Merrell Mix Master Aeroblock, $120
8.5 oz. (only available in men’s sizes)
(The Mix Master Glide is a similar women’s shoe with a mesh upper.)
Fit: The Mix Master has a roomy fit from the heel, through the midfoot, to a generously proportioned toebox.
Feel: This is the weatherized version of the Men’s Mix Master 2, with the same 4mm drop, thin layer of cushion underfoot and superior feel for the ground. The upper’s fabric blocks wind and helps shed moisture for a warmer ride in winter conditions.
Ride: A low-profile tread provides a smooth, although not exceptionally energetic ride, and oval-shaped lugs offer plenty of traction on smooth dirt and slick rock trails without collecting gravel debris. A flexible forefoot shock pad provides some rock stinger protection, and stubbed toes weren’t a worry, thanks to the beefy toe bumper.
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