MSRP $100.00 – Available February 15, 2016
So many trail shoes. So little time. And now there is another shoe I want to put into the mix. The Merrell All Out Crush is light, soft, and super flexible.
I’m a sucker for flexible shoes, you know, the type that can be folded in half. Even though the shoe will not flex like that when it’s on foot, this type of flexibility always delivers a great feel for me. I think the hyper flexibility allows the shoe to be very dynamic and adaptable to different surfaces. It also results in a smooth ride.
Beyond the flexibility, the All Out Crush has a very tactile rubber outsole with a lug depth of 5mm. It should perform well on loose dirt, soft trails, mud and has the range to work on hard packed trails and rocks. A TrailProtect pad will help protect the foot, but I would be surprised if it has enough protection for gnarly, rock-filled trails.
The lightweight upper is very airy because the bulk of the mesh upper has no barrier to air. Water will get in easily but will also get pushed out and the upper will dry quickly. Another feature of the upper is a TPU “cage” pattern which adds durability and makes the shoe easy to clean.
Add the 6mm offset to the flexible sole and soft foam, and you’ve got a very well-balanced, smooth-riding, do-almost-anything, light weight trail shoe.
Preliminary Tech Specs
Stack height: 24mm heel, 18mm forefoot, 6mm heel-toe offset
Weight*: 8.0 oz (men’s size 9), 7.0 oz (women’s size 7) *Provided by manufacturer