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There was a time when I heard the brand Merrell, and would think hiking boots. Period. What a flawed conception of the company! If you take a look at their site, you’ll find that they offer all KINDS of goodies. I had the pleasure of trying out their Pace Glove Trail Shoe. I consider myself somewhat of a minimal runner, wearing a neutral shoe and staying in as light of a trainer as I can but the Pace Glove took it to a whole ‘nuthuh level. These bad boys weigh in at only 4.7 oz. All this time I thought my Saucony Kinvaras were lightweight at 6.5 oz! As far as Aesthetics, they’re PURDY. It’s like the colors were handpicked and custom made to match my fave Lululemon shorts!
They have an incredibly snug and secure fit, leaving plenty of room in the toe box. Normally I wear a size 8 running shoe but for some reason the arch hit funny in that size, so I sized down and sockless, the 7.5 seems to fit just right. Before taking them out for a run, I spent a day walking around, trying to get a feel for the Vibram sole. It’s a really comfortable casual shoe and has quickly become my new “gym shoe”. Besides figuring out that “crystal” is a delicious shade of turquoise, these shoes are structurally sound. The stitching is clean, upper mesh flexible, soft elastic heel and the sole protective enough for the trails.
My calves weren’t quite up for consecutive big miles in the Pace Glove and for the sake of review, I tried them on a treadmill, too, (blech) but for short trail distances, I was happy with their performance. I don’t think I could handle a really technical trail in them, only because there isn’t a huge amount of traction and virtually no cushion. There is plenty for differing surfaces, though: grass, sand, moderate amount of rocks/roots but I need more to a sole when dealing with the BIG DAWGS. In short, I need to acclimate my feet/calves for “barefoot” running but give the Pace Glove high marks.
Shoes were provided from Merrell for this review.