Review: Merrell Bare Access Trail 3 run shoes

Solid-enough offering from a brand with plenty of off-road appeal

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0

As the name suggests, this is Merrell’s off-road natural effort, explaining why the drop comes in at 0mm.


Despite that level playing field, it doesn’t feel as harsh a ride as the Barefoot Trail Run Ascend Gloves that we’ve tested in the past. 

That’s probably down to the cushioning thickness, which comes in 2mm more at a mighty 8mm, despite the Access Trail coming in 32g lighter at 245g per shoe.

We’re unsure where this weight reduction’s occurred but, unlike its contemporary, it doesn’t feature a heel loop! 

As you’d expect from Merrell, shoe construction is quality with a mesh and TPU upper offering durability as well as good levels of flex.

Merrell’s traditional wide toebox isn’t great for thin-feet runners but many will appreciate the extra room. All in all, not a bad off-road shoe.

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