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April 12, 2011

Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove Review and Giveaway

While I firmly believe that minimalist running is here to stay, I also think it will reach a settling point over the long term. I anticipate that many traditional runners will become convinced of the benefits of barefoot biomechanics, but will still want a marginal amount of comfort and protection from their everyday shoes. I also suspect that a percentage of current barefoot and minimalist diehards will eventually drift back – either for reasons of comfort or performance, or both – towards footwear that is something more than a flat slab of rubber and a little bit of leather.

Accordingly, there will be a huge demand for “nearly” barefoot shoes that are structured enough to appeal to wary traditionalists, but minimal enough to attract purists as well; basically, something that can bring minimalism to the mainstream consumer. And when that time comes, Merrell will be ready.

More than any other company this year, Merrell has completely thrown its arms around the barefoot and minimalist movement: from recognizing numerous biomechanics studies detailing the advantages of natural running, to educating its customers (largely through the efforts of barefoot advocate Jason Robillard) in proper barefoot technique, to supporting the minimalist community through a dedicated website and social media campaign, to creating a whole collection of footwear designed to appeal to the widest possible spectrum of folks interested in minimalism. This isn’t a “me, too” effort by a major company looking to cash in on the latest trend – it’s a genuine investment by an established industry player acknowledging that minimalist footwear is here to stay, and looking to establish itself as the dominant brand in bringing minimalism to the masses.

To my additional delight, they’ve also proven to be one of the most generous companies I’ve encountered – which is the perfect cue to announce two upcoming giveaways. After today’s review, we’ll have a contest for one pair of Merrell’s Men’s Trail Glove, which will be described shortly. A couple of weeks from now, I’ll post a review of their Women’s Pace Glove, and give away one pair of those as well. But if you’re still not a fan of the company after what I’ve just described, allow me to introduce you to the Trail Glove, which makes a strong case as one of the best minimalist trail shoes on the market today.


Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove


As usual, we’ll consider the vital specs first: the Trail Glove weighs in at 6.2 oz, with a midsole height of 12mm at both heel and forefoot. Thus, it’s a very lightweight zero-drop shoe that places you slightly higher off the ground than a pair of Vibrams (8mm for the KSO Trek), but lower and flatter than New Balance’s Minimus Trail (15mm heel/11mm forefoot). It has some protective features of traditional shoes without sacrificing any of the flexibility or mechanics of barefoot running.


Mesh upper; Omni-fit lacing with straps across tongue; laces also attached to side TPU overlays

Material construction of the upper is a somewhat traditional microfiber and air mesh design, with a rubberized bumper at the front for abrasion and impact resistance. Through the midfoot, synthetic overlays are looped into the lacing system, creating a very snug midfoot and forefoot feel. I found the uppers to be extremely effective at draining and drying after water immersions, but still warm enough to keep your toes happy when air temperatures get frosty. The toe box is wide enough to prevent hot spots and to allow your toes to splay without impingement. There’s a slight upward curvature to the toebox, but when they’re actually on my feet I found this to be unnoticeable.


Upward curvature of toebox; yellow TPU overlays

The overall shape of the upper is cut to be snug through the metatarsal area, to the point where it’s sometimes hard for me to get my foot into the shoe (more on this in a second). It accomplishes a similar feel as the forefoot of New Balance’s Minimus Trail, without having an actual strap across the top of the foot. Merrell’s Omni-fit lacing system incorporates not just the TPU overlays on the side of the shoe, but small straps across the tongue as well, so that tension is applied evenly across the entire upper when the laces are tightened.


Thin ankle collar

Since the Trail Glove is designed to be worn without socks, its ankle collar is very thin and sits snug around the heel, with an interior sockliner that is quite plush and comfortable against your skin. The antimicrobial microfiber footbed below has a somewhat rubbery feel to it, which further minimizes any slipping of the foot. If you're keeping track, that's about 5 different structural mechanisms to keep your foot stable and secure on top of the midsole, resulting in an overall feel like the shoe is simply an extension of your foot. Whether you’re on irregular terrain or steep downhills, your foot isn’t going anywhere it shouldn’t be inside this shoe.


Microfiber footbed; soft internal sockliner

One caveat to the whole sockless fit concept is that the upper is almost too snug to wear with traditional trail running socks. I’m not a fan of going sockless, especially on high-mileage days, so I wear socks for most of my longer runs in these shoes – but I find that even when wearing my thinnest socks (Drymax Lite Trail), I have to kind of wriggle my foot into the upper when putting the Trail Gloves on. Once I’m in, I’m good to go … but I’ve learned to budget for an extra 30 seconds or so when getting dressed in the morning. Fortunately, it’s a compromise I can live with.


Rear view: stability overlay strap, EVA midsole above rubber outsole

With most natural running shoes, there’s a performance tradeoff through the midsole area; true minimalist fans want their footwear to be as flexible as possible, which inherently limits the possibility of incorporating any protective features. And if there’s any midsole at all (for purists, none is preferable), it should be as thin as possible to maintain maximal ground feel against the bottom of the foot. This is where Merrell has staked out a nice middle ground, by incorporating two design elements that add a dose of comfort while not detracting too significantly from overall barefoot feel.

The first element isn’t anything novel: it’s a 4mm compression-molded EVA layer between the outsole and insole. This thickness is similar to Vibram’s Trek midsole – and just as with the FiveFingers, I’ve also noticed that there’s a settling period during the first 100 miles or so of use. In other words, the initial “cushy” feeling eventually recedes to allow improved ground feel than you have on your first run out of the box.


Great flexibility, along with great protection

It’s in the forefoot area that Merrell offers a cool innovation: a 1mm forefoot plate that distributes impact pressure from sharp rocks, but is still completely flexible. This combination of slight cushioning and slight impact protection makes the Trail Glove somewhat unique in the spectrum of minimalist trail shoes. From my testing, its ground feel is slightly less than Vibram’s Trek or Terra Plana’s Evo, but there’s a little more comfort over exceedingly long runs or rugged terrain. Compared to New Balance’s Minimus, the Trail Glove has a similar level of comfort, with slightly better ground feel. Granted, we’re talking about differences of millimeters one way or the other – but if you’re a longtime minimalist runner, you notice these things.


Vibram rubber outsole

For the outsole, Merrell turned to the most prominent name in performance footwear. The Trail Glove features Vibram TC-1 rubber that is cut with moderate “knobbing” throughout and ridges across the front end. Like a pair of FiveFingers, it’s contoured very closely through the arch area and narrow through the midfoot. Durability of the outsole has been excellent after about 150 miles, and traction has been great in a variety of conditions (with a couple of exceptions below), especially on wet surfaces. I’ve worn my Trail Gloves for a handful of knee-deep stream crossings, and I was pleasantly surprised at how secure my footing was on the round, slick rocks beneath the surface. They also remain quite stable in mud, and grip nicely around irregular surfaces like rocks and roots.

The only drawback to the outsole I’ve experienced is some minor slipping on loose gravel on steep hills. Going up, the knobs and ridges don’t grab the dirt, occasionally just pushing it backwards a bit. On steep descents, I’ve had a little bit of sliding on top of the dirt, especially if I’ve run through some wet conditions already and have some lingering mud caked into the lugs. This particular problem isn’t uncommon with other shoes, and I’d rank the Trail Glove outsole slightly ahead of the Vibram Trek or Terra Plana Evo, but slightly behind the New Balance Minimus in this regard.

Overall, Merrell has done an outstanding job of incorporating nearly all the elements of barefoot mechanics while offering a compelling option for traditional runners who are reluctant to go “all the way” to pure minimalist footwear. In an increasingly crowded field, the Trail Glove is a true standout that’s equally suited for ultramarathons or light recreational use. It’s clear that Merrell did their homework in developing this shoe, which isn’t too surprising in light of their extended commitment that I described at the beginning of the post. If their goal is to make minimalism accessible and enjoyable for the masses, the Trail Glove should be considered an enormous success.


Merrell’s Trail Glove retails for $110 from TravelCountry.com as well as other online vendors – but in conjunction with this review, one lucky reader will get a pair for free. My usual “big” contest rules apply here: we’ll do a weighted entry system, with additional entries for links to this post from your blog and/or Facebook page (remember, I double-check sometimes). Leave a comment below for a single entry, and let me know how many additional tickets you’ve earned, for a possibility of up to three total entries. Remember, this is a men’s shoe only – so ladies, you’re entering for your brothers or husbands on this one (which is fine with me), and your own contest will take place later this month.

The winner will be announced on Saturday, April 23rd. Good luck to everybody, and thanks very much to Merrell for sponsoring such an awesome giveaway!

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270 comments:

Sean 4/12/11, 8:37 PM  

1 entry for me. :)

-- Sean from Hawaii

Turi 4/12/11, 9:00 PM  

I really like the looks of those - would love to try them on next to the New Balance Minimus. Hopefully a local store has my size in them...

Comment, blog post and FB share. 3 entries for me.

Eddie 4/12/11, 9:08 PM  

2 entries for me

Josh 4/12/11, 9:08 PM  

1 entry for me too. Thanks for the great review!

Cam 4/12/11, 9:14 PM  

2 entries here, with FB like.

Jamie Harris 4/12/11, 9:15 PM  

Oh man I want these..please!
1 entry!

drunkmonckey 4/12/11, 9:20 PM  

2 entries - posted up with some comments on FB

terence 4/12/11, 9:25 PM  

Really comprehensive review. Most helpful when you compare to other shoe peers in the same category.

1 entry please

- Terry T

rod,  4/12/11, 9:26 PM  

One entry for me. Thanks for the review.

Armon 4/12/11, 9:47 PM  

Count me in for free shoes!

wirehairedrunner 4/12/11, 9:51 PM  

Yup, I'm a lady that wears a men's shoe. So please enter me twice for the men's contest, as I'm sharing your link on Facebook. As always, great review Donald. Even though we don't land on our heel in these, how is the narrow heel of this shoe?

nrmrvrk 4/12/11, 10:01 PM  

Three entries:
tweeted @jn014
facebooked: http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=741432497

commented.

Donald 4/12/11, 10:07 PM  

Wirehared: the narrow heel feels a lot like FiveFingers - it's a snug fit, but very comfortable.

ZeFreds 4/12/11, 10:12 PM  

Working my way slowly to minimalism...I am looking at these as a shoe i would want on my rack when I am there.
Thanks for a great review, Don.
2 entries for me (comments and FB)

G√ľnter 4/12/11, 10:30 PM  

One entry for me. Nice review.

moonsword 4/12/11, 11:03 PM  

1 entry please.
Thanks for the awesome review! It's amazingly thorough and well-written and really I'm not just saying that to kiss up. You're a very talented writer.
cheers!

Joe 4/12/11, 11:19 PM  

One entry for me.

I really like the look of these shoes, wonder when they'd be making their way to Hong Kong!

Cheers,
Joe

Joshua Henry 4/13/11, 12:46 AM  

an entry for me please

jonnyb 4/13/11, 1:51 AM  

I ran a muddy, rooty 50-miler this weekend in my worn down runamocs and slid all over the place like I was on an ice skating ring. After 8 miles the right shoe had completely ripped open and was just flopping around. After 20 more enough sticks had poked me in the toe of the left shoe that it, too, had a good sized hole in it. All I could think of the whole race was that I needed better footwear for muddy, hilly, trail-running. Maybe this could be it?

JenniferLeah 4/13/11, 2:24 AM  

another great review, really in-depth. Gotta say, this is also a very attrative shoe! I would LOVE to win a pair for hubby :)

Will post on my blog as well so please put my name in the hat for
2 entries

Mannie 4/13/11, 2:34 AM  

1 entry for me, por favor. :D

rbrown10 4/13/11, 4:00 AM  

One entry for me, Donald!

mark_voelker 4/13/11, 4:08 AM  

They look great. Thanks for the advice on the MT101 - awesome. Please put me in for one entry.

David 4/13/11, 4:08 AM  

1 entry for me.

Nice! They come in 14/15 for pontoon-footed people like me!

mark_voelker 4/13/11, 4:09 AM  
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Tait 4/13/11, 4:16 AM  

Sweet - Enter 1.

TheRunningNobody 4/13/11, 4:29 AM  

Soooo nice ... gotta have a pair...

2 entries please

Blog link : http://therunningnobody.blogspot.com/

David 4/13/11, 4:44 AM  

Sounds cool. 2 entries! :)

brandyn 4/13/11, 4:52 AM  

In for 2. Currently using vff, these would be a great upgrade.

Robert 4/13/11, 5:10 AM  

Wonderful coincidence finding this review. Last night I stumbled upon these Trail Gloves at a running store in the mall. I was there to look at the new Five Fingers Bikila (they didn't have them) so instead I was shown these Trail Gloves. I tried them on and they felt fantastic. Now I've got a tough choice to make. Can anyone comment on how these would perform on asphalt roads?

One comment and one Tweet.

*~* *~* Tracy 4/13/11, 5:11 AM  

3 entries for me please
Twitter (tracyrunning)
linked on my blog too

Chris 4/13/11, 5:12 AM  

Count me in for one entry. Thanks!

Woodrow 4/13/11, 5:13 AM  

Only 1 entry for me. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

MDMatt 4/13/11, 5:14 AM  

1 entry for me. Thanks.

RD Jim 4/13/11, 5:20 AM  

1 +2 = 3 for me Don!

Hall 4/13/11, 5:28 AM  

I'm going to have to go try them on soon, they look like they'd be perfect in the forefoot.

Put me down for 3 entries - comment, twitter, and blog post.

lostinacrowd 4/13/11, 5:36 AM  

2 for me. FB and here.
Thanks so much!

DanaG 4/13/11, 5:40 AM  

think I have 3 entries: my post here, I put a link on my wife's Facebook news feed page (I don't use Facebook, but I am using my wife's for this contest) and I tweeted about the contest and review. Let me know if you need to verify any of these. Thanks!

The Dude 4/13/11, 5:42 AM  

2 entries for me: post here and twitter

Travis R,  4/13/11, 5:51 AM  

Those look great. One entry for me please!

Kovas 4/13/11, 5:53 AM  

2 entries - comment and FB

John,  4/13/11, 5:56 AM  

I've got 200 miles on a pair of these and really like them. I'm in for 1 entry!

John L. from Michigan

Brian Howell 4/13/11, 6:06 AM  

two entries for me: 1 here and 1 on twitter (@brianmhowell) does that count?

Trailrat 4/13/11, 6:07 AM  

2 entries for me.

Shad in Boulder Co.

theivoryhorseman 4/13/11, 6:11 AM  

I think three entries for me: I updated my blog and shared the link on facebook and twitter. I'm loving that manufacturers are finally doing minimalist running shoes without toes (the Army doesn't like VFFs).

Aaron

adam 4/13/11, 6:18 AM  

Hell yes, I really love this shoe. And a 2nd pair to put into the rotation would be great

shel 4/13/11, 6:24 AM  

2 entries with a repost on FB for some gloves for my mister :-)

Scott 4/13/11, 6:24 AM  

Add one entry to a Missouri runner!!

Donald Piret 4/13/11, 6:27 AM  

One entry for me! Would love these!

Andrew 4/13/11, 6:37 AM  

1 entry for me.

Richard 4/13/11, 6:40 AM  

Nice review. I will take a close look at these shoes when I hit the mileage limit on my existing shoes.

One entry please.

Richard

.:Ash:. 4/13/11, 6:41 AM  

Thanks for the thorough review here! I'm having to fight the temptation to buy these right away, since I just purchased the NB Minimus. So many shoes, so little funds.

Anyway, 3 entries for me, please: 1 for the comment, 1 for a facebook post, and one for a blog post. Thanks!

TylerS,  4/13/11, 6:46 AM  

Tried these on at Cabela's recently. Really liked the feel. Thanks for the review! If I don't win, it definitely makes to go out and get a pair, regardless. Two entries for me!

rob 4/13/11, 6:47 AM  

Gimme 3 entries please!

http://jackofaufait.blogspot.com/2011/04/merrell-barefoot-trail-glove-review.html

twitter: @robclark00

thanks!!

Tim Wilson 4/13/11, 6:52 AM  

Just one entry right now, will come back when I have more time.

matt 4/13/11, 6:59 AM  

Thanks generally for this blog. It brightens up dull work days!

1 entry for me.

Thanks,

Matt (from London, UK, but I can pay shipping :-))

pontdo 4/13/11, 6:59 AM  

Oh yeah, those are the coolest looking minimalist shoes yet...would LOVE to check 'em out!
FB and BLOG...3 ENTRIES PLEASE. Thanks...Don

Tegyn Angel 4/13/11, 7:01 AM  

Hey Man,
Awesome review - i've only just signed up to your blog but i'm already glad for it. I've owned a pair of the Trail Gloves for about a month and have tested them pretty seriously - lots of trail and road runs, trekking with a pack, Injinjis and Barefoot - and they're awesome! I'd love another pair!

I'm up for 3 entries - comment here, facebook http://www.facebook.com/tegyn, and my blog http://tegynangel.com/archives/563

Thanks!

Mandy 4/13/11, 7:05 AM  
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estorms 4/13/11, 7:22 AM  
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estorms 4/13/11, 7:22 AM  

1 entry for me, please! :-)

Tom Logan 4/13/11, 7:23 AM  

These shoes sound awesome. I'll probably end up getting a pair even if I don't win. But for now, 2 entries!

Nev,  4/13/11, 7:27 AM  

Count me in. 1 entry!

ron 4/13/11, 7:31 AM  

i'm in...thanks.

Nate 4/13/11, 7:44 AM  

1 entry for me...

brownie 4/13/11, 7:50 AM  

One entry for me. Thanks!

Justin Nunez 4/13/11, 7:51 AM  

One entry for me. Thank you!!!!

fbrown 4/13/11, 7:56 AM  

1 entry for me. Really interesting shoe.

Jen 4/13/11, 8:02 AM  

2 entries for me! This is a great review and giveaway! And I agree with your assessment of the minimalist wave. It's here to stay. Even barefooters need the protection from the cold!

revgum 4/13/11, 8:02 AM  

1 entry for me!

Tony 4/13/11, 8:07 AM  

Great giveaway! 1 entry for me.

Mrs. Walder 4/13/11, 8:07 AM  

I'd love to try 'em! 1 entry for me

JimDog 4/13/11, 8:11 AM  

2 Entries please (FB and comment).

I went back and forth between the NB Minimus and the trail glove. I ended up going with the NB (which I absolutely LOVE) because they seem to fit a bit better. I think it might be the same thing you ran in to when trying to wear them with socks. But I'd still love to win a pair and alternate between the two!!!

Thanks! Great review!

BigMike,  4/13/11, 8:14 AM  

Sign me up for 1 entry. I've been wanting to try these.

Jeff Cwynar 4/13/11, 8:24 AM  

Two entries for me. New to the world of running shoes, so would love to start with these!

haystack 4/13/11, 8:32 AM  

One entry for me, thanks.

51feetunder 4/13/11, 8:33 AM  

2 for me please: Comment & Blog post

www.51feetunder.wordpress.com

SLB 4/13/11, 8:48 AM  

1 entry at this time.

Anonymous,  4/13/11, 8:50 AM  

One entry for me (well, I'll pass it on to the man I love most in life)!
thanks!
steeplechaser29 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Westley 4/13/11, 8:58 AM  

One entry for me please! I will definitely be trying some minimalist shoes in the near future and these fit the bill!

dug deep,  4/13/11, 9:04 AM  

One entry for me
supernovy at comcast dot net

Knuckles 4/13/11, 9:14 AM  

Put me down for one entry please, Donald.

Phillip Hamilton

Casey 4/13/11, 9:16 AM  

1 entry for me, I was drooling over these at the Merrell store.

Casey

tdomina 4/13/11, 9:17 AM  

I really wanna win this one! Put me down for one entry.

Graham 4/13/11, 9:23 AM  

I would love a backup pair! Currently loving the Trail Glove now that my local trails are ice/slush free.

2 entries, here and FB.

Eric 4/13/11, 9:36 AM  

1 entry for me. Thanks!

paul 4/13/11, 9:37 AM  

two entries for me please Donald,for blog and comment. Great review by the way
Normally wear Inov8 f-lite 230s for training and racing but would like something a little closer to that barefoot feel for some training runs

jen 4/13/11, 9:42 AM  

Can ladies with big feet win them for themselves? I have the women's Pace Glove on order in the biggest size they had (11) but they may be too small for me, so I will move to the men's if that's the case.

Tim 4/13/11, 9:43 AM  

just the 1 entry, thanks!

jen 4/13/11, 9:43 AM  

Shared on facebook for second entry :)

islander 4/13/11, 9:54 AM  

1 entry for me. Would be a great birthday present!

Jared 4/13/11, 9:56 AM  

In one of your earlier posts with the VFFs you mentioned that the area you most noticed a difference in pace was on downhills. I have heard this from a variety of sources.

If you have followed up on this I have missed it, but have you been able to adapt your running technique so that you have regained your speed on the downhills? I'd like to try transitioning to a more minimalist shoe, but I am one who really enjoys bombing down the descents.

1 entry for me

Jared

Anonymous,  4/13/11, 9:59 AM  

1 entry for me, they look very good...not as trendy as the VFF line, which is a good thing in my opinion.
Thank you.
Eddy, Los Angeles

Jason 4/13/11, 10:03 AM  

I was looking forward to this review - really like these shoes, especially for rocky terrain where my toes get really beat up in VFF Treksports. Very similar feel to Treksports as well. I use Injinjis for most of my runs in these and have been very happy with that combination.

3 Entries for Me

post, Facebook, Twitter (@BradyCellars)

gregpeterjensen 4/13/11, 10:07 AM  

1 entry for me, always liked Merrell.
Greg

ajones 4/13/11, 10:23 AM  

Oooooo....they look awesome!!!

Toshi Moshi 4/13/11, 10:28 AM  

2 entries please. Here and facebook.

Tomislav 4/13/11, 10:42 AM  

I drool for theese sinc they're introduced. Can't get them where I live.

Q: How they perform on road (pavement)?

1 entry for me.

Thanks Donald!

CaptainSuburbia 4/13/11, 11:00 AM  

1 entry for me, please.

Jason D. 4/13/11, 11:14 AM  

I've always like Merrell. Put me down for an entry please!

Jason D.
Magalia, CA

jbgodfrey,  4/13/11, 11:30 AM  

1 entry for me please.

Running With The Devil 4/13/11, 11:32 AM  

Saw these in a shoe store at the mall! Please sign me up.

Todd

Bob 4/13/11, 12:06 PM  

I have an REI store credit I've been saving for when they start carrying them in blue, but I might cave soon (unless I win here, of course).

Josh 4/13/11, 12:08 PM  

1 entry for me, please. thanks! Josh S

migangelo 4/13/11, 12:13 PM  

i could use these as my Biks are dying on me.

MIke

Michael Yoon 4/13/11, 12:15 PM  

Would love a pair of these. One entry for me, please. Thanks, Don!

Jay 4/13/11, 12:17 PM  

Can I get a job testing products?! Thanks Donald for the interesting blog and product reviews.

2 entries for me - one on facebook

Jimmy 4/13/11, 12:19 PM  

2 entries for me. 1 here and Facebook

Will 4/13/11, 12:22 PM  

One entry for me.

Ted,  4/13/11, 12:34 PM  

One entry this way comes ...

Ted from Maine.

Anonymous,  4/13/11, 12:39 PM  

Tried on these shoes last week and were extremely comfortable and true to size. Great companion for my NB MT101s. Waiting for your blessing before I bought.

Great review. One entry for me.

Ralph, MA

Robin 4/13/11, 12:43 PM  

i love the article and i love the shoes! commenting here and posted to facebook. this would be the perfect way to get my husband on board! two entries for me :)

Brandon 4/13/11, 12:54 PM  

Just posted on the blog:

http://www.therunningbran.com/2011-04-13/win-yourself-a-pair-of-merrell-barefoot-trail-gloves/

Posted on Facebook too. Three entries...that hopefully equal a new pair of trail shoes!

Lesser is More 4/13/11, 1:05 PM  

Thanks for the review. I'm still waiting for them to come to the local running store so I can check them out first hand. Throw me in for 1 entry.

maxamilian 4/13/11, 1:22 PM  

My wife just got the pace glove and loves them for not looking crazy like my Vibrams. Anyways great review count me in for two chances. fb share

Brandon Mulnix - Owner Modern Photographics 4/13/11, 1:41 PM  

I am due for a new pair, I agree with everything said here about Merrell and its trail glove. My first pair is just starting wear. I have ran with them in my first 50 miler and they stood up well. Even on pavement they proved to hold up well. I am an avid VFF user and switch pretty well between the 5 fingers and these shoes with little or no change in gate, or stride.

Put me down for 3,

Michael 4/13/11, 2:14 PM  

Put me down for 2 - linked to my facebook.

tquibber 4/13/11, 2:35 PM  

1 entry for me.

Those are the best looking minimalist shoes I have seen

Greg,  4/13/11, 3:23 PM  

Sign me up for two entries.

Devin 4/13/11, 3:31 PM  

look amazing!

1 entry for me please

Devin 4/13/11, 3:32 PM  

Look amazing!

1 entry for me please

Carl,  4/13/11, 3:59 PM  

Two please. :)

canyouimagine 4/13/11, 4:03 PM  

Would love to compare them to the Trail Minimum. Thank you for the great review. 1 Entry for me.

James 4/13/11, 4:40 PM  

I'd love to give these a try as a zero drop option for roads/trails. One entry please.

James

hypnos 4/13/11, 4:53 PM  

1 for me thank you muchly.

Kevin 4/13/11, 5:47 PM  

1 entry, please

Jam 4/13/11, 5:55 PM  

+2 for me. Comment and FB post. Awesome shoe! Wish I had me.

Jeremy 4/13/11, 5:58 PM  

One entry for me.

Jeremy - trapped north of DC

Brent 4/13/11, 6:03 PM  

One entry here. These look freakin' awesome ... fingers crossed.

Brent (Durham, NC)

nessienessa 4/13/11, 6:54 PM  

I just got the womens pace glove and I love them, now my husband wants some too. Count me in for two entries.

Van Dang 4/13/11, 7:18 PM  

Two entries for FB post. I'd rather win the women's later, but I'll go for both to help my friend out :)

HiAltDawg 4/13/11, 8:00 PM  

1 entry please

my verification word: dyautbac

Bad Runner 4/13/11, 8:26 PM  

1 entry for me, please. I'd love to try these and compare them to the Minimus - I just ran Dumbarton Oaks in DC in the Minimus earlier today while on a business trip, and they performed well (as usual).

Cherylrunner 4/13/11, 8:46 PM  

I can't wait to enter your giveaway for the women's Merril! I've tried these on and just haven't purchased them yet, but I absolutely love LOVE love these shoes! Your review put me over the top! I will just have to buy them if I don't win. In any case, I will share this link on FB! thanks Donald for a fab review!

Eyezick 4/13/11, 8:50 PM  

2 entries, thanks for the review!

-B 4/13/11, 8:56 PM  

2 entries-
I shared this with my favorite barefoot enthusiast via facebook, and am thanking you here for your excellent review. I've been researching the barefoot movement, and wondering it shoes were the source of serious knee damage when I ran distance running competitively in high school. I can make my husband run with me if he wins a pair. We would only need to buy one set, then! :-)

Anonymous,  4/13/11, 9:19 PM  

one entry please.

Heather 4/13/11, 9:54 PM  

2 entries (facebook and here)

If I win this is for my husband. We've been wanting to try out some flats/barefoot type shoe.

The review was great. Thanks.

Matt Dubs,  4/13/11, 10:23 PM  

1 entry please and thankyou!

Jerome 4/13/11, 11:50 PM  

2 entries with FB repost.

Jerome - LA

Mr Enault 4/14/11, 12:18 AM  

1 entry please, and thx for the review.

Mr Enault 4/14/11, 12:18 AM  

1 entry please and thx for the review.

Greg 4/14/11, 1:12 AM  

1 entry for me please!

@cjsorel,  4/14/11, 4:44 AM  

3 entries for me. Like you on facebook and posted on my profile about contest @cjsoreltweeted as well http://twitter.com/#!/cjsorel/status/58495863433080833

DavidS 4/14/11, 5:07 AM  

Thank you for the review. 1 entry for me.

Tony 4/14/11, 5:25 AM  

Good review of a promising shoe.
Posting a link to the review on my FB - 2 entries for me, and thanks!

Paul 4/14/11, 5:25 AM  

Ive been dying to get my feet into a pair of these for months now... but none of my local retailers stock them.

So put me down for 2 entries, comment & blog link.

Kyle Schaeffler 4/14/11, 6:41 AM  

1 entry for me please :)

Concord Volunteer 4/14/11, 7:11 AM  

2 entries for me,

triathlete struggling through med-school

Alex

Woody 4/14/11, 7:32 AM  

I have the minimus trail and really enjoy them. My only real complaint with them is that the heel is noticeable at times. The rest of the shoe feels amazing. The Trail Glove seems to have hit it out of the park in most ways and sound to have exceeded the minimus. Looking forward to trying it out one of these days. Hopefully sooner than later.

3 entries for me. Comment and posted link to facebook and twitter.

Thanks!

Chris 4/14/11, 7:54 AM  

Two entries for me please. One from here and one from FB.

Joseph 4/14/11, 9:02 AM  

Two entries for me, thanks for the review, I've been hearing a bit about these. You da man Donald!

Ed,  4/14/11, 9:14 AM  

I would like to enter....

Desiree 4/14/11, 9:51 AM  

Thanks for the Review. I am thinking about getting into some minimalist trail running : ) Two entries for me : )

Rakicy 4/14/11, 11:13 AM  

Thanks for the shoe review!
1 entry

Robb B. 4/14/11, 11:42 AM  

Wow, 168 comments already? I know the odds are slim, but I'd love to win these. 1 entry.

justpaul 4/14/11, 11:46 AM  

I would love a pair of these. 1 for me.

JJ 4/14/11, 11:49 AM  

1 entry for me please. Thanks for the good review.

Gerald Michalitz 4/14/11, 12:46 PM  

I would like them too

greetings from AUSTRIA

dptb 4/14/11, 1:55 PM  

1 entry for me

Freer 4/14/11, 2:37 PM  

1 for me please. Thank you as always

Freer 4/14/11, 2:37 PM  

1 for me please

dirkericson 4/14/11, 2:37 PM  

I'd love to give these a try

BP 4/14/11, 4:38 PM  

1 entry for me!

allen 4/14/11, 5:36 PM  

1 entry please!

Jeff 4/14/11, 5:57 PM  

Count me in! Also linked from my blog and facebook (3 total).

Thanks for the contest!

The BIG E 4/14/11, 6:00 PM  

Ill take a pair
nice review

paiNn3ck 4/14/11, 8:41 PM  

Thanks for the review, own the Minimus, debating on these. 3 entries for me!

Andy Dufresne 4/14/11, 10:09 PM  

One entry for me please.

Andy Dufresne 4/14/11, 10:10 PM  
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jeff 4/14/11, 10:22 PM  

Sign me up please.

Johan 4/14/11, 10:54 PM  

1 entry please
/Johan W

Asko 4/14/11, 11:36 PM  

oh oh. me me me me me. (please) I've seen them in a shop in Aust but they are quite expensive here in spite of our good $$.

Roger C,  4/15/11, 3:38 AM  

I have been wearing the Merrell Tough Glove at work for a few weeks and love them. I have been thinking about trying these as well. 1 entry for me.

Keith 4/15/11, 5:50 AM  

3 entries for me - facebook and twitter (@miamicousin) Looking forward to these shoes

PeterVermont 4/15/11, 6:41 AM  

1 entry for me on Facebook.

ChadisBarefoot 4/15/11, 7:37 AM  

+1 For Facebook. Thanks for doing this!

MelMM 4/15/11, 7:40 AM  

1 entry for me, please.

James 4/15/11, 8:25 AM  

I actually tried then on and though that they were oddly thick in the ball of the foot, but I'd be willing to give a free pair a second chance

CJ 4/15/11, 8:27 AM  

Shared on FB and Twitter. 3 it is!

Toes crossed...

Amy 4/15/11, 9:42 AM  

1 entry

Love mine for my trail runs. Hope to win a pair for the hubby.

David 4/15/11, 10:43 AM  

One for me, please...I hope!

Chad 4/15/11, 12:22 PM  

Shoes look great

James 4/15/11, 12:44 PM  

I can't wait to try a pair of these on. 2 for me, here and FB.

Kalin 4/15/11, 1:35 PM  

I entry! Poor college kid

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