- 100% Textile and Synthetic
- Vibram sole
- Mesh, TPU Upper. Vegan friendly
- Zero Drop
- Vibram TC5 Outsole, Trail Protect Pad. Stack heel or toe height is 0.45 inch. Trail protect pad offers underfoot protection
- Insole: 3mm, 3mm lugs
- Mselect Fresh Lining
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From the manufacturer
Created by studying the foot in motion, this trainer is designed to enhance the foot’s natural ability to stabilize the body during rapid changes in movement.
Trail Glove 5 Product Features
Barefoot shape with a glove-like fit providing natural comfort with minimalist construction. Zero drop from heel to toe for a natural stride.
Feel Good. Look Good. Our vegan friendly footwear uses 0% animal products.
High-performance rubber sole with unmatched durability, stability and slip resistance providing confidence on your feet.
Merrell exists to help you discover the simple, yet profound power of the trail by providing thoughtfully designed, rigorously tested products that over deliver on performance, versatility and durability.
Repurposing the old to make a better new.
Barefoot trail shoe
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 12 x 8 x 4 inches; 7.4 Ounces
- Item model number : J09673
- Department : Mens
- Date First Available : May 3, 2017
- Manufacturer : Merrell Footwear
- ASIN : B01N5REO64
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After the FiveFinger experience, I was so glad I found the Merrell Trail Glove. They gave me the same barefoot feeling, but with a more standard look. They served me well for years until I finally needed to replace them. I then moved to the Trail Glove 3. The 3s were equally as good, though I did have to step down a half size. After a year and a half, and a lot more walking than previously, the 3s finally wore out.
I tried looking for back-stock of the 3s, but couldn't find any in my size. So I reluctantly bought the Trail Glove 4. When I first put them on it was immediately apparent they weren't the same Trail Gloves that I loved so much. They were tighter, with a shallower toe box and a MUCH stiffer sole. I also didn't like the new lacing system. I almost returned it that day but wanted to give it some time. After a couple weeks of continued use, the uppers did break in a bit and now are more comfortable. But the stiffness issue remains.
One of the things I loved about the original Trail Gloves, and barefoot shoes in general, is the way you can "feel" the surface you're walking on. It gives you a better sense of your surroundings and makes you feel connected with your environment. It's engaging to feel the textures of the surfaces you walk on (e.g., concrete sidewalk, asphalt roadway, dirt trail, etc.). With the Trail Gloves 4, that's no longer possible.
On the positive side, if you're walking on a hard surface and you step on a small rock, it won't hurt as much. But with a minimal shoe, part of the experience is being aware of your path and stepping wisely.
I'm fine with Merrell producing a shoe like this, but they should have given it a different name. The term "glove" indicates that it'll fit like one: be supple and not require any break in. The Merrell Trail Glove 4s are no longer that shoe, despite being stamped "barefoot".
UPDATE (Mar 18, 2019)
After about 200 miles of walking, mostly on sidewalks and not in the rain, the material on the uppers where the toe box flexes, has developed cracks (see pics). That material seems to have a couple layers, so it's not a structural issue (yet) but it does detract from their appearance.
My Trail Glove 3s lasted 350miles, but only because the sole wore through—the uppers still looked fantastic when I retired them. With the 4s, I anticipate the opposite will be true, but we'll see after another 100 miles!
Though style much of a worry for most, I think these are definitely the most attractive looking Trail Gloves yet. I got mine in Vertical and they look so nice I almost don't want to get them dirty.
As always, I am incredibly pleased with this Merrell product and it will continue to be my athletic shoe of choice. For those who are interested in minimalist running, you can't go wrong here.
Top reviews from other countries
1. The mesh material is not quite as breathable as on the TG2.
2. The material is a little thicker, and the sole is less flexible, so they're not quite as packable as the TG2s.
3. Whilst very much a barefoot trainer, and flat, the sole is thicker than the TG2 and much thicker than the ultra thin, ultra light VG3s.
4. The toe box is not quite wide enough. Still wide by regular trainer standards, but less wide than the TG2 & VG3.
5. No pull tab at the back of the heel
The tongue design stops slippage and preventing hot spots on top of your foot. Also the darker colours mean I can wear them to work!
I have owned and enjoyed the trail glove 3's. However some autumn spikes in the side of the foot from conker husks put me off wearing them. The trail glove 4 looks to have solved this problem - The mesh of the previous model has been replaced with a thicker upper. They are a bit less flexible than trail glove 3 but still more flex.
I returned them unused and so can't comment on what they're like to live with. I do, however, agree with the other reviewers that have complained about the raised arch in the outer sole: I can imagine this being a source of chafing and would be happy to see Merrell omit this feature in the next iteration of the shoe. Otherwise, I can say that the sole is flexible, the heel cup comfortable, and it looks a bit more "normal" than a Vapour Glove 3. It's a shame that the Trail Glove 3 which everyone raves about seems to be sold out absolutely everywhere!
If you are using a (.5) size be aware that there is an elastic running from the tongue to the side. This squeezes the foot and creates cramps. See the pic for the piece I'm referring to. It has taken me months to get the piece to stretch out enough to stop causing cramps. I still can't tighten the shoes properly though.
I buy Merrell as the sizing works for me and this is the only shoe I've had this problem on.
Outside of that though these shoes are great and perform as you would expect. They get a solid 4 stars.