Review by: TRT Thundersquad Ambassador, Jake Thad
Brand and Model: MERRELL TRAIL GLOVE 4 KNIT
Category: Ultra Minimal
What is the shoe ideal for?: Ideal for walking on non-technical paths and trails.
Shoe Drop/Differential: 0 mm
Weight: 8 oz
Stack Height: 11.5mm
Technical Specs: • Mesh and TPU upper • Traditional lace closure • Breathable mesh lining • Hyperlock™ printed TPU heel counter for security during quick descents and sharp turns • Integrated EVA footbed • FLEXconnect™ dual directional flex-groove EVA midsole for agility and stability on uneven terrain • M Select™ GRIP+ outsole with anatomical grooves is sticky and durable for superior grip and traction on wet or dry trails.
Step in fit and feel: Comfortable, stretchy mesh upper. With no tongue or insert, it truly slides on like a sock or glove. Fit as expected
Ideal Terrain Usage: Comfortable for walking on pavement, grass, or gravel trails.
Performance: Vibram sole holds up well to walking on gravel. The mesh upper is not water-resistant. Laces frayed quickly were rubbing on ribbon loops (there are no eyelets for the laces).
Overview: This is a comfortable shoe for walking and everyday use.
Recommendations: It is not recommended for running, wet environments, or technical trails. The sole is very narrow under the arch of the foot, and the rubber insole does not provide adequate support for flat feet. Adding an insole for support (such as Barefoot Science) makes one's heel high enough to lift out of the back of the shoe.