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Awards  Editors' Choice Award Top Pick Award Top Pick Award  
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Pros Airy and breathable, responsive, solid outsole with good gripSuper lightweight, exceptional ground-feel, freedom of movementVersatile, durable, tough, uniqueTough exterior, stable, snug lacing systemInexpensive, multi-purpose, rugged and durable
Cons Too many extras to feel barefoot, uncomfortable midsole, difficult to sizeInconsistent grip, short stock laces, potentially short lifetimeWeighty, aggressively barefoot in designOdd flex pattern, decreased sensitivity, lack of dexterity in toesWonky, sizing is tough, take a long time to break-in
Bottom Line This is a fun, lightweight trail runner with a little too many extras to be called minimalistA perfect mix of road and trail runner, our Editors' Choice for outstanding barefoot accuracyWith their stab at the road trainer market, Xero makes a strong effort that beats out well-known linesA FiveFinger shoe that earns our Top Pick for Adventure and Trail RunningIf you are looking for a gym shoe with a barefoot background, this should be on your short list
Rating Categories Merrell Trail Glove 5 Merrell Vapor Glove 4 Xero Shoes Prio Vibram V-Trail 2.0 Vibram FiveFingers KSO
Performance (30%)
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Weight (15%)
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Specs Merrell Trail... Merrell Vapor... Xero Shoes Prio Vibram V-Trail 2.0 Vibram FiveFingers...
Style Minimalist trail Barefoot road Barefoot road Barefoot trail Barefoot road
Weight (oz per shoe) 6.9 oz (size EU 41.5) 5.4 oz (size EU 42) 9.3 oz (9.7 oz w/ optional insole, size US 11) 6.9 oz (size EU 42) 6.8 oz (size US 11.5)
Stack Height (mm) 11.5 mm 6.5 mm 5.5 mm 3.7 mm 3.5 mm
Heel to Toe drop (mm) 0 mm 0 mm 0 mm 0 mm 0 mm
Outsole 4.5mm, Vibram TC5+ 3.5mm, Vibram TC5+ 5.5mm, FeelTrue Rubber 3.7mm, Megagrip Rubber 3.5mm, XS Trek Performance Rubber
Cushion (mm) 3 mm 0 mm Optional 2 mm Insole 2 mm EVA Insole 2mm
Upper Material Mesh & TPU Cordura mesh and TPU Mesh with synthetic leather overlays 3D Cocoon Mesh Stretch polyamide, polyester, Hypalon
Best For (running, hiking, etc.) Running, hiking, casual Running, gym Gym, casual, running Running, hiking Gym, running
Width Options Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
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