Who should buy the Merrell Bare Access Flex

  • Ideal for runners with medium-high to high arch type who want a comfortable running shoe with generous cushioning for both the road and trail adventures.
  • A great choice for runners who want a lightweight and versatile shoe that can handle both the road and trails.

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Slip-resistant stability on wet and dry trails

The M Select Grip+ rubber outsole has anatomical grooves for a sticky and durable grip in all directions. It also offers slip-resistant stability on both wet and dry trails. Angled lugs hook onto the terrain easily.

Merrell Bare Access Flex outsole

There are also gripping lugs surrounding the edge of the outsole, providing durable traction for lateral motion.

There are flex grooves to give the shoe adaptability and agility when running on uneven surfaces. The design of the grooves is a mix of horizontal and vertical lines that run across the outsole, therefore ensuring support for the entire foot.

Bare Access Flex is denser and more durable

The Bare Access Flex features the FLEXconnect technology; it uses a material that is denser and more durable compared to the conventional foam of other running shoes, thus making it stiffer and more capable of handling lateral movement.

Merrell Bare Access Flex more durable

There is an integrated EVA footbed that possesses anti-microbial properties to prevent bacteria from causing odor or infections.

Merrell Bare Access Flex is a breathable shoe

The mesh upper is breathable and has a moisture-wicking characteristic that keeps the foot dry and comfortable while lessening distractions during the running session.

There are TPU overlays on strategic locations to hold the foot in place and to provide additional support while running.

Merrell Bare Access Flex breathable shoe

It also features an internal lining made from a combination of mesh and neoprene fabric, which is meant to control moisture and to combat odor-causing bacteria.

The lacing system is a traditional lace-up closure with an additional eyehole to enable lace locking. Hyperlock, a printed heel counter made from thin TPU material, promotes security during quick descents and sharp turns.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 210g / Women 154g
Drop: 0mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Merrell Bare Access Flex 2
Forefoot height: 14mm
Heel height: 14mm

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