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The Merrell Bare Access 2 gives you the freedom to roam. The best part about this minimal running shoe is its ability to give you just a touch of protection while still providing that close-to-the-ground, plugged-in feeling that minimalists crave. With its 0 mm drop and uniform heel-to-toe cushioning, your feet can land flat, allowing your body to better utilize all of those nifty shock absorbers that are already built in. Maybe you just want to feel a step closer to nature or perhaps you're making the transition to barefoot running - the Bare Access 2 will help you embrace your natural gait, strengthen muscles, and get your mind and body in sync. No matter what your destination, you'll definitely enjoy the journey in these kicks.
FEATURES of the Merrell Men's Bare Access 2 Shoe
Mesh and synthetic upper
Molded eyelets for secure lacing
Fused rubber toe bumper provides durability and protection
External heel stability arm
Reflective details for increased visibility in low light
0mm Drop / 8mm Cush / 14 Stack Height
Non marking outsole
Vegan friendly footwear
Rated 5 out of
Awesome Shoe for Into to Barefoot RunningI have always been interested in Barefoot Running, HOWEVER, I despise the five finger vibram shoe look.,,,,These shoes are a perfect alternative. They don't show off my toes and still allow me to get into the barefoot running style.The first day I wore these, I ran 4 miles. They felt so light on my feet and helped me run off the balls of my feet rather than my heel. I usually got shin-splints from running but not after trying these. The only part of my legs that are sore are my calves (SOOO SORE!) but I assuming once I am used to this sort of running, that muscle will develop and I will not be sore. ,,,,Love these shoes.
Date published: 2013-04-17
Rated 5 out of
Great shoeI love these shoes. I do run in them for a few miles occasionally, but not any super long or frequent runs so I don't know how that goes. I do however love these for hiking. I used them for a couple backpacking trips in AZ and they are great, I also even used them for a trip on the Superior hiking trail in MN. They probably aren't ideal for some backpacking as far as ankle support or water proofness. They are nice and cool and very comfy. I liked them so much I bought a similar pair to wear for work at a hospital. I recommend them.
Date published: 2013-09-01
Rated 5 out of
Will not run in anytihng else!I got the Bare Access 2 to replace my Trail Gloves hoping the slight cushioning would dampen the impact while running on hard surfaces. I was not disappointed! I loved the Trail Gloves when I could get to a trail, but for running on pavement I needed some padding for the balls of my feet. I will continue to buy Bare Access from now on! (Those have been the only 2 barefoot shoes I've tried, and began barefoot running 2 years ago)
Date published: 2014-05-07
Rated 5 out of
This is a great shoe to transition into minimalist running and for longer runs once you haveActually it's just an all around great shoe. I started out with Merrell Trail Gloves for some easy hiking and casual wear but wanted something to train for distance running that was a little more forgiving to running form breakdown from fatigue. The Bare Access allow me to not alter my running gait due to the zero drop from heel to toe but they have enough cushion to not punish me on longer runs. I'm currently transitioning to Merrell's lightest shoe, the Vapor Glove, and the Bare Access allow me to continue training through the calf and feet soreness associated with barefoot running. I know the jury is still out on the benefits of minimalist running but I used to have small calfs and weak ankles and after about a year of wearing zero drop I no longer have either. It's a bit of a pain but I'd rather deal with sore muscles than some of the joint and tendon damage associated with poor form in standard running shoes. The Bare Access is the shoe that seems well suited for the average Joe.
Date published: 2014-04-17
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