Merrell Vapor Glove 2

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Merrell Vapor Glove 2 Review Facts

Merrell Vapor Glove 2 is a feather light and breathable shoe. The shoe has a solid barefoot feature which functions well when used. The shoe is made of washable mesh which is comfortable to put on in hot conditions and molds one feet to an ultimately natural and uninhibited stride. The shoes flexibility is next to the natural movement of the foot and is recommendable for a daily training. The shoe has a good fit and are very comfortable.

Pros
  • The shoe is made of high quality material which offer secure and breathable coverage to ones feet
  • The outer sole is made of durable and dependable Vibram layer
  • It has a protective toe section and great ground feel
  • It has a good arch support and traction
  • allows one to maintain natural posture and balance
  • The shoe is made of an anti-microbial material that keeps the foot odorless and fresh
Cons
  • There is no protection for the foot if there is any risk of impact with an object
  • The upper part of the shoe is somewhat delicate and can get torn after a few months
  • The shoe has narrow shape and low volume toe box which isn’t comfortable for some people
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

Merrell Vapor Glove 2 outsole has been made using Vibram Outsole TC1 which is one of the high quality outsole components in the market. It consists of a rubber compound that’s very reliable when it comes to delivering traction over a variety of surfaces. Its grip on the ground and hard asphalt is dependable and it doesn’t let the runners slip. The outsole unit itself has a light groove pattern that allows the unit to flex naturally.

One can actually bend and fold the entire shoe because it was truly meant to allow natural movement to fully occur. It’s also durable, so any runner can rely on it to last long, even after many adventures. Heel support is afforded by a Rear Foot Sling that’s prepared from TPU which is made from synthetic leather which helps in keeping the heel in place without adding bulk or weight.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

It's automatically obvious that the cushioning in a shoe will reduce the impact on your body when running. However, The Science of Running Shoes indicates that the reality is rather more complex. While slight cushioning may reduce the effort needed to run by improving your Running Economy, most scientific research indicates that more cushioning does further improve Running Economy. In addition, cushioning does not generally reduce impact and may actually increase it. This is counter intuitive, but is likely to be due to the way a runners mind and body adapts to softer cushioning.

Unfortunately, the scientific evidence is far from complete and it's hard to give clear recommendations. The shoe is light and has a certain percentage of cushioning which makes it comfortable for someone when running.The mid-sole unit is made of a compression of molded Ethylene vinyl acetate or CMEVA. This material is very durable and it delivers responsible cushioning at all times. It’s not restrictive therefore making the Merrell Vapor Glove 2 a very flexible shoe. A non-removable microfiber foot-bed with M-Select Fresh is placed right above the mid-sole foam and has anti-microbial capability which allows it to maintain a clean and a healthy interior environment for the foot.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The Vapor Glove 2 is made with a flexible air mesh material on the upper part that is soft to the touch and strong. It’s a solid feature that allows runners to go through their activities without worrying about sweaty or warm feet and so thin that one can faintly make out the color of your skin (or socks) when wearing them. Light easily transmits through the upper in the daylight. The inside and outside edges of the shoe have been reinforced with a painted TPU material which gives the shoe extra durability.

The material used for the upper part is very breathable and well ventilated which makes one comfortable while in motion. Overally the uppers holds up just fine for road and light tail running but a stray brunch or rock might ruin ones day if one grazed it with enough speed since it’s somewhat delicate on the uppers. Due to how the upper is made the shoe are good for all weathers especially cold.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Vapor Glove 2 is known for its light weigh feature which gives someone comfort and stability while running. Besides the thin synthetic heal, this shoes don’t have any overlays or unnecessary padding which would add weight. This shoe strikes dependable and reliable spot between thinness, lightness, flexibility and durability even though it’s a light weight shoe. The weight is affected by the size of the shoe for example for a size 9 the shoe is about 5 oz.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The shoe is very light weight and made of high quality material which have great breathability. The highly breathable mesh upper shapes ones feet while providing great comfort and ventilates heat and moisture in hot conditions. The shoe has a non-removable microfiber foot bed made of M-Select fresh material which is an anti-microbial material that keeps the foot odorless and fresh.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The shoe is very comfortable and reliable when worn. They are actually have a true shape of the foot and the toe box provides enough room for the toe splay without excessive roominess. The shoe has a good lacing system which gives it a good grip and allows one to customize the tension to his or her reference while having a secure fit feel. The inside of the shoe is made of very soft material which allows one to wear them without socks. It is a flexible shoe which gives one the feeling of his natural feet.
Style
Style

Style

The shoe has a great style since it’s creatively made to take the shape of the feet naturally giving one a sporty look and comfortability all the time. Most of the colors on the upper part of the shoe are dynamic and fashionable. It has an outdoor performance look which motivate one on the task ahead which is either running or exercising. The shoe was built for those seeking a barefoot-like off-road running experience with the interior surface comfortable for sockless use.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The durability of the shoe is excellent since the outsole is made of Vibram sole which is long-lasting, abrasion-resistant, functional and safe to use on a variety of surfaces, from hard-packed snow and forest floors to bare rock and loose scree slopes. The uppers of the Vapor Glove are resistant to abrasions and punctures when venturing off road while the lacing system has minimal deterioration as well. The flexibility of the shoe makes it hard for it to wear down easily.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Vapor Glove 2 has a protective toe section. The uppers front has the toe bumper in the toe box which is aimed to protect the toes against stones and sharp rocks in the road. The shoe is however less protective under the sole since the sole is very thin and one can feel every stone or stick.
Support
Support

Support

Vapor Glove 2 has a flexible sole which gives a great support and promote better balance to strong muscles in the leg. These simple shoes allow the tiny little muscles all throughout our feet to do the job which they are prevented from doing by wearing stiff shoes and force our heels to hit the pavement first. It provides the right support to help absorb shocks. Runners are able to avoid the joints and knees that hurt when running because of the shape of the shoe.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The shoe is designed for different types of terrain which include trail, gravel and road terrains. The outsole uses the Vibram TC1 rubber material, and that combined with the tread pattern makes them perfect for running or walk on dry and textured surfaces. Because of their shape and model they aren’t comfortable in rock terrains.
Price
Price

Price

The retail price for this shoe is ranges from $78.00 - $86.00 dependent on the features chosen by the buyer. This is an affordable price for the shoe with its high quality features and reliability.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Merrell uses Vibram TC1 rubber throughout the outsole, with equal emphasis throughout the entire undersurface. This means it bucks the current trend of reinforcing some areas of the outsole heavier than others which therefore accommodates a wider variety of foot strike patterns with equal durability. The tread pattern is more than adequate for roads, and grip proves to be amazingly steady on gravel and groomed trails as well.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Flexibility is an important aspect in being able to achieve maximum results per stride. The shoe is incredibly flexible and this gives ones feet comfort. The shoe can be twisted, folded or rolled into a ball. There are absolutely no restrictions on movement and this gives on the ability to maintain his or her natural structure. At optimum flexibility, the runner will achieve maximum results.
Stability
Stability

Stability

This shoe provides runners with enough stability to help them control each stride on off-road trails or over uneven terrain as well. To achieve the best stability, the runner must adapt his running style and strides to conform to the terrain. This is often strenuous and challenging. The best way to achieve optimum stability is by using shoes that offer more stability which is provided by Vapor Glove 2. The shoe has a thin sole with a zero drop and its light in weight.
Ground Feel
Ground Feel

Ground Feel

The Outsole thickness of this shoe is a merely 3.5mm, with 2mm of insole cushioning, for a total stack height of 5.5mm. With highly flexible outsole rubber and a very low stack height, ground feel in the Vapor Glove is very strong.
Drop
Drop

Drop

This shoe has a 0mm drop, 0mm heel cushion and 5mm heel stack height.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• Cushioning -The Vapor has a minuscule amount of cushioning from the rubber outsole

• Drop -The Vapor Glove is zero-drop

• Structure - The Vapor really does feel like a glove, and has no more interference with your foot movement than a latex glove would on your hand.

• Flexibility. The Vapor Glove is extremely flexible

• Outsole-Made with Vibram Outsole TC1

• Midsole- The mid-sole unit is made of a compression of molded Ethylene vinyl acetate or CMEVA. It also has a non-removable microfiber foot-bed with M-Select Fresh

• Shape. The Vapor Glove is nicely shaped and designed for the human foot.

• Barefoot-style trail runner in mesh and TPU with traditional lace closure, breathable mesh lining, and integrated microfiber soft footbed

• Upper- The Vapor Glove 2 is made with a flexible air mesh material on the upper part that is soft to the touch and strong.

• Tongue. The Vapor Glove has a thinly padded, traditional tongue that is held in places by a tab for the laces.

• Heel Counter- the Vapor Glove is zero-drop
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The shoe is light weight, comfortable, stylish and well made with a good contact experience with the ground. The Merrell GLOVE series has changed frequently, and for this shoes in particular they fit the anatomy of ones shoe. The Vapor Glove 2 is very true to the shape of the foot, with lots of toe room and width in the toe box without excessive roominess. The Traditional Lace Closure in the opening provides a secure, snug fit and permits you to customize the tension.

Comments (1 )

  1. Anthony Pifari Guest
     

    Are the merrell vapor glove two good for road running and running in 5k races? Will it make me faster?