Merrell Road Glove 2, $90
7.2 oz. (men); 6.1 oz. (women)
0mm heel-toe offset
FIT: Like its predecessor, the Road Glove 2 is snug in the heel and midfoot but roomier in the toe box.
FEEL: This less-is-more zero-drop trainer offers only a slight amount of cushioning and protection for runners seeking an intimate connection with the ground. Although most of our testers were concerned about the lack of material underfoot, regardless if this shoe was used as an everyday trainer, several said they appreciated lightweight barely-there feel of this shoe.
RIDE: No question, the ride is firm. You feel the ground and everything on it (pebbles, twigs, etc.) so it’s a shoe that’s best for nimble and efficient runners. Most testers considered this shoe a training tool or short-distance shoe and not one they’d use for longer distance runs.
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