For anyone not keeping track, a big story in 2013 is zero-drop running footwear with more cushion than the “barefoot” shoes of prior seasons. This geometry caters to runners who like a level platform but aren’t huge fans of the bare-bones pounding of models with little to no underfoot padding.
The Ascend Glove is Merrell’s solution for runners who want a zero-drop trail shoe with a bit of protection. Compared to the more minimal Trail Glove, the Ascend Glove should excel on more technical or rugged trails. According to Merrell, the Ascend Glove is expected to come in at 8 oz for the Men’s model.
What to Watch For
- MotionMesh: A new open mesh pattern allows for optimal breathability and flexibility without compromising security.
- Zero Drop: The Ascend Glove is designed with stack heights of 10.5mm in both the forefoot and heel to encourage an uninhibited stride.
- Vibram Outsole: A lugged outsole offers durability as well as traction on a variety of terrain types.
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Zest Merrell Ascend Glove
Black/Pink Merrell Ascend Glove