The interest in barefoot running has been going through something of a resurgence recently; while many don’t actually run barefooted, the option of minimalist footwear of low stack heights are available and a common sight on the soles of many runners these days. These popular hybrid options are an excellent way for most runners to adapt and transition into barefoot running.
Merrell’s latest addition to the Trail Glove series provides runners with a balanced minimal shoe design that offers enough protection for trail running on various surfaces. Trail runners already know that shoes designed for off-road running need to provide good stability, protection, shock absorption and be extremely lightweight. The Trail Glove 4 offers runners that and more, with improvements that make it better than its predecessors without compromise.
A complete re-haul of the shoe’s upper makes the new design more than just a simple evolution. Merrell has replaced the synthetic leather overlays of the previous-gen shoes with TPU overlays featuring a breathable mesh lining for cool comfort. A five-piece lacing system was also integrated on the medial sides of the shoe to provide greater upper reinforcement and aid to secure the foot better.
Layered between the outsole and midsole, the brand’s proprietary TrailProtectTM pad is one of the many features unique to the Trail Glove 4. This brilliant technology offers runners maximum flexibility and underfoot protection all through their runs. Over rough and unpredictable terrain, the TrailProtectTM pad keeps your foot out of harm’s way by cushioning the impact from sharp rocks and debris.
On the outsole, Merrell swapped out the Vibram TC1 design to the latest Vibram TC5+ outsole. The high-performance rubber soles possess unmatched durability, stability and slip resistance, taking on any tough terrain readily with you. With 3mm lugs and stickier rubber, the new TC5+ outsoles promise optimal traction across a variety of trail surfaces and better traction all around.
Another key feature is its Barefoot Shape that provides natural comfort. Fitting like a glove, the Trail Glove 4 is made using adaptive materials and minimalist construction – making it possibly one of the best minimalist shoes currently available. Durable enough for the rigours of the terrain, the zero-drop heel to toe design ensures a natural stride similar to running without shoes, but with the full protection of an actual shoe.
All those impressive features are packaged into a sleek shape that embodies fashion and functionality. As the Trail Glove 4 is made without any animal by-products, it is also vegan-friendly!
The Merrell Trail Glove 4 retails for S$129 in two colourways, Vertiver and Black, in men’s designs.
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