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Tough, well padded and grippy. If you're looking for a comfortable adventure shoe, do not discount Merrell. It's a very good shoe.

  • Positive
  • Vibram unit offers good cushioning
  • Tough construction
  • Grip
  • Negative
  • Heavy
  • What we thought
  • Technical info
  • Runner reviews (0)

First impressions

Whilst Merrell are known to be an outdoor brand, their trail running shoes aren’t perhaps the first many would think off when considering an off-road option. But the update to this model could change that.

The fourth version of the Agility Peak sees updates to the midsole cushioning, upper fit and overall quality of the shoe that now puts it among leading brands.

Midsole

The thicker midsole cushioning comes from a lighter material, so weight is down, with the Floatpro foam feeling soft and welcoming instantly. It’s not quite maximal territory in terms of stack height, but it’s certainly substantial and feels great.

Upper

Step-in comfort of the shoe feels a big upgrade too, with soft materials and neat padding offering a sock-like fit. The lacing system helps wrap the upper around the foot for a secure hold and added stability.

Sole

The multi-directional stud pattern of the Vibram rubber sole does a good job both ascending and descending and with the build quality feeling top-notch the shoe should be able to handle the worst conditions with ease and comfort.

Conclusion

A really good shoe from Merrell. The thicker midsole unit from Vibram is well padded and the outsole, grippy, even on wet rock. It features a tough, well made upper. For most, it'll be all you need. Would also make a great trail walking shoe.

Technical info

  • Jacquard Upper - Increases ventilation to keep you cool. 
  • Inner Liner - Reduces chafing and irritation. 
  • Padded Collar - Increases comfort. 
  • Toe Cap - Protects the feet. 
  • Lacing System - Secure fit that locks you in place. 
  • FloatPro - Provides extreme cushioning and shock absorption. 
  • Flex Connect - Ensures secure grip as well as stability. 
  • Vibram MegaGrip - Ensures strong grip on the most challenging terrain. 
  • Lugs - Dig deep into loose terrain and rocks.

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