Verdict from 2 experts and 8 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Weight: The Merrell Trail Glove 6 is a light minimalist shoe, weighing close to the average 7 oz (200 g) for the category.
  • Traction: Runners who used the shoe on the light trail and paved surfaces experienced sufficient grip. Its Vibram outsole also works on wet surfaces.
  • Lace closure: The enhanced lacing system offers a more secure and tighter fit than the previous version. Some also noticed that the laces are shorter.
  • No break-in: According to several trail runners, the Trail Glove 6 is a shoe you can wear right out of the box. 
  • Support:  The TPU reinforcement on the sides holds the foot in place. 
  • Versatility: A few runners reported that they used the trail shoe for indoor workout and city runs.
  • Sustainability: The shoe uses sustainable materials including a recycled mesh upper, mesh lining, laces, insole top sheets, and algae biomass midsole.

1 reason not to buy

  • Less ground contact: The shoe lacks a close-to-ground feel. Several disappointed runners reported that it felt different from the Trail Glove 3 and 4.

Bottom line

The Trail Glove is a famous Merrell minimalist shoe line that gives runners a barefoot-like experience. The minimal cushioning allows you to feel the trail while encouraging the foot to move naturally. Bear in mind though that it is best suited for light trails.

Aside from making the collection better performance-wise, Merrell also follows a better path to sustainability by using recycled and environmentally-friendly materials for the Trail Glove 6.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Merrell Trail Glove 6: Natural stride in every step

The Trail Glove is a famous minimalist shoe from Merrell and the 6th iteration features an enhanced fit and increased abrasion-resistance. Its design mimics the shape of the foot for a more natural stride. The minimal cushioning allows you to connect with the trail, miles after miles.

Best for: 

  • everyday training or 5K/10K races 
  • moderate to quick-paced runs
  • light-trail surfaces

Trail Glove 6 vs Trail Glove 5: What's new?

  • Bloom midsole - Replacing the thin EVA foam from the previous version is the new performance midsole that is made of 10% algae biomass. It continues to offer lightweight cushioning that also feels soft and responsive.
  • Enhanced lacing - The lacing system has been modified for improved fit and foot lockdown.


How Merrell Trail Glove 6 ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 9% trail running shoes
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Bottom 20% Merrell running shoes
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