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Men's Barefoot Trail Run Ascend Glove

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Cushioned for longer runs and more demanding terrain, our lightweight and durable Ascend Glove shoe stays true to your natural stride with its barefoot profile. Charge over mountains and rocky terrain with its aggressive, grabby lug design and TrailProtect pad for extra off-road support.

UPPER/LINING
• Fabric and synthetic upper
• MotionMesh engineered for optimal breathability and range of motion
• Breathable mesh lining
• M-Select FRESH naturally prevents odor before it starts for fresh smelling feet
• Wash as needed in cold water (gentle cycle). Air dry.

MIDSOLE/OUTSOLE
• 0mm Drop / 6mm Cush/ 10.5mm Stack Height
• TrailProtect pad in the forefoot and heel offers additional support for the roughest terrain
• Non-marking outsole
• Vibram® outsole

Men’s Weight: 8ozs (1/2 pair)

27 reviews
Average Rating: 4.0
85% said Sized as Expected
15% said Larger than Expected
0% said Smaller than Expected
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  • Very Good Shoe - Could be Perfect with Minor Changes
  • By Andrew
  • 9/6/2013
  • 2 of 2 people found this review to be helpful.
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I have been running in Trail Gloves for two years, and over these two years I found myself wishing I had just a bit more cushioning during particularly long or fast runs in those otherwise outstanding shoes. I was really looking forward to the Ascend Glove, which I bought in June, because it looked like it was exactly what I'd been looking for: a Trail Glove that gives a bit more cushion without sacrificing much road feel. To a great extent, that's what these have turned out to be. The amount of cushioning is just right, and the outsoles on these work really well. There is, however, room for improvement in these. Firstly, the toe box is too long, which can be slightly annoying because I wind up clumsily catching the end of the shoe on stuff while running, or stubbing the toebox on the ground because I've misjudged how long the shoe is. (I've also noticed that the toe box in the Trail Glove 2 has been lengthened to unnecessary proportions – perhaps someone at Merrell has unusually long toes.) Secondly, there is, as others have pointed out, a small but noticeable arch in the insole. This doesn't appear to be an arch support, but part of the designer's strategy for ensuring that the shoe remains fixed underfoot and doesn't slide around while you're running. (This same challenge is solved in the Trail Glove with a heel sling that locks your foot in at the back, and omni-fit laces coupled with a flexible arch wrap that allows the shoe to hug your midfoot.) After running for so long in Trail Gloves, I initially found the small arch in the Ascend Gloves mildly uncomfortable (unlike the arch in the Road Glove, which I found to be unwearably painful). I now don't mind the little arch, which I've gotten used to, but I'd rather these shoes affix to my foot in the same way that the Trail Gloves do. In fact, I wish these were exactly like the Trail Gloves, but with the extra 2mm of cushion and the more substantial outsole. Apart from these minor complaints, I'm really pleased with these shoes. The outsole is very durable and has stood up very well so far after hundreds of miles of primarily road running and one 8000' elevation change bushwhack in the White Mountains (I really appreciated the cushioning on the way down). Everything else has held up well too – apart from the dirt on them, they look close to new. Despite my minor misgivings about these shoes, I really like them, would buy them again and would recommend them to others.

Merrell's Reply:

Thank you very much for this detailed review and great feedback on how to make this shoe even better than it is! Our design team loves hearing your critiques. Now get out there and put some more miles on these bad boys!!!

Product Size Rating:

Sized as Expected

How do you most use this product?:

Road Running, 40+ miles/week.

  • Not tough enough
  • By dgideon
  • 11/28/2013
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My benchmark for running shoes is the Merrell Trail Glove. Great shoe that is extremely comfortable and nearly indestructible. With my goal being to run Ultras I recently bought a pair of Ascend Gloves to complement my Road Gloves, Trail Gloves and Mix Masters. I wanted a minimalist shoe, but also needed the additional cushioning and the more aggressive sole for those softer trails. My first impressions were very good. The fit was similar to my other Merrells, traction on muddy trails was significantly better than the Trail Gloves and the cushioning was just right. 9 runs (230 km) later and I came to the conclusion that the Ascend Gloves are not tough enough to be called trail shoes. The front trim does not reach back far enough on the inside of these shoes to protect the soft upper mesh from rocks and vegetation on the trail. The Mix Master has the same problem, but with the thicker sole the mesh is somewhat better protected by the greater distance from the trail to the upper part of the shoe. Below are images showing the damage as well as the difference in the protection between the Trail Gloves and the Ascend Gloves.

Merrell's Reply:

From the sounds of it you are covered for any type of run with all of our different Barefoot styles you have! We appreciate your great feedback and comparison between all of the running styles you have. We want to know more about this Ascend Glove and will be reaching out to you soon.

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Sized as Expected

How do you most use this product?:

Trail Running

  • excellent trail shoe
  • By Cutestory
  • 2/4/2014
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The wide toe box is very comfortable, and the shoes are lightweight and breathable. The tread has performed well in all conditions - rocks, mud, snow, pavement - and after 200 miles or so, they are holding up just fine. I don't wear socks with them, and I have not had any problems with rubbing or blisters. Incredibly, the shoes have never developed an odor. The cushioning and extra protection are great for running on rocky trails, yet still give enough of the barefoot feel that I'm used to from other minimalist shoes. I've never been more satisfied with a running shoe, and I will definitely be purchasing another pair. I plan to try some of Merrell's other barefoot shoes as well.

Merrell's Reply:

Thank you for hitting the trails with these great Barefoot trail shoes! We are so glad you find them to offer just the right amount of support and traction while on your runs. When looking for other styles, we would recommend the Run Trail Glove 2 to be a more minimalist style with better ground feel.

Product Size Rating:

Sized as Expected

How do you most use this product?:

long trail runs

  • Good frost-resistant trail shoes
  • By Vitaly
  • 1/11/2014
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Hello, i`m from Russia. I think that ascend glove is brilliant trail shoes for natural runner. I bought this shoes two months ago. I use ascend glove for run on tarmac, gravel, snow and snow crust. At this Shoes is quite good grip on all surface. This shoes is very lightweight compared with other trail shoes. It allows better control the movements of the legs. At this shoes enough cushioning for me (my weight 77 kg).This footwear trains more muscle than the classic running shoes. Ascend glove is frost-resistant. I ran into this footwear at a temperature of -30 degrees Celsius and ascend glove survived. I was pleasantly surprised (other running shoes are not always survived such a cold). Thank Merrell for this footwear. I have one question to company. Merrell planning to sell bare access 3 and road glove 3 in russian sport shop "Sportmaster"?

Merrell's Reply:

Thank you for your review and getting these shoes outside! The style you may have is the Ascend Gore-Tex style that is going to be waterproof and not as breathable as the Ascend Gloves. For those styles, we would recommend contacting the store to see.

Product Size Rating:

Sized as Expected

How do you most use this product?:

Long trail run

  • Awesome running shoe
  • By s005jjf
  • 12/13/2013
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I absolutely love these running shoes. I love the barefoot running type shoes but some don't provide much protection when running over rocks or roots. These shoes provide that protection. Even with the added sole protection they are pretty lite for running like other barefoot shoes.

Merrell's Reply:

These are going to offer a little more cushioning than some of our other Barefoot styles do. The Ascend Gloves are great for the trails. We appreciate your excellent review!

Product Size Rating:

Sized as Expected

How do you most use this product?:

Running

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