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Testing the Merrell Trail Glove Barefoot Shoe for Tough Mudder

Merrell Trail Glove ShoeSo, if you’ve read my Tough Mudder training posts before, you know that I have been wearing the Vibram (VFF) FiveFingers Treksport shoes for my trail running. I still love my VFF and now I actually have 3 different pairs (KSO, Trek, Treksport). I wear VFF every day. But, there has been a nagging issue for my more aggressive uphill trail running: My smaller toes keep sliding out of the VFF toe pockets when I sprint uphill. Don’t tell me that I need a smaller size, because I can’t go any smaller. My big toe is already uncomfortably scrunched a bit. I know that I could go one size even smaller and then use a heat gun to heat and stretch the big toe. But, I already did that with this pair and I think it would probably destroy an even smaller pair. There is only so much you can stretch that toe!

So, about 3 weeks ago, I bought the Merrell Trail Glove Men’s Barefoot Trail Running Shoe. I read a great review about it on Barefoot Running University from a guy who does ultra-marathons and he loved them. Here is a takeaway quote from his review:

The trail glove is the best true minimalist trail shoe I have ever tested. If there is a shoe that will become the “toeless” Five Fingers, this is it. I commend Merrell for making a great shoe, and especially congratulate them for having the courage to make a zero-drop shoe. I believe this shoe is a game-changer for the rest of the shoe industry. It is direct evidence that the voices of barefoot runners are finally being heard. Merrell hit a home run with this shoe, and I would expect the other manufacturers to use this as a gold standard to emulate.

I’ve used the Trail Gloves to run about 30 miles on rocky, muddy, steep trails and even do some jumping into a river and running with them wet. Here are the pros and cons that I have experienced.



Some specs on the Trail Glove:


Men’s Weight: 6.2 ozs / 175.8 gm

You can check out the Merrell Trail Glove for yourself on the Finish Line store.

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