For minimal running shoes, less is often more. In the trail glove series, Merrell balances a minimal shoe design with enough protection for trail running across various surfaces. With the Trail Glove 4, Merrell continues making improvements that won’t compromise the shoes barefoot design.
One welcoming improvement is the complete rehaul of the upper that removes synthetic leather overlays in favor of TPU overlays. For greater upper reinforcement, the Vapor Glove 3 will feature a five-piece lacing system on the medial side of the shoe that will also help secure your foot.
On the outsole, Merrell makes the switch from a Vibram TC1 design to their new Vibram TC5+ outsole. With 3mm lugs and stickier rubber, the new TC5+ outsole will give the Trail Glove 4 optimal traction across a variety of trail surfaces. Layered between the outsole and midsole is a Trail Protect Plate for sufficient protection from sharp rocks and debris along the trail.
Preliminary Tech Specs
Stack height*: 11.5mm heel, 11.5mm forefoot, 0mm heel-toe offset
Weight*: 4 oz (men’s size 9), 3 oz (women’s size 8)
*Production stack heights and weights may differ from the preliminary data listed here.
Alan has been in the game for 11 years, running cross country from high school through his years at Chico State. Now as our Footwear Marketing Coordinator, he puts his expertise into practice, specializing in knowledge of daily trainers and performance running shoes.