Right now in my training I don’t use the Merrell Trail Glove at all. However, it is still one of my favorite trail shoes as long as the trail is more solid without sand. Also this is one of my favorite shoes to use when I do track workouts. It stays tight on the foot and doesn’t slip even with the Lock laces I have on them.
San Diego and Phoenix saw the majority of the 161 miles I’ve put on the Trail Gloves since Augusta GA tends to have predominately sandy trails.
Overall, I really enjoy the shoe. It is comfortable and it is nice to have a protective zero drop shoe for trail running.
It has a nice color pattern with the red, silver and black base. Also Merrell does a good job of showing that they made it without really highlighting a flashy logo. They looked like they were made to go through the dirt and muck on a trail run.
I think they are comfortable the only time I really notice the thick forefoot is if I just use them as a going out shoe where I’m walking around all day.
I have never attempted to run in them without socks but another blogger (Minimalistrunningshoes.com) said that he had no issues running in them without socks.
The only skin issue is that the edge of the heel is pretty rough and may cause some irritation, but its never happened to me.
The outsole is almost 100% covered in rubber and is made by Vibram. This will help with the longevity of the shoe versus something like the Minimus trail that has much less rubber covering the sole.
The only issue with terrain is that if a trail is very technical with a lot of rocks, the shoe doesn’t protect the foot very well. It doesn’t have a good rock plate. I generally bring two pairs of shoes to every trail race; either my sonic glove or trail glove and the Merrell Mix Master. If the race looks like there will be a lot of gravel or even bigger rocks then I choose the Mix Master for the protection. The Trail Glove has a very barefoot feel including when you step on rocks.
- Heel-toe drop: 0mm (Zero-Drop)
- Weight: 7.0 oz @ size 9
- Stack Height: 12mm (Heel & Forefoot)
Sizing: I had to buy it one size bigger than my normal shoe size, because the extra thick plastic in the forefoot was very uncomfortable in size 8.5. If they feel a bit weird (thick in the forefoot) with a presure point more toward your arch, than I would try a bigger size. At first the extra thick plastic sole will feel a little out of place on the forefoot but it was very easy to get used to and is very helpful when the terrain gets rocky. Also the front of the shoe is extra roomy. This shoe was made to let your toes splay out some and to not pinch the pinkie toe. They will feel roomy but that is normal.
Overall, I really enjoy the Trail Glove. I use the newer Sonic Glove in my shoe rotation right now and when the tempatures heat back up I will probably be back to the Trail Glove.