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
    $130
  • Weight
    Men: 7.6oz
    Women: 5.9oz
  • 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: 14mm
    Women: 14mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 14mm
    Women: 14mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal, Wide
  • Release date
    Unknown
  • Special editions
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  • The name of the shoe readily gives away what to expect in this update: Trail Glove 4 Knit. Merrell takes its base shoe, the Trail Glove 4, and changes the upper material from mesh and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) to synthetic 3D knit.
  • The shoe intends to give a more contoured fit, as the upper possesses a sock-like structure that is capable of 4-way stretch. The lacing system also gets an update to promote a quick and fluid way of wearing and adjusting the shoe.
  • Although it is still a barefoot zero-drop shoe, the knit version of the Trail Glove 4 features a higher stack height than its base shoe, as additional midsole and outsole technologies are utilized in its construction. These structural elements target durability, superior grip, and stability, all of which are essential for trail running.

The zero-drop build of the Trail Glove 4 Knit does not hinder it from having a standard shoe length and sizing. As a trail runner, it strives to give the foot an anatomically correct fit; thus, the construction from the toe box to the heel provides ample room for runners of low to high foot volume. Both the men’s and women’s versions are available in medium width.

The Vibram® TC5+ is a rubber outsole that is primarily designed for the trails. It consists of 5-mm lugs at the forefoot and heel, enabling not only grip but also stability. With its durable nature, the material is ready to withstand even the most rugged terrain as it supplies the shoe with sufficient traction and braking power.

Accompanying the Vibram® TC5+ is Merrell’s proprietary M Select™ GRIP+, an anatomically-shaped unit that works adaptively on both wet and dry surfaces. With this added outsole material, the shoe gets more protection against wear and tear, and structural integrity is further preserved.

In the midsole of the Trail Glove 4 Knit is the FLEXconnect™ element made of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). This technology is known to equip the runner with agility and balance on uneven trails.

The FLEXconnect™ also has flex grooves that run in both directions to ensure an effortless stride as the foot aims for natural motion.

The Trail Glove 4 Knit offers an all-around sock-like fit courtesy of the 3D knit upper, which is capable of 4-way stretching to wrap and contour all foot shapes and sizes effectively. It is made of synthetic material; thus, breathability and comfort are still guaranteed. Beneath the upper is a textile lining that absorbs sweat and moisture to maintain a dry foot environment.

The unique lacing system of the Trail Glove 4 Knit is comprised of an elastic cord and lock that eliminates knot-tying, therefore allowing a more expedient method of wearing and taking off the shoe.

The two ends of the shoe have TPU elements: at the toe cap to prevent injuries from accidental kicking of rocks and other sharp trail objects, and a Hyperlock™ film heel counter to secure the foot without restricting its movement.

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