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Merrell Bare Access Trail

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  • Merrell® delivers to the runner who needs only the bare essentials.
  • Lightweight mesh upper with reinforcing synthetic overlays.
  • Protective toe cap guards from wear and tear.
  • Reflective paneling for low-light runs.
  • Traditional lace-up closure.
  • Synthetic mesh lining treated with M Select FRESH odor control.
  • Padded, M Connect™ footbed.
  • UniFly™ Midsole evenly distributes force during strides and stabilizes for a sold takeoff.
  • Midsole/Outsole measurements:
    • 0 mm Drop.
    • 8 mm cushion.
    • 15.5 mm stack height.
  • Premium Vibram® outsole.
  • Vegan friendly.
  • Imported.
  • Measurements:
    • Weight: 8 oz
  • Product measurements were taken using size 9, width M. Please note that measurements may vary by size.

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Fit Survey:

86% Felt true to size
  • 0% Full size too large
  • 0% Half size too Large
  • 86% True to size
  • 14% Half size too small
  • 0% Full size too small
100% Felt true to width
  • 100% Felt true to width
  • 0% Felt narrower than marked
  • 0% Felt wider than marked
57% Moderate arch support
  • 43% Excellent arch support
  • 57% Moderate arch support
  • 0% No arch support

Item Information

  • Video Description View the Video Description for this product! (Please note that the color shown in the video may no longer be available.)
  • Merrell® delivers to the runner who needs only the bare essentials.
  • Lightweight mesh upper with reinforcing synthetic overlays.
  • Protective toe cap guards from wear and tear.
  • Reflective paneling for low-light runs.
  • Traditional lace-up closure.
  • Synthetic mesh lining treated with M Select FRESH odor control.
  • Padded, M Connect™ footbed.
  • UniFly™ Midsole evenly distributes force during strides and stabilizes for a sold takeoff.
  • Midsole/Outsole measurements:
    • 0 mm Drop.
    • 8 mm cushion.
    • 15.5 mm stack height.
  • Premium Vibram® outsole.
  • Vegan friendly.
  • Imported.
  • Measurements:
    • Weight: 8 oz
  • Product measurements were taken using size 9, width M. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
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Merrell Bare Access Trail

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1 person found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!
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I was skeptical at first, but I decided to take a chance with these shoes and I'm glad I did. After wearing them for about a week, I ordered a second pair in a different color. The fit is great and the sizing is, for me, accurate. I am wearing these shoes for both exercise and everyday casual dress. As usual, Zappos provided great service.

I'd also recommend: Brook's Pure Grit 3

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  • from Oviedo, FL
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Great shoes. Excellent cushion and support. Grip of the sole is great for trail hiking and running!

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  • from Johnston, Iowa
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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They run small. Returned for .5 size larger. Great return policy! I love these shoes. Great for everyday shoe, cross training and treadmill running. Haven't done a long run outside. I feel very agile and sure footed in these. extremely comfortable, no break in required.

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  • from N.J.
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Let's start with I hate shoes...I walk barefoot as much as possible, but I am carrying too much weight (aka fat). I hike and walk barefoot or minimalist shoes, but needed a shoe with zero drop and a generous toe box to run in. These are perfect for that. I have been running trails for them and the occasional road run. They fit well, and have enough room to allow my toes to splay some. I did go with a larger size than normal per instruction of my trainer/coach. No slip, no hot spots. Would recommend and buy again!

I'd also recommend: Vivobarefoot, Vibram

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  • from Fairfax
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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As a longtime fan of the Trail Glove, and more recently, the Ascend Glove, I was eager to try the Bare Access Trail. I like having shoes with differing amounts of cushioning/protection, and the extra 2 mm of midsole in the BAT makes more of a difference than you would think. The fit is true to size as expected, since Merrell is very consistent in my experience. There is a more pronounced arch support in these shoes, but it doesn't bother me. I find them very comfortable while running, and the traction and rock protection are great. The upper is a little beefier than the Ascend Glove, but the shoe is still light, and the zero drop and wide toebox are similar to the TG and AG. One big difference between these and the AG besides the arch support is that in the heel cup there are very pronounced pads, one on each side, I guess for comfort and to help lock the back of the foot in place in the shoe. This felt a little unusual at first, but I do not notice it at all while running. The laces are too short if you want to use the extra eyelets, but I get around this by skipping the second set of eyelets when lacing the shoes. I bought the shoes in the Blue/Green color scheme and I have to say that I think this is my favorite Merrell color combination yet. I got repeated compliments on the shoes when I wore them to work to break them in before running in them. Overall this is another great shoe from Merrell, and will be my go-to trail running shoe when I want more cushioning/protection than the Ascend Glove offers. Hardcore minimalist runners probably will not like these, but as long as Merrell keeps making them, I'll keep buying new pairs. Lastly, even though the whole barefoot/minimal trend seems to have waned, I hope Merrell continues to offer shoes/boots with zero drop and the wide toebox. I can't imagine wearing anything else at this point.

I'd also recommend: Altra

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  • from NYC
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