Merrell All Out Fuse

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Recently, I have had to take a step back form my Zero…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $110

Summary

Recently, I have had to take a step back form my Zero Drop comfort zone and explore some other options. the Merrell All Out Fuse is so lightweight, breathable, and yet somehow sturdy and forgiving at the same time. I can see this shoe being a great door-to-trail option and a good entry shoe into the minimal running world.

Pros

  • Good ground feel
  • Cushion
  • Wide toe box
  • Versatile on different surfaces
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Too much midsole for the minimal enthusiast

**Disclaimer: I own a running store that sells these shoes. The shoe in this review was purchased by me for review purposes.**

With a recent Achilles injury, I have had to take a step back form my Zero Drop comfort zone and explore some other options. Saints be praised for this shoe. It is so light weight, breathable, and yet somehow sturdy and forgiving at the same time.

I’ll start with the mid-sole because it’s the part of the shoe that is getting the most updates across the industry. Like other brands Merrell has added some squish to their midsole with this model. However, they have really kept the integrity of their barefoot design by not going all HOKA and Altra Olympus on it.

They’ve added just a bit of the soft good stuff in the forefoot and a wee bit more in the heel giving a nice 6mm drop. As someone who is really paying attention to form and foot strike right now the cushion in the back is wonderful. This padding and lift in the heel will also make for a great walking shoe when you can use a little more junk in the trunk.

Next we’ll chat about the tread on this guy. The tread is something pretty cool. While is doesn’t look like much those little pinwheels provide some pretty good grippiness on the trail yet a smooth transition on the road. I will say that I didn’t take these out on some epic singletrack adventure, but on semi-groomed trails, they worked well. With this unique tread I can see this being a go-to road shoe for some but a really nice Door-To-Trail hybrid. In other words, versatile as the day is long.

Finally the upper. These shoes have lots of ROOM for your feet to party. The toe is rounded quite well which provides an awesomely wide toebox. I’m talking Altra Toe Box Wide. The heel has some nice padding around it to help it stay put on your ankle and reduce chaffing. While I don’t recommend running without socks ever, you might be able to get away with these. The upper is a mix of both synthetic mesh and good ol leather that provides some good protection for your foot from rocks, acorns, etc. 

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

On Sale. Free Shipping. Merrell Men's AllOut Fuse Shoe FEATURES of the Merrell Men's AllOut Fuse Shoe Mesh, synthetic and leather upper Protective toecap Reflective details for increased visibility in low light Merrell Omni-Fit Lacing system provides a precise, glove like fit Breathable mesh lining treated with M Select Fresh odor control Wash as needed in cold water (gentle cycle) air dry 6mm Drop / 12mm heel cushion / 6mm forefoot cushion / 18mm heel stack height / 12mm forefoot stack Uni-Fly Midsole disperses impact and stabilizes for a solid takeoff M Select Grip tune each outsole with durable traction that grips when and where you need it SPECIFICATIONS of the Merrell Men's AllOut Fuse Shoe Weight: 1/2 pair: 8 oz

- Moosejaw refers to the men's version

Whether you plan to go for a jog through the suburbs or through a forest trail, the All Out Fuse shoes keep you running with the utmost of style and comfort. The All Out Fuse is perfect for just about anything, but the athletic-guy will really appreciate this shoe. Offering features such as a protective toecap to ensure your safety while you are on-the-go, a glove-like fit thanks to Merrell's Omni-Fit Lacing system, and M Select GRIP to give you the traction you need, the All Out Fuse lets you focus on your run, not your shoes. PRODUCT FEATURES: Upper Features/Lining Mesh, synthetic and leather upper Protective toecap Reflective details for increased visibility in low light Merrell Omni-Fit Lacing system provides a precise, glove-like fit Breathable mesh lining treated with M Select FRESH odor control Wash as needed in cold water (gentle cycle) air dry Midsole/Outsole UniFly Midsole disperses impact and stabilizes for a solid takeoff M Select GRIP tunes each outsole with durable traction that grips when and where you need it

- Appalachian Outdoors refers to the men's version

Responsive, resilient and flexible, the Merrell All Out Fuse supple running shoes let you go all out on the trail. A triad of features unleashes your natural form for your best run: natural shaping to activate your foots responsiveness and control, UniFly impact absorption system for soft landings and firm takeoffs and confident, multi-directional M Select GRIP traction for animal-like agility over terrain.

- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version

Responsive, resilient and flexible, the men's Merrell All Out Fuse Trail-Running Shoes are designed to capitalize on your natural foot motion for excellent control.

- REI refers to the men's version

Unleash your best run and go all out on the trail wearing Merrell's flexible All Out Fuse. The natural shape activates your foot's responsiveness and control, circular lugs promote animal-like agility, and the Uni-Fly midsole provides impact protection.This product will be shipped directly from Merrell and will leave their warehouse in 2-3 business days. Eligible for UPS ground shipping only.

- EMS refers to the men's version