Merrell Trail Glove 4 Running Shoe Review

Trail Glove 4 has been one of the most attractive and all-rounded minimalist shoes. The shoe has been a result of several technological advancements. Therefore the 4th edition gives more cushioning and protection than its own earlier versions and other brands. The most evident change is the weight of the shoe, which has been reduced to 15%, making it lighter than before.

Ratings by Runner's Choice
  • 8.9/10
    Stability - 8.9/10
  • 8.8/10
    Comfort - 8.8/10
  • 9.0/10
    Design - 9.0/10
  • 9.4/10
    Cushioning - 9.4/10
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  • Unlike other shoes, Trail Glove 4 offers more protection.
  • It is stylish and the brand has focused on making the shoe appealing to the eye.
  • The shoe works great with short and ling, both running distances.
  • The added tongue in the shoe gives better comfort and fit.
  • It can also be used as a casual shoe since it not very heavy in weight and cushioning.


  • Since there is little cushioning, some users have experienced a slight pain in the initial days of its usage.
  • The mesh is thin; therefore it is easily torn and wears off after sometime.
  • Since it has little cushioning, you cannot beat the speed.

Bottom Line

  • Trail Glove 4 is a wise choice to make for minimal trail running.
  • The shoe size is that of a standard shoe length so you can easily buy online and worry less about the fit.
  • Being a minimalist shoe, it is highly flexible giving minimal interference with natural movement.
  • Merrell Trail Glove 4 also provides motion control and tends to be low in weight and stack height making it ideal for daily use and running.

Merrell Trail Glove 4 Review

I have recommended this as their utmost choice because of its flexibility, minimal interference, resistances and durability. So buying this would give you peace for a long time; hence it’s a long-term investment. Serving multi-purposes, you can use this as a running shoe, on your walking training and also for fair daily usage.


Unlike the myth that heavy cushioning supports your foot from injuries, Trail Glove is built on the fact that little cushioning gives more protection and higher running efficiency. Trail Glove 4 has no cushioning but a small sheet of foam. While this has its advantages, this may not allow you to run fast and speed is that you will miss out on.

Merrell Glove 4 Cushioning

Perhaps this little cushioning serves each a different perspective. It gives more comfort to the foot, provides stability and manages to remain light weighted.


The earlier versions of Merrell Trail Glove appeared to be less stable, primarily because it is a minimalist shoe. However the 4th version of Trail Glove has been an improved edition of stability and despite its thin construction and lightweight, the shoe gives firmness and steadiness while running.


Unlike many other trail shoes, the outsole of Trail glove 4 is made up of Vibram Outsole TC1, which gives superb grip and improved flexibility for efficient running. The Outsole consists of a rubber material that is lightweight and abrasion resistant. There is a trail protection pad in between the midsole and outsole that will protect your foot from hitting with sharp stones, objects and uneven surfaces. The same Trail Protect Pad will distribute your foot pressure to maintain forefoot flexibility. Users also admire that unlike other brands, the outsole of Trail Glove 4 is not grippy on rocks, giving it more plus points.

The shoe has perfect aggression to showcase durability and reliability, confident running performance consistently. This might be the first thing most of the runners look for in running/walking shoes.

Merrell Glove 4 Outsole


With 4mm CMEVA used in the midsole, the shoe provides underfoot cushioning for extra durability and stability. Despite, that is weighing lighter, it is more shock absorbent than other shoes on the list. The compresses molded EVA foam is used to keep the cushioning long-lasting. EVA is known for its lightweight attributes; hence Trail Glove 4 becomes one of the choices for runners.

The midsole also consists of an anti-microbial agent which is a non-removable microfiber footbed. This is used to keep your foot sweat free, clean and dry. If other shoes have complained about developing odor and perspiration, this Trail Glove 4 will give you ease in this matter.

Upper Construction

The upper of Trail Glove 4 uses a synthetic and breathable mesh. The mesh is used to give durability and breathability. At the same time, the mesh absorbs sweat and moisture, caused by wearing the shoe for long hours. These shoes give ample room for tow movement, ideal for those who have a wider foot.

Merrell Glove 4 Upper Construction

Some areas also consist of TPU overlays; these are areas that require support. These overlays are used to give upper reinforcement and increase the durability of the shoe. Moreover, the overlays also help in maintaining the shoe weight.

The Merrell Omni-Fit lacing system gives a glove-like fit. The added feature of version 4 is the padded collar and tongue. Unlike other shoes, the tongue of Trail Glove 4 is a continuation of the upper part rather a separate tongue. This helps the foot remain in place, give you good fitting and cushioning.


Merrell Trail Glove 4 is slip resistant, therefore you can jump and hop, controlling yourself easily. The most attractive part of Trail Glove 4 is, looks good, with whatever you are wearing. SO for the style conscious people, this feature adds more points and certainly a reason to buy. Merrell has been the troll to make things work and make each edition better than before. Trail Glove 4 is an example and indeed it delivers on the promise and the price it demands.

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