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M-Connect Series – Reviews from the Experts

It’s always an honor to have some of the gurus of the running world review our products. They put our footwear and clothing through its paces and ultimately help us make better products for you. We share our new M-Connect Series line with the ‘who’s who’ of the outside community. Here is what they had to say. Make sure to check back regularly as we have heard more good news is on the way!

 

 

MIX MASTER MOVE GLIDE

 

These minimalist shoes were built with the outdoors in mind, which is obvious by the traction you can see just by looking at them. They have a more slender look and seem to merge what Merrell is known for (outdoor sport, hiking, and walking) with a barefoot running shoe. Another SHAPE editor found that they're good for the gym: "I've been wearing the shoes while lifting and really like them. I feel more stable since I'm closer to the ground due to the minimal padding. When I did pikes on a medicine ball, I really noticed a difference from my other shoes and felt it helped me balance better, which meant my form was better. They're a little loose in the toe box, though." 

Read the full review on SHAPE'S website. Shop the Women's Mix Master Move Glide. 


ROAD GLOVE 2 for MEN


 
Even with a Vibram-rubber outsole covering its entire bottom, the Road Glove 2 remains surprisingly light. That's because there's very little else to this shoe. Your foot sits a mere 10.6 millimeters (less than 1/2 inch) away from the road surface—it's the only true zero-drop shoe in this guide. That doesn't leave much room for a cushy midsole, though testers say there's enough padding to soften hard roads and protect against debris like rocks and sticks. The upper is so thin; you can see your socks through the mesh.
BOTTOM LINE: A firm and level platform, suited for runners with experience in minimal footwear.

Read the full review on Runner’s World Online. Shop the Men’s Road Glove 2

 

 

 

   BARE ACCESS 2 for WOMEN

 

 
If you're a pavement pounder, the Bare Access 2 is for you. Rubber buffers were designed specifically for impact on the hardest surfaces.

 

 Read the full review on SELF’s website. Shop the Women’s Bare Access 2

 

 

BARE ACCESS 2 for MEN


 
The new edition of the Merrell Bare Access is a complete overhaul of the original and mostly for the better. The coarse mesh upper with synthetic leather overlays has been exchanged for a two-layer mesh with plastic overlays. The midsole continues the zero drop tradition, but does have some slight structural changes that will be covered in more detail later. The most dramatic changes were made to the outsole. Vibram rubber hides a majority of the EVA midsole, while the coverage of its ancestor was limited to the high wear areas. This new generation puts the Bare Access in a good position to compete with similar "transitional" shoes like the Saucony Kinvara.

Read the full review on Birthday Shoes’ Blog. Shop the Men’s Bare Access 2.

 

 

BARE ACCESS 2 for MEN


 
I give the Merrell Bare Access 2 a slight edge over the Altra Instinct 1.5 due to the fact that the Merrell Barefoot last fits me so perfectly. Roomy forefoot, glove like fit through the midfoot and heel, and very little excess material (resulting in a considerably lighter shoe than the Altras). Like the Instinct, the Bare Access 2 has a full rubber outsole which should provide excellent durability. Great shoe

Read the full review on Runblogger.com. Shop the Men’s Bare Access 2.

MIX MASTER 2 for MEN

 


The Mix Master 2 ticks of most of my boxes – roomy forefoot, low drop (4mm), comfortable interior, under 10oz in weight. It has a rock plate and provides solid protection on trails and crushed gravel roads, and traction is good via the lugged outsole. I’ve only run one trail ultra (a 50K), but if I had to run one tomorrow these would probably be the shoes on my feet (not sure I could handle zero drop right now over marathon+ distance).

Read the full review on Runblogger.com. Shop the Men’s Mix Master 2.

 

 


 
MIX MASTER 2 for MEN
 

 Read the full review at Sneaker Report. Shop the Men’s Mix Master 2.

 

 

2/11/2013
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Posted by johrn0

the mixmaster2 is an awsome shoe.eventhough it is minimal the time it took me to get used to minimal was quick. It has just alittle more padding than the trail glove. Within afew mounths i was running half marathons with them. joehrn0 inkc.

10/8/2013 | 12:01 AM

Posted by johrn0

the mixmaster2 is an awsome shoe.eventhough it is minimal the time it took me to get used to minimal was quick. It has just alittle more padding than the trail glove. Within afew mounths i was running half marathons with them. joehrn0 inkc.

10/8/2013 | 12:02 AM

Posted by Cabanas

Suggestion: I would like read some reviews in Spanish. Thanks Merrel.

11/6/2013 | 9:46 PM