This morning was my third run in these shoes and the best so far. I have been running for 25 years, I am a forefoot striker and have been minimal for about 12 years. Have purchased all the incarnations for Merrell barefoot collection since their inception and I would say the Bare Access Ultra is the best so far. Enough room in the forefoot, but not too much, just enough cushioning, without being too cushy. The sizing is true to size, whereas I usually have to size up in running shoes. All in all I rate this shoe a 5 out of 5. Keep it up Merrell!