Merrell Bare Access shoes

Jun 11, 2012
Outside Magazine

BEST FOR: Runners transitioning to full-on minimalism.
THE TEST: Many true minimalist shoes in this weight range have around four millimeters of cushioning; the Bare Access has eight. In addition to that (relatively) plush amount of padding underfoot, the Bare Access has a wide, ultracomfy toe box, creating a sweet ride for long runs and everyday jogs alike. The downsides to that construction: some testers found the cushioning a bit firm; others wanted more flex in the midfoot.
THE VERDICT: Takes the sting out of concrete sidewalks. 5.9 oz; 0-mm heel-to-toe drop

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