Merrell Trail Glove 3

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Merrell Trail Glove 3 Facts

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. It has also 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 gives 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 EVA Midsole 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 cpmes with a mesh and synthetic TPU upper and breathable mesh lining, that combined with the Merrell Omni-Fit lacing technology gives you a secure and glove-like fit. The shoes also have reflective details that make you more visible when you run in low light. Its antimicrobial agents penetrate and disrupt the reproduction of the odor causing microbes in the shoes.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Merrell Trail Glove 3 weight per shoe is 7oz. for men, or 5.9oz for women. The shoe brings you an amazing light running sensation, while at the same time providing you comfort and protection.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Running shoes with better breathability keep your feet cooler and allow your sweat to evaporate more quickly, which can decrease your risk of blisters. Having wet feet while running apart being uncomfortable, can generate blisters that can take you off running for some time.

Your body also loses a lot of heat through your feet, so wearing more breathable footwear can keep you cooler overall. It is important in hot conditions and cold conditions to have a lot of ventilation in your shoes. As the Trail Glove 3 count with a breathable mesh lining, the shoes will maintain dry and cool during your most intense running performance. The the upper fabric can handle heavy abrasions as well as wet terrain.
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, materials and design create a perfect fit and avoid creation of hot spots. The shoes are wide enough in the toe box, light and with great breathability, making sure your feet have enough ventilation and space to let you think about 100% on your run and not about your shoes.
Style
Style

Style

This shoes come in different combination of colors, Grey/Red, Spicy Orange/Navy, Algiers Blue/Lime Green, Black/Light Grey and Navy/Racer Blue. The Trail Glove 3 can be worn with everyday clothes as well as with our favorite shorts and running pants. The inner part of the shoes allows you to wear them without socks, in case you are one of those people.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The high quality materials used to build the Merrell Train Glove 3 make the shoe super resistant yet still light and flexible. They are light enough to connect you to the ground (the whole purpose of minimalist shoes), and durable enough to protect you from the terrain.
Protection
Protection

Protection

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

Responsiveness

The different technologies used in the design and production of the Trail Glove 3 provide you the best control wether is on steep climbs or descents, in flat or rocky terrain, in wet or dry surfaces. The shape of the shoe and the glove-like feeling provide all the right support in al the right places at the right time. Reinforcements 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

You have to check your running mechanics when it comes to running, there are some things you need to know about your body mechanics while running. If you have pronation, over-pronation or under-pronation when you run, is very important. It can affect the kind of shoe you want to wear while running and your performance overall.

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. If you have pronation, over-pronation or under-pronation when you run, it can affect the kind of shoe you want to wear while running and your performance overall.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

Even when the Merrell Trail Glove 3 running shoes are designed for trail, with their 3mm lug depth Vibram outsoles, can take you to both road and trail runs without any problem. Even running over wet surfaces is safe with these shoes, the support and responsiveness are really good, giving you the best comfort in any terrain conditions. The breathability of the shoes is really good as well, keeping you dry and warm in any kind of conditions.
Price
Price

Price

The Merrell Trail Glove 3 are in the mid range of price for their category of minimal zero-drop trail shoes. With prices going from $40USD to +$200USD in their price range, these shoes can be found in Amazon and Merrell website from $100USD. Definitely good value for your money.
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 are not as flexible as their predecessors the Trail Glove 1 and 2, but they continue being really flexible. With this model, Merrell sacrificed some flexibility in order to bring more protection to your feet. They are still one of the lightest minimal shoes in the market.
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 in their trail running 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.

• They are vegan friendly footwear

• 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

There 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.

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