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Women's Bare Access Ultra


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Looking for women’s barefoot road running shoes to give you protection from the pavement while retaining a minimalist design and feel? The new Bare Access Ultra from Merrell is built for barefoot runners like you who want a bit more cushioning to buffer impacts on roads and long distances. This minimalist road shoe for women offers full-foot contact and enhances your natural stride while giving you responsive, uniform toe-to-heel cushioning for softer landings. The supple, breathable upper molds to your foot for a fluid, super-natural fit. Plus, its 0 mm-drop profile with durable M-Bound DST™ midsole delivers sustained impact-absorption on hard surfaces over long distances, and rapidly, efficiently translates feedback from the ground to your foot for faster reaction time, and improved agility and stability. As with any barefoot road shoes for women, results depend on the runner, but we’ve put together a powerful, protective running shoe to help you out run and out perform outside.

• Mesh and TPU upper
• Protective toe cap
• Reflective details for increased visibility in low light
• Breathable mesh lining treated with M Select FRESH odor control
• Wash as needed in cold water (gentle cycle) air dry

• 0mm Drop /12mm cushion / 17.2mm stack height
• 4mm lug depth
• M-Bound DST™ midsole provides immediate feedback for accelerated response with sustained cushioning for long distances and hard surface
• Vegan Friendly
• M-Select GRIP tunes each outsole with durable traction that grips when and where you need it

Women’s Weight: 5.4oz (1/2 pair)

13 reviews
Average Rating: 4.4
82% said Sized as Expected
9% said Larger than Expected
9% said Smaller than Expected
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  • Love these running shoes!
  • By Anonymous
  • 1/26/2015
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I'm not a "real" runner... yet, anyway! But I have a goal of running a 1/2 marathon (even if it's just me, and not a race) this year. I got these shoes and after my first run in them, noticed that my right knee, which would usually hurt for at least the first half mile (had an injury years ago) had no pain at all. Neither did my ankles or anything else. They are so light, comfortable, and have even helped my form. The width in the toes and the nice tight arches feel great. These shoes are so awesome that I have been running more because of them. On only the third time wearing them, I ran twice the distance I have ever done outdoors, at my best pace since my high school lacrosse days (and I'm 31). As fast as I do on a treadmill on zero incline, but outside up and down hills and in the mud! I do wear them with socks, though (balega) because it is really cold out.

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  • Love!
  • By Anonymous
  • 1/12/2015
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Lightweight, extremely comfortable, great for running on pavement or on the ground.

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  • Great light hiking shoes
  • By Anonymous
  • 1/6/2015
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These "Barefoot" shoes feel as good as my last Merrell barefoot shoes----very comfortable. The only criticism I have is that they do not feel as "barefoot" as my last pair did. I was expecting a sole that felt a little more in touch with the ground--a little thinner. I'm hoping Merrell will have something like that when I wear out this pair. Otherwise, they're great!

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Larger than Expected

  • By Anonymous
  • 1/5/2015
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These shoes are perfect for my feet. I am training for a marathon and have a bunion so the wide toe box is great. I have had one pair of running shoes from Merrell before when I thought I wanted to learn to run with "less" shoe. I pulled that shoe out recently to run in as I was having trouble with pain between my third and fourth toe. They worked very well even though they were worn. So I decided to try Merrell again. I will continue to run in Merrell shoes. Fits my style.

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Sized as Expected

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Use it for my long runs.

  • These are great for a genuine minimalist/forefoot runner!
  • By Anonymous
  • 10/24/2014
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I absolutely love these shoes. I have been training as a forefoot runner since college and have made the transition into road racing/half and full marathons. I used to use the more popular "Free Running" shoes but was disappointed by the lack of cushioning for my long runs and marathons. Once I started using Merrells, I noticed an immediate difference in my foot striking and comfort from the cushioning. This is a great shoe and I'd recommend it for any forefoot runner out there!

Merrell's Reply:

Thanks for the awesome feedback! Merrell helps you hit the ground running!

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Sized as Expected

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Trail Running, Road Running, Long Distance Running, Marathon Racing

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