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Gear Me… Merrell Trail Glove

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Sticking with the running theme, here is my latest shoe to the fleet, the Merrell Trail Glove. This is my second pair, that replaced the first, which was in my last shoe post here. To make a long story short:

I bought my last pair of Merrells in California this summer for work, and because I am a minimalist shoe fan. I ran a little in the shoes, and did not like the feel of them compared to my New Balance Minimus, so I decided that I would wear these to work. After only two and a half months, these shoes started to fall apart. In my book that is unacceptable. After an email to Merrell, I had a form to fill out, and once that was in I received an email to send my shoes back to them for a replacement. Awesome. I really like seeing companies step up with their customer service, and really stand by their products. Well done Merrell!

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Apart from looks, these shoes are a little different than the last model. The two seam is more reinforced, and the fit is a little more loose. I probably would have bought a smaller size originally, but after running in them a few times already I like the extra room in the toe area. Hopefully these will last a bit longer than the former model.

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After a few runs in them, I still do not like the feel all that much. Especially when they are compared to my Minimus trail runners. I haven’t given up on them just yet, but overall I have to say that I am impressed with how the company operates. That definitely keeps me a fan. Thanks Merrell!

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Just Hiking Along?

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Taking a different route than normal, but due to my job sending me west, sans bike, I have been exploring with my shoes. Hiking is a great way to get out and about, but unfortunately it only makes me want to ride a bike even more. You can cover so much more ground on a bicycle than by walking. Anyway…

After my shift at work, I loaded my Osprey Talon pack with my camera and some essentials, and headed down to a relatively familiar nearby Rose canyon to explore a bit. I had ridden this particular canyon around 4 or 5 years ago, but since I was without a bike I laced up my New Balance Minimus shoes and off I went. The canyon is nice and wide, with homes perched on the very top of each side. This is very unusual for this Ohio guy to see houses like this. A rail line runs down the middle, and quite a few trails are sprinkled within the area. I wandered around for about 3 hours or so, and decided to call it a night. Lots of good pictures with my camera, but they will have to wait to be uploaded.

I plan on hiking a few different trails in the area that I used to haunt over the next week, if only I had a travel mountain bike… Now that is a thought.

Happy trails!