Merrell Momentous

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Merrell Momentous Review Facts

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.  

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

-Lightweight design

-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

Cons

-The shoelaces are quite thin for a trail running shoe

-The breathability is minimum as the upper is sealed

Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Vibram Megagrip is Merrell's strongest asset of its line of trail shoes and this shoe offers a superb grip because of it. Engineered with all the benefits of the traditional vibram outsole from the Merrell family, the megagrip provides additional security on wet and rocky terrain. One runner commented that he never felt unsure of his footing despite the rain or the slippery rocks on a running trail. The outsole helps provide good traction during ascend and descend on technical terrain.

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.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Momentous Max 2 has a compression molded EVA midsole, a standard Merrell feature, that is lightweight to give you stable comfort for all-day hiking. This ethylene-vinyl acetate material is often found in running shoes due to its lightweight nature and cushioning. It has a roomy toe box which is great for people with wide feet and it reduces the chances of gaining blisters.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper offers a nice performance suede and a TPU mesh combination to provide lightweight protection and comfort. The upper material also repels water but should not be considered as a waterproof shoe. There were mixed reviews on the one-piece tongue of this shoe as some said it rubbed against their ankles uncomfortably while some preferred the tongue built into the upper. The laces on the shoe are quite stringy and fragile as compared to other trail running shoe laces. Some reviewers mentioned that the lacing system did not please them entirely.

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.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Merrell Momentous is a great compromise between the lighter flexible Free Access and a substantially heavier shoe with a rock plate. It weighs 332g for one shoe or 12 oz which sits at the average for trail running shoes. Since speed is not the major factor in this shoe, priority is given to comfort, grip, and flexibility. Thus the Momentous is not the lightest trail shoe on the market but is light enough to not impede running on technical terrain.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The shoe features a TPU mesh upper to bring some breathability. The water-resistant fabric helps the shoe keep moisture away and not be uncomfortable while running in watery terrain. But since this layer is fully sealed without ventilation openings, and has a fabric with some water resistance, the breathability is not up to the mark. Many other Merrell models have ventilation holes on the sides of the shoe to remove heat and water. The Momentous could have greatly benefitted from such a feature. Although insulation was not a major issue in high heat, the shoe has yet to be tested in extremely cold weather.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

For those who like wearing socks with trail running shoes, the roomy toe box serves the purpose without letting your toes get jammed up after a long run. At the same time, it fits the anatomy of the feet well around the midfoot and heel without being loose on the feet. This shoe has a minimal break-in period and can be worn straight out of the box. The thick burrito tongue around the Achilles is substantial enough to be comfortable and it doesn’t distract from the running experience.
Style
Style

Style

The aesthetic and asymmetrical design is something that all runners appreciated as it a cross between a casual sneaker and an athletic shoe. The shoe is available in 3 colorways- lime punch, monument, and black. The laces are in synchronous colors with the shoe.

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.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Merrell is known for making really durable trail shoes and this shoe also holds up really well with no signs of wear and tear even after miles of running. The Vibram Megagrip is a great choice in terms of durability as the material is resilient and can withstand high impact shocks. The only area they need to work on is their thin ribbon laces which look flimsy and worn out after a few runs outside. A robust and thicker lace would have been a better compliment to this shoe.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Being a trail running shoe, protection is one area that cannot be ignored. The shoe features exterior rubber protection at the toe and the heel that gives an abrasion resistant experience and makes sure you don’t go kicking your toe on rocks. This one-piece tongue also has the job of protecting the foot against gravel and preventing you from tripping. Stitched into the upper, this helps reduce movement and prevents the tongue from slipping from its place while running. The upper mesh wicks moisture but is not waterproof.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Since the Momentous is not designed as a running or a track shoe, speed is not the most important feature here. This shoe does not require a bounce back of energy from heel strikes but focuses more on protection and grip, as a good trail shoe should. Nevertheless, the EVA midsole protects the foot from the impact of heel strikes and helps your feet feel secure. The removable PU insole also aids in absorbing energy and adds to the responsiveness of this trail shoe.
Support
Support

Support

Another patented feature of Merrell is the Hyperlock which keeps the heel in place and prevents it from shifting in the heel cup. There is very little arch support in these shoes but should satisfy runners looking for neutral arches. Since the footbed is a little flat, this shoe isn’t the best for high arches or pronation but is supportive enough without causing irritation or friction during runs. The removable insole also brings a degree of support to the feet on long, winding walks and if you happen to get them really dirty, you can get the same insole from the Merrell website or Amazon.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Sense Max 2 features a PU coated upper for water resistance and a mesh lining that doesn’t chafe when wet yet dries quickly. This shoe is equally at home on a dry trail or in a rocky stream. The aggressive tread pattern on the outsoles provides an excellent grip on a variety of surfaces.

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.
Price
Price

Price

These shoes are moderately priced considering Merrell’s brand value and its trail-running capabilities. Merrell shoes are famed for their quality construction and long-lasting abilities thus it is safe to say the Momentous will also last for thousands of miles. Considering the shoe’s features like the Megagrip, Hyperlock heel counter, TrailProtect rock plate, and the M Select FRESH, this shoe is a bargain for regular trail runners.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The shoe owes its solid grip to its Vibram Megagrip outsole which can handle a variety of wet and dry terrain. The 5mm lugs on the outsole prevent abrasions and add a slight boost into your step. The Momentous is not built for deep mud and extremely wet conditions but is good for slight to moderate rocky terrain.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The EVA midsole brings a certain level of flexibility and offers energy return to the shoe. But the inclusion of the rock plate is what limits the flexibility of the midsole which would otherwise be very flexible. The midsole is also thick to provide protection against injury thus bringing limited flexibility to the arch. Most of the flexibility can be seen in the forefoot with protection aspects in the back. All-in-all, the Sense Max 2 is a happy compromise between the super flexible Free Access and aggressively protective rock plated boots.
Stability
Stability

Stability

For those with narrow feet, choosing half a size smaller will be a better way to go even. Cranking down on the laces too tight might strain the tongue and cause bubbles.

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.
Drop
Drop

Drop

This shoe has a low heel-to-toe drop of 4mm. A low drop is chosen in some trail running shoes to reduce the risk of injury. A high drop can sometimes tilt your stride forward, throwing your form out of alignment and unevenly distributing the forces of impact. A small drop such as the one here can encourage minimal heel striking.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-Vibram Megagrip outsole with 5mm lugs for superior grip traction
-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
-Removable insole
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Runners really enjoyed the lightweight of the shoe and felt that this shoe did not slow them down on long runs. This shoe is a great choice for less rocky trails and particularly where you need traction but still want a neutral support trail running shoe.

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.