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Bare Access Flex

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Powered by FLEXconnect™ for hybrid performance—experience ultimate versatility, comfort, and ground connection on the trail, road, and beyond.
FEATURES
• Mesh and TPU upper
• Traditional lace closure
• Breathable mesh lining
• Hyperlock™ printed TPU heel counter for security during quick descents and sharp turns
• Integrated EVA footbed
• FLEXconnect™ dual directional flex-groove EVA midsole for agility and stability on uneven terrain
• M Select™ GRIP+ outsole with anatomical grooves is sticky and durable for superior grip and traction on wet or dry trails
• Stack height (heel/toe): 14.2/14.2mm; footbed: 0MM; insole: 3MM; midsole: 8/8mm; sole: 1.2mm web, 2mm lugs
• Weight: 7oz/210G (1/2 pair)
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Technology
Barefoot Shape. Glove-like Fit.
Zero Drop.
Secure Fit. Natural Flex.
Serious Grip.
Outsoles deliver durable, highly
slip-resistant stability on wet and dry
ground, over mixed terrain.
M-Select Grip
Vegan Friendly
Our vegan friendly footwear uses
0% animal products.
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2 5
Not the Merrell Bare I know I've been a Merrell fan for years, and have owned a veritable collection of barefoot/minimalist line shoes going back to the 1st Gloves. The past Glove and Bare lines were categorically the best minimalist shoes out there, and amazing for running and lifting. This shoe sadly diverges from that pedigree, specifically by adding an arch support: these are not minimalist and are similar to any number of "minimalist lite" shoes (many of which are superior to this shoe). I'm a bit confounded why Merrell would stray from the market segment in which they've been the leader for so long. And while I understand they likely wanted to get away from costly Vibram liscensing, they didn't need to ruin the design. On a positive note, they look good and the color options harken back to some of the best Bare and Glove SKUs.

Not the Merrell Bare I know

Jan 09, 2018
I've been a Merrell fan for years, and have owned a veritable collection of barefoot/minimalist line shoes going back to the 1st Gloves. The past Glove and Bare lines were categorically the best minimalist shoes out there, and amazing for running and lifting. This shoe sadly diverges from that pedigree, specifically by adding an arch support: these are not minimalist and are similar to any number of "minimalist lite" shoes (many of which are superior to this shoe). I'm a bit confounded why Merrell would stray from the market segment in which they've been the leader for so long. And while I understand they likely wanted to get away from costly Vibram liscensing, they didn't need to ruin the design. On a positive note, they look good and the color options harken back to some of the best Bare and Glove SKUs.
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1 5
Bare access I have been buying Merrell shoes for the last 10 years. Not only do I buy them but I also tend to recommend my running buddies. Unfortunately, that is going to stop. I really fail to understand why Merrell stop the production of some of the best shoes out there. The Bare Access 4 was an amazingly comfortable shoe. The merrell Excursion Glove was the best barefoot shoe i have ever worn. Merrell's inability to see that they are pissing off their fan base is truly remarkable. I guess i will start looking for another brand.

Bare access

Jan 02, 2018
I have been buying Merrell shoes for the last 10 years. Not only do I buy them but I also tend to recommend my running buddies. Unfortunately, that is going to stop. I really fail to understand why Merrell stop the production of some of the best shoes out there. The Bare Access 4 was an amazingly comfortable shoe. The merrell Excursion Glove was the best barefoot shoe i have ever worn. Merrell's inability to see that they are pissing off their fan base is truly remarkable. I guess i will start looking for another brand.
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1 5
Painfully high arch I have owned four pairs of shoes in the Merrell Barefoot line. If you are used to barefoot shoes don’t buy these. I purchase them because I thought they would be barefoot style (wide toe box, zero drop) with a little extra padding. Although it is true that they are, they have a arch that is so high it is painful to wear them. Seriously, painful.

Painfully high arch

Dec 23, 2017
I have owned four pairs of shoes in the Merrell Barefoot line. If you are used to barefoot shoes don’t buy these. I purchase them because I thought they would be barefoot style (wide toe box, zero drop) with a little extra padding. Although it is true that they are, they have a arch that is so high it is painful to wear them. Seriously, painful.
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2 5
Merrell, you have successfully ruined the Bare Access line. I have been running in Bare Access since the second iteration. They have been my favorite shoe of all time for about 5 years now. The new model took everything I loved about them and substituted it with pretty much the opposite. I loved the fact that you could feel any inconsistencies in the terrain through the sole. That is no longer the case. I loved the Vibram outsoles. The new Merrell outsoles on these are okay, but they aren't the grippy Vibram rubber. These seem to have more arch support. That leads to lazy foot muscles. I liked less arch support. One of the "Flex" spots in the new model pinches the underside of the balls of my feet with each step. They do look sharp, so I'll be keeping them for everyday wear, but I'm totally crushed that my favorite runners aren't being made any longer.

Merrell, you have successfully ruined the Bare Access line.

Dec 15, 2017
I have been running in Bare Access since the second iteration. They have been my favorite shoe of all time for about 5 years now. The new model took everything I loved about them and substituted it with pretty much the opposite. I loved the fact that you could feel any inconsistencies in the terrain through the sole. That is no longer the case. I loved the Vibram outsoles. The new Merrell outsoles on these are okay, but they aren't the grippy Vibram rubber. These seem to have more arch support. That leads to lazy foot muscles. I liked less arch support. One of the "Flex" spots in the new model pinches the underside of the balls of my feet with each step. They do look sharp, so I'll be keeping them for everyday wear, but I'm totally crushed that my favorite runners aren't being made any longer.
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5 5
Excellent product Merrells are the next best thing to going barefoot. They are the only shoes I wear.

Excellent product

Dec 15, 2017
Merrells are the next best thing to going barefoot. They are the only shoes I wear.
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