MERRELL AVALAUNCH

Are these the ul­ti­mate shoes for swim-run ad­ven­tures?

220 Triathlon Magazine - - KIT ZONE -

We came across these in our quest to find the per­fect footwear for swim-run, and were im­pressed when we wore them for both Ö-till-Ö races and train­ing. De­signed to keep feet free of de­bris, the bel­lows-style tongue and booti­estyle fit stopped gravel and muck get­ting in, while they also have quick drainage. Trac­tion is good on mud and grass and, al­though they slipped a lit­tle on the worst of the glass-like rocks, they’re way bet­ter than most. We like the Merrell fit, too; they’re not too nar­row and are min­i­mal­ist enough to give good feel for the ground – al­though they’re not for those of you who want loads of cush­ion­ing. Race sea­son done, we’ll hap­pily keep these on ro­ta­tion for win­ter trail runs. HW merrell.com

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