Ladies, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that there’s probably at least one man in your life who doesn’t always get around to doing things when he says he will.
Maybe he tells you he’ll replace a light bulb, or fix the closet door, or get the laundry folded, and he sounds very sincere … until you look around a few days later and realize it’s still dark in the hallway, the closet is still broken, and the clothes are still sitting in the dryer. (Since you’re probably wondering, these are completely made-up scenarios. As far as you know.) And while you know you still love the guy, it sure would be nice if he could follow on things through a little bit sooner.
On that note, I’m happy to announce that I’m finally getting around to the female-specific giveaway I promised after my Merrell Barefoot Road Glove review in early January. Hopefully it’s not too late for us to still be happy together.
|Merrell Barefoot Dash Glove|
The prize this time around is Merrell’s brand new Dash Glove shoe, which is the female equivalent of this spring’s Road Glove for men. It’s also part of a concerted effort on Merrell’s part to get more women on board the minimalist bandwagon; in addition to a complete line of shoes, the company has also produced a dedicated women’s running page, a female-specific training guide, and a nifty little promotional video that’s embedded at the end of this post.
Before that, though, let’s roll through the review – and I need to start by saying that unlike other women’s models I’ve reviewed, this one wasn’t tested by my wife. Because advance samples were hard to come by, the shoes that arrived at our house ended up being a size small for her, so I did what any resourceful manager would do: I deputized another employee with some increased responsibility to step up to the task.
That deputy would be my 10-year-old daughter, who is only one shoe size smaller than my wife, and who runs with me on a weekly basis around our neighborhood roads and trails. We limit our runs to 3 or 4 miles at a time, so she’s probably got about 50 cumulative miles on her pair – not as many as I prefer, but not bad for free child labor.
|Pace Glove on left, Dash Glove on right|
Just as the men’s Road Glove is Merrell’s asphalt counterpart to the last year’s Trail Glove, the women’s Dash Glove is the road equivalent of last year’s Pace Glove that was designed for off-road use. (I know, all these gloves get confusing sometimes.) In comparison to the Pace Glove, the upper and outsole of the Dash Glove are different, but the last and midsole platform are essentially the same. The Dash Glove is slightly heavier, weighing in at 5.8 oz compared with 4.7 for the Pace Glove.
The uppers are your standard-fare mesh and synthetic leather combination, closed enough to keep your toes warm in winter - my daughter often wears these without socks – and breathable enough to dry quickly when they get wet. However, with a DWR coating to repel mist or light rain, they shouldn’t get too soaked with ordinary use.
|Women's Dash Glove on left, men's Road Glove on right|
Keeping with the design of Merrell’s entire Barefoot line, the Dash Glove is intended to be worn sockless, and the interior uses the same microfiber footbed and soft, thin fabric interior to keep your foot comfortable in a wide variety of conditions.
In the midsole area, the Dash Glove has a total standing height of approximately 11mm, with compression molded EVA for a small measure of cushioning, and a completely flat platform with zero heel to toe drop. There’s no forefoot plate as last year’s Pace Glove featured …
… and it should go without saying that the entire shoe is completely flexible, allowing your foot to move any which way it pleases.
One area where the Dash Glove is unique among previous Merrell “gloves” is the outsole. It’s carved from the same Vibram TC1 Rubber that the other Barefoot models use, but the tread pattern is much shallower than the trail outsole. Maximum lug depth is 2mm, but they aren’t nearly as grippy as the men’s Road Glove released this spring.
I described the Road Glove as an ideal hybrid road/trail shoe, but with the Dash Glove I’m more cautious about recommending it for off-road use. Since the shoe is designed specifically for roads, that’s not necessarily a crime, but it would have been nice to see the same outsole on both the men’s and women’s offerings.
The Dash Glove retails for $110 from the Merrell website, but one reader will get a pair for free, compliments of Merrell. I’m doing a weighted entry system for this one; you get one entry for leaving a comment below this post, one additional entry for linking to this post from your blog, and a third by linking from Facebook or Twitter. In your comment below, let me know how many entries you’ve earned, and include the links for me to verify if necessary.
I also mentioned that there’s a video for you to watch after this post – and to incentivize you to watch it, I’ll give an additional entry to anyone who identifies the location of the video shoot. I know the answer, but I’m not going to confirm or deny any guesses in the comments – meaning that just because somebody names it before you doesn’t mean it’s necessarily correct. So you may as well take a guess.
Got all that? OK then. I’ll announce the winner this Saturday night, March 10. Good luck to everybody, and special thanks to Merrell for sponsoring this review and giveaway!
"Pretty Strong" by Merrell (click to play):
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