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Merrell Barefoot Spring 2012 Sneak Peek!

Published by RunningPoint on Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 11:49 EDT

Thanks to Jason Robillard of Barefoot Running University, we get a sneak peek of Merrell's Spring 2012 lineup.

It looks to me like Merrell has listened yet again to the people who run in their shoes and have implemented a road specific, flat soled , zero drop shoe into the Barefoot line with the Road Glove for men (top) and the Dash Glove for women (bottom). ***All images via Barefoot Running University (if you couldn't already figure that out)***

Review of Merrell Trail Glove

Published by RunningPoint on Thursday, 19 May 2011 14:23 EDT

Merrell Trail GloveI know that I have stated in an earlier post that I probably wouldn't do a review of the Merrell Trail Glove due to the fact that there were already so many reviews out there and that they are all so nauseatingly positive. Well, I'm going to recant that statement and do a review anyhow, but with a bit of a different spin. I do not run in my Trail Gloves and I really have no desire to. I have put a few miles on them and they performed beautifully. My main issue with running in them is that they were designed to excel on trails and at this point in my running life, I live on asphalt. Another issue is that I am fully in love with my huaraches and the more natural running experience that they provide. The Merrells are an awesome minimal running shoe but compared to the huaraches, they still have a lot of structure and therefore they alter the way your foot interacts with the ground. I personally prefer the way running in the huaraches makes my body feel and therefore have not taken the Trail Gloves out much at all, I probably have 10 miles of running on them. Why do I ramble on about why I haven't run in my Trail Gloves? Because I wanted it to be fully clear that this is not a review of running in them, but a review of wearing them daily for general use. They have become my new favorite shoe for general use and I love them dearly.

"Barefoot" March

Published by RunningPoint on Friday, 01 Apr 2011 13:51 EDT

March 2011 was my first month of the year completely back to "barefoot" running. I completed a total of 20 miles (INJURY FREE!!!) for the month wearing a mixture of super cheap grocery store Aquasox, Invisible Shoes Huaraches, and my Merrell Trail Gloves. Each shoe has it's strengths and weaknesses and I thought I would take a minute to highlight a few for each different form of footwear.

Epic Article on Minimal Shoes

Published by RunningPoint on Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 09:29 EDT

Justin over at Birthday Shoes has written an epic article about minimal shoes and the pros and cons of different designs with a focus on why the toe shoes, best example being Vibram FiveFingers, exist and are a superior design. After reading, I am a bit more intrigued by the validity of design choice to make shoes with toe pockets and would probably even consider trying a pair on now.

Back in the Huaraches & Trail Glove Update

Published by RunningPoint on Friday, 18 Mar 2011 16:12 EDT

I think Spring is officially here in the mountains of NC. It's currently 78 degrees Fahrenheit and I took full advantage of the first truly warm day of the year. I decided that today was the day to rotate my Invisible Shoe Huaraches back into service. After a longer and colder than normal winter of running in shoes, I have been itching to get back the weather that allows my toes to soak in some much needed vitamin D.

Merrell Trail Gloves Are On Their Way

Published by RunningPoint on Wednesday, 09 Mar 2011 09:18 EST

I finally bit the bullet and ordered my very own pair of Merrell Trail Gloves from Running Warehouse. I just couldn't shake the feeling that I had to own a pair and after trying on the NB Minimus Trail (which I will provide my opinion on soon), I was sure the Merrell was the shoe for me.

Merrell Trail Glove First Impression

Published by RunningPoint on Friday, 18 Feb 2011 16:12 EST

Merrell Trail gloveI was quite excited to find out that my local outdoor equipment store was planning to carry the Merrell Barefoot line and even more excited to hear that they would have them mid-February. As soon as I started reading the initial impressions from the lucky few who got a pair of these shoes early to test, I knew that I had to add these to my list of shoes I must own.

So now the big question is: After trying them on and walking around the store do I still have to own them?

Answer: I'm not sure.

I'm off to try on the Merrell Trail Gloves!

Published by RunningPoint on Friday, 18 Feb 2011 14:32 EST

Well, I'm off to try on the Merrell Trail Gloves. If it goes well there may be a "First Impressions" review involved!

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