Who should buy the Merrell Vapor Glove 5

Definitely get the Vapor Glove 5 if you:

  • are a runner with strong feet and ankles
  • are a forefoot striker
  • want to develop a more natural foot mechanics when walking and running

Merrell Vapor Glove 5 vapor glove

Best uses:

  • short- and mid-distance runs
  • roads and moderate, hard-packed trails
  • treadmill
  • gym

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Who should NOT buy it

If you're looking for a dedicated trail shoe, consider Merrell Trail Glove collection. These shoes have more substantial underfoot protection.

Can't get more barefoot than this

Following the barefoot footsteps of the Merrel Vapor Glove series, the Vapor Glove 5 is a minimalist shoe for experiencing the most natural foot movement and connection with the ground.

Merrell Vapor Glove 5 minimalist shoe

Only 6.5 mm of rubber and foam keep your foot apart from the surface underfoot. Its zero-drop construction also places your heel and forefoot on the same line, mimicking being barefoot.

The Vapor Glove 5 is THE definition of a solid all-rounder

All reviewers were quick to praise the Vapor Glove 5 for being their daily go-to: be it a run, a dog walk, a gym session, or a hike. Extreme use cases include running marathons and hiking 15 miles.

Merrell Vapor Glove 5 slip-on

Light and natural

As long as you are adjusted to minimalist footwear, this pair will help you “foster running naturally” and provide sensitive ground contact.

Merrell Vapor Glove 5 lockdown

Fits like a glove

The majority of runners reported that it feels “conformed to the foot” and broken-in from the start. It also has ample space in the forefoot in which toes “never feel jammed.”

Merrell Vapor Glove 5 toe room

Sturdier than ever

Owners of previous versions take note of how much sturdier the fifth iteration is in both the upper and the rubber sole.

Merrell Vapor Glove 5 vibram outsole

The Merrell Vapor Glove 5 falls short on breathability

More than a few wearers wish the shoe was more breathable.

Merrell Vapor Glove 5 mesh upper

Veers away from its minimalist roots

Several die-hard minimalist shoe fans complained that the Glove 5 got thicker and harder in this version.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 170g
Drop: Men 0mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: Men 6.5mm
Heel height: Men 6.5mm
Collection: Merrell Vapor Glove

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.