Merrell Mix Master 2 – Our Take
Go fast or faster, go trail or asphalt in the Merrell Mix Master 2 (Men’s) and Merrell Mix Master Glide (Women’s), a nimble shoe that’s trail tough and cushioned enough to handle the roads on the way to the trailhead.
- Low Drop: The 12mm forefoot and 16mm heel results in a 4mm heel-to-toe drop.
- Versatile Platform: The mid/outsole is flexible and cushioned enough for some road work and also features a trail-ready outsole.
- Shock and Rock Plate: In the forefoot, this plate provides added protection from trail debris and helps to absorb impacts.
- Light, Breathable Upper: The mesh upper offers durable, breathable coverage.
- Tough Toe Cap: The Mix Master has one of the most sturdy toe guards of any shoe in its category.
The Mix Master gets its name for a design that helps you mix it up on trails and roads with comfort and versatile performance. Our testers racked up plenty of miles in the Mix Master 2, feeling at home on a variety of terrains. Note that the Women’s version of the shoe is named the Mix Master Glide, though it is functionally identical to the Men’s version.
Runners accustomed to a more traditional trail shoe may need a little time to transition to the lower 4mm drop of the Mix Master, but once you’ve adjusted, you’ll enjoy a smooth, flexible ride and good grip.
The Mix Master excels on hardpack, sandy trails and rocky terrain. Though the shoe offers good drainage, testers felt that wet terrain grip was only moderate. On the road, the Mix Master provides good protection but lacks the shock absorption most runners would want for extended tarmac runs.
The Mix Master is a versatile shoe that makes door-to-trail runs a cinch. It offers good protection from debris but remains flexible. Testers wished for a bit better grip on wet and pebbly surfaces, but enjoyed long-lasting comfort from a balanced platform and well-designed upper.
“The Mix Master definitely feels like a low profile shoe. It performs well on the trails because it’s pretty flexible and has a great rock plate.” – Erik
“I used the shoe for dry surface running but also hit some wet stream crossings. Overall, the traction is impressive, not so much on wet rocks though.” – Tera