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  • Ultralight uppers mold to your feet, enhancing stability with their durable foot slings
  • 0mm drop; 4mm cushioning; 10.5mm stack height
  • Omni-Fit lacing system provides a precise, glovelike fit
  • Reflective details for increased visibility in low light
  • Vibram® outsoles deliver confident grip

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Specs

Best Use Trail Running
Trail-Running Shoe Type Light-Trail
Running Shoe Cushioning Barefoot
Heel-To-Toe Drop (mm) 0
Footwear Height Ankle
Footwear Closure Lace-up
Upper Mesh/thermoplastic urethane
Lining Mesh
Midsole Unavailable
Outsole Vibram rubber
Rock Plate No
Vegan Yes
Average Footwear Weight (Pair) 14 ounces
Gender Men's

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well done minimal trail runner I bought this from my local REI 2 months ago and have put about 50 miles on them so far. I run mostly on rocky, rough trails in Texas hill country. I have the original Trail Glove, but they never had enough protection for the rocky trails (I used Saucony Peregrin 2's for rougher trails until they wore out). Hands down, this is the best minimalist trail runner I've found. The new Trail Protect pad is effective, and the shoe still retains great trail feel. My only caution is for anyone who hasn't spent at least a year transitioning into more minimal shoes--this shouldn't be your first minimal shoe. For those already in <4mm drop and <15mm stack height and used to running on trails, this is the shoe to get.
Date published: 2015-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My new go-to shoe for NOBO 2016 I picked a pair of these up in September just to sample for my AT thru hike in March and man do I love these shoes. The only reason they get a four star is because I can tell they are designed to fail in a particularly predictable manner. This could be considered a boone in long distance backpacking however, when any shoe you buy can't possibly hold up the entire way. The toe box is wide and forgiving, which I need with a name like "crookedfoot", and the mesh material upper can be walked dry in 20 minutes. Excellent features include reinforcing along the toes where snags tend to happen and a portion of denser consistency sole along the arch of the foot.
Date published: 2016-01-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very different from previous TGs I bought these to replace a pair of well worn (and loved) Trail Glove 2's. I was disappointed with the differences. Compared to the TG2s they feel heavier, bulkier, and less responsive. Also, I preferred the tread and material of the upper part of the TG2s. And I'm disappointed that the TG3s don't have a pull loop on the heel like the TG2s did. In summary, the TG3s do not feel like 'minimalist' or 'barefoot' shoes. Not a bad design, but they don't appear to follow in the line of Trail Gloves.The TG3s seem well constructed, are comfortable, and not bad for trail hiking. I am happy with them, albeit for a different use than I had anticipated. Still looking for a good replacement for my TG2s.
Date published: 2015-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic trail running shoe Trail Glove 3 Review Trail Gloves are by far the best trail running shoes I have ever owned. I bought the first iteration when it appeared 4 years ago, and it fit my foot perfectly and completely changed the way I look a running shoes. My favorite shoe for roads is the Merrell Vapor Glove. Like the Vapor Gloves, the Trail Gloves are zero drop, and have no insole or unnecessary cushioning, so you really have great ground feel. Trail Glove 3s have several important improvements over earlier versions, and a few minor changes. First, and most important for serious trail runners, is a new sole design, which includes 3mm lugs, a larger toe grip area, and a flatter sole in general (more aggressive tread at the outer edges of the outsole), which gives better lateral control. The sole is 1mm thicker than past versions, so I can no longer feel the rock plate, which was apparent in the TG1.The sole is slightly stiffer, but the added grip and protection is great for really rocky surfaces. One thing that strikes me is that a thicker outsole, while adding protection and cushioning, doesn’t reduce ground feel the way that a foam midsole does. Also, the fabric of the original Trail Glove is back! The second version had a lighter fabric that was not tough enough for me. The fabric on the new shoe is tough, yet still light and flexible. The same soft inner allows for wear without socks. The soft heel cup has a similar, though less aggressive, wrap-around strap, but, like earlier versions, no actual plastic cup. The outsole curls up the back of the shoe slightly, which helps to prevent the heel from slipping back. The arch panel that extends from the narrow outsole up the arch is of harder material that past versions. This offers more protection from rock and sticks, without giving any arch support, but it does allow for the arch to pull up against the foot when the shoe is tightly laced, so my foot can’t slip around in the shoe on tilting surfaces, yet the forefoot is nice and wide and allows plenty of toe room. I have a moderately wide foot, and these fit perfectly. All in all, another great shoe from Merrell!
Date published: 2015-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent minimal padding trail running shoes! These Trail Gloves worked perfectly for me. I wanted a minimal padding shoe (and minimal drop), and these fit perfectly and feel great. I tried New Balance's Minimus 10, which is a similar shoe, but with New Balance shoes, the back of the shoe comes up so tight on my Achilles tendon that it rubs quite a bit. I hiked 200 miles (long distance trail) in a pair of New Balances, and they actually rubbed through my sock and started cutting into my Achilles tendon. The Merrells are less aggressive in terms of pushing into your Achilles tendon. I think they might cut through your socks eventually, but not nearly as quickly and as severely. These Trail Gloves are actually a bit more padded than I expected. The sole of the shoe is pretty strong, so it blocks out the feeling of rocks. You don't get a completely barefoot connection with the ground in these, that's for sure. But there's very little to no cushioning, which is good. Overall, I think the shoe is just right, I liked it. One thing to note is that the shoe felt like it had arch support or something. That's cause it simply wraps around your foot quite snuggly. It felt weird for the first 5 minutes I tried on the shoes, but during my first 16 mile hike with the shoes, they felt perfect and nothing felt weird. I think I've found my new favorite pair of shoes!
Date published: 2015-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from High arch These are great shoes and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a minimalist shoe with a bit more tread/sole. The problem I ran into with this iteration is that the arch is too high for me and that made them uncomfortable. I have a pair of Trail Gloves from 2011 and I love them, the arch is perfect and the sole overall is very compliant and flexible. They feel like I'm going around in socks. The TG3 have a stiffer sole and higher arch so it feels like I'm actually wearing a pair of shoes which isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's just not what I'm needing/looking for. I got a pair of Vapor Glove 2 and find that they fit much better and are more comfortable so I'm taking the TG3s back and getting another pair of VG2s.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love them... These were the first no-rise shoes I've owned. I don't think I'll go back to 'regular' shoes, which feel weird and 'unnatural' after wearing these. I have heard some complaints about the pronounced arch. I notice this too, but when I'm walking, I forget all about it. I find these very comfortable for walking, especially without socks, even on six mile walks. I just hope they hold up.
Date published: 2016-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not canyoneering shoes I have had these for a couple years now. After forgetting my canyon boots at home, I wore these in multiple slot canyons in southern Utah over a weekend. The sides didn't last very long at all. With a little repair work, these became my favorite wet canyon shoes! They grip the slickrock better than my other boots when wet, dry quickly, and take up much less space in my pack on long canyons where I need to walk through vast sandy regions with my other boots on. Despite my extreme abuse of these trail runners, they are still comfortable and grip amazingly!
Date published: 2017-02-11
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I love the fit of these shoes but when I try them on I feel a bump right under the balls of my feet. I figured it was an odd pair but it happened with multiple different pairs. &nbsp;Is this normal and if so what is it for?&nbsp;

Asked by: Jtfirebird
Due to the minimalistic design of the Trail Glove, you may feel ground terrain more than in a traditional trail running shoe. However, we have not found any reason for a lump in the sole of these shoes.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-08

If these get wet, do they dry quickly?

Asked by: Danielunderwraps
I wear these, with a lot of shoGoo repairs, in wet canyons in Utah. While I don't recommend these for this activity, due to excessive wear everywhere on the shoes, I wanted a small, snug pair of shoes to take into the wet canyons to protect my feet when walking/swimming through wet portions while my boots were in my pack dry bag. These dried very quickly, inside and out. They were mostly dry within 15 minutes of a swim. They might have dried faster if the rest of my clothes weren't dripping on them.
Answered by: Mike in the Snow
Date published: 2017-03-16

Do these shoes have removable insoles? Can I put a metatarsal support in them?

Asked by: LarryDH
The Trail Glove 3 Trail-Running Shoes do not have a removable insole. Metatarsal supports could be added depending on the type.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-10

How do these fit out of the box is there toe wiggle room

Asked by: Robert
&#8203;Based on reviews the toe box on these shoes are roomy allowing wiggle room for your toes.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-08

Are these water proof or watsr resistant?

Asked by: mcando
The Trail Glove 3 Trail-Running Shoes are water resistant. They are not waterproof.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-10

Does the Trail Glove come in women's?

Asked by: LessThanLiz
Merrell does make a version of the Trail Glove 3 in women's however they call it the Pace Glove 3. https://www.rei.com/product/879943/merrell-pace-glove-3-trail-running-shoes-womens
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-21
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well done minimal trail runner I bought this from my local REI 2 months ago and have put about 50 miles on them so far. I run mostly on rocky, rough trails in Texas hill country. I have the original Trail Glove, but they never had enough protection for the rocky trails (I used Saucony Peregrin 2's for rougher trails until they wore out). Hands down, this is the best minimalist trail runner I've found. The new Trail Protect pad is effective, and the shoe still retains great trail feel. My only caution is for anyone who hasn't spent at least a year transitioning into more minimal shoes--this shouldn't be your first minimal shoe. For those already in <4mm drop and <15mm stack height and used to running on trails, this is the shoe to get.
Date published: 2015-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My new go-to shoe for NOBO 2016 I picked a pair of these up in September just to sample for my AT thru hike in March and man do I love these shoes. The only reason they get a four star is because I can tell they are designed to fail in a particularly predictable manner. This could be considered a boone in long distance backpacking however, when any shoe you buy can't possibly hold up the entire way. The toe box is wide and forgiving, which I need with a name like "crookedfoot", and the mesh material upper can be walked dry in 20 minutes. Excellent features include reinforcing along the toes where snags tend to happen and a portion of denser consistency sole along the arch of the foot.
Date published: 2016-01-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very different from previous TGs I bought these to replace a pair of well worn (and loved) Trail Glove 2's. I was disappointed with the differences. Compared to the TG2s they feel heavier, bulkier, and less responsive. Also, I preferred the tread and material of the upper part of the TG2s. And I'm disappointed that the TG3s don't have a pull loop on the heel like the TG2s did. In summary, the TG3s do not feel like 'minimalist' or 'barefoot' shoes. Not a bad design, but they don't appear to follow in the line of Trail Gloves.The TG3s seem well constructed, are comfortable, and not bad for trail hiking. I am happy with them, albeit for a different use than I had anticipated. Still looking for a good replacement for my TG2s.
Date published: 2015-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic trail running shoe Trail Glove 3 Review Trail Gloves are by far the best trail running shoes I have ever owned. I bought the first iteration when it appeared 4 years ago, and it fit my foot perfectly and completely changed the way I look a running shoes. My favorite shoe for roads is the Merrell Vapor Glove. Like the Vapor Gloves, the Trail Gloves are zero drop, and have no insole or unnecessary cushioning, so you really have great ground feel. Trail Glove 3s have several important improvements over earlier versions, and a few minor changes. First, and most important for serious trail runners, is a new sole design, which includes 3mm lugs, a larger toe grip area, and a flatter sole in general (more aggressive tread at the outer edges of the outsole), which gives better lateral control. The sole is 1mm thicker than past versions, so I can no longer feel the rock plate, which was apparent in the TG1.The sole is slightly stiffer, but the added grip and protection is great for really rocky surfaces. One thing that strikes me is that a thicker outsole, while adding protection and cushioning, doesn’t reduce ground feel the way that a foam midsole does. Also, the fabric of the original Trail Glove is back! The second version had a lighter fabric that was not tough enough for me. The fabric on the new shoe is tough, yet still light and flexible. The same soft inner allows for wear without socks. The soft heel cup has a similar, though less aggressive, wrap-around strap, but, like earlier versions, no actual plastic cup. The outsole curls up the back of the shoe slightly, which helps to prevent the heel from slipping back. The arch panel that extends from the narrow outsole up the arch is of harder material that past versions. This offers more protection from rock and sticks, without giving any arch support, but it does allow for the arch to pull up against the foot when the shoe is tightly laced, so my foot can’t slip around in the shoe on tilting surfaces, yet the forefoot is nice and wide and allows plenty of toe room. I have a moderately wide foot, and these fit perfectly. All in all, another great shoe from Merrell!
Date published: 2015-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent minimal padding trail running shoes! These Trail Gloves worked perfectly for me. I wanted a minimal padding shoe (and minimal drop), and these fit perfectly and feel great. I tried New Balance's Minimus 10, which is a similar shoe, but with New Balance shoes, the back of the shoe comes up so tight on my Achilles tendon that it rubs quite a bit. I hiked 200 miles (long distance trail) in a pair of New Balances, and they actually rubbed through my sock and started cutting into my Achilles tendon. The Merrells are less aggressive in terms of pushing into your Achilles tendon. I think they might cut through your socks eventually, but not nearly as quickly and as severely. These Trail Gloves are actually a bit more padded than I expected. The sole of the shoe is pretty strong, so it blocks out the feeling of rocks. You don't get a completely barefoot connection with the ground in these, that's for sure. But there's very little to no cushioning, which is good. Overall, I think the shoe is just right, I liked it. One thing to note is that the shoe felt like it had arch support or something. That's cause it simply wraps around your foot quite snuggly. It felt weird for the first 5 minutes I tried on the shoes, but during my first 16 mile hike with the shoes, they felt perfect and nothing felt weird. I think I've found my new favorite pair of shoes!
Date published: 2015-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from High arch These are great shoes and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a minimalist shoe with a bit more tread/sole. The problem I ran into with this iteration is that the arch is too high for me and that made them uncomfortable. I have a pair of Trail Gloves from 2011 and I love them, the arch is perfect and the sole overall is very compliant and flexible. They feel like I'm going around in socks. The TG3 have a stiffer sole and higher arch so it feels like I'm actually wearing a pair of shoes which isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's just not what I'm needing/looking for. I got a pair of Vapor Glove 2 and find that they fit much better and are more comfortable so I'm taking the TG3s back and getting another pair of VG2s.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love them... These were the first no-rise shoes I've owned. I don't think I'll go back to 'regular' shoes, which feel weird and 'unnatural' after wearing these. I have heard some complaints about the pronounced arch. I notice this too, but when I'm walking, I forget all about it. I find these very comfortable for walking, especially without socks, even on six mile walks. I just hope they hold up.
Date published: 2016-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not canyoneering shoes I have had these for a couple years now. After forgetting my canyon boots at home, I wore these in multiple slot canyons in southern Utah over a weekend. The sides didn't last very long at all. With a little repair work, these became my favorite wet canyon shoes! They grip the slickrock better than my other boots when wet, dry quickly, and take up much less space in my pack on long canyons where I need to walk through vast sandy regions with my other boots on. Despite my extreme abuse of these trail runners, they are still comfortable and grip amazingly!
Date published: 2017-02-11
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I love the fit of these shoes but when I try them on I feel a bump right under the balls of my feet. I figured it was an odd pair but it happened with multiple different pairs. &nbsp;Is this normal and if so what is it for?&nbsp;

Asked by: Jtfirebird
Due to the minimalistic design of the Trail Glove, you may feel ground terrain more than in a traditional trail running shoe. However, we have not found any reason for a lump in the sole of these shoes.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-08

If these get wet, do they dry quickly?

Asked by: Danielunderwraps
I wear these, with a lot of shoGoo repairs, in wet canyons in Utah. While I don't recommend these for this activity, due to excessive wear everywhere on the shoes, I wanted a small, snug pair of shoes to take into the wet canyons to protect my feet when walking/swimming through wet portions while my boots were in my pack dry bag. These dried very quickly, inside and out. They were mostly dry within 15 minutes of a swim. They might have dried faster if the rest of my clothes weren't dripping on them.
Answered by: Mike in the Snow
Date published: 2017-03-16

Do these shoes have removable insoles? Can I put a metatarsal support in them?

Asked by: LarryDH
The Trail Glove 3 Trail-Running Shoes do not have a removable insole. Metatarsal supports could be added depending on the type.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-10

How do these fit out of the box is there toe wiggle room

Asked by: Robert
&#8203;Based on reviews the toe box on these shoes are roomy allowing wiggle room for your toes.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-08

Are these water proof or watsr resistant?

Asked by: mcando
The Trail Glove 3 Trail-Running Shoes are water resistant. They are not waterproof.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-10

Does the Trail Glove come in women's?

Asked by: LessThanLiz
Merrell does make a version of the Trail Glove 3 in women's however they call it the Pace Glove 3. https://www.rei.com/product/879943/merrell-pace-glove-3-trail-running-shoes-womens
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-21
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