Let’s just say that Merrell Vapor Glove 2 as a shoe is just the dream. It has that barefoot feeling with ultimate grip action in the sole. It is the ninja-shoe. You can’t really get closer to ground than this. Yet lightweight and snuck as it is there is still one caveat: as a barefoot shoe it really limits your landings capability. But if you’re not going to be doing those crazy high landings then you’re good to go with this shoe.
Also good to note is that Merrell is a well-established and well-regarded shoe maker that has been designing and producing minimalist shoes for a loooong time which means that their quality is usually top-notch.
Lets dive a bit deeper on what makes Merrell Vapor Glove 2 so badass.
The Barefooting Ninja Grip
As people familiar with barefooting already know, there is not much that compares with the balance and tactile feel as with a barefooting shoe. It’s like having no shoes but having your soles protected and having increased grip on the surface at the same time. Just look at the picture for the detail of the sole surface and just imagine how all those little nibs grab at the surface. And what’s really cool is that the ‘grippy’ part comes all around the tip so you can really trust that you wont make a slip.
Lightweight And Durable
As already pointed out, these are Merrell made shoes and that means they endure some heavy punishment. This was worth to point out the second time because these parkour shoes are also very lightweight and in the past that has meant poor durability. Not so with Merrell. Merrell knows their materials and how to build a lasting shoe.
Also, Merrell is using Vibram soles on these shoes – Vibram is not only a long-term shoe manufacturer but also very popular in barefooting scene with their Five Fingers line.
Where other less durable shoes might break apart in a few weeks of extreme use these bad boys last for months of extreme use.
The Nitty Gritty
- Durable rubber soles (Vibram) with extreme grip patterning
- Mesh and Thermoplastic Polyurethane upper
- Traditional lace closure – great for adjusting fit for comfort
- Can be machine-washed
- Breathable mesh lining
- 0 millimeter Drop/0 millimeter Cush/5.5 millimeter stack height
- Cool colors
What Other People Say About Merrell Vapor Glove 2
So at the moment of writing this article there are almost 1200 reviews for Merrell Vapor Glove 2 in Amazon and the score is 4.3 out of 5 stars. That’s pretty hefty amount of reviews and a healthy score!
So what are people saying specifically about the shoe? Overwhelming majority applauds the shoe for its durability and comfort. There’s even one guy who wore these shoes non-stop for 3 solid months while also running 2 marathons and 2 half marathons amounting to a full 450 miles of pure running. Another customer has run 600 miles in these shoes.
Those are of course extreme cases. A few customers have pointed out that the shoes might not be their pick for an everyday shoe. However, these shoes are perfect for parkour activities due to their build and durability and that’s why we endorse them.
All in all, Vapor Glove 2 are tremendous shoes. There’s no way around it. They are durable and lightweight due to the expert craftmanship of the manufacturer and the materials used in them. They are beloved by their wearers across sports. If we had to get very nitpicky about them we would say that landings with these shoes should be considered carefully but that is also more about the experience of the traceur than the shoe itself. So a solid thumbs up!
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