Who should buy the Merrell Trail Glove 5 Leather

The Merrell Trail Glove 5 Leather is best recommended for:

  • Minimalist trail runners who have neutral pronation or those who do not overpronate.
  • For anyone who looks for a versatile trail running shoe that performs well on a variety of trails.

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Highly durable trail running shoe

The Merrell Trail Glove 5 Leather, a special edition of the Merrell Trail Glove 5, is a highly durable trail running shoe that delivers a low-to-ground feel. It is built on a zero-drop platform that places the heel and forefoot flat to the ground for better posture.

Merrell Trail Glove 5 Leather durable leather top

Instead of the usual multi-layered mesh that is featured in the Trail Glove 5, this special edition is crafted with a more durable leather top for better protection. 

Trail Glove 5 Leather delivers superior grip 

This lightweight running shoe also incorporates the Vibram TC5+ outsole for superior grip on both wet and dry surfaces.

Merrell Trail Glove 5 Leather superior grip

The Merrell Trail Glove 5 Leather is a men’s trail running shoe that is manufactured using the standard shoe length. It features the traditional lacing system, which offers an adjustable fit that suits personal preference. 

Zero-drop platform 

This shoe also utilizes a lightly padded tongue and collar for extra comfort. The outsole construction of the Merrell Trail Glove 5 Leather provides an anatomical shape for natural comfort.

Merrell Trail Glove 5 Leather zero-drop

The shoe also features the zero-drop platform, which places the heel and the ball of the foot at the same height. This design increases the foot’s strength and encourages a better running posture. 

Performs well in all weather conditions 

The Trail Glove 5 Leathe utilizes the Vibram TC5+ technology, which is made from a lightweight rubber compound that provides grip and durability across a variety of trail. This outsole material also performs well in all weather conditions.

Merrell Trail Glove 5 Leather vibram TC5+

The Vibram TC5+ outsole is also coupled with a protective rock plate. This element offers protection against debris and rough surfaces, providing a smooth running experience. 

Added protection for a comfortable ride 

An integrated insole is incorporated in this Merrell trail running shoe for support and stability. This midsole material offers underfoot cushioning and added protection for a more comfortable ride.

Merrell Trail Glove 5 Leather integrated insole

The designers utilized a full-grain leather upper with suede toes for exceptional durability. A breathable mesh lining is infused in the upper to keep the foot dry and cool for an extended period. The lining also gives a softer in-shoe feel that is free from irritation. 

Antimicrobial agents to reduce shoe odor

The upper also features M Select Fresh antimicrobial agents to reduce shoe odor. The M Select Fresh is a treatment that effectively breaks down perspiration to prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria.

Merrell Trail Glove 5 Leather shoe laces

For a secure and personalized fit, the traditional lace-up closure is used. The shoelaces allow the user to easily adjust the looseness or tightness around the shoe. 

Merrell Trail Glove 5 Leather provides comfort around the heel 

Lightly padded tongue and collar are utilized to provide added protection. The tongue helps in sealing the opening of the shoe to prevent the entry of small rocks and debris.

Merrell Trail Glove 5 Leather lightly padded tongue and collar

It also protects the top of the foot from lace bite while the collar provides comfort around the heel and keeps the foot from sliding up and down when running.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 8.9oz
Drop: Men 0mm
Arch support: Neutral
Base model: Merrell Trail Glove 5
Forefoot height: Men 12mm
Heel height: Men 12mm

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