Who should buy the Merrell MQM Ace

The Merrell MQM Ace is a superb low-top hiker that offers a set of trail-centric features specific for summer excursions. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a low-top shoe that is engineered to give a lightweight performance for fast trails set in warm conditions. 
  • Prefer a shoe that is built with an emphasis on lightness.
  • Prefer a shoe that can reduce odor-causing microbes to a minimum.

Merrell MQM Ace logo


Trail enthusiasts can traverse trails with the help of the Merrell MQM Ace’s Vibram outsole. It is composed of a Megagrip rubber compound, imbuing it with durability. 

Merrell MQM Ace outsole

Excellent grip

The outsole’s surface is filled with 4mm-deep arrowhead-shaped lugs which delivers grip on uneven ground and slippery surfaces. Several grooves can be found on both ends of the sole for added traction in uphill and downhill conditions. It also extends toward the forefoot for extra protection from accidental knocks.

Merrell MQM Ace outsole 1.0

Shock-absorbing cushioning

This shoe-type offering from Merrell uses a compression-molded EVA midsole for cushioning. It contains dual-directional flex grooves called FLEXconnect for extra stability and agility. The brand’s Air Cushion is positioned in the heel to absorb shock from every strike.

Merrell MQM Ace midsole

Excellent arch support

The Merrell MQM Ace sports the company’s proprietary Kinetic Fit Base removable insole for arch support. The shoe also comes with a TrailProtect rock plate which shields the wearer from underfoot debris.

Merrell MQM Ace arch suppport

Breathable and durable upper

Merrell’s MQM Ace is equipped with a mesh upper which promotes breathability, especially in warm and humid environments. It is reinforced with TPU overlays for extra durability. The shoe also features a Floating Hypercage—the overlay unit in the ankle area that’s connected to the midsole—which yields lightweight support to the user.

Merrell MQM Ace upper

Easy to wear

The hiking shoe’s closure system uses a series of metal eyelets, which extends toward the toe box, for the fit organization. A pull-tab can be found on the collar to help the wearer have an easy on and off.

Merrell MQM Ace easy to wear

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 342g / Women 292g
Use: Speed Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Heel brake
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Merrell

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Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.