Barefoot trail runners that provide a balance of foot freedom, protection, minimalist cushioning, and traction in a super-lightweight set up. If you are stepping into the barefoot world, your feet will need time to adjust, Merrell recommends that you build up your barefoot activities slowly.
- Made of DWR-treated synthetic leather and breathable air mesh with synthetic leather heel sling.
- Omni-Fit lacing system is designed to wrap the foot to provide a precise, glove like fit.
- Welded TPU overlays and fused rubber toe bumper add durability.
- Microfibre footbed with an antimicrobial treatment.
- 4mm compression moulded mapped EVA midsole provide protection from uneven terrain and stone bruising without disconnecting the user from the trail.
- 1mm forefoot shock absorption plate protects foot by distributing pressure but maintains natural forefoot flexibility.
- Vibram® Trail Glove sole provides full-length, flexible lugged traction. Rubber compound provides durable grippy performance.
Some shoes include added motion control or stability features to help minimize pronation or supination, where the foot tends to roll inward or outward in a biomechanically imbalanced running position.
The approximate thickness of the midsole cushioning under the heel and the forefoot. A thicker heel and greater difference between heel and toe height tends to suit heel-strike runners, while forefoot and midfoot strikers may prefer a minimal drop between heel and toe cushioning.
|4 - 4 mm|
The drop is the difference in height between the heel and the forefoot midsole cushioning. Traditional running shoes tend to have a 10mm drop or higher while minimalist style shoes are on the lower end of the spectrum.
Waterproof shoes and boots feature a waterproof-breathable membrane and a gusseted tongue to help keep your feet dry in wet conditions.