Merrell Road Glove 2: Barefoot At Its Best
The Road glove 2 is designed to connect your feet to the pavement for a natural gait. It has a 0mm-drop midsole enhanced with a protective toe cap and midsole cushion for true barefoot running form for both short and long runs. Its Upper unit is a low cut unit made up of mesh lining treated with the Aegis® antimicrobial solution and reflective details for increased visibility in low light. The Sole and Outsole unit is made up of the Vibram Road Glove 2 Sole TC1 Rubber, with a 0mm Drop, 4mm Cushion and 9.5mm Stack Height. This lightweight shoe weighs only an impressive 200 grams per side. It brings barefoot and lightweight shoe to a whole new level.
Talking about love at first sight, the aesthetics of Merrell Road Glove 2 caught my attention right away considering that I have never really gone for minimalist shoes. It’s just way better looking than the first version. As I picked up the Road Glove 2, the immediate sense of lightness could be felt. I was really eager to give it a try.
I started out easy, going for a short run on normal road, afraid of being too hard on my legs. At first, I started off slow as I was not used to the barefoot running form. After getting the hang of it, I picked up the pace and completed about 5km on the first run. The fit and flatness of the shoes allows plenty of room for your toes. Initially, I thought the flat soles would not give enough grip, but I was wrong, the grip was surprisingly good. As I observed the soles, I realized that the flatter tread adds to the ground feel. Brilliant! The upper unit is soft enough and going a few kilometers sockless may be possible for some of you. The lightweight made running easier too.
Giving the Road Glove 2 a go on the tracks was comfortable and I was able to run about 10km without feeling much discomfort except for some blisters around the toe area. Being ambitious, I brought it out for a run in the trails. Due to the 0mm drop and the design of the sole is to mimic barefoot running, it wasn’t the best idea for the rocky surfaces.
- Fits comfortably
- Attractive look
- 0mm drop
- Laces come off easily, need to tie double knot
All in all the Merrell Road Glove 2 is incredibly comfortable and lightweight, they are easy to fit into my shoe rotation without much of a break in period. I will definitely continue to go for my casual runs in this shoe.
This is a great pair if you’re considering to run minimalist. However, minimalist running is not something you can just dive into, starting slow is key to preventing unnecessary injuries