Merrell Mix Master Move

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Merrell Mix Master Move Review Facts

The Merrell Mix Master Move is regarded as a great choice for trail and hard pavement running. Merrell is known for making durable hiking boot,s so it makes sense why the outsole of these shoes can withstand just about anything. Protective features include a toe cap which defends the foot against road debris, a padded heel and tongue for additional padding. Although the low-profile look of the shoe may not seem like they have superior comfort, runners will satisfied with the cushioned ride they offer.

The upper is constructed with a breathable mesh that promotes airflow for cooler rides on all surfaces. Additionally, the reflective materials on the sides of the shoe increase visibility for night runs. The Merrell Mix Master Move running shoes have a very generic look, but their versatile features make them a solid choice for many of your running needs.

Pros
  • Protective toe cap that fends off road debris
  • Multiple cushioning technologies for maximum comfort
  • Reflective material on the outer for high visibility
Cons
  • Slightly narrow according to some runners
  • Not the best for transitioning from road to trail
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The strongest aspect of Merrell Mix Master is most likely its outsole. This brand produces quality hiking footwear which translates well to their line of running shoes. If the terrain you are looking to take on isn’t super muddy or rocky, the sticky outsole will get the job done with satisfactory traction.

Some users noted that the sticky grip can deteriorate quicker than expected. Nonetheless, the outsole features a molded nylon arch shank for a good amount of comfortability in the midfoot. If you are an animal lover, you will be happy to know that this shoe is vegan friendly footwear.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Merrell Mix Master's midsole features their Float technology. This factor separates this shoe from a majority of its competitors by creating a 10% thinner material that is up to 25% lighter than other shoe’s components. This is a big plus for runners who want a lighter and more nimble shoe.

The Merrell Air Cushion on the heel absorbs shock very well and adds an okay amount of stability. Overall, the midsole provides a pretty responsive feel while delivering a solid amount of ground control on a variety of surfaces. It has a 19mm stack height while providing 9mm of cushioning. This amount of cushioning does not top the charts in the shoe industry, but your foot will feel comfortable if you are a heel or midfoot striker.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper unit of the Merrell Mix Master has decent breathability. This is made possible by the openings in the overlay which boost air flow but unfortunately, can let more debris than wanted into the shoe. Despite this, the textile and synthetic leather provides a good amount of protection for the top side of the foot.

Its stitched-on overlays around the midfoot and heel included a well-padded tongue as well as a reflective padding for visibility during night time runs. Molded eyelets are constructed for security in the lacing system. A nice addition to this shoe is the protective toe cap that prevents wear and tear in one of the most high abrasion areas of a running shoe.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Merrell Mix Master is a pretty lightweight shoe when comparing it to others on the market. It comes put weighting about 8 ounces. Usually the lighter the shoe, the less protective features there are. Fortunate, Merrell has made sure to keep protection at top form even without a lot of padding.

The lightweight construction allows runners to experience quicker strides while maintaining good contact with the ground. If you are looking for a good mix of traction and speed, this shoe is a very good option.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The 2nd version of the Merrell Mix Master has really upgraded the breathability. Your feet won’t get hot when running, but they are not as effective as the newest line. The ventilation features that this shoe does have is made possible by the synthetic mesh on the upper.

Both versions have Aegis® technology which fights against bacteria and unwanted odor that can come about after several uses in running shoes. This shoe does a great job of draining itself when exposed to water. If you ever come in contact with streams or similar environments ,the shoe won’t weigh itself down by retaining that water which is a huge plus.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

It seems that just about every user has noted that the Merrell Mix Master is a comfortable running shoe. This line doesn’t have the most amount of cushioning, but it still provides a great amount of comfortability. A big reason why these shoes have that comfort factor is because of Merrell’s Air Cushion technology located on the heel of the shoe.

It provides a good amount of feedback for a comfortable stride in a variety of runs. The EVA removable footbed will provide comfort for many, but provide the option of custom orthotics if necessary.
Style
Style

Style

The Merrell Mix Master is available in a few different colors. The black color scheme is simple and generic for the simplistic type. For those looking to get a bit more flashy look, there is a red white and black design as well as a black and yellow version that has a bit more flare in the style department.

Despite the color variation you choose, the Merrell Mix Master is very generic looking running shoe. If you're a huge shoe geek and love the fashion side of kicks, you probably will not be impressed with its design. Alternatively, if you just want some performance above all, these shoes can definitely fulfill that purpose.
Durability
Durability

Durability

This is a well-crafted shoe, majorly in part to its durability. As stated previously, Merrell is a renown hiking footwear company, so it is nice that they were able to add this feature to their trail running shoe. The outsole has an extremely sticky rubber component that can take on a variety of terrains with ease.

It is covered with shallow rubber lugs with strategically placed gapping to promote flexibility while maintaining long-lasting features. The toe cap is a great addition to add in the shoe’s durable characteristic on the frontal portion of the shoe. Expect to get a lot of miles out of these shoes, especially because of Merrell’s recognition in the durability department.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The added toe cap is great for the front side of the shoe and for your foot, aiding in the protection of your feet during trail runs. The fair amount of cushioning in the midsole will also deliver secure features for both of your feet.

Some users have even noted that the protection on the under and upper portion of the shoe is a little much. The upper contains a good amount of overlays to provide the extra protection needed for all-surface running.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The midsole of the Merrell Mix Master has a responsive feature that will leave you satisfied after every run. It is made possible by the Air Cushion technology in the heel side of the foot and provides just enough cushion in the back of the shoe. This placement also ensures a more even foot strike, so runners can preserve their knees and joints. Athletes can be confident when taking on a variety of surfaces including soft, hard and wet terrain.
Support
Support

Support

According to most users, the Merrell Mix Master has a solid amount of support throughout the shoe. Its upper mesh hugs the foot providing a snug fit for users while still maintaining a decent amount of flexibility. The cushioned technologies and removable footbed offer a comfortable and supportive ride throughout the entire gait cycle. Overall, the support seems to be up to par compared to other road and trail running shoes.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Merrell Mix Master is a great option if you are looking for a shoe that can transition well from road to trail. It's a huge advantage to have a shoe that is versatile enough to provide comfortability and comfort for a variety of terrain.

The outsole has specialized rubber components that are designed to deliver top-of-the-line grip. Many users have said that this shoe is able to take on slippery surfaces with a high performance. Merrell’s durable and tractioned hiking products have also translated to these running shoes.
Price
Price

Price

Again, this is fairly versatile shoe that can serve a variety of your athletic purposes. They are comfortable enough to walk around in all day long and can provide the traction needed for dirt or other forms of trail running.

So for their moderate price, you are getting a shoe that can cover virtually all bases. If you are looking for a shoe that is going to turn some heads during your workout, you may want to search elsewhere. On the other hand, if you are more of a minimalist and are looking for performance over style, the Merrell Mix Master can be a good fit for you.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The traction of this shoe is made capable by the durable and sticky rubber outsole. The rubber lugs and spaced rivets on the underside of the shoe allow you to take on a variety of surfaces. Users will enjoy a nice comfortable transition from wet, dry, soft and harder surfaces. Many users also noted that the traction holds up well to wet rocky surfaces that they may encounter on off-road trails.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Merrell Mix Master flexibility is decent. The majority of this feature lies within the upper which is made out of a lightweight mesh that hugs the foot in a flexible fashion. As for the rest of the shoe, the outsole is a bit thick and does not provide much in the way of wiggle room.

Although this may be the shoe’s downfall, the outsole is what makes this line a great option for a variety of trails. Super flexible, no. But it does have enough to take on uneven surfaces, which is really all you need.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Merrell Mix Master has good amount of stability. Some users say it has a structured and somewhat stiff feel to it, which gives it its stable features. If you are a runner that is looking to take on several types of uneven surfaces the Merrell Mix Master will suffice. The addition of the Air Cushion which is strategically placed on the heel, ensures more security and cushioning on foot strikes. This also provide stability through the gait cycle and responsive feedback during all types of runs.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The heel to toe drop is measured at 4 millimeters for both men and women. This size is very low on the scale compared to the rest of the shoe industry. Because of this low setting, it creates a more natural foot strike on the forefoot and midfoot while running. This shoe will provide an even stride and is aided by the comfort cushioning agents within the midsole.
Key Features of the Merrell Mix Master move
Key Features of the Merrell Mix Master move

Key Features of the Merrell Mix Master move

• Removable cushioned EVA foam footbed
• Air Cushion on the heel for maximum comfort
• Toe cap for added protection on trail runs
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Merrell Mix Master is a versatile running shoe that does its best work on road running surfaces. That being said, it is also a good option for moderate trail runs, because of the sticky outsole which delivers a good amount of grip. Merrell is best known for their hiking footwear and have implemented many of the features from that line to this pair of shoes.

They are durable sneakers and although they may not have the most appealing style, they will get the job done. The protective toe cap is engineered to fight off unwanted debris and abrasion. Its Air Cushion technology on the heel gives the shoe extra padding that will otherwise make up for the little cushioning elsewhere in the shoe. Overall, they are a decently priced shoe that can meet the needs of runners who want to take on several types of terrains.