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A hole in the sole after 53 miles - by , May 20, 2019
1/ 5 Stars
Been happy with the VG2 and 3. My 3s lasted almost 600 miles before a hole appeared in the sole. Just got these VG 4s a few weeks ago and there's a hole in both soles with less than 60 miles on the shoe. Very disappointed.

A hole in the sole after 53 miles

May 20, 2019
Been happy with the VG2 and 3. My 3s lasted almost 600 miles before a hole appeared in the sole. Just got these VG 4s a few weeks ago and there's a hole in both soles with less than 60 miles on the shoe. Very disappointed.
Merrell's reply

We stand behind our products and we would love the opportunity to help. Please visit our ‘Contact Us’ page and fill out the Defective Product Form to start a warranty claim. If you need any assistance with the form, give the team a call at 800.288.3124. Thank you.

Not what I expected - by , Apr 23, 2019
2/ 5 Stars
These were not what I thought. More of an all terrain water shoe. I tried them on and that was it. Back in the box and sent back. Not what I wanted as a show at this time.

Not what I expected

Apr 23, 2019
These were not what I thought. More of an all terrain water shoe. I tried them on and that was it. Back in the box and sent back. Not what I wanted as a show at this time.
Merrell's reply

We are happy to do all we can to help at 800.288.3124. Give us a shout!

its a shame they don't last longer - by , Apr 30, 2019
2/ 5 Stars
I have been running for 6 years now. Started it with bare access 2 then moved to the vapors, 1,2,3 now 4. I think I have gone through about 25 pairs. I am 6 foot 170lbs and run about 60 miles a month. I have averaged about 100miles till the vapors wear out and get a hole in the sole. I run only asphalt roads so it is a rough surface. These 4's are very comfortable but seems this new tread pattern is wearing much faster. My new pair of 4's now have a holes in the sole only after 35 miles. I really wish they would last longer.

its a shame they don't last longer

Apr 30, 2019
I have been running for 6 years now. Started it with bare access 2 then moved to the vapors, 1,2,3 now 4. I think I have gone through about 25 pairs. I am 6 foot 170lbs and run about 60 miles a month. I have averaged about 100miles till the vapors wear out and get a hole in the sole. I run only asphalt roads so it is a rough surface. These 4's are very comfortable but seems this new tread pattern is wearing much faster. My new pair of 4's now have a holes in the sole only after 35 miles. I really wish they would last longer.
Merrell's reply

We'd love the opportunity to take a look. Please give the team a call at 800.288.3124. Thank you.

Issues with eyelet construction - by , Mar 27, 2019
3/ 5 Stars
I own 3 pairs of Vapor Glove 3 and love them and wear them for everything. So far the Vapor Glove 4 seem much different over all. Complaint: For the frontmost outside eyelet on both shoes, the inside part of the little strap was left too long and was rubbing on my foot (right shoe was worse than the left). I trimmed them myself and they seem fine now. I never had such an issue with Vapor Glove 3 or Vapor Glove 2. Would be 4 stars without the eyelet issue.

Issues with eyelet construction

Mar 27, 2019
I own 3 pairs of Vapor Glove 3 and love them and wear them for everything. So far the Vapor Glove 4 seem much different over all. Complaint: For the frontmost outside eyelet on both shoes, the inside part of the little strap was left too long and was rubbing on my foot (right shoe was worse than the left). I trimmed them myself and they seem fine now. I never had such an issue with Vapor Glove 3 or Vapor Glove 2. Would be 4 stars without the eyelet issue.
Merrell's reply

We appreciate your feedback and if we can help please give us a call at 800.288.3124. Thank you.

Big fan, great shoe - by , May 20, 2019
3/ 5 Stars
I loved the vapor glove 2 what an amazing shoe. The 4 is great but the sole and the material of the 2 will always be my standard I look for. Nonetheless I am very happy.

Big fan, great shoe

May 20, 2019
I loved the vapor glove 2 what an amazing shoe. The 4 is great but the sole and the material of the 2 will always be my standard I look for. Nonetheless I am very happy.
Merrell's reply

We appreciate your loyalty for our Vapor Glove series!

Super comfortable but very poor durability. - by , Jun 23, 2019
3/ 5 Stars
I purchased these through a different retailer, but figured it was worth putting the review here as well. I bought these to replace my Trail Glove 4s that I have had over a year and loved. I'd thought about the Vapor Gloves in the past, but many reviews stated poor durability of the uppers as an issue which kept me from trying them out. When the Vapor Glove 4s came out, however, I decided to give them a shot. The good: Most comfortable, best foot/road feel, lightest weight, and favorite shoes I've ever worn. Sizing was perfect for me with thin running socks (I normally wear a 12 and stuck with a 12 for these). They are a little large the couple of times I ran without socks, but I could tighten them up a little and they still work great. Durability of the uppers is great. I've only run on road with them, so they haven't been beat up too much, but there was not even a hint of the upper separating or pulling apart like my TG4s did after a few months. If not for the bad below, I would say these are the greatest shoes ever made. The bad: After only ~120 miles of running plus a couple days of wearing them at work I wore a hole completely through the sole of the left shoe and ~95% of the way through the right shoe, both on the outer sides of the shoes under the ball of the foot. After wearing a hole in the sole, it split ~3/4 of an inch where the sole and side of the shoe meet. The right sole is paper thin and I could probably have pushed through it easily. Fortunately, the company I bought them from's return policy and staff are amazing and they replaced the shoes no questions asked. I contemplated trying different shoes, but I really, really want these shoes to work out so I got the same shoes again. I'm really hoping the first pair was a fluke and these will hold up better. If they last a lot longer I will gladly update these to 5 stars, but if these new shoes struggle with durability also, I'll have to try something new to replace them.

Super comfortable but very poor durability.

Jun 23, 2019
I purchased these through a different retailer, but figured it was worth putting the review here as well. I bought these to replace my Trail Glove 4s that I have had over a year and loved. I'd thought about the Vapor Gloves in the past, but many reviews stated poor durability of the uppers as an issue which kept me from trying them out. When the Vapor Glove 4s came out, however, I decided to give them a shot. The good: Most comfortable, best foot/road feel, lightest weight, and favorite shoes I've ever worn. Sizing was perfect for me with thin running socks (I normally wear a 12 and stuck with a 12 for these). They are a little large the couple of times I ran without socks, but I could tighten them up a little and they still work great. Durability of the uppers is great. I've only run on road with them, so they haven't been beat up too much, but there was not even a hint of the upper separating or pulling apart like my TG4s did after a few months. If not for the bad below, I would say these are the greatest shoes ever made. The bad: After only ~120 miles of running plus a couple days of wearing them at work I wore a hole completely through the sole of the left shoe and ~95% of the way through the right shoe, both on the outer sides of the shoes under the ball of the foot. After wearing a hole in the sole, it split ~3/4 of an inch where the sole and side of the shoe meet. The right sole is paper thin and I could probably have pushed through it easily. Fortunately, the company I bought them from's return policy and staff are amazing and they replaced the shoes no questions asked. I contemplated trying different shoes, but I really, really want these shoes to work out so I got the same shoes again. I'm really hoping the first pair was a fluke and these will hold up better. If they last a lot longer I will gladly update these to 5 stars, but if these new shoes struggle with durability also, I'll have to try something new to replace them.
Merrell's reply

We would love the opportunity to do all we can to help. To quickly start the warranty process, please visit our ‘Contact Us’ page link here and fill out the Defective Product Form to start a warranty claim. If you need any assistance with the form give the team a call at 800.288.3124. Thank you.

Fits nicely, walks worse - by , Jul 01, 2019
3/ 5 Stars
The shoes fit and feel nicely and lightly around my feet. Sizing is fine, and so are the materials and craftmanship. I enjoy walking barefoot, both inside and outside. However, after 5 minutes in these vapors, my feet hurt. The sole in the middle of my feet is thicker than at the sides (and I have even narrow feet). It feels like I am standing and walking at a narrow ridge. Not a barefoot-experience in my case. To bad, because I like these shoes. I returned then nevertheless.

Fits nicely, walks worse

Jul 01, 2019
The shoes fit and feel nicely and lightly around my feet. Sizing is fine, and so are the materials and craftmanship. I enjoy walking barefoot, both inside and outside. However, after 5 minutes in these vapors, my feet hurt. The sole in the middle of my feet is thicker than at the sides (and I have even narrow feet). It feels like I am standing and walking at a narrow ridge. Not a barefoot-experience in my case. To bad, because I like these shoes. I returned then nevertheless.
Merrell's reply

We're sorry to hear these weren't the ones for you. We hope you'll give us another chance!

Great shoe - by , Mar 28, 2019
4/ 5 Stars
Really happy true to size, I’ve been wearing the Merrell gloves for the last seven years. The first pair is still my favorite and to this point has outlasted every pair since. Hopefully this new construction is more durable than some past models. Lost a star because I would like some more space in the toe box overall shoe is tube Sock like.

Great shoe

Mar 28, 2019
Really happy true to size, I’ve been wearing the Merrell gloves for the last seven years. The first pair is still my favorite and to this point has outlasted every pair since. Hopefully this new construction is more durable than some past models. Lost a star because I would like some more space in the toe box overall shoe is tube Sock like.
Great barefoot feel - by , Apr 15, 2019
4/ 5 Stars
Product is awesome if you like that barefoot feel. I love running barefoot, but many races don't allow it, nor does the military. These are pretty close to being shoeless. Super comfortable, super lightweight. The only cons I have are they are a bit spacey in the toe box, run large (which is fixable, but I never got around to exchanging), and the lacing is annoying to play with, but I slipknot all my shoes. I would highly recommend these to people. I had run in Mizuno's for years, but they stopped making a barefoot 0 drop, so I switched to Merrell and found these. My 4 out of 5 was strictly bc of sizing, but honestly, if i could have given a 9.5 or of 10, i would have.

Great barefoot feel

Apr 15, 2019
Product is awesome if you like that barefoot feel. I love running barefoot, but many races don't allow it, nor does the military. These are pretty close to being shoeless. Super comfortable, super lightweight. The only cons I have are they are a bit spacey in the toe box, run large (which is fixable, but I never got around to exchanging), and the lacing is annoying to play with, but I slipknot all my shoes. I would highly recommend these to people. I had run in Mizuno's for years, but they stopped making a barefoot 0 drop, so I switched to Merrell and found these. My 4 out of 5 was strictly bc of sizing, but honestly, if i could have given a 9.5 or of 10, i would have.
Merrell's reply

Thanks for the awesome feedback! Keep on running!

Great Product Update Except... - by , Apr 18, 2019
4/ 5 Stars
Merrell has finally almost perfected this shoe I think the next model will really be the one. I started in the trail glove and eventually found my way into a set of vapor glove 2's. Nothing beats the ground feel of the vapors even now trying on a set of trails feels like too much shoe. I use these for everything from asphalt running to backpacking. They finally got the upper right with the cordura, no more punching holes in your shoes within a few hundred miles finally! My one complaint is even though I absolutely adore the new lug pattern for grip it seems like the front half of it (maybe a different density of material?) wears through a fair bit faster than the back. after only 1kish miles I have basically worn through all of the raised bits of the shoe underneath the balls of my feet. While I am super stroked to finally wear a set of vapor soles out instead of the uppers I wouldve really loved a higher durometer rubber

Great Product Update Except...

Apr 18, 2019
Merrell has finally almost perfected this shoe I think the next model will really be the one. I started in the trail glove and eventually found my way into a set of vapor glove 2's. Nothing beats the ground feel of the vapors even now trying on a set of trails feels like too much shoe. I use these for everything from asphalt running to backpacking. They finally got the upper right with the cordura, no more punching holes in your shoes within a few hundred miles finally! My one complaint is even though I absolutely adore the new lug pattern for grip it seems like the front half of it (maybe a different density of material?) wears through a fair bit faster than the back. after only 1kish miles I have basically worn through all of the raised bits of the shoe underneath the balls of my feet. While I am super stroked to finally wear a set of vapor soles out instead of the uppers I wouldve really loved a higher durometer rubber