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Let’s face it – the old road running sneakers you’ve been using for your trail runs aren’t cutting it anymore. Too many slip and falls, not enough traction for the inclines. Now the tricky part – picking the right trail shoe for your adventures. This can be an overwhelming task with all of the options & technologies out there. Let’s break it down so you can decide which Merrell Trail Running shoe is best for your activities & terrain.

Max Distance & Mountain Terrain

Trail Type: You’re out for the long haul & can’t count on the trail bring fully groomed. You’re headed up steep mountain climbs, rocky declines & whatever else mother nature decides to throw your way. You need maximum traction with cushioning that buffers impact, but you still want to feel connected to the trail.

Our Pick: All Out Peak (Men’s/Women’s) & All Out Charge (Men’s/Women’s) are great for this adventure. Vibram® MegaGrip will keep you on your feet & will hold up on rocky terrain. You have cushioning, but a 6 mm heel to toe profile to give you better ground feel. The only difference is the All Out Peak provides 4 millimeters more of cushioning.


Road & Trail

Trail Type: You’re not sure where the trail will take you so you need to be prepared for road or trail. You’ll want something with great traction for the trail, but not too bulky for any road or paved paths you might find.

Our Pick: Women’s Mix Master Move Glide 2 / Men’s Mix Master Move 2 – Our most versatile trail runner. The specialized outsole is made for varied conditions. Enjoy a combination of cushioning & greater ground connection. Reflective details for the early mornings.


Our Pick: Bare Access Trail (Men’s/Women’s) – Built for barefoot runners wanting better impact protection. This trail running shoe offers full foot contact and a natural stride plus responsive uniform toe to heel cushioning to buffer impacts.


More Connection

Trail Type: You’re looking for connection. Not the type you find on, connection with the trail. You want to feel the ground beneath your feet, but still be protected from rock & terrain. Flexibility and lightweight product is a must.

Our Pick: Men’s Trail Glove 3 / Women’s Pace Glove 3 – Our barefoot trail & pace gloves provide maximum flexibility & protection with our TrailProtect™ pad in the midfoot for rock protection. The flexible upper wraps your foot like a glove.


Happy Trails! Have more questions? Give us a shout: @merrelloutside.

  1. Posted By Ashton

    Very detailed explanation – greatly helps anybody trying to find a new pair of shoes! Really nice colorway, by the way.

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