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Merrell Vapor Glove 5

  • Men's
  • Women's
4.3 
Based on 214 user reviews

Men's Sizing:

58% "Felt true to size"

Based on 26 user reviews

100% "Felt true to width"

Based on 1 user reviews

Women's Sizing:

67% "Felt true to size"

Based on 12 user reviews

75% "Felt true to width"

Based on 9.75 user reviews

The 5th version of our famous barely-there minimalist shoe is designed to mimic the shape of the human foot, keeping it in the position it would be in without shoes. Version 5 features an improved fit and increased abrasion resistance.

Most suitable for:

Casual, Daily Use, Running, Strolling, Training, Walking

Minimal Meter:

Excellent minimalist standards.

What does it mean?

Manufacture Short Description

Created by studying the foot in motion, this minimalist trainer is designed to enhance the foot’s natural ability to stabilize the body during rapid changes in movement.

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  • Review
  • Description

Review Summary

Keep a connection to the ground underneath your feet while trail running with the Merrell Vapor Glove 5. These shoes will keep you comfortable during your everyday runs, workouts, and cross-training sessions. Even though it is more suited to seasoned barefoot runners than those just making the switch from conventional running shoes, the Vapor Glove 5 is unbeatably priced for top-notch performance.

  • PROS
  • Versatile
  • Fits like glove
  • Barely noticeable sock-like upper
  • Easy to put on/take-off
  • CONS
  • Not as wide as the previous versions
  • Lacks ventilation
  • Less barefoot
  • Not for trails or evasive terrain

Detailed Review

The Vapor Glove 5 features a superlight design that balances flexibility, responsiveness, and breathability for a natural feel. Barefoot runners will find a friend in this shoe as a men’s size 8.5 weighs just 5.8 ounces each. The Vapor Glove 5 from Merrell offers most of the features a trail runner would expect from a zero-drop running shoe.

Material 

The Vapor Glove 5 is one of Merrell’s vegan-friendly shoes. It’s made primarily from recycled materials which feature 100% recycled laces and 40% recycled mesh lining. Its EVA foam insole is also 100% recycled top sheet. The Vapor Glove 5 also uses the same Vibram Ecostep outsole found in other Merrells shoes, which is made of 30% recycled rubber.

Its 2 mm Vibram Ecostep outsole makes the Merrell Vapor Glove 5 one of the thinnest on the market. With a 4mm EVA-foam insole, the stack height of this zero-drop shoe is 6.5mm, allowing the user’s feet to be right against the ground for better proprioception and feedback.

With a stretchy collar, the shoe is designed to integrate seamlessly with the foot. However, this sock-like feature is considered by some users, especially those with wide feet, a con. Some users were also concerned that the laces were too long, as they rubbed against the ground when walking. 

Vapor Glove 5’s barefoot attributes are rounded out by a simple structure and thin, breathable upper mesh-like material. However, a few wearers claimed the shoe lacks ventilation and could have been more breathable.

Weightwise, the men’s Vapor Glove 5 only weighs 5.8 oz each shoe for a size 8.5. However, several users found a weight difference depending on color. According to some Merrell Vapor Glove 5 reviews, the black version generally weighs more than other colors.

Durability & Protection

Despite being thin and light, the Vapor Glove 5 has been reinforced at key points to help increase durability and, therefore, longevity. A thin film of TPU was integrated on the sides of the shoe where the small and big toe touch. The reinforcement ensures that the sides are protected from abrasion. Several reviews loved this feature, along with its rubber toe bumper that protects the toes from debris.

The predominantly recycled mesh upper also features TPU reinforcements at the eyelets that give it some structure. Several users, however, claimed that the eyelets and upper part of the shoe began to tear even before a year of use.

Design & Usage

The Vapor Glove 5 features a completely redesigned outsole. Rather than a more conventional directional pattern, the new design employs a homogeneous pattern of 2mm lugs, which results in a thin outsole that is durable. 

The outsole is filled with lugs, which eliminates the thinner, blank spots between them that tend to wear through sooner, especially if you drag your feet or run on off-camber terrain frequently.

Vapor Glove 5 continues to win critical acclaim as the pinnacle of barefoot running footwear. Interestingly enough, the current design looks a lot like the Vapor Glove 3.

Several reviews mentioned how the Vapor Glove 5 performed well on varying distance runs but can be uncomfortable on mixed terrains, especially for new barefoot runners.

Comfort & Grip

The Vapor Glove 5 has a new outsole pattern that creates a flat platform. The thin outsole of this shoe, combined with the supple nature of the midsole, highlights your own natural gripping ability. However, a number of Vapor Glove 5 reviews mentioned that the shoes tend to slip a bit more over dirt but perform well over pavement and in the gym.

A number of good reviews loved the thin sole because it allows the feet to grip naturally. However, several users found the shoes didn’t drain very well when they got super wet.

When it comes to the new tongue design, the shoe receives positive reviews as many find it more comfortable. Due to the upper mesh material, the shoe is much more breathable than the 4, according to some vapor glove users.

Fit

With the Vapor Glove 5’s new tongue design, it creates a more sock-like fit. However, several reviews note that this feature makes it difficult to get into the shoe comfortably for people with wide feet.

Several reviews also mentioned how the toes will likely feel a slight pressure on the new TPU toe protection at first but can get better after a while walking in them.

There are also users who complain about the heel area. Some users have expressed concern that the heel area doesn’t stay as securely in place as the previous VG models did. However, it’s much more snug once the shoe is tightly laced.

Vapor Glove users noted how the sizing is accurate in the previous Vapor Glove models. However, some users found the Merrell Men’s Vapor Glove 5 to run smaller. The same goes with Merrell Vapor Glove 5 women’s

Another remarkable change in the Vapor Glove 5 is the narrower toe box compared to the previous versions, which some users noticed. The toebox in this model is smaller, so those with wide feet will likely have trouble with fitting or will feel uncomfortable. Several users recommend sizing up at least a half size if not a full size.

Performance

Merrell’s Vapor Glove is a staple of its kind if you like being barefoot but want to stay protected. These barely-there shoes allow you to feel more naturally during a wide variety of activities. While this trainer is not as technically sound as a trail runner, several Vapor Glove 5 reviews claim it is equally capable of running on the pavement or enduring tough workouts. 

The Trail Glove series is an excellent alternative if you aren’t prepared to feel every pebble, and it also offers more protection on rocky trails.

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FAQ

Is it zero drop?

Yes. Featuring a Vibram Ecostep outsole in just 2mm, the Vapor Glove 5 has the thinnest in the series. Its integrated 4mm EVA-foam insole increases the stack height of this zero-drop trainer to 6.5mm, putting your foot right against the ground for improved feedback and proprioception.

Is this the right shoe for long-distance running?

Merrell's Vapor Glove 5 can be used for long-distance runs, but the durability of the upper material can be quite a concern. New barefoot runners may also want to acclimate first to how the shoes feel due to their very thin features and ground feel.

Is it properly ventilated?

The Vapor Glove 5 is made with a mesh material to make the shoe more breathable. However, several reviews mentioned how it isn’t properly ventilated and not breathable at all.

Is it for minimalist footwear users only?

The Vapor Glove 5 is designed using a thin sole and lightweight material to create a nearly zero ground-to-foot separation. Non-minimalist or non-barefoot runners may find this shoe uncomfortable.

Is there enough space in the forefoot?

Compared with the Vapor Glove 4, the 5 has a narrower toe box which long-time users quickly noticed.

Does it offer protection on rocky trails?

The Vapor Glove 5 has a very thin sole which may not offer protection on rocky trails. If you're not used to feeling every little pebble, you might find Trail Gloves an ideal alternative. Trail Gloves provide extra protection in rocky terrain.

Specs

Brand Merrell
Model Vapor Glove 5
Product Type Shoes
Activity Type Casual, Daily Use, Running, Strolling, Training, Walking
Terrain Road
Eco Friendly Recycled, Vegan
Design ,Casual, Shoes, Sneakers,
Materials Mesh, Rubber, TPU
Season All Year
Sole Attributes Vibram
Water Protection Breathable
Weight 5.8oz each per 8.5 men’s
Heel Toe Drop 0

Manufacture Short Description

Created by studying the foot in motion, this minimalist trainer is designed to enhance the foot’s natural ability to stabilize the body during rapid changes in movement.

Manufacture Full Description

The 5th version of our famous barely-there minimalist shoe is designed to mimic the shape of the human foot, keeping it in the position it would be in without shoes. Version 5 features and improved fit and increased abrasion-resistance.

FEATURES:

• Mesh and TPU upper

• 100% recycled laces

• Stretch collar for easy on and off

• 40% recycled mesh lining

• EVA foam insole with 100% recycled top sheet

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

• Vibram Ecostep is 30% recycled rubber

• Stack Height: 6.5 – 6.5mm

• Lug: 2mm

• Vegan-Friendly

• 0lbs-10oz, 260g

  • Description
  • Review

Manufacture Full Description

The 5th version of our famous barely-there minimalist shoe is designed to mimic the shape of the human foot, keeping it in the position it would be in without shoes. Version 5 features and improved fit and increased abrasion-resistance.

FEATURES:

• Mesh and TPU upper

• 100% recycled laces

• Stretch collar for easy on and off

• 40% recycled mesh lining

• EVA foam insole with 100% recycled top sheet

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

• Vibram Ecostep is 30% recycled rubber

• Stack Height: 6.5 – 6.5mm

• Lug: 2mm

• Vegan-Friendly

• 0lbs-10oz, 260g

Expert reviews

User reviews:

Specs

Brand Merrell
Model Vapor Glove 5
Product Type Shoes
Activity Type Casual, Daily Use, Running, Strolling, Training, Walking
Terrain Road
Eco Friendly Recycled, Vegan
Design ,Casual, Shoes, Sneakers,
Materials Mesh, Rubber, TPU
Season All Year
Sole Attributes Vibram
Water Protection Breathable
Weight 5.8oz each per 8.5 men’s
Heel Toe Drop 0
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