Merrell Trail Glove 3

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The Merrell Trail Glove 3 is meant to become your new favorite running pal. This minimal trail running shoe is designed with the Omni-Fit lacing technology, the M-Select FRESH anti-odor technology, and the TrailProtect foot protection technology, all of them brought my the leading sports company Merrell. The Trail Glove 3 are also equipped with maximum support and traction from their Vibram outsoles; this shoe is a very strong combination of different technologies that bring you the best comfort to perform your best run.

Keep in mind that these are recommended to go through a transition from regular running shoes with a higher drop, to minimal or barefoot running shoes. With regular running shoes you tend to have a Heel Strike, creating more impact on your heels, ankles, knees and hips; with minimal running you move to have a Mid-foot Strike, one that distributes the impact over the whole surface of your feet; and finally you can have a Fore-foot Strike,
regardless the shoes you are wearing, meaning that you impact the ground with the ball
of your foot, creating even more impact to the knees and hips than with the Heel Strike.

Pros
  • They fit like a glove to your feet
  • Breathable mesh lining
  • Vegan friendly footwear
  • Vibram outsole
  • Zero-drop minimalist shoe provides good grip
  • Very flexible
  • Very light and fast
Cons
  • Rigid arch support wedge
  • They run one half size larger than normal
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The zero-drop technology of the Vibram outsole brings a really good grip in pretty much all the surfaces you run over. In addition, Merrell has incorporated the TrailProtect technology, adding a pad that offers excellent under-foot protection. Given the great materials and protection they use, the Trail Glove 3 shoe is incredibly flexible while having a 3mm lug depth. Three main components make the outsoles of these shoes outstanding: maximum traction under the toes, sensitivity, and resistance to wear under the metatarsus section, and grip and stability under the heel. The sole design includes a larger toe grip area, and a flatter sole in general, features that give better lateral control.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Trail Glove 3 shoe comes with M-Select FRESH technology that keeps your shoes dry and odorless.The midsole's EVA material provides maximum shock absorption with a 4mm cushioning layer and its antimicrobial agents penetrate and disrupt the reproduction of the odor causing microbes in the shoes. The combination of its outsole and midsole manage to reduce the sock of the impact of your steps, keeping your feet, ankles and knees protected.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The Trail Glove 3 comes with a work and made TPU upper and breathable work covering, that solidified with the Merrell Omni-Fit restricting development gives you a safe and glove-like fit. The shoes in like manner have wise purposes of intrigue that make you morevisible when you continue running in low light. Its antimicrobial administrators enter and annoy the engendering of the fragrance achieving microorganisms in the shoes.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Merrell Trail Glove 3 weighs 7oz. for men and 5.9oz for women. The low weight of the shoe ensures a comfortable, feather-like feeling on the run without reducing the amount of protection and cushioning featured in the responsive trainer.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Breathability is an important aspect of running shoes that runners need to consider. A shoe with optimal breathability keeps feet cool and quickly wicks away sweat. This sweat-wicking efficiency ensures that blisters are kept to a minimum. Dealing with wet, soggy socks is not what any runner wants.

In addition, the body creates a lot of warmth when running. Wearing breathable shoes ensures that the feet stay feeling cool, even when it's extremely hot outside. The Trail Glove 3 is outfitted with a breathable covering that will keep you dry and cool in the midst of even your longest training runs. The upper in this shoe does not create extra friction and reduces your chances of ending up running in a waterlogged shoe.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Merrel Trail Glove 3 offer great traction and ground feel while having adequate protection technology against stones in the road thanks to the Vibram outsoles. The soft inner allows for wear without socks. The shape and design both create a comfortable fit and eliminate the creation of blisters. The shoes are wide enough in the toe box, light and with great breathability, making sure your feet have enough room to let you focus 100% on your run and not about your shoes.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Merrell Trail Glove 3 is well-constructed, especially when it comes to the upper. While remaining light and pliable, the shoe offers a long lasting ride. The minimalist design provides great ground-body connection without sacrificing the shoe's ability to handle lots of running.
Protection
Protection

Protection

For minimal shoes, the Trail Glove 3 from Merrell is outstanding in terms of performance and the protection it brings to the athlete. The Vibram outsole, the TPU upper, the Omni-Fit lacing and the TrailProtect technology make the shoe your best company when running. Incorporating a 4mm pad, provides excellent protection to your feet without disconnecting you from the road feel you are looking from minimal shoes.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Merrell Trail Glove 3 uses a variety of technologies to provide you the greatest amount of ride control. Whether you're tackling challenging uphill climbs or steep descents, the shoe can carry you through comfortable. The shoe is equally responsive in a variety of weather conditions as well. The shoe's shape and its glove-like fit ensure there's enough support for the wearer on the run. Supportive components are inserted under the front section of the shoes (for runners who land primarily on this section) and under the heel (for runners who land on the rear of the foot).
Support
Support

Support

It's important to know whether you pronate or not, especially when it comes to choosing a running shoe. The reality is that this will greatly affect your purchasing decision and getting the right shoe for you is important.

Apart from the extraordinary responsiveness of the shoes, the Vibram outsole curls up the back of the shoe helping your heel to not slip back. The Trail Glove 3 incorporates an arch panel that extends from the outsole up the arch bringing more support than the regular minimal shoes. You have to check your running mechanics when it moves to running, there are some things you need to know about your body while running.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

Even though the Merrell Trail Glove 3 is designed for trail running, with its 3mm lug depth Vibram outsole, the shoe can take you to both road and trail runs without any problem. Even running over wet surfaces is safe in the Trail Glove 3. The shoe provides support and offers a good amount of energy-return for the wearer. The Trail Glove 3 gives you the best comfort in on any type of terrain. It also breathes very well and the well-ventilated shoe performs in most weather conditions.
Price
Price

Price

The Merrell Trail Glove 3 are a midrange shoe. They're part of the minimalist category of shoes with a zero drop. Shoe prices in this category vary widely. The Trail Glove 3 now retails for around $100 USD. The shoe is well worth its price.

Traction
Traction

Traction

The 3mm lug depth brought by the Vibram outsoles with more aggressive tread on the edges of the shoe, the larger toe grip area and the zero-drop design, give the Trail Glove 3 incredible traction in the road and trail. The sole is 1mm thicker than past versions. The outsoles also exceed the EN13287 SRC slip test and ISO 20345 material performance requirements, giving it superior grip on all surfaces.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Trail Glove 3 lacks the flexibility of previous iterations but there's still some flex to the shoe's construction. In this version, Merrell upped the protection factor quite a bit which reduced flexibility overall. They are still one of the lightest minimal shoes in the market, though.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The glove-like feeling of the Trail Glove 3 embraces your feet perfectly bringing you the stability in any terrain condition. The Vibram outsoles have more aggressive tread on the edges of the shoe which give you better lateral control than other shoes. The arch support and the 4mm cushion midsole provide enough comfort and the best feeling of the ground, allowing you to feel the terrain while keeping you protected.
Drop
Drop

Drop

Merrell Trail Glove 3's are minimal zero-drop running shoes. The combination of a 0mm drop, a 4mm heel cushion, and a 10.5mm heel stack height, make these shoes remarkable compared to similar trail shoes. You can feel the connection with the terrain in the most comfortable possible way.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• Merrell Omni-Fit™ lacing System provides a precise glove-like fit

• TrailProtect technology has a pad that offers excellent underfoot protection

• Durable enough to protect your feet from rough terrain, but light enough to connect you to it.

• Vegan Friendly

• Breathable mesh lining and synthetic TPU upper

• Remarkable Vibram outsole provides good traction

• M Select FRESH technology that keeps your shoes dry and odorless

• Arch panel that extends from the outsole
Bottom line
Bottom line

Bottom line

These zero-drop, minimal, lightweight running shoes will help you conquer all the obstacles you face during your run. Wether is off-road or on the road, the Merrell Trail Glove 3 will give you amazing support, traction and comfort while you are running. In a mid range of prices, compared with similar shoes, you can get great value for your money when acquiring a pair of there running shoes. Compared to the prevueous versions, the Merrell Trail Glove 3 features a great outsole, one that is slightly stiffer, but one that adds grip and protection, one that is great for really rocky surfaces.

Whether it is wet or dry, cold or warm, the Trail glove 3's offer ventilation and breathability, and will not let the conditions stop you from doing your best run. These running shoes are a great option for those who love to feel the tough and difficult trail while wearing a shoe that was built for speed.