The 'barefoot' experience doesn't have to include wet feet.
It may feel like it's been raining for weeks, but while your psyche may be suffering your feet aren't when you take to the trail in the Merrell Men's Mix Master 2 Waterproof Trail Running Shoe. Now you can carry on with the same minimalist feel that you're used to, without suffering the wet feet that's part of the experience with most barefoot shoes.
- Waterproof membrane keeps your feet dry as you splash through puddles
- TPU overlays on the airy mesh and synthetic upper provide a secure fit
- Bellows tongue keeps trail debris out
- 2mm EVA insole adds comfort and shock absorption
- Aegis antimicrobial treatment of insole and waterproof membrane fights odors
- Merrell Float midsole is 10% thinner and 25% lighter for enhanced ground feel and control
- Low 4mm heel/forefoot drop encourages a more natural gait
- 1mm forefoot shock absorption plate maintains forefoot flexibility while protecting the foot by distributing pressure
- Air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability
- 3.5mm lugs in the sole balance street feel with trail traction
- Reflective details make you more visible in low light
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This shoe handles well on trails and stays dry but the waterproof barrier breathes on same level as a plastic bag. I ran with them for a week but because of the discomfort of hot feet I had to go back to Salomon for a better made trail shoe. Do not invest in the waterproof version of this shoe until Merrell actually puts some money in to a decent waterproof material that justifies the $125 price tag.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Initial impression; these are tough, comfortable shoes that can sustain a good beating while not beating up your feet!!
I was skeptical about these when I was looking at them because of the little oval nubs, but I saw a variety of conditions on the trail this weekend in the Old Rag mountain area of the Shennendoah Valley and they performed VERY well.
These things saw dry trail, pavement, mud, slush, snow, streams, rivers, ice and some technical scrambling (the top of Old Rag). Bottom line, these are FANTASTIC all-around. Great in the mud and snow, they didn't accumulate crap easily and the grip was very sure-footed. For rock, I would use a shoe with a bit more 'teeth' and there wasn't much grip on ice, but what grips on ice?
These are a bit big, but Merrell's typically are a half-size up from normal shoes. I usually wear 10's, but I am consistently a 9.5 in Merrells.
GREAT 3-season hiking shoe. I put these through the ringer this weekend and they performed well. They were a bit cold when it got down in the 20's around the campfire, but warm the rest of the time. These were VERY comfortable and didn't hurt my feet at all. I was weighted down with 35 lbs. for this 'test' hike and my feet are fine after two days and 20 miles.
Foot in stream and dry foot... nuff said.
Be VERY careful when switching to a minimalist shoe. Make sure that you acclimate your body to these slowly. I have been wearing minimalist shoes for almost a year and have run over 200 miles in Merrell Barefoot Access 2's and my achilles and calves were still a bit sore after this 20 mile weekend.
These are going to become my go-to hikers I think!!
This is a great shoe - a very comfortable fit. It does run slightly large. I usually wear a size 11.5 but I had to size down for these a order size 11. I would definitely recommend this shoe to any beginner trail runner.
how wide do these shoes come? i need 4E, do you have any that come with that