flexibility and superior traction. With the combination of the tread pattern and the flex grooves, the sole becomes an adaptive platform that can adjust to uneven terrain, giving runners a bit of stability. Merrell is calling this tread type as the M-Select Grip+.

Midsole

The material the midsole is made of is called EVA which stands for ethylene vinyl acetate. This material is commonly used on running shoes because of its flexibility, appropriate level of cushioning, lightweight, and proper shock attenuation.

A midsole design called FLEXconnect has been integrated. This technology is found on the side of the midsole that comes in contact with the footbed, specifically in the area of the forefoot. It looks like a grid with horizontal and vertical flex grooves crossing each other. Its main purpose is to permit the midsole to be more adaptive to surfaces that are irregular.

The EVA footbed has been integrated into the midsole. This means that it cannot be removed. It serves as an extra layer of protection, ensuring that the runner has enough defense against objects that a runner can step on while trail running. On top of that, it also gives runners a seamless comfort underfoot.

Another piece of technology that has been equipped is called the TrailProtect. It’s a pad that offers extra protection while running on the trail. The pad prevents the runner from acquiring injuries through accidentally stepping on sharp or blunt objects.

With its zero drop construction, runners are permitted a better feel of the ground. Through this, instinct kicks in to allow a runner to gauge how even or uneven the ground feels, encouraging intuitiveness while running.

Upper

As its name indicates, the upper is made up of E-Mesh which is short for Engineered Mesh. This type of material allows the upper to be both breathable and flexible, but still reinforced in areas where support is needed the most.

To protect the toes from getting injured due to accidental stubbing, a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) film was used to form a toe cap on the tip of the shoe. This material provides sufficient protection and durability on this part of the upper while maintaining its flexibility.

Also on the heel is a TPU film formed into thin bands that aid in minimally locking the heel down in place. Merrell is calling these bands Hyperlock. Because of its benefits, runners will feel more secure during quick descents or sharp turns.

The tongue was designed to have a burrito-type closure, where one side is entirely part of the upper. This design delivers extra comfort to the tops of the runner’s foot. It also solves the problem of the tongue moving around as the runner is in motion.

The sides of the shoe also have TPU bands that help keep the midfoot in place. These bands work together with the lacing system to keep the middle of the foot secure.