Bought these after already having bought some Trail Gloves. I love the Trail Gloves, the weight, the fit, the true sockless inner and the wide toe box for good toe spread. However I don't do enough running so my legs aren't conditioned for the barefoot Trail Glove, and found I wanted just a little more cushion. I still use them all the time for the gym, walking and casual use though. The Bare Access 2 have that little bit of cushion I was looking for and I can do 10k no problem without any aches. Plus they've still got zero heel drop. They're light weight, can go in the washing machine no problem and are really great trail running shoes. However they haven't got the neoprene type inner of the Trail Glove meaning you need socks and the toe box is a little more narrow than on the Trail Glove, meaning my toe spread isn't as comfy. If Merrell could make a Trail Glove with the cushion of the access it would be the perfect "almost barefoot" trail runner!