Run Like a Deer

Photo courtesy Merrell Canada.
Photo courtesy Merrell Canada.

Trail running is gaining ground. The sport is exploding – perhaps it’s the direct-route-to-nature appeal, or the welcome respite from pavement and cars. In any case, off-road races are appearing all over Canada. The 5 Peaks Series – a national event with instalments in B.C., Alberta, Ontario and Quebec – is one among many. Trail running is also developing messier offshoots, such as the popular Mud Run.

With the growth of the sport comes the complementary expansion of footwear. With prominent lugs for traction, an outsole designed to handle roots, rock and loose stones, and weather- and mud-proof upper, trail running shoes are built for navigating woodlands. Check these selections from Merrell’s trail running lineup:

The Women’s All Out Rush boasts 10mm of cushioning, natural shaping and intelligent impact absorption. A flexible underfoot wrap creates continuous contact with the arch for increased mobility. Ultra-resilient Uni-Fly™ impact absorption gives you firm takeoffs and soft landings. Get a grip on any terrain with the multi-directional M Select GRIP traction.

Courtesy Merrell Canada.
Courtesy Merrell Canada.

UPPER/LINING
• Mesh and TPU upper
• Protective toecap
• Reflective details for increased visibility in low light
• Merrell Omni-Fit Lacing system provides a precise, glove-like fit
• Breathable mesh lining treated with M Select Fresh odor control
• Wash as needed in cold water (gentle cycle) air dry.

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MIDSOLE/OUTSOLE
• 6mm Drop / 16mm heel cush/ 10mm forefoot cush / 24.5mm heel stack height / 18.5mm forefoot stack
• UniFly™ Midsole disperses impact and stabilizes for a solid takeoff
• M Select GRIP tune each outsole with durable traction that grips when and where you need it.

Meanwhile, the Men’s Bare Access Trail is built for barefoot runners wanting better impact protection, offering full-foot contact and a natural stride plus responsive uniform toe-to-heel cushioning to buffer impacts. This 0mm drop running shoe gives you a comfortable, connected ride over rugged trail terrain, its M Bound™ midsole foam translates feedback efficiently from the ground to your foot for faster reaction time, agility and stability. The supple, breathable upper molds to your foot for a super-natural, fluid fit.

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UPPER/LINING
• Mesh and TPU upper
• Protective toe cap
• Reflective details for increased visibility in low light
• Breathable mesh lining treated with M Select FRESH odor control
• Wash as needed in cold water (gentle cycle) air dry.

MIDSOLE/OUTSOLE
• 0mm Drop /8mm cushion / 15.5mm stack height
• 4mm lug depth
• M Bound™ midsole provides immediate feedback for accelerated response, agility and stability
• Vegan Friendly
• M Select GRIP tunes each outsole with durable traction that grips when and where you need it.

 

Merrell’s Xcountry Fest happens on October 19.

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