The Momentous is Merrell’s newest addition to the Spring line up of trail running shoes. The new collection has been designed after consultation with athletes, research from Merrell labs and innovation in foot-in-motion science. This collection has been expanded in scope to reach all kinds of trail runners from professional runners to those just beginning their running lifestyle.
The Momentous is designed for light trail running or walking while still providing protection and comfort. With patented Merrell features like the Vibram Megagrip, M Select FRESH, TrailProtect Rockplate, and a Hyperlock Heel counter, the Momentous is game for extensive trail running. For the purpose of light trail running, hiking on mountains, activities, and walking on wet surfaces, the Momentous will rise to the task. As a neutral running shoe that provides adequate protection and comfort, this shoe is great for beginners and novice runners.
-Good grip over dry and wet terrain
-Cushioning for high mileage usage
-Minimal break-in period and can be worn right out of the box
-Removable insole that adds cushioning to the midsole
-The shoelaces are quite thin for a trail running shoe
-The breathability is minimum as the upper is sealed
The traction pattern has triangular lugs that are designed in a way to withstand mountainous and rocky terrain and shed mud quickly after your hike/run. Nowadays many trail shoes do away with the rock plate to reduce additional weight on the shoe but the Sense Max 2 does have the TrailProtect feature. Engineered in consultation with athletes, this feature offers more underfoot protection than a traditional outsole so that the foot is safe even if the shoe lands on top of rocks.
The shoe also comes with the M Select™ FRESH technology that prevents sweat and water from creating odors in your shoe. It introduces antimicrobial agents which prevent odor-causing microbes to reproduce and spread the intensity of the smell.
The lime punch is a rather bold color with shades of green and yellow that a few users remarked would be difficult to style. The grey colorway is the most popular one and the black is perfect for those who like a classic shoe. Above the heel, you can see a rubber strip with Merrell written in bold letters and the logo printed on the plush tongue.
Many reviewers tried them on sand, gravel, rocks, wet ground and mud without feeling any slippage. They struggled a bit on deep mud but that is understandable as they don’t have the lugs of a mud running shoe. One runner commented that the midsole didn’t stiffen up in cold weather as is seen in other shoes.
The Hyperlock molded heel adds stability to the foot as it keeps the heel in place even if you run swiftly. This feature solves the issue of a heel life and extraneous movement many trail shoes cause. The EVA material is mostly designed to provide comfort but it also lends its hand to stability and keeps the shoe in the base of the shoe. The shoe runs true to size but has a roomier toe box than is seen in many Merrell models.
-TrailProtect rock plate that protects the foot from trail debris
-Mesh TPU upper for breathability and comfort
-EVA midsole for flexibility and energy return
-M Select FRESH to reduce odors and keep the shoe fresh
The only major issue was with the thin, ribbon style laces that are not very easy to work with and show signs of wear with heavy usage. A more robust, thicker lace would be better matched for these shoes, as they perform well in very demanding conditions. Runners reported no complaints with durability with the rest of the shoe even after miles of trail running. For runners with wide feet, we would recommend it wholeheartedly. They look great, have amazing traction and hold up well in tough environments. You just may want to switch the laces. At an affordable rate for a Merrell shoe, the Momentous is worth it considering that it will last for a long time.