New Merrell Spring Styles Available Now

The Merrell shoe range has been refreshed and updated in time for Spring, with new models and colour options available. Those looking for something for longer distances should check out the new aggressive trail shoe, the Mix Master Tuff (review), while minimalist fans should check out the Vapor Glove, Merrell’s most minimal barefoot shoe to date, and the Bare Access 2. See what Birthday Shoes have to say about the Vapor Glove and Bare Access 2 below:

Mix Master Tuff

Feel the freedom of more ground connection with our tough-as-nails Mix Master Tuff: a minimalist hiking shoe with 4mm drop in its lightweight cushioning, and an ultra lightweight upper built to last. Our Float™ midsole’s low profile, athletic design gives you better ground feel and control. Sticky lugs feel aggressive in town and on the trail.


  • Fabric and synthetic upper
  • Bellows tongue keeps debris out
  • M-Select FRESH naturally prevents odor before it starts for fresh smelling feet
  • EVA anatomical footbed
  • Reflective details for increased visibility in low light


  • 4mm Drop / 12mm Cush / 23mm Stack Height
  • Merrell air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability
  • Merrell Float™ midsole is 10% thinner and 25% lighter to provide more feel and ground control
  • Trail Protect pad in the forefoot offers additional support off road
  • 3.5mm lugs for more street to trail feel
  • M-Select GRIP tunes each outsole with durable traction that grips when and where you need it

Men’s Sizes: 7-12,13,14,15 Men’s Weight: 10oz (1/2 pair)

Barefoot Run Bare Access

The best of all barefoot worlds, our Bare Access shoe has a 0mm drop to let your feet land flat, and uniform toe to heel cushioning – an ideal feature for longer distances, harder surfaces or transitioning to barefoot running. Its breathable upper adds to your foot freedom with its feather-light construction.


  • Mesh and synthetic upper
  • Molded eyelets for secure lacing
  • Fused rubber toe bumper provides durability and protection
  • External heel stability arm
  • M-Select FRESH naturally prevents odor before it starts for fresh smelling feet
  • Reflective details for increased visibility in low light


  • 0mm Drop / 8mm Cush / 13.5mm Stack Height
  • Vibram® outsole

Men’s Sizes: 7-12,13,14,15 Men’s Weight: 7oz (1/2 pair)

Barefoot Run Vapor Glove

Give your feet a breath of fresh air on the run with the barefoot breathability of our Vapor Glove. Zero drop cushioning lands your foot pancake flat for full ground contact, merged with its all mesh upper (washable!) that molds to your foot while ventilating heat and moisture.


  • Breathable mesh upper
  • External TPU heel sling for contoured support
  • M-Select FRESH naturally prevents odor before it starts for fresh smelling feet
  • Mesh footbed
  • Reflective details for increased visibility in low light
  • Wash as needed in cold water (gentle cycle). Air dry


  • 0mm Drop / 0mm Cush / 5.5mm Stack Height
  • Vibram® outsole

Men’s Sizes: 7-12,13,14,15 Men’s Weight: 5oz (1/2 pair)

Merrell Launch The M-Connect Series

Press release from Merrell about their new M-Connect Series. I am currently testing out their Mix Master Tuff and Mix Master Aeroblock trainers and they are well worth a look for anyone looking for lightweight, longer distance shoes. The new Bare Access and Vapor Glove shoes look great for fans of minimalist footwear.

The M-Connect series is a range of minimalist footwear and lightweight apparel designed to give you better connection to the world around you.

Designed specifically for athletic outdoor purist, M-Connect fuses Merrell’s outdoor expertise with a lighter, minimalist approach. Whether running on or off road, training or speed hiking, the M-Connect footwear range provides a natural, glove like fit to deliver enhanced ground connection allowing for greater agility and movement.

The M-Connect Series includes four collections shaped by activity-specific use – from Barefoot and Bare Access running to multi-terrain run Mix Master and multi-hike Proterra.

The products range from zero to 4mm heel to toe drop and all have graded cushioning for enhanced ground response and necessary protection dependent on the terrain to be used.

The Merrell Barefoot range is developed further with the introduction of the Vapor Glove, its most minimalist shoe yet. With just 2mm of EVA cushioning and weighing a mere 159g, Merrell’s Vapor Glove is truly Barefoot!

A completely new version of the popular Bare Access is also launched in the Spring 13 season. With a new sole unit for greater ground connection and a light breathable mesh upper it provides all the benefits of a minimal and zero drop shoe with 8mm of M Bound™ cushioning, suitable to those new to barefoot running and ideal for running longer distances or on harder surfaces.

For multi-run activities, the fast, flexible and light, Mix Master collection is expanded with several new styles. Built on a 4mm drop the Mix Master is a durable and highly adaptable option suitable to a range of adventures and combination of terrains.

The Mix Master Tuff GORE-TEX® has a GORE-TEX® Performance Comfort Footwear lining, whilst the Mix Master Tuff Mid Waterproof, complete with a higher collar, employs a waterproof membrane to offer lightweight protection from the elements.

Merrell Proterra is a brand new multi-hike collection combining Merrell’s 30 year heritage at the forefront of Outdoor innovation and more recent Barefoot developments. Proterra is built on a 4mm drop and offers improved stability through its upper that uses Stratafuse™ technology. Stratafuse™ injects the foot cage into the mesh upper, fusing it together without seams or stitching for a lightweight, natural fit and agile, responsive feel.

The Merrell M-Connect series is completed by an equally high performance apparel collection that complements its corresponding footwear. The lightweight clothing features styles for any outdoors activity with technical design details including wicking, reflection, and adjustability to fit different body types. Merrell Opti-Wick™ fabric Tops and Bottoms capture moisture and move it away from your skin. Whilst midlayers and jackets incorporate Merrell Aeroblock™ technology that creates a lightweight barrier that is breathable, wind resistant and offers high mobility for enhanced freedom of movement. Whether trail running, cross training or hiking the versatile collection performs effortlessly in the most testing environments.

Merrell Vapor Glove

The most minimal Merrell shoe ever will soon be upon us. I spotted the Merrell Vapor Glove over at and have included a link to the review. It looks excellent and, by all accounts, the Merrell Vapor Glove will be available in February 2013, the same time as another important arrival!

  • 3.5 mm Vibram rubber outsole
  • 2mm EVA midsole
  • laced, super airy and thin flexible upper
  • distinct rubber toe bumper