Available May 2017 – MSRP: $80.00
For minimalist runners, the Merrell Vapor Glove series is the embodiment of minimalist shoes. With the newest iteration, the Vapor Glove 3, Merrell created a new look, cut weight, and added an improved outsole.
A revamped upper features new TPU overlays close to the eyelets to help add structure and improve durability. In terms of weight, the new Vapor Glove 3 should weigh 3 ounces for men and 2 ounces for women. An improvement compared to the Vapor Glove 2 that weighed 5.8 ounces for Men and 4.8 ounces for Women.
Contributing to the lighter weight is the outsole switch from Vibram TC1 to a Vibram TC5+ design. With 3mm lugs and sticky rubber, the new TC5+ outsole will give the Vapor Glove optimal traction across a variety of surfaces. Despite the low-to-the-ground design, the addition of a TrailProtect pad should give the shoe sufficient underfoot protection from debris.
Preliminary Tech Specs
Stack height*: 6.5mm heel, 6.5mm forefoot, 0mm heel-toe offset
Weight*: 3 oz (men’s size 9), 2 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.