Merrell Road Glove

Jun 1, 2012
Outside Magazine

BEST FOR: Hardcore minimalists. THE TEST: True to its name, the Road Glove fits snugly around the heel and arch, but it widens in the forefoot to let your toes splay naturally. This isn’t the shoe for a pronounced heel striker who runs mostly on flat pavement, but midfoot strikers said the Road Glove performed flawlessly on hilly runs and during road interval workouts. Only downside: to stay protective without cushioning, the shoe’s rubber outsole was unexpectedly stiff for some testers—a bummer for a minimalist shoe. THE VERDICT: The answer for runners who want a minimally cushioned shoe but aren’t sold on Vibram’s gorilla-toe look. 8.8 oz; 0 mm drop

FLEX: 4.5