I had the first generation Merrell Road Gloves which were excellent. But I needed a shoe with just a little bit more substantial cushioning for those times when I want a relaxing casual run. However the overlays on the Bare Access 2 caused severe blistering on my outer foot where my small protruding bone rubbed against the firmer "wall" created by the overlays. Fail for me. Might work for others. I will stick with my Road Glove First Gens.