Merrell Embark Glove Gore-Tex

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Weight 9.2 oz (Half Pair)
Sizes 7 - 12 (Half Sizes) 13, 14, 15
Materials Synthetic Leather and Mesh Upper, GORE-TEX®



Not as great as I thought they would be. I bought…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new


Not as great as I thought they would be.


  • Barefoot style


  • Barefoot style
  • Soft sole

I bought these to try out the barefoot style after having several friend rave about it. The fit of the shoes was good, but they didn't quite live up to the hype.

I could never get comfortable trail running in them because the soles are so soft that you feet every rock and root. I would wind up with bruises on the bottoms of my feet after even short runs. I do wear them casually now and they work pretty good for that.

The Gore-Tex might be a little overkill for this type of shoe. The sides are so low that it wouldn't help with stream crossings but might work in damp grass.

As a disclaimer, I am affiliated with Gore for product testing of Gore-tex products for the purpose of product review and recommendation. I do receive items from Gore for these purposes.


For the barefoot style, the feel of the ground is to be expected. The New Balance 110 has a rock plate specifically to deal with the problem for those making a transition into barefoot running. This transition involves allowing a foot to naturally restrengthen while losing its dependency on heavier supportive shoes. The Gore-tex in the shoe should be perfect for those accustomed to running with minimalist runners on a rainy day, through a dew covered field in the morning, or even a snowy sidewalk in the later fall.

2 years ago

Manufacturer's Description

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Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Stay connected to the ground that you train and run on with the men's Embark Glove GORE-TEX barefoot training shoe from Merrell. Its thin, shock-absorbing forefoot plate distributes impact pressure without sacrificing ground contact while the specialized Vibram sole offers minimal cushioning so that you can feel the ground beneath you. The waterproof GORE-TEX Performance lining keeps your feet dry on drizzly mornings and puddle crossings. An Aegis antimicrobial microfiber footbed resists odor all day long.

- Mountain Gear

With its minimalist design, the Merrell Embark GTX let your feet follow their natural instincts instead of controlling them, offering a perfect balance of foot freedom, surface protection, and essential cushioning.


Just because you want minimalist shoes doesn't mean they should trash your feet. The Merrell Embark Glove GTX Men's Trail Running Shoes give you a nearly nothing feel without trimming back on the durability, traction, or weather protection. Merrell added an ultra-thin shock-absorbing footplate that distributes force while maintaining a barefoot feel. Not to mention the fact that these shoes include a Gore-Tex Performance Comfort membrane to keep your nearly bare feet from getting soaked.


CLOSEOUTS . Merrell Barefoot Train Embark Glove Gore-Texand#174; shoes are the solution to minimalist training in cold, wet conditions. The lightweight, zero-drop design boasts a Gore-Texand#174; waterproof breathable membrane and a warm lining. Available Colors: DEEP OLIVE/KRYPTONITE. Sizes: 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13.

- Sierra Trading Post

Merrell Embark Glove Gore-Tex


The Merrell Embark Glove Gore-Tex is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen February 24, 2014 at Mountain Gear.

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