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Merrell Trail Glove 5 Shoe - Men's

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Trail Glove 5 Shoe

When taking an early morning trail run through the desert, you want a lightweight, breathable shoe that still offers protection against pieces of cholla and prickly pear that may be lurking in your path. Merrell's Men's Trail Glove 5 Shoe offers a barefoot feel that maintains rugged sole protection against the sharp surprises of the Southwest. Minimalist construction and a gloved fit make your feet feel practically barefoot as you weave your way through saguaros and creosote, but you'll be able to keep your eyes on the sunrise instead of the sharp rocks.

  • Running and training shoe for trips off of the beaten path
  • Mesh and TPU upper is breathable and abrasion resistant
  • TrailProtect rock plate helps lessen impact of ground debris
  • Vibram TC5+ sole grips muddy trails to inspire confidence
  • Breathable mesh lining wicks moisture to keep your feet happy
  • Lightweight construction helps you push to a new personal best
  • Item #MER00MM

Upper Material
Mesh, TPU
Lining
mesh
Closure
lace
Footbed
integrated
Sole
Vibram TC5+
Support Type
Barefoot 2
Heel / Forefoot Height
11.5mm / 11.5mm
Drop
0
Claimed Weight
7oz
Recommended Use
trail running, training
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

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>Rating: 5

Simple is good!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
11.5
Height
6` 1"
Weight
155 lbs

The barefoot fad of ca. 2009 has not only fizzled out, but has swung in the complete opposite direction (see the Hoka ten-nine). I'm one of the remaining few that still searches for the numerous health and performance benefits of true minimalist running shoes, while not subjecting my bare feet to sharp rocks and broken glass. These shoes are not for everyone, if you have not worn minimalist shoes before, you may be in for a surprise, but if you're like me and you've been wearing barefoot runners for years and have been running out of true minimalist options lately, these are perfect. The greatest benefit, in my opinion, lies in their simplicity -- it's what I love most about minimalist shoes in general, but particularly Merrells. Ultrarunning shoes these days are ornamented with flashy neon colors, thick "high-heel" cushioning, and all of the latest "omni-turbo-grip" technologies, all promising to enhance performance. They don't. I love slipping these on, tying the laces, and just flying - it really feels like I'm wearing nothing. The fewer bells and whistles, the longer the shoe will ultimately last, and the stronger your feet and ankles will become while wearing them! There are just fewer parts to worry about failing. Which brings be to my second favorite part of these shoes -- durability! The past few years I started experimenting with Altras, thinking that the same zero drop feel with a little bit of cushion would help my performance in the 50 mile + distances. I was so wrong. Altras are comfortable and useful for light hiking, or walking around town, but taking them on actual mountain runs leads to their quick demise. A sloppy fit, poor traction, and zero ground-feel all added to a couple years of unfortunate performance decline and lack of enjoyment on the trails (I actually had to use spruce roots to tie a pair of Altras back together during a race after the sole ripped off). I have about 150 miles on my Merrells now, with no signs of wear and tear. My first pair of road gloves from ca. 2012 held up for 5+ years, I finally got rid of them because no amount of cleaning would get rid of the smell, and my girlfriend refused to move across the country with them in the car. The drawbacks? Not many. Some folks are upset that there is a rockplate in this version, but it's fine by me. I don't seem to notice it at all until I'm bounding over sharp rocks, and then I am very thankful for it. There might be a little more cushioning too, but again, fine by me, I can still feel the ground so all is good. I will admit traction has been a problem on slick, wet limestone and bog bridges, but the same is true for when I am actually barefoot, so I can't complain too much - it forces me to slow down and concentrate in sub-optimum conditions, which I think will ultimately prevent injury in the long run. The fit felt a bit large when I tried them on, but as soon as I started running in them I did not notice, and I have not noticed since. My feet swell a bit after 10-15 miles or so, and at that point I'm thankful for the extra space.

>Rating: 2

Innovation?

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
8.5
Height
5` 9"
Weight
150 lbs

I've owned every version of the trail glove since their release. I find that these or not true to the product line. They no longer feel/ fit like a glove. The enlarged toe box is sloppy and takes away from the barefoot / glove experience that is expected from this shoe. If I wanted another sneaker I would have bought some new balance or Nike shoes. I returned my trail glove 5's and bought another set of 4's. Here's hoping they turn this ship around before the trail glove 6.🤞

>Rating: 3

SIZE DOWN

Wish I had read Austin's review below. Typically an 8.5 and ended up buying a 7.5. THESE RUN LARGE Also not a fan of the sloppy toe box.

>Rating: 1

Good design updates, DANGEROUS sizing

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
10
Height
5` 10"
Weight
170 lbs

First off, the trail glove 4 has been my go to running shoe for the past year and a half now. I’ve happily dished out $300 for the 4 pairs I’ve worn out in that time. That being said, they weren’t perfect, and I was looking forward to the design improvements the 5 was supposed to bring to the table. To name a few: 1. Reinforced forefoot flex points 2. Wider toe box 3. Updated, more durable tread design. Not to mention the burnt henna color is beautiful. Anyways... I ordered them a half size smaller than usual, as that’s what some other reviews and Merrell suggested. They arrived a few hours ago, I put them on, and despite them still feeling too large, I convinced myself “hey, they’re the experts. If they say this will be better for my feet, alright.” WRONG. Should have gone with my gut then and returned them. Instead, I headed to my favorite trail, a moderately steep loop up and down a mountain. I just got back home, and let me tell you, whoever was in charge of sizing should be fired. These shoes are DANGEROUS. All 4 pairs of my trail glove 4’s were consistently sized and fit my 10.5 feet like a glove... y’know, how you’d expect a shoe named the trailGLOVE would fit. These, in size 10, left my feet absolutely swimming. I’m a forefoot runner, and had to cut my run short at half my usual distance due to the fact I was starting to get blisters, and my ankles rolled 3 times due to the incredibly oversized fit. Now, I’m returning them and getting a full size smaller than my usual, all because some designer got it in their heads that looser=better. Seriously, fire ‘em. If they’d done any testing with people who actually run downhill on technical terrain on which you have to be confident in your footing, they’d have realized they messed up, but I guess they skipped that stage. So, if you’re ordering these, SERIOUSLY, go a full size down. If not, don’t be surprised if you wind up with a twisted ankle or worse.

I really enjoyed the detail in your review. Did you try a full size down? Or did you go back to the trail glove 4?