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  • I went for a 4-mile trail run with the Mix Master 2s this weekend and they felt great. They performed well on a bunch of different terrain: sand; loose rocks and pebbles; hard dirt. The flexible rock plate seems to be pretty tough too, as I never fe…
  • Let us know how they are. I'm planning on running a 50-mile trail race next May and will probably consider these for it.
  • Tried the Mix Masters on last night and ran up and down the apartment hall a few times. They feel good. A bit restricting in the forefoot at first, but they felt better after wearing a bit (maybe stretched a little). Will try them on the trails this…
  • Oh man, I didn't think these were due out for a couple months. Just bought a pair of Mix Master 2s instead to use as trail runners/hiking shoes. $120 probably isn't worth it for me since I don't do too much running on trails, but these look great.
  • I ordered a pair of Mix Master 2s from RunningWarehouse. Won't be able to try them out on trails until next weekend, though.
  • I set a half marathon PR this past Sunday wearing the BA2s. They felt great the entire race - pretty much disappeared from my feet. I had some pain and stiffness in my right foot afterwards, which I've experienced a few times before after long or ha…
  • That's what the Merrell rep I chatted with said about the Trail Gloves - that'd they'd be fine for day hikes. I'll try them too, but right now the Mix Master 2s are what I expect to go with (won't know until I try them on). I found some good deals o…
  • I've been lacing all the way up to the top holes since I got those blisters and the difference is significant. I wonder why Merrell has been shying away from the Omnifit lacing with their newer models. I've never had a pair with it, but I've seen a …
  • Also, I wish the Skechers GoBionic Trail shoes were coming out sooner. I'd love to try them. The Kinvara TR2 might also be worth a shot. They should be out any day now.
  • I'm not a very experienced hiker, Harbourboy, so I can't really say. It's a good point. My thinking is that running in minimal shoes, like Trail Gloves, forces you to pay attention to each step so you can avoid things like roots and rocks. When I'm …
  • Did some quick research on the Mix Master and it looks to be the shoe I'm aiming for. Will have to try it on this weekend, but it seems ideal. I would really like to wait until the Ascend glove comes out, but I've got two trips in the next month tha…
  • Thanks, Kagule. I've been looking at those too. I just chatted with a Merrell rep (a nice website feature) and she suggested the trail glove. I think the Mix Master might be more in the sweet spot for running and hiking though.
  • Thanks for the quick responses, guys. I'll have to look more at the roclites (just wish there was a store by me that sells them). I've looked at the Proterra before, and its exactly what I want in a hiking shoe. I'm just not sure if they skew too fa…
  • I've done a 13-miler in my BA2s and my feet and legs felt good. One complaint is that I got blisters on the instep of each foot (not wearing socks). Lacing them tighter seems to have helped with that, though. I'm planning to wear them during a half-…
  • Has anyone here experienced issues with tiny pebbles getting into the BA2s while running? I've had it happen fairly frequently, though they haven't been so large that I've needed to stop running to get them out (I think they must find their way to a…
  • The sole of the MR00 feels sort of "dead" to me, and I know Runblogger has said the same, so maybe not the best choice. Then again, everyone's different, so who knows. Might be able to get them at a discount now, too.
  • I agree about it being a learning process. Before I went to a specialty store and got Mirage 2s, I typically just bought whatever was cheap and looked decent. I'm much more particular now. The BA2s are definitely firm, but I'm confident I'll eventua…
  • Based on my past week of running, I think that my concerns over transitioning too quick and injury might have been overblown. I've done several runs in the BA2s, including two 5-milers (which I acknowledge was risky) but I've had no problems. Still …
  • You're welcome. I just came across these too: http://www.newbalance.com/Minimus-Ionix-3090V2/M3090-V2,default,pd.html?dwvar_M3090-V2_color=Blue_with_Yellow_and_Black&start=1&q=3090v2&prefn1=genderAndAgeGroupCombo&pref…
  • tango, you might be interested in the 1690: http://blog.runningwarehouse.com/rs/sneak-peek-new-balance-minimus-1690/ If by Swiss army knife you meant a shoe that handles all terrain, it looks to be right up your alley.