Saturday, November 13, 2010

Merrell Barefoot: fusion of Merrell and Vibram

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that Merrell and Vibram collaborated in coming up with a minimalist, lightweight, versatile and efficient footwear.  This is in response to the ever growing need of minimalist and barefoot runners beyond running and fitness.  In short going outdoors (trail)

The poster on my previous post showed six shoes to choose from.  More accurately, three choices for the boys and another three for the girls.  And I'd have to agree the picture is quite small and no matter how hard you (and I) try, we would never know what they'd look like.  Staring at your screens for a long time doesn't help either

So to spare you from getting eye spasms from squinting too hard and too long, here's the complete collection in bigger resolution and their description based from Merrell's press release

Men's Trail Glove.  An athletic trail runner for a close-to-terrain ride. Mesh and synthetic leather upper and the proprietary Merrell Omni-Fit™ lacing system that quickly cinches for a precise fit

Men’s True Glove.  A streamlined, all-terrain multi-sport shoe for scrambling across creeks and crags with natural ease. Mesh and synthetic leather upper

Men’s Tough Glove.  A foot-conforming soft leather model, with versatility for wearing around town or into a spontaneous game of ultimate Frisbee


"Merrell also brings an entire category of barefoot fit and function to women’s-specific outdoor footwear.  These patterns designed and engineered by women let enthusiasts get closer to the terrain on which they play"

Women’s Pace Glove.  Alow-profile trail runner with breathable mesh upper


Women’s Power Glove.  Ankle-high design with Velcro closures for multi-purpose on- or off-trail activity


Women’s Pure Glove.  A super low-profile Lycra mesh Mary Jane for multi-purpose activity


 Here's an excerpt from their press release













Merrell®, a leading outdoor footwear and apparel brand known for out-of-the-box comfort and versatility, and Vibram®, the world leader in advanced performance sole design and makers of the well known Five Fingers® barefoot concept, exclusively collaborate to create an outsole design that aids in multi-directional movement and adaptability. The end result is Merrell Barefoot, a collection of minimalist, lightweight, versatile and efficient footwear. The collection is a progression of shoes that meet the varying needs of outdoor enthusiasts. All will be available at retail and on merrell.com in February 2011

“For feet to be healthy, we believe they need to be stimulated and exercised, which will in turn improve the body’s balance and agility. On that premise, we collaborated with Merrell to develop an exclusive outsole that aids in stride efficiency and adaptability for all outdoor terrain”

Merrell Barefoot blends minimalist design for added foot freedom with specific traction zones to meet the needs of any terrain – from street to trail. The designs help engage the feet for a more natural stride by moving the wearer off the heel and encouraging forward momentum to a mid-foot landing with lower impact and a more aligned and efficient gait. Stimulated muscles increase core strength, amp up agility and build the body’s ability to burn more calories
Merrell's barefoot collection is really promising.  Something to look forward to next year.  Though I still dig Minimus Trail over this set

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