The 0mm Drop, Cushioned Trail Running Shoe from Merrell: Bare Access Flex


Running shoes have evolved over the years, from being merely thin shoes with crepe rubber soles to mesh uppers and multi-material soles we have today. The idea of achieving the perfect shoes for working out in nature has become the key in running shoes; and Merrell’s stack of new technologies have probably achieved just that.

Imagine a sleek and stylish shoe designed for trail, road and other terrain. A hybrid performance running shoe that boasts the brand’s three proprietary technologies: Barefoot, FLEXconnect and M Select GRIP to provide runners with everything they’ll need for an enjoyable run.


Featuring a breathable mesh upper that keeps you cool and dry, a TPU printed Hyperlock heel and traditional lacings, the shoe is designed to provide the stability and lightweight support to conquer all sorts of terrain.

A minimalistic anatomical shape is built using adaptive materials that offers runners comfort unlike any other. The first of three technologies in this shoe, Barefoot allows you to run the natural way, which stimulates the muscles and helps align your posture through its 0mm drop design.

It is known that zero drop designs are not for everyone as it requires runners to utilise more muscles than maximal cushioning shoes and work on their natural form, but the heightened midsole provides plenty of cushioning while retaining the shoes’ flexibility and responsiveness.


Dual directional flex grooves that were inspired by our anatomy, also known as the FLEXconnect, sits comfortably under the foot bed. It aids in supporting how the foot moves naturally, providing upward and downward flexibility on all terrain; this enables runners the agility and stability requires especially on uneven grounds.

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But what’s flexibility without traction? The M Select GRIP outsole is equipped with anatomically positioned flex grooves that offer the ultimate grip and traction on both wet and dry ground. Not only does it move with how your foot does, this sticky, durable outsole provides the security runners expect during descents and making sharp turns.


All that technology jam packed into a running shoe, not just any running shoe but a hybrid performance shoe – well that is Merrell’s latest Bare Access Flex. Talk about being great for Nature’s gym, try it to feel it.



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The Merrell Bare Access Flex retails for S$109 in four exciting colours, and is available at the following Royal Sporting House stores:

 Causeway Point #02-02 | Nex @ Serangoon #02-29 | Velocity @ Novena Square #02-53/55 |

Parkway Parade #01-58/59/62 | Tanglin Mall #01-21/24 | Vivo City #02-111/113 | 313@Somerset #05-05 | JEM #03-37/39/40 | Clementi Mall #04-06/07 | Suntec City #02-467

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