- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm ; 181 g
- Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
- Item Model Number: VAPOR GLOVE 3-M
- ASIN: B01MV2N9ZS
- Date first available at Amazon.com.au: 4 May 2017
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
- #68 in Men's Trail Running Shoes
- Mesh & TPU upper
- Trailprotect pad for underfoot protection
- Breathable mesh lining
- Vibram TC5 outsole
- Stack height (heel/toe): 6.5mm; footbed: 0mm; insole: 3mm; midsole: 0mm; sole: 1.5web, 2mm lugs
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I'll start with the positive(s). The color and design are nice, really eye-catching. Lots of compliments from people never having seen them before and asking about where I got them. Lightweight and comfortable for people who like shoes that don't offer much support.
Now for the bad...
When I first opened them up, I was surprised to see visible glue seams that bond the upper and sole together on the exterior of the material. They are prominent on both shoes and are really unsightly if anyone takes more than a passing glance at your feet. Getting past that, I have to say that I was not a fan of the fit at first, but this is comparing them to the earlier version I owned. As a stand alone shoe the comfort is acceptable. Regardless they do feel extremely light and I was curious how long they would last considering the questionable build quality.
To my (not so much) surprise, after about 3 months of semi-daily use they did start to fall apart - but not at the seams! The material ripped wide open in the middle of the fabric! (On both shoes) What kind of cheap material is this that it can't withstand daily walking? (I don't run in these, only occasionally wear them to work and gym) I know some people will think it is because I have wide feet but I definitely do not. I'm a standard size and have had a few pairs of custom dress shoes made so I know my measurements well.
I was really upset by this not so much because of the cheap shoes, but because I thought I had finally found a shoe that worked for me. The earlier gloves I owned were so comfortable and well made that I really thought I'd be wearing this brand the rest of my life. Oh well, on to the next one.
Unfortunately, however, about one week into using the Vapor Gloves on a semi-daily basis, I began to notice the sole of the right shoe coming apart. The same thing began to happen on the left shoe as well in approximately the same place (towards the front where the shoe creases to allow your toes to bend up). I have only been using the Vapor Gloves moderately in a gym setting, not even having taken them out on the trails yet. I'm afraid with continued use the soles will only continue to come apart and the shoes will eventually become useless.
I very much want to like these shoes, as I'm happy with my performance in them, but this type of shoddy quality was not what I expected in a higher-end trail runner. If Merrell fixes this problem I will gladly give the Vapor Gloves another chance, likely in a size 12.5 for a better fit.
These too are tearing just like the 2 pairs of VG 2's I have. The reinforcements @ ball of the foot inner side did not extend up enough, if they did it might prevent this. Merrell is replacing them under warranty, but I am unclear if those will be warrantied also. I expect them to be.
Where the ball of the foot flexes inside the mesh forms a crease to a point and that is where both left and right are failing.
I like the idea of these shoes but as for their execution as they are constructed .... well .... I'm all for it. ! ;-)
So far so good. Yes, they are a few mm's thicker than the Vapor Glove 2, but in my case wearing them in a cold climate I find that my feet don't feel the cold quite as much, so okay for now. But please Merrell, don't make them any thicker than these as then they'd no longer be as flexible and supple, which is the purpose of the Vapor Glove shoes in the first place. If anyone complains about this shoe being "too thin" or "hard" etc., they simply had no idea what they were buying. These are not unlike but a few available shoes currently, and that's a wonderful thing ! I do like these very much !
Too early to comment on durability and the effectiveness of the reinforcements.(see above)