Merrell Trail Glove 4 vs Vivobarefoot Geo Racer II

The Vivobarefoot Geo Racer II shoe is ultra-light and ultra-thin. It is a modern type of shoe that makes you feel like you are walking barefoot. You have more freedom of movement on the road.

The Merrell Trail Glove 4 shoe is colorful and stylish. The upper material is made up of breathable mesh. It is protective, comfortable, secure, fits well, and flexible. Below is a more detailed review of both products.

Comparison Table 

DESCRIPTIONMerrell Trail Glove 4Vivobarefoot Geo Racer II
LiningBreathable Mesh Polyester lining
Stack height6.5mm5mm
Footbed0mm0mm
Insole3mm3mm
Midsole4mm4mm
Weight6oz7.5oz
Toe boxWideWide

Looks

The Vivobarefoot Geo Racer II comes in neutral colors that can match up with casual wear. It looks like a standard sneaker that has a stylish design. It has a simple design that makes it a minimal shoe.

The design on the sole makes it clear that there is great gripping. The lugs are not big. The Merrell Trail Glove 4 is quite stylish. It is ideal for casual occasions than formal. It has a thin mesh that easily tears in a short space of time. Merrell Trail Glove 4 shoe comes with multi-directional lugs that improve gripping and control over movement.

Vegan

The Vivobarefoot Geo Racer II is made up of recycled material from plastics. The material is 100% Vegan, which is healthy for users. Users who are allergic to animals will find it user-friendly.

No animal products are used when the shoe is being manufactured. This is what makes it a minimalist type of shoe. It is made up of less material that does not come at a steeper price. The Merrell Trail Glove 4 is also made up of recycled materials. This is pure Vegan material.   

Zero Drop

The Vivobarefoot Geo Racer II has a sole that has the same contact to the ground from the toes to the heel. This is good for posture and balance. The Merrell Trail Glove 4 is also stable, which is a result of the zero drops. There is no midsole cushioning that separates the heel and the longest toe. 

Toe Box

The Vivobarefoot Geo Racer II does not come with a shoe-shaped front design. It has a wide toe box that gives you more stability when you are walking. It is also thin, which provides you with the experience of what it feels like walking barefoot with a covering. It is also flexible so that you maintain your natural movement. Your feet are not restricted to the shape of the shoe. 

Breathability

A breathable mesh lining makes up the Merrell Trail Glove 4 shoe. This keeps your feet dry and fresh. This also applies to The Vivobarefoot Geo Racer II with a breathable ling made up of Vegan materials. Both products can get rid of moisture. The mesh material is made up of recycled material. It sounds less quality, but it equips both products with material that allows air to flow freely and sufficiently.

Soles

The upper material that makes up the Vivobarefoot Geo Racer II is flexible and breathable. The recycled polyester gives you a mesh material that allows your feet to have freedom of movement. It is bonded in such a way that it gives you a durable, lightweight shoe. Your feet are allowed to breathe. 

Chances are very low that you will have heat rash or any type of reaction to moisture. The EVA insole comes with great cushioning that gives comfort to your feet. It is made up of algae biomass which is environmentally friendly. The 3mm outsole is also lightweight and flexible. More grip and a durable rubber give you the barefoot experience.

 You have direct contact with the surface with more protection. The outsole of the Merrell Trail Glove 4 has an outsole that is made up of Vibram Outsole TC1. It is great for gripping and flexibility. It remains an efficient tool for trail running. It is lightweight and resistant to abrasion. The mid-sole is durable and stable. The upper sole is made up of breathable mesh. 

Key differences

The Vivobarefoot Geo Racer II shoe has multi-directional lugs, unlike the Trail Glove 4. It also absorbs shock, has the PRO5 outsole, EVA Bloom material, and a flat-lying tongue. It is also made up of recycled polyester. The Merrell Trail Glove 4 has an improved tongue and stylish design. The Merrell Trail Glove 4 comes at an attractive price than the Racer II.

Who should buy the Merrell Trail Glove 4?

It can be of best use by short and long-distance trail runners. Because it is more appealing, runners who are into style will be more fascinated by the product. The fact that it is more flexible makes it appropriate for trail runners. You can also use the shoe for hiking. 

Who should buy the Vivobarefoot Geo Racer II?

The Vivobarefoot Geo Racer II is meant for users who are into gyms, athletics, and workouts. You can move around smoothly. 

Price

The Merrell Trail Glove 4 comes at an attractive price than the Racer II. The Racer II might have a steeper price because of the multi-directional lugs. However, this brings a slight difference from the Merrell Trail Glove 4.

Conclusion

The Merrell Trail Glove 4 has more protection, style, the added tongue that gives comfort and great fitness to your feet, lightweight and cushioning. However, the cushioning is not great. For a first-timer, it might be painful, but you will get used to it. The mesh is highly breathable but is very thin. It can easily tear and wear after a short period. It is great for minimal, daily trail running.

The Vivobarefoot Geo Racer II is also breathable, moisture-wicking, lightweight, protective, secure, comfort and vegan. What separates it from the Merrell Trail Glove 4 shoe is that it is puncture-resistant and shock absorbing. It comes with multi-directional lugs that improve gripping and control over movement. That is why I have to make it the best pick. 

Hi there. This is Clare. Dave and I manage this site. We are outdoor enthusiasts. Most of the content is about products that we love using or have researched.
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