Merrell CTR Cruise

Stable at Any Speed

Aug 18, 2010
Outside Magazine
Merrell CTR Cruise

Merrell CTR Cruise    Photo: Inga Hendrickson

Time for a run—or a hike? The CTR Cruise is ready for either. It's just light, flexible, and cushioned enough for trail running—with a higher-than-average ankle cuff that gives it good side-to-side stability in challenging terrain, and a secure fit that minimizes foot sliding on steep descents. But given the extra padding, hefty toe bumper, and excellent traction, it's also up for fast-and-light hikes with a pack. All that armor comes at a price, of course, and the Cruise is clunkier—but also comfier—than the less padded and cushier pure trail runners here. 12.8 oz; $110;