Merrell Trail Crusher
Merrell began in 1981 as a footwear company that specialized in hiking boots. However, in 1997, Merrell was sold to Wolverine World Wide, who specialized in other types of footwear. Now, Merrell is considered one of the most popular brands for trail runners. They introduced a trail running shoe called the Jungle Runner, and with this, opened the door to the comfortable and durable Trail Crusher that we are reviewing today. One website rated Merrell as the 11th most popular footwear company worldwide, with the Trail Crusher being in the top 50th percentile of trail running shoes.
The Merrell Trail Crusher is for those with roots in both hiking and running. For these runners, following Merrell’s motto of “doing what’s natural”, depends on what kind of day it is. Depending on your mood and desires, this lightweight, hybrid running shoe can be taken just about anywhere.
- Vegan friendly footwear that uses 0% animal products.
- For those in need of freedom in motion, like me, the flexibility of the platform is a plus.
- The 4mm drop offers an ideal balance between desired ground contact and optimal cushioning.
- Durable, long-lasting outsole, reducing the need to replace the shoes often.
- Since this is a hybrid trail shoe, if you are running a longer distance trail race, you may want to choose a more traditional trail runner.
- You may require additional sock protection to prevent the shoe from rubbing the back of your foot.
The Trail Crusher also features an M-Bound midsole for maximal cushioning and efficiency. This type of midsole provides enough protection from the ground below while still allowing for stability and agility as well as faster reaction time.
The Merrell Trail Crusher also features metal eyelets for your laces, allowing for more secure lacing. These metal eyelets are more durable than traditional eyelets, which is pretty important when you are out running the trail. More than a road shoe, a trail runner really needs to be able to secure your foot firmly against the footbed. This is necessary to keep your foot in a locked position when running down or uphill or when scrambling over rocks. The Merrell Trail Crusher’s lacing can help you achieve this.
With the Merrell Trail Crusher, we were able to obtain the measurements for both the 8mm of cushion and the 18mm stack height. Stack height is basically the amount of material between your foot and the ground and is responsible for your perceived cushioning. Lower stack heights allow more ground feel, while higher stack heights allow for a more cushioned feel. The scale is generally like this: Barefoot, Minimal, Low, Medium, High, and Maximal. At 18mm, the Trail Crusher fits into the Low category, meaning you get some feel for the ground.
However, if you are a heel-striker, I’d encourage you to choose something with more cushioning in the rear. The Merrell Trail Crusher does have an air cushion feature in the rear section of the platform, that may be enough you. When trying them on in the store, jump from your heels a few times. You might feel silly, but it will save you from purchasing shoes that aren’t right for you, and therefore saving you time and money in the long run.
Key Features of the Merrell Trail Crusher
• Reliable traction with the M-Select Grip rubber outsole
• EVA removable footbed
• Improved shock absorption with the Merrell air cushion in the rear section of the platform.
• Low 4mm drop, for forefoot and heel balance.
• Protective toe cap, warding off sore toes from rocks and other debris.
Reflective details making running during low light a little safer.
Despite having a low drop, the Trail Crusher offers comfort with the air cushion found in the rear platform. And, not only is the Trail Crusher stylish, but it offers stability and protection as well. When considering a trail runner, the Merrell Trail Crusher is certainly worth taking a look!