“Let’s get outside.” That’s Merrell’s motto, and they’re certainly doing right by it with the best running shoe under $200: The -Merrel Men’s Barefoot Trail Glove. If you’re the type of person who likes sports or any outdoor activity, you just might fall in love with these shoes. After taking your first couple steps in them, you’ll immediately notice two things: they’re unbelievably light and comfortable. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Wait until you run in them.
The creators of this shoe remind us that when you’re wearing Trail Gloves for any outdoor activity, it’s better to start off slowly. Not only will this let your body get the warm up that it needs before working out, it will also let your feet get accustomed to its thin mid-sole and outersole. The 0-millimeter ball-to-heel drop design keeps your feet connected to the ground or trail, literally giving you a better feel of the terrain that you’re treading on.
While comfort is clearly the focus of the -Merell Men’s Barefoot Trail Glove, it’s also quite reliable when it comes to durability and protection. If you like to run on harsher terrain, don’t fret, the thin underside of the shoes sports several layers of protection: a toe bumper to absorb frontal impact, 4-millimeter compression-molded midsole cushions (EVA), a flexible forefoot shield-plate that protects your feet from suffering bruises, the Vibram Compound TC-1 outersole that performs well in both dry and wet conditions, and a 1-millimeter shock absorber on the forefoot that distributes pressure and maintains natural flexibility.
Speaking of flexibility, you should try a neat trick when you get your hands on a -Merrell Men’s Barefoot Trail Glove. You can actually roll it up into a spiral for easy storage. That’s how flexible the materials of the shoe are.
It’s also not flashy. It’s simple look and low profile hides neat features, including the breathable microfiber mesh that comprises the upper part of theshoe, allowing your feet to get some much-needed air while you’re on the go. Upon closer inspection, you’ll also notice that it also features the patented lacing system by Merrell, for a more customized and glove-like fit.
The Trail Glove’s footbed is also made of microfiber that’s treated with a special antimicrobial solution–good news to anyone suffering from stinky feet. If that fails, you can just throw the shoes into the washing machine, provided it’s a cold wash and a gentle cycle, followed by an hour or two of air-drying.
The creators of this shoe also assure us that the Trail Glove shares the durability that most Merrell models are known for. You’ll be running in them for more than just 2 or 3 years.
If you want to be in something lightweight, comfortable, and durable the next time you’re out running, then these are the shoes you want. At just 6.2 oz or 175.8 gm for half of a pair, The Merrell Men’s Barefoot Trail Glove really lives up to its name: a glove like fit that’s perfect for arguably the best running shoe for trail-running and outdoor sports enthusiasts. Try them on and judge for yourself.