Merrell Trail Glove 4 Knit

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Merrell has perfectly combined style and performance in this shoe. The Trail Glove 4 Knit features their signature zero drop, barefoot feel that keeps runners connected with the trail or road below them and provides them with a stable base for running and hiking. The entire shoe weighs a mere .6 ounces, making it one of the lightest shoes on the market. Runners loved this shoe for the road, the trail, the gym, and as a fashionable accessory to a casual outfit. Because of the slip on, breathable construction, it can be worn with or without socks. Merrell uses some of their best-patented technology as well as a Vibram rubber outsole to ensure that runners have the best, neutral ride possible. The shoe is slip resistant and keeps runners feeling secure even on the toughest terrain. This shoe is slightly more expensive than other, similar brands on the market, but runners raved about the shoe and said it was a great investment.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Colorful and stylish
  • Barefoot running at its best
  • Versatile. Can be used on the roads or the trail. 
  • Superior grip and traction
Cons
  • Expensive
  • No arch support or stability features
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We have spent 2 hours analyzing a total of 221 reviews.

These reviews are then categoried into "Positive" and "Negative" feedback.

Below you will read a summary of them:

Positive
  • The lacing and knit upper make these easy on/off shoes. Great for people who don't want to fuss with tying laces too much.
  • The upper is stretchy and provides a sock-like feel.
  • Overall, these are lightweight and flexible.
  • There is a lot of praise for the stylish look.
  • These have worked well for buyers who are active as well as for those who just use them for casual wear.
  • There are no reports of foot fatigue.
  • The heel has a snug, comfortable fit even for narrow heels.
  • Zero drop promotes a more natural stride.
  • Positive reviewers wear these with and without socks.
  • The toe box is roomy and allows for natural toe splay.
  • The overall design and materials are high quality.
  • These allow for a natural feel on the trails with some protection from rocks and roots.
  • Reviewers note that the upper doesn't add pressure to painful bunions.
  • Buyers say that these have enough support without being too structured.
  • The knit material of the upper is easy to wash.
  • The snug fit of the upper keeps most debris out.
  • These have a light, relaxed fit on the ankle.
Negative
  • Most complaints about these shoes come from the lacing system.
  • There are several reports of the laces quickly showing wear. This happens especially from the eyelet design.
  • The lacing cord lock can get in the way during some stretches.
  • Compared to other barefoot shoes, the arch in these is a bit high. This can be uncomfortable for people with flat or low arches.
  • If you are not used to minimal shoes, it will take some time to ease into running.
  • There are not many reviews addressing the overall durability.
  • With a bungee lacing system, it can be difficult to get a super snug fit.
  • These are not recommended for people who need a lot of protection from the elements.
  • There are some reports of the laces completely breaking after a couple of weeks of use.
  • Most reviews come from casual wearers and short to mid-distance runners so there is not a lot of feedback on how these perform for long distance.
  • The snug fit of the upper can affect sizing and the thickness of socks worn.
  • The TrailProtect pad takes away from the barefoot feel for some people.
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Of the 221 reviews we found in total, 21% were negative, and 79% were positive.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

This shoe uses a combination of materials to provide a durable, protective ride for runners. For starters, Merrell uses their patented M Select Grip+ material. This material is anatomically designed with flex grooves that mold to the shape of the foot and enable the runner to have a neutral, flexible running experience that supports their natural gait cycle. In addition to the M Select Grip+, Merrell selected Vibram rubber as their primary outsole material. This material is not only durable and highly protective, it provides excellent grip and traction. The shoe features 2-millimeter lugs to keep the runner upright and safe even on an uneven or slippery terrain. Whether running on wet or dry surfaces, the runner is covered.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The primary material used in the midsole is an Integrated EVA Foam. The footbed is lined with this foam to provide extra cushioning and support. Additionally, Merrell uses their patented FlexConnect Dual Directional midsole. This provides flex grooves to support the natural movement of the runner and helps the runner move quickly and efficiently on tough terrain. The zero drop design keeps runners feeling connected to the ground and stable.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of the Merrell Trail Glove 4 Knit is made from a Mesh and TPU material. It features a bungee lace-up system that keeps the runner protected from falling and also allows the runner to create a fit that is as snug as they need it to be. The inner and outer lining of the shoe is made from a breathable mesh that allows air to enter and exit the shoe, providing a high level of ventilation. A hyper lock TPU heel counter keeps the foot locked in place to eliminate the risk of irritation. The upper design is colorful and stylish too.
Weight
Weight

Weight

This is one of the most lightweight shoes on the market today. It is designed to go fast and provide maximum agility to all runners. The shoe weighs a mere 0.6 ounces. It is flexible and moves freely with the runner’s natural gait cycle. This is not the shoe for the runner who is looking for plush cushion and a thicker landing pad like Hoka. This is the shoe for someone who wants to feel as close to barefoot as possible.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

This shoe features a dual breathable lining. The inside of the shoe and the outside are both layered with this breathable mesh. This allows air to flow into the shoe, circulate, and exit to help regulate the temperature inside of the shoe. Runners reported virtually no irritations or blisters in these shoes so much so that they can be worn with or without socks. The lower ankle profile also helps the foot breath and keeps the runner cool even during warm weather.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

This is a barefoot, zero drop running shoe. Not every runner thinks that this is the definition of comfort, but for runners who enjoy the minimalist, barefoot design, this is a perfect shoe. The shoe is so lightweight and can be worn with or without socks. Also, the bungee lacing system allows runners to personalize the tightness of the shoe. The TPU hyper lock heel counter helps keep the foot locked down and provides a bootie-like feel. The upper is extremely breathable too so runners reported feeling comfortable in any weather condition. The upper material is fast drying so runners don’t have to worry about traversing through puddles or streams during their workouts.
Style
Style

Style

This barefoot running shoe is stylish and comfortable enough to wear as part your everyday outfit. The shoe comes in four unisex colors, Vapor, Black, Blue Depth, or Hot Coral. The color options provide a look for those who like bright vibrant colors and for those that like a more subdued look. They look sleek and thin on the foot and won’t add any unwanted bulk.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The outsole of the shoe is where runners can expect to find the most durability for this shoe. Merrell relies on a combination of their patented materials and famous, high-quality materials. M Select Grip + lines the outsole to protect the runner from sharp debris that can be found on the ground. This unique Merrell material is practically puncture-proof. The rubber used for the outsole material is Vibram rubber. Runners report that this material not only provides added grip, it also holds up well against all terrains and weather conditions. The price is slightly higher for this shoe, but runners reported that it is worth the price because of the extended life they can get out of it.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Runners know that one of the most important elements of a trail running shoe is its ability to protect the runner from harmful debris that can be found on the trail and to keep them upright during their runs. The Merrell Terrex Solo has added layers along the outsole that are puncture proof and still manage to be extremely lightweight. The Merrell Trail Glove 4 Knit uses their patented M Select Grip + outsole to add extra grip and traction that is perfect for steep inclines or declines. This material also helps keep the runner upright regardless of the terrain or weather conditions. In addition to the outsole, the upper of the shoe provides an added structure through the bungee lacing and the Hyperlock TPU heel counter keeps the foot snuggly locked in place to reduce the risk of injury. Finally, the upper material is quick drying to eliminate the risk for blisters and irritations while running in wet conditions.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

This shoe has a zero drop that creates the most responsive ride possible. Runners are able to be protected from the harmful elements on the trail while still feeling very connected to the ground below them. The integrated EVA footbed responds quickly and efficiently to changes in pace, direction, and terrain. The Vibram outsole rubber is tough enough and thin enough to protect the runner without adding bulk to slow them down or get in their way. The midsole is made with an adaptive material that anatomically fits the foot.
Support
Support

Support

This shoe is super lightweight and flexible, but support can be found in the upper. The upper features a 3D knit construction that wraps the foot in a snug bootie-like fit to reduce the risk of injury. In addition to this, the upper features a hyper lock printed TPU heel counter that helps to keep the foot in place and reduce the risk of unwanted side to side movement, even on varied terrain.

Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

This shoe can handle any terrain that a runner can dream up. It is great for steep inclines and declines because of the heel counter. The Vibram Rubber outsole adds traction regardless of the conditions of the trail and the M Select Grip + is specifically designed to adapt to a variety of different terrains. This is a zero drop shoe that is also good for road running and casual wear.
Price
Price

Price

This shoe is not for the runner who is on a very tight budget. It costs more than the average running shoe on today’s market. However, runners commented that because of the long lasting outsole materials, this shoe is a great investment.
Traction
Traction

Traction

One of the areas where this shoe really shines is in the traction that it provides to the runner. It features two powerful outsole materials, Vibram rubber, and Merrell’s M Select Grip+ that are both designed to help keep runners upright regardless of the terrain or weather conditions. Runners described these shoes as sticky and agile.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

These shoes are very flexible. They are anatomically designed to fit the foot and adapt to the different needs of each runner. Although the outsole is powerful and protective, it is thin enough that it can bend and move easily with the runner. This is a barefoot running shoe that can be worn with or without socks and feels more like a bootie than the tough trail running shoe that it is. Merrell uses their patented Flex Connect, Dual directional EVA midsole that supports the natural gait of the runner. Additionally, the upper of the shoe is made from a 4-way stretch mesh.
Stability
Stability

Stability

This is not a stability shoe for the runner who is looking for support with over or under pronation and is looking for help to change and improve their gait cycle. This is a shoe that supports the natural movement of the foot.
Drop
Drop

Drop

This is a zero drop, barefoot running trail and road running shoe. It has a modest heel and toe height of 14 millimeters which means that the runner will feel connected to the ground below them. This shoe does not feature any additional cushioning or technology to propel the foot forward, and instead, relies on building up the muscles in the shin, Achilles, and calf to protect the runner and propel them forward.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-3D knit sock-like fit
- 4-way stretch mesh in the upper
- Bungee lacing system
- Hyperlock TPU heel counter
-Flex Connect EVA midsole
-M Select Grip + outsole
-Zero drop
-2-millimeter lugs in the outsole
-0.6 ounces
-Vibram rubber in the outsole
-Fast drying upper material
-Vegan-friendly uses absolutely no animal products in its production
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Merrell Trail Glove 4 Knit is a shoe that is designed for runners who are looking for a barefoot trail running experience. The shoe is incredibly lightweight and flexible, providing an adaptive fit for any terrain. This shoe is great for speed and runners loved it as a companion for obstacle racing too because of the added traction provided through the outsole material. The upper is made of a stretchy, breathable mesh that dries quickly. The shoe is stylish and runners commented that it goes well with casual outfits. Although the price is slightly higher than the average running or trail running shoe on the market, the longer life expectancy of the shoe makes it a great investment.