Light, Fast & Free: 2014 Summer Trail Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Merrell All-Out Rush

Merrell All-Out Rush, $120

9.3 oz. (men’s), 7.2 oz. (women’s)

28 mm (heel), 17 mm forefoot

Category: LIGHTWEIGHT MINIMALIST

Fit: Like other Merrell shoes, the All-Out Rush fits snug in the heel and locked-down in the midfoot but has a bit of wiggle room in the toe box.

Feel: A slightly beefier offshoot of some of Merrell’s lower-slung shoes, the All Out Rush still feels rather light despite having a little bit more cushion under foot. It offers a happy medium between proprioceptive feel for the trail and cushioning and protection from rocks, roots and other trail debris from the durable rubber outsole.

Ride: Although it’s built with a minimalist-inspired, glove-like fit, the extra material under the foot makes it more versatile (and comfortable) for a wider variety of terrain. It climbs, descends and run at higher speeds with ease on smooth, moderate and harsh terrain, but its sweet spot is probably somewhere in the middle. “Minimalist but not painfully so,” remarked one wear-tester. “Finally, a minimalist shoe with some common sense,” said another.

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