|Base model:||Merrell Trail Glove 4|
|Weight:||Men: 7.6oz | Women: 5.9oz|
|Heel to toe drop:||Men: 0mm | Women: 0mm|
|Arch type:||High arch|
|Strike Pattern:||Forefoot strike|
|Heel height:||Men: 14mm | Women: 14mm|
|Forefoot height:||Men: 14mm | Women: 14mm|
|Type:||Low drop | Zero drop|
|Width:||Men: Normal | Women: Normal|
|Colorways:||Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Orange|
|Special editions:||2 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.