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Merrell Trail Glove 6 Eco

  • Men's
  • Women's
3.7 
Based on 560 user reviews

Men's Sizing:

69% "Felt true to size"

Based on 68 user reviews

83% "Felt true to width"

Based on 13 user reviews

Women's Sizing:

53% "Felt true to size"

Based on 19 user reviews

80% "Felt true to width"

Based on 16 user reviews

The 6th version of our famous minimalist shoe is designed to mimic the shape of the human foot, keeping it in the position it would be in without shoes. Version 6 features an improved fit and increased abrasion resistance.

Most suitable for:

Trail running, Hiking

Minimal Meter:

Ok minimalist standards, but can be better.

What does it mean?

Manufacture Short Description

The 6th version of our famous minimalist shoe is designed to mimic the shape of the human foot, keeping it in the position it would be in without shoes. Version 6 features and improved fit and increased abrasion-resistance. Compared to the prior version, Version 6 features a little additional support, a slightly thicker sole, and increased abrasion-resistance. It’s a great option for someone looking to transition into barefoot styles.

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  • Review
  • Description

Review Summary

Built from recycled materials and tailored to mimic your foot shape, the Merrell Trail Glove 6 Eco helps you feel more connected to the trails. Several users, however, have pointed out that the shoe’s arch support and fit could be improved. Although it may not be the most barefoot of shoes, the Merrell Trail Glove 6 is one of the best minimalism running shoes because of how well it holds up on different terrains.

  • PROS
  • Versatile
  • Great grip
  • Secure feel
  • Lightweight 
  • Performs well on mixed terrain
  • CONS
  • Not an authentic barefoot feel
  • Excessive arch support
  • Narrow toe box

Detailed Review

The Merrell Trail Glove 6 Eco embodies style, comfort, and minimalism all at the same time. A barefoot shoe specifically designed for trail running, the Trail Glove 6 has many characteristics you’d expect from minimalist shoes.

Made from Recycled Materials

The Trail Glove 6 Eco is made from recycled materials. The upper is crafted from 65% recycled mesh for optimum air circulation and ventilation, so your feet can breathe. The 40% recycled mesh lining also allows heat and moisture to escape helping to ensure that your feet stay nice and fresh.

The laces and webbing pull tab are both 100% recycled. When it comes to its midsole, it has BLOOM® performance midsole foam, which is made of 10% algae biomass. Its outsole made from Vibram® EcoStep is also 30% recycled rubber.

Durability & Protection

The Trail Glove 6 features a BLOOM® Performance Midsole and a TrailProtect™ Rock Plate. These features both add extra flexibility and protection to trail runners.

With its shock-absorbing power, this midsole provides increased endurance and joint and ligament protection. The rock plate embedded between the midsole and outsole shields the user’s feet from rocks and debris. In addition to providing protection, several users mentioned how the rock plate allows for dexterity under the foot, allowing them to remain in control.

There’s no question regarding the protection the Trail Glove 6 provides, but several Merrell Trail Glove 6 reviews have complained about how it is not durable. Many users mentioned how the tread and soles came off easily only after a few uses.

Design & Usage

The Trail Glove 6 is probably the most stylish in the series. There are quite a few good features in this next-generation Trail Glove, making it perfect for trail runners seeking a minimalist shoe. 

It has a unique lacing system. It has standard laces on top and a secondary system underneath, allowing for better fit and adjustment. However, several users complained about how the lace holes are stretchy and don’t feel like they tighten down all the way.

In addition to trail running, a good number of Trail Glove 6 reviews loved how these shoes are suitable for fitness training, weight training, jogging, walking, cycling, and general everyday use.

Despite their minimalist padding, flexible sole, and not overly bulky construction, these shoes have relatively strong arch support, which is not your typical barefoot shoe feature.

Comfort & Grip

The Trail Glove 6 Eco features a Vibram® EcoStep outsole, which combines durability, traction, and sustainability. Users can confidently take on the next level of adventure with confidence thanks to the 3 mm lugs, which grip smooth, rough, wet, and dry surfaces with ease.

With a tremendously grippy sole, the Merrell Trail Glove excels in steep, boulder-strewn mountains and loose dirt tracks. Some users said they found the traction of this trail shoe to be even better on technical terrain. Many others said they like them for light trails and paved surfaces as well. They are also good on wet surfaces due to the Vibram outsole.

One drawback the Trail Glove 6 received is probably its arch support. Several users complained that the arch support was excessive, equating it with a semi-barefoot or minimalist shoe only and not a good barefoot shoe. Several users discovered that it was a little uncomfortable when hiking due to the high arch support. 

However, a good number of reviews mentioned that there’s a need to acclimate to the arch support as you’ll find it very helpful when on trails. Several Trail Glove 6 users consider it to be their go-to trail running shoe.

Fit

The Merrell Glove 6 Eco features an advanced minimalist fit. The shoe’s Barefoot 2 construction keeps the user’s foot in a natural position. 

Besides the external sling to lock in the heel, the shoe also features a 100% recycled webbing pull tab to secure the laces and lock in the feet. However, some users mentioned how the lace holes can be stretchy, making them feel it’s not secure enough.

There’s also a reason these are called gloves. Several Trail Glove 6 reviews pointed out that they fit as if they were a glove, allowing a more natural trail-running experience. However, some users complained about how it was too cramped. Those with wide feet may find these pairs of minimalist shoes a bit uncomfortable.

However, a good number of reviews mentioned how those with really skinny feet may find a friend with these shoes as they fit really well.

This glove runs half a size large in comparison to the Trail Glove 4. Those looking for a similar fit to the Trail Glove 4 version should order half a size down from their usual size. Comparatively, the Trail Glove 5 sizes are the same.

When it comes to fit, several users mentioned giving the shoe some time to acclimate to your foot to take advantage of its full potential.

Performance

While there have been complaints about excessive arch support and poor fit, this particular shoe offers a good balance of ground feel and protection against small rocks and debris. The shoe performed well on large rocks, ensured good pressure distribution when walking on small rocks, and handled loose gravel and dry grass slopes well. This is an excellent barefoot shoe for longer hikes and more challenging trails with its well-rounded, comfortable design.

Although the Merrell Trail Glove 6 Eco isn’t the most barefoot of shoes, anyone seeking a minimalist shoe and aspiring runners looking for a trail shoe will enjoy the support and feel this shoe offers.

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FAQ

What about the weight specification?

The men's Trail Glove 6 weighs just 212g per shoe, while the Merrell Trail Glove 6 women only weigh 170g per shoe.

How about the grip?

The Merrell Trail Glove boasts tremendous traction on rocky, boulder-strewn trails and loose dirt trails. Some users said they found the traction of this trail shoe to be even better on technical terrain. They are also popular for light trails and for paved surfaces. The shoe also performs well on wet surfaces, thanks to its Vibram outsole.

What about the fit?

Several reviews said they fit like a glove, which allowed a more natural trail running experience. Some users, however, complained that it was too cramped. These minimalist shoes may not be the best choice for people with wide feet, but those with slim feet may find them comfortable. This glove runs half a size large in comparison to the Trail Glove 4. Those looking for a similar fit to the Trail Glove 4 version should order half a size down from their usual size. Comparatively, the Trail Glove 5 sizes are the same.

Does it have a close-to-ground feel?

The Trail Glove 6 is designed to help you stay connected to the trail throughout your adventure. However, several users complained about how the arch support is excessive and limits the close-to-ground feel.

Is it perfect for long-distance runs?

New barefoot runners will like the support this shoe provides for long-distance runs. However, those who have been running barefoot for a while may find the arch support excessive and uncomfortable.

What materials are used for making?

Merrell’s Trail Glove 6 Eco is made from recycled materials. More specifically, the upper is made from 65% recycled mesh; the laces are 100% recycled, the mesh lining is 40% recycled, while the midsole foam is 10% algae biomass. Its Vibram outsole is also made from 30% recycled rubber.

Is this the advanced version of 5?

Yes.

Specs

Brand Merrell
Model Trail Glove 6 Eco
Product Type Shoes
Activity Type Casual, Daily Use, Running, Strolling, Training, Walking
Terrain Off Road, Road
Eco Friendly BLOOM foam, Recycled, Sustainable Materials, Vegan
Design ,Casual, Shoes, Sneakers,
Materials BLOOM foam, Mesh, PU, Rubber
Season All Year
Sole Attributes Vibram
Water Protection Breathable
Weight 212g for men 170g for women
Heel Toe Drop 0

Manufacture Short Description

The 6th version of our famous minimalist shoe is designed to mimic the shape of the human foot, keeping it in the position it would be in without shoes. Version 6 features and improved fit and increased abrasion-resistance. Compared to the prior version, Version 6 features a little additional support, a slightly thicker sole, and increased abrasion-resistance. It’s a great option for someone looking to transition into barefoot styles.

Manufacture Full Description

The 6th version of our famous minimalist shoe is designed to mimic the shape of the human foot, keeping it in the position it would be in without shoes. Version 6 features and improved fit and increased abrasion-resistance. Compared to the prior version, Version 6 features a little additional support, a slightly thicker sole, and increased abrasion-resistance. It’s a great option for someone looking to transition into barefoot styles.

FEATURES:

• 65% recycled mesh upper

• 100% recycled laces

• External rear sling locks in the heel

• 100% recycled webbing pull tab

• 40% recycled mesh lining

• Recycled 100% Sketch Mesh Post Industrial x NXT

• Merrell Barefoot 2 construction is designed to keep the foot in a natural position

• Rock plate for protection

• BLOOM® performance midsole foam is made of 10% algae biomass, transforming green water into clean water in the process

• Vibram® EcoStep is 30% recycled rubber

SIZING
The Trail Glove 6 is a barefoot shoe, and has been built with a full forefoot to allow for a more natural foot movement. When compared to the Trail Glove 4, it is running ½ size large. If you’re looking for a similar fit to our previous Trail Glove 4 version, we recommend you order a ½ size smaller than your typical size. When compared to the Trail Glove 5, sizing is the same.

  • Description
  • Review

Manufacture Full Description

The 6th version of our famous minimalist shoe is designed to mimic the shape of the human foot, keeping it in the position it would be in without shoes. Version 6 features and improved fit and increased abrasion-resistance. Compared to the prior version, Version 6 features a little additional support, a slightly thicker sole, and increased abrasion-resistance. It’s a great option for someone looking to transition into barefoot styles.

FEATURES:

• 65% recycled mesh upper

• 100% recycled laces

• External rear sling locks in the heel

• 100% recycled webbing pull tab

• 40% recycled mesh lining

• Recycled 100% Sketch Mesh Post Industrial x NXT

• Merrell Barefoot 2 construction is designed to keep the foot in a natural position

• Rock plate for protection

• BLOOM® performance midsole foam is made of 10% algae biomass, transforming green water into clean water in the process

• Vibram® EcoStep is 30% recycled rubber

SIZING
The Trail Glove 6 is a barefoot shoe, and has been built with a full forefoot to allow for a more natural foot movement. When compared to the Trail Glove 4, it is running ½ size large. If you’re looking for a similar fit to our previous Trail Glove 4 version, we recommend you order a ½ size smaller than your typical size. When compared to the Trail Glove 5, sizing is the same.

Expert reviews

User reviews:

Specs

Brand Merrell
Model Trail Glove 6 Eco
Product Type Shoes
Activity Type Casual, Daily Use, Running, Strolling, Training, Walking
Terrain Off Road, Road
Eco Friendly BLOOM foam, Recycled, Sustainable Materials, Vegan
Design ,Casual, Shoes, Sneakers,
Materials BLOOM foam, Mesh, PU, Rubber
Season All Year
Sole Attributes Vibram
Water Protection Breathable
Weight 212g for men 170g for women
Heel Toe Drop 0
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