Merrell All Out Crush
Merrell seems to know no bounds or limits when it comes to pushing the capabilities of their products and the Merrell All Out Crush is a prime example of this. “Run through everything like it’s nothing” states an ad from the campaign designed to debut the introduction of the All Out Crush. This model was designed for agility and to take on the toughest terrain.
- This model is lightweight and provides good traction.
- The material on the upper allows excess liquid to drain from the shoe.
- This shoe is very flexible with a comfortable fit.
- TrailProtect protective layered plate located in the midsole provides protection on rough terrain.
- The outsole isn't as long lasting as some runners hoped.
- Debris can get into the shoes.
- The outsole is prone to wear and tear.
- Great shoes, precise fit, perfect arch support, excellant side support, nice and flexible for the ball of my feet, very light and lots of support, perfect for trails.
- I find the traction on trails is the best I have known, this is the best trail shoe but not for hard surfaces as the sole would wear out as I found.
- I can run for hours in these, these are light, suppportive and fantastic traction, certainly the best trail shoe around so far.
- The shoes are very good for trail running, comfort level is high, breathability is lovely and cool but perhaps needs more cushion in the heels.
- The traction is fantastic on trails, wet or dry, the shoe feels very supportive, love the level of suppoprt in the arch, nice light high performance trail shoe.
- I like the minimalist feel from these, these are clearly a very high performing trail shoe giving lots of super comfort, as for traction, unbeatable.
- Nice construction, lots of comfort, keep my feet dry and cool, super level of traction, great for running and walking.
- For my wide feet these shoes give perfect fit and super performance on trails, nice supportive shoe with very good cushioning. These are so comfortable I would call these as all day running shoe.
- After 44 days these had a hole in the seams on each shoe and this led to the seams tearing open, I’m disappointed that these are falling apart after such a short time.
- The shoe rock plate is none existent, these shoes gave me lots of discomfort and far too many blisters.
- The fit of these shoes have been incredibly uncomfortable for me, blisters and pain, wont buy again.
- My ankles roll because the arch support is built back to far into the shoe structure, not a good design
- The shoe fabric tears very easily, these have fallen apart after only three months on the trail.
The entire outsole is made from a thick rubber that provides a high level of traction. The intended purpose for the outsole may have been to use competitively, but the performance translates well to the trails for recreational users.
The Unifly midsole is composed of two foam pads placed in the heel and forefront area that is then surrounded by a softer foam that ensures a comfortable ride.
The Merrell's TrailProtect pad technology located in the midsole offers a decent amount of underfoot protection for everyday elements that you will encounter on the trail.
The thermoplastic polyurethane, or TPU, overlay adds an extra layer of protection for your foot. The upper is responsible for the overall sleek appearance of the shoe, while still possessing the functionality and flexibility that Merrell has promised to deliver with this model.
Located on the sides of the upper are drainage slots that allow trapped water to escape without issue.
This shoe has a good amount of protection while still falling into the category of being lightweight. That's good news for those who wish to be agile on the trails and during competition.
This model of shoe was crafted to compete, so breathability was high on the list of priorities to make sure your feet don't overheat at all. The plentiful perforations assist in bringing in cool air to your foot.
The Unifly midsole does a great job of providing a solid material to stand on for stability while at the same utilizing a softer foam for comfort.
Sleek, eye appealing aesthetics wrap around the entire upper of the shoe, similar and reminiscent of a low profile track shoe. This shoe possesses the stylish versatility to take a stroll with you on a casual outing or a challenging trail run.
The upper on the shoe holds up very well, especially since it was tested against harsh elements most other running shoes would not be able to handle. The only minor issue with durability on the shoe was the outsole, which depending on the type of terrain the user would most encounter, would decide on how long the outsole's life would be.
The outsole's performance was superb for grip and traction, but just like with any item being used to the maximum of its abilities, the wear and tear will be most noticeable on the outsole because of the amount of different and difficult terrain that it will encounter throughout its life.
Things don't just stop there as Merrell has decided to add synthetic thermoplastic polyurethane overlays on the upper as well as a toe cap to prevents any unnecessary injury.
The combination of all of these materials makes the Merrell All Out Crush a good choice when considering protection as a high priority.
From soft sand to gritty gravel, the lugs on the outsole provide solid traction. The outsole is inherently aggressive by nature, able to handle a lot more than most outsoles in its competitive trail category.
Merrell displays how important possessing the capability of good traction is to them as a company by crafting an outsole that knows almost no limits and can run over virtually any surface.
The combination of the materials makes the shoe very sturdy but also very flexible at the same time. The amount of separation of the 5-millimeter lugs found on the outsole allows for even more flexibility.
The shoe has a sufficient amount of lockdown in the midsection making the possibility of your foot sliding around while running virtually non-existent.
There are many shoes that are meant for multiple purposes and even though battling muddy terrains seems to be a very specific specialty for a shoe, this shoe doesn't fall short or fall apart when you need them to handle a heavy load.
The Merrell All Out Crush is a viable candidate to consider when in need of selecting a shoe that does well for trail training or obstacles competition courses.
Most importantly, these shoes were designed for neutral runners, so if your run style doesn't require any additional aid, definitely consider these shoes for your next trail run.