|Merrell Bare Access|
|Pete from Runblogger.com|
The reason that I'm lucky to know Pete is that he is a very unselfish person. He has put me in touch with many shoe companies to help him test/review shoes. He runs mostly roads. I run mostly trails. He runs less mileage, with short fast runs. I run lots of miles and do lots of slower long runs. What works for one type of run might not for the other. Therefore our combined feedback is helpful to many shoe companies.
One company that Pete has connected me with is Merrell. I recently reviewed the new Mix Master II, which I loved. You can read that review here. About a month ago, they sent me the new for 2013 Bare Access. This is the first release in the M-Connect Series. The series is a "collection of minimalist footwear and lightweight apparel for outside people".
I took them out of the box I immediately went for a 10 mile pavement run. In the first 1/2 mile I was aware of the very minimal heel counter. There is no padding on the collar and I was concerned that my Achilles would get irritated. But that wasn't the case.
|Excellent Ventilation and nice soft tongue|
|13.5mm Stack Height still feels minimal, but cushioned enough not to hurt!|
You can read all about the specs for them (and order a pair) here. They sell for $90 and I think that they are a bargain. I have worn them almost every single day since getting them. They have taken over from my Skechers Bionics as my favorite everyday shoe. That says a lot.
Today I received a big box with the rest of the M-Connect series, soon to be released. I can't say anything about them yet, but there are a couple in there that I am really really psyched about. For now, the combination of the Mix Master II and the Bare Access are an awesome duo.