Facts

Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 7.9oz | Women: 6.3oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 0mm | Women: 0mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Features: Slip-on
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 11mm | Women: 11mm
Forefoot height: Men: 11mm | Women: 11mm
Brand: Merrell
Type: Low drop | Zero drop | Minimalist
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $150
Colorways: Beige, Black
Size
Small True to size Large
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  • Neutral pronators and near-barefoot running enthusiasts are the target demographic of the Merrell Trail Glove 4 Knit Wool. This trail companion has an uncluttered and close-to-the-ground design that accommodates natural movement and speedy performance.
  • The upper unit utilizes knitted wool to ensure a hug that is akin to wearing a sock. A unique lacing system that involves a cord-and-lock arrangement and intersecting fabric cords on the midfoot contribute to a locked-in fit.
  • A 2-millimeter layer of foam and a footbed serves as the cushioning system of the Merrell Trail Glove 4 Knit Wool. Such a thin profile encourages a barefoot feel. A mildly aggressive outsole offers grip over the unpredictable terrains.

The knit wool version of the Merrell Trail Glove 4 has a standard running shoe length. Consumers can use their usual choices of size when it comes to getting a pair. When it comes to width, the available options are D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women. The foot-shaped curve of this product accommodates the natural outline of the human foot.

Vibram® TC5+ is the compound used for the outsole unit of the Merrell Trail Glove 4 Knit Wool. This full-length layer is tasked with protecting the rest of the platform from wear-and-tear. It has a mildly protruding patterns that are meant to grip the surfaces.

Shallow flex grooves on the forefoot section encourage the sole unit to bend in conjunction with the foot as it gears toward the toe-off.

Cushioning is provided by a 2-millimeter layer of foam. This reedy piece aims to mitigate landing impact while preserving proprioception and manual surface control (via foot movement).

The TrailProtect™ pad is a thin shield that’s sandwiched between the outsole and the midsole. Its goal is to prevent sharp objects from piercing the sole unit and causing injury to the foot.

A footbed is incorporated onto the platform, putting a bit more cushioning for the underside of the foot. It doesn’t hinder flexibility or ground feel.

The upper unit of the Merrell Trail Glove 4 Knit Wool features knitted wool, which is a material that closely resembles the structure of a sock. Its job is to wrap the foot securely while ensuring freedom of movement and breathability.

A cord-and-lock fit adjustment unit is used in this running shoe. The system of reedy strands loop through a cascade of stitched-on fabric strips on the midfoot, aiming to manipulate the tightness or looseness of the coverage to agree with the preferences of the runner.

The edge of the forefoot has a TPU cap. This extra layer is tasked with shielding the toes from debris and abrasive surfaces.

A Hyperlock™ TPU film is placed on the back of the upper. This fused wraparound band helps in securing the heel and keeping in place.

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