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Trail Glove 4 Knit (2018) from Merrell

by Olivier 12 Jun 2018 updated 07 Jun 1538 readers Be first to comment share(share) 2 Voir version fr

Item rewiewed in this reviews set :

Trail Glove 4 Knit

Abstract :

"Drop 0" shoes. The sensation to run barefoot with good grip and a strong skin under feet, and a little more protection than five-fingers. 
Be carefuk though : it's a minimalist shoe. Passive protection is minimalist, an active body attitude will prevent potential injuries.
Trail Gloves 4 are very lightweight shoes with a sole with relatively notched  lugs  adapted to varied natural grounds. The comfort is very good, you have the impression to wear socks with a sole which perfectly fits the foot, moreover you can wear them without socks. Because the sole is thin, you feel the ground. Foot support is good thanks to the efficient and fast lacing-up.
Nota : the buckles of laces are made of a rather stiff and "aggressive" strap that tends to stress the lace …

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Global rate :
Total weight (measured) : 460 g

Parts

Specific informations : Tige

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Specific informations : Semelle

Global rate :

approximative price : 120 €

All characteristics

We love

  • Comfort
  • Weight
  • Lacing
  • Fitting
Utilisé également lors d'un trek à Majorque d'une semaine. Les chaussures se sont bien comportées et on bien résisté malgré le terrain parfois assez agressif.
10 and 7.5 US
10 and 7.5 US
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Toes protection
Toes protection
Quick lacing, great !
Quick lacing, great !
Heel protection, not so bad
Heel protection, not so bad
Integrated shoe tongue, like a sock
Integrated shoe tongue, like a sock
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Integrated footbed
Integrated footbed
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Integrated shoe tongue, like a sock
Integrated shoe tongue, like a sock
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The Trail glove 4 version with classic shoe tongue (Trail Glove 4)
The Trail glove 4 version with classic shoe tongue (Trail Glove 4)
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Good grip
Good grip
Just playing
Just playing
Footprint, on the tiptoe
Footprint, on the tiptoe
Hiking use
Hiking use
These shoes don't seem to be well suited for "aggressive" ground, like the limestone of south of France
These shoes don't seem to be well suited for "aggressive" ground, like the limestone of south of France
Minimal running is great even on the road !
Minimal running is great even on the road !
In wet grass the foot remains dry some time
In wet grass the foot remains dry some time
The lace was damaged by the strap
The lace was damaged by the strap
Trek d'une semaine à Majorque
Trek d'une semaine à Majorque
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Trek d'une semaine à Majorque
Trek d'une semaine à Majorque

Parts

Specific informations : Tige

Abstract :

The feeling to wear only socks

Specific characteristics Tige

Global rate :

Fabrics

Unusual fabric for a shoe, rather dense and pleasant to touch. Elastic in all directions. The shoe is easy to fit.

Upper type

low

Specific informations : Semelle

Abstract :

Vibram sole
The red rubber is tougher
The red rubber is tougher

Specific characteristics Semelle

Global rate :
Apparent robustness :

Lugs

rubbers hardness :
  • 72.0
  • 74.0
  • 45.0
Stronger rubber on most used parts of the shoe.
size : 3 mm
density : 50%
more or less
nombre de gommes : 3

Grip

Cushioning

Ground Sensitivity

Sole brand

Vibram

Footbed

integrated, not removable

Global characteristics

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Apparent robustness :
Long-term robustness :
Total weight (measured) : 460 g
Both for 10 (US) 410g both for 7.5

Drop

0 mm

Flex

Super flex, the foot is free, lateraly there is more support
front-rear flex :
lateral flex :

Impermeability

As this "knit" version of the Trail glove 4 it not made of mesh, it's a bit waterproof. The fabric does not let pass the water so easily. When walking in wet grass, the foot becomes wet after a while.

Crampons ready

no

Lacing

lace passages : webbing
"Aggressive" strap wich tends to stress the lace
passages number : 4
Lacing type :
  • thin
  • quick lace
Quick and efficient lacing
adjustability :

Shoe tongue

The shoe tongue is not differentiated, we would say a sock

Thermal insulation

Made to run

Use temperature

  • temperate
  • hot
  • very hot

Breathability

Comfort

Fitting

Foot support

The shoe is well connected to the foot, because it fits well

Toes protection

Toes protection made with solid plastic (TPU), the covered surface would have been bigger

Heel protection

The sole climbs on the heel

Reflective Strips

no

Made in

China
brand : Merrell

approximative price : 120 €

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