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: 8.2oz
    Women: 6.4oz
  • 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: 13mm
    Women: 13mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 13mm
    Women: 13mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
  • Special editions
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Updates to Merrell Trail Glove 4 Shield

  • The Merrell Trail Glove 4 Shield is a running shoe that’s designed for the trails. This product has been configured to suit the cushioning needs of neutral pronators. It has a close-to-the-ground platform design and minimalist aesthetics to cater to those who don’t want the rugged frame of most shoes that are for the trails.
  • Compared to the original Trail Glove 4 model, this iteration uses the M-Select™ SHIELD, a water-resistant layer that keeps the upper safe from mild splashes and light rain.

Merrell Trail Glove 4 Shield size and fit

The Merrell Trail Glove 4 Shield is true to size. Runners are expected to get a pair that follows their natural choices when it comes to length. The width profiles are D – Medium and B – Medium for men and women, respectively. The foot-shaped last and the form-fitting midfoot design aim to hug the foot securely.

Outsole

The Vibram TC5+ is a rubber compound that’s designed to be durable yet lightweight. It doesn’t have the super aggressive gripping lugs that are prevalent in technical-trail-specific outsoles; instead, it various shapes and patterns on its surface to handle multiple types of terrain.

Flexibility is afforded by inconspicuous grooves and the thinness of the sole unit. Such a configuration encourages the natural flow of motion as the foot goes through the gait cycle.

Midsole

CMEVA or compression molded ethylene vinyl acetate is the material that’s used for the midsole unit of the Merrell Trail Glove 4 Shield. This full-length foam is only 4 millimeters thick, enabling it to be more agreeable to minimalist runners and those who practice a near-barefoot running style. Its purpose is to cushion the foot and keep it safe from impact shock.

A non-removable microfiber footbed offers additional underfoot comfort. It makes use of the M Select™ FRESH antimicrobial and anti-moisture technology to maintain a clean and healthy in-shoe experience.

Upper

The upper unit uses mesh. This material accommodates the shape of the foot, supporting it as it traverses the unpredictable terrains. It is also breathable by design.

The M Select™ SHIELD is a treatment that renders the upper unit resistant to water exposure. It’s a helpful way to improve confidence when running in mildly wet conditions.

Thermoplastic polyurethane overlays are printed onto the façade. The job of this add-on is to act as a shield because the sections of the shoe that utilize it are usually the ones that are susceptible to abrasion and trail debris.


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