Not well-known for their road program, Merrell has been slowly creeping into the road shoe market in the past few years. No doubt they know how to make great shoes, but the road shoe market is crowded and dominated by major players who hang their hats on the road and nothing but the road. This was my first go at Merrell road running shoes and I’ve found them to be a pretty respectable package with a few improvements. Lets lay it all out on the line and let you decide.
Merrell CT Converge 2 Features:
- M-Fit™ Semi-Curved Gender-Specific Anatomical Last
- Reflective Materials for high visibility
- Merrell e-Phase™ Moisture Management Air Mesh
- Recycled upper mesh and Strobel board
- Outlast® Heat Management Sock Liner
- DWR Treatment provides durable water resistance
- Asymmetrical Heel Strike reduces impact rates
- iR5™ Rubber for high impact abrasion
- Gait Phase (gPHASE™) Midsole Cushioning
- Heel Transition Channels encourage natural motion
- Full Length g3PHASE™ for maximum cushioning
- Midfoot Torsional-I-Bridge (MTB™) provides midfoot rigidity and alignment
- Multiple Forefoot Flex Grooves
- Weight: 10.7 oz each
- MSRP: $105
Merrell CT Converge 2 Running Shoes Review
Merrell is definitely more well-known for their hiking and trail shoes, but have recently introduced a few road shoes to the line. At first, I was skeptical, but after running them for awhile, I can say their running shoes are worth a look.
As with all Merrell offerings, they are very comfortable out of the gate and continue to cradle your foot after miles of use. The uppers are very breathable — perfect for mid-Summer pavement pounding. My feet have kept their cool very well in conjunction with my ultralight Lorpen socks. The full stride is met with a consistent feel and smooth fore-to-aft cushioning and support.
The extra-supportive heel cup combined with the torsional bridge really provides a solid and reactive running surface. I feel like the entire shoe is working with me in a smooth motion.
One thing I’ve noticed, however, is the lack of cushioning underneath my big toe. I’ve never had a shoe feel like this before, but cushioning seems very thin in this location and my toe became a bit sensitive over the course of a run. The only other issue I’ve had is the round holes in the forefoot tread do tend to attract little pebbles in them.
Good CT Converge 2
- Extremely stable overall–especially in the heel
- Good overall comfort and cushioning (except under big toe)
- Excellent road grip
- Good for distance running
- Feels light and comfortable
- Heel lining material makes for easy on/off and reduces slip
Bad CT Converge 2
- Cushioning the under big toe is lacking
- Round tread pattern in forefoot attracts rocks
- DWR isn’t as waterproof as other Merrell offerings
Bottom Line: Merrell CT Converge 2 Running Shoes
A great expansion in the Merrell lineup. The CT Converge 2 is a worthy running shoe, but does face some stiff competition from more well-known running brands.
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