Merrell Overdrive - Trail Runners: Review

Merrell Overdrive – Trail Runners: Review

Merrell Overdrive - Trail Runners: Review
Lindsay Yaw

Outside's long reads email newsletter features our strongest writing, most ambitious reporting, and award-winning storytelling about the outdoors. Sign up today.

We can only imagine the highly caffeinated sessions that produced the Overdrive. No detail has been left out or unexamined, from integrated drain holes in the outsole to a protected gaiter strap channel under the arch to drawcord lacing that adjusts easily even with cold or gloved hands. Innovative tubular cushioning—Merrell calls it TrailSpring technology—absorbs heel-strike impact and should outlast foam. Even after a 16-mile trail run to the base of Capitol Peak, near Aspen, the padding left one tester’s feet feeling fresh (well, as fresh as could be expected). A TPU plate stabilizes the shoe, and forefoot grooves increase flex. A wide fit is good for foot-swelling epics (adventure race, anyone?).

Bonus: The Vibram sole barely showed wear.

Bummer: Not for the narrow-footed. 13 oz; www.merrell.com

promo logo
sms