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Merrell Antora 3 Evaluation – iRunFar

Merrell Antora 3 Evaluation – iRunFar


Merrell is again with the ladies’s Merrell Antora 3 ($125) in common and Gore-Tex variations and has now expanded this line to incorporate mid-height waterproof choices and a sneaker boot. The main focus of this assessment, nonetheless, is the Antora 3 girls’s-specific path working shoe.

Merrell has chosen to remain fairly true to the Antora legacy with just a few adjustments right here and there that largely enhance the shoe. You possibly can learn our Merrell Antora 2 assessment to study extra in regards to the earlier model.

At 10.5 ounces (297 grams) precise weight in a U.S. girls’s measurement 9.5, and retaining the claimed 8-millimeter (29 millimeters on the heel/21 millimeters on the toe) drop, the Antora 3 is a superb, comparatively low-cost choice — particularly for entry-level or lower-mileage path runners — who may need a shoe that performs effectively throughout different out of doors actions akin to mountain climbing, disc golf, and mountain biking on flat pedals.

The Antora 3 could enchantment to a broader viewers with the comparatively low-feeling profile and honest quantity of floor really feel — perhaps an excessive amount of for me over the lengthy haul — whereas nonetheless providing ample construction and assist.

Merrell affords common and broad widths throughout the complete measurement vary, with eight colorways. Thus, there’s all the time an choice on sale, which additional sweetens the deal.

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Merrell Antora 3

The Merrell Antora 3. All images: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Merrell Antora 3 Higher

The Merrell Antora 3 higher is similar to the prior mannequin visually, however I discover it extra comfy total. I’m sporting the identical measurement as within the Antora 2 and really feel the toebox is a little more roomy in size and top for toes three to 5, and fewer tough in texture.

Extremely breathable mesh by means of the forefoot has skinny thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) overlays reinforcing the toe and forming a skinny, steady rand from the thickened bumper towards the heel. Mud and dust do penetrate this mesh extra simply, leading to pretty soiled toes at occasions, however the breathability is superb on hotter days.

Midfoot mesh has a tighter weave beneath the Merrell-specific TPU overlay sample, which offers simply the correct amount of assist and versatile construction medially and laterally.

These overlays combine with every of the recycled webbing loops that safe the laces. The recycled laces are dense and flat however sometimes come undone regardless of double knots, so taking time to actually lock them down and utilizing the skinny lace management strap over the mid-tongue is useful.

The gusseted tongue is completely padded to guard the foot, but dries rapidly by means of the extremely breathable mesh extending from the forefoot.

Anchoring gaiters is a breeze due to the small steel loop connected on the far finish of the laces, and brilliantly, two varieties of gaiter attachments on the well-structured heel — an elastic band beneath the pull tab, and a Velcro flap beneath that with each side of Velcro included. This can be my favourite bonus characteristic of the shoe; different corporations ought to take word.

The heel is additional stabilized by Merrell’s exterior rear sling, which additional locks the heel in place. This makes for a pleasantly steady shoe for talus hopping, however feels sometimes clunky at working speeds in the event you hit a root or embedded rock improper. The padded ankle shade improves the general consolation of the shoe at any pace, and the comparatively low profile of the ankle bone cutouts and Achilles notch will hold most toes glad.

Merrell Antora 3 - lateral view

A lateral view of the Merrell Antora 3.

Merrell Antora 3 Midsole

Within the grand scheme of path trainers, the Merrell Antora 3 is on the agency finish of the spectrum, maybe on the order of the Salomon Sense Trip 5, however options extra total consolation, particularly at slower speeds or with powerhiking combined in. The firmness coupled with the skinny rock plate, nonetheless, relegates it to a sub-15-mile working shoe for me, as one way or the other my legs find yourself tiring extra rapidly in them after about 10 miles, despite the fact that my toes are comparatively glad.

The tech specs embody a 50% recycled EVA foam footbed with forefoot and heel air cushioning pods all designed to scale back impression and torque whereas making a clean transition by means of the midfoot.

In my expertise, whereas the midsole does cut back impression and roll pretty easily, there’s not plenty of vitality return, notably after 150 to 200 complete shoe miles at working speeds. It’s like I’m working tougher to maintain the shoe advancing rapidly. Oddly sufficient, they’re nonetheless fairly nice for powerhiking or the straightforward to average paced run/hike mixture I typically get in when the paths are simply rugged sufficient.

Coupled with the construction of the higher and the dense foam detachable insole, what this midsole continues to do effectively even because the responsiveness flattens is hold my larger arched toes rolling effectively from lateral heel by means of the primary ray, with out collapsing extra medially or laterally as some growing older EVA is wont to do. Although it doesn’t enable for as many complete working miles, using the shoe is prolonged for much less impact-oriented actions.

One final good addition to spotlight is the Cleansport NXT therapy on the recycled mesh footbed cowl. These sneakers have been out and in of some murky water — ahem, disc golf accuracy plus ravines — and odor higher than just a few of my extra pristine sneakers.

Merrell Antora 3 - medial view

A medial view of the Merrell Antora 3.

Merrell Antora 3 Outsole

Merrell made some refined adjustments to the outsole of the Merrell Antora 3 as in comparison with the Antora 2. Vibram TC5+ continues to be the chosen compound, however the traction-enhancing sample now makes use of 4-millimeter lugs (as an alternative of 5 millimeters) in chevron, triangle, and rectangle lug patterns with larger spacing between them.

This makes the only really feel much less heavy and roll from heel to toe with larger ease. It additionally means pointy rocks are stronger regardless of the skinny rock plate.

Total, this traction sample continues to be an enchancment as a result of it sloughs off clay and dust extra effectively and is much less skittery on the Colorado Entrance Vary hardpack downhills, dusted with sand and rubble, the place I run. Whereas grip continues to be glorious on rocky slabs and softer singletrack, they do lack a little bit of chunk for the rubbly uphills, off-trail mountain excursions, and vital mud or snow.

Very similar to prior variations, this outsole is extremely sturdy. With roughly 200 miles on the sneakers, there’s little or no put on and tear seen by means of the outsole. It’s been a really rocky and rubbly yr working for me with some door-to-trail pavement concerned as I linked to neighboring singletrack. These sneakers have additionally seen loads of hikes, disc golf, and canine walks. This outsole handles all of it with nary a scratch.

Merrell Antora 3 - outsole

The outsole of the Merrell Antora 3.

Merrell Antora 3 Total Impressions

Based mostly on my expertise with all three variations of this shoe, the Merrell Antora 3 has developed into a terrific entry-level path shoe choice for the lower-mileage path runner with largely gentle to average terrain and situations exterior their door. It’s additionally a strong performer for the multisport particular person who needs one shoe that may deal with the entire day’s actions — early morning path run adopted by a hike with the household, mid-day yard work, and late afternoon flat-pedal mountain bike jaunt earlier than kicking again on the pleasant neighborhood yard pizza and cornhole jam.

The general sturdiness will lend months of additional use as soon as the optimum working consolation ebbs, and the comparatively low price makes them very simple to strive. Not each shoe must be a high-performance racing shoe, and the Antora 3 is a superb choice for working and an lively life exterior of that.

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Name for Feedback

  • Have you ever tried the Merrell Antora 3? How did you discover it?
  • When you’ve tried earlier variations of the Antora, how does this third model examine for you?
  • Do you recognize a path working shoe that can be helpful for different actions?

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Merrell Antora 3 - top view

A high view of the Merrell Antora 3.



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