Running Warehouse just put up some of the upcoming Merrells on their website - slated for release next month, but available for pre-order now. The 3 models are the Bare Access Trail (men's
), BA Ultra (men's
), and the AllOut Flash (only men's model
up now). A little bit of info available under the "technologies" tab, but not much in the way of specs (like weight, stack height) included yet.
I've had good luck with the most recent iteration of the Bare Access (BA3), so I'm interested in trying out the trail and ultras. The trail model in particular looks like it could be a nice addition to their line - I've used their Ascend Glove, and enjoyed the fit/feel (even Pete liked the ride of it
, whereas he's found many Merrells too firm). However, like a few other people I had problems with the uppers blowing out along the arch, after only about 150 miles in my case. So I'm happy to see that the BA trail has a much more extensive rand
which wraps further back around the foot (photo here
) - should help support the uppers given the lateral stresses of trail running. I'm not sure if this will replace the Ascend Glove, or just expand their line of trail runners.
Just thought I'd mention, given the number of other folks here that run in Merrells. I'm hoping to pick up both the Ultra & Trail when they come out next month, so I'll post up first impressions after I get a few runs in.