Vapor Glove 4, Black, dynamic
$63.99 - $80.00
2020-01-28T03:07:11.235Z 2021-01-27T03:07:11.235Z USD 63.99
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Best Vapor Glove Yet - by , Nov 27, 2019
5/ 5 Stars
I purchased these to replace my Vapor Glove 3s, and so far these are even better. They feel like the soles are of a stiffer, more durable material than the 3s. I haven't encountered any problems with these, such as the odd toe crease on the 3s. I would definitely purchase these again.

Best Vapor Glove Yet

Nov 27, 2019
I purchased these to replace my Vapor Glove 3s, and so far these are even better. They feel like the soles are of a stiffer, more durable material than the 3s. I haven't encountered any problems with these, such as the odd toe crease on the 3s. I would definitely purchase these again.
Great Minimalist Shoe - by , Nov 15, 2019
5/ 5 Stars
Very good fitting, minimalist shoe. Good for working out, sprinting. Would recommend for anyone who is used to minimalist shoewear.

Great Minimalist Shoe

Nov 15, 2019
Very good fitting, minimalist shoe. Good for working out, sprinting. Would recommend for anyone who is used to minimalist shoewear.
First barefoot shoe - by , Oct 27, 2019
5/ 5 Stars
I have never worn a shoe like this before but I do enjoy being barefoot so I thought I'd give it a try. First of all I wear about a 12-13 in athletic shoes so I got a 12 which ran big so I returned it for a 11.5 it fits perfect. It definitely is a cool feeling wearing this shoe and I have narrow feet so it really hugs my foot well and gives me room for my toes. This is probably my favorite and most comfy shoes I have ever owned. I have ran in them on cement which hurts, but on grass it is a lot comfier. I am assuming it takes some getting use to. I do about 10 miles a day with these shoes and wear them to work and workout and all the time. My only issue I am having with this shoe is that it seems that the bottom of the shoe is pulling away from the top and it looks like there is glue from it. I did see this in other reviews. Hopefully they last long because I love these shoes and I would recommend them as being a first time minimalist shoe person.

First barefoot shoe

Oct 27, 2019
I have never worn a shoe like this before but I do enjoy being barefoot so I thought I'd give it a try. First of all I wear about a 12-13 in athletic shoes so I got a 12 which ran big so I returned it for a 11.5 it fits perfect. It definitely is a cool feeling wearing this shoe and I have narrow feet so it really hugs my foot well and gives me room for my toes. This is probably my favorite and most comfy shoes I have ever owned. I have ran in them on cement which hurts, but on grass it is a lot comfier. I am assuming it takes some getting use to. I do about 10 miles a day with these shoes and wear them to work and workout and all the time. My only issue I am having with this shoe is that it seems that the bottom of the shoe is pulling away from the top and it looks like there is glue from it. I did see this in other reviews. Hopefully they last long because I love these shoes and I would recommend them as being a first time minimalist shoe person.
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Love the shoe - by , Oct 18, 2019
5/ 5 Stars
I've been wearing Merrells for years, so I already know I love minimalist shoes. But the vapor glove 4 really takes the shoe minimalism to a new level. This shoe feels like a freestanding sock, and to a certain extent looks like one too. When I picked up the box it was so light I wasn't even sure there were shoes in it. When you walk around you can feel *everything*. The only thing you can't feel is the shoe itself. I love this shoe, but if you don't like minimalist shoes this is definitely not the shoe for you.

Love the shoe

Oct 18, 2019
I've been wearing Merrells for years, so I already know I love minimalist shoes. But the vapor glove 4 really takes the shoe minimalism to a new level. This shoe feels like a freestanding sock, and to a certain extent looks like one too. When I picked up the box it was so light I wasn't even sure there were shoes in it. When you walk around you can feel *everything*. The only thing you can't feel is the shoe itself. I love this shoe, but if you don't like minimalist shoes this is definitely not the shoe for you.
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Update to previous review - by , Oct 13, 2019
5/ 5 Stars
Just a quick update to my previous review. I’ve run in the VG4 without socks a few times now. Interestingly, the VG4 3D is a near perfect fit with light cushion running socks while the VG4 is a near perfect fit without socks. Even in these scenarios, the VG4 fits a bit snugger than the 3D. This may or may not help when others are trying to determine sizing.

Update to previous review

Oct 13, 2019
Just a quick update to my previous review. I’ve run in the VG4 without socks a few times now. Interestingly, the VG4 3D is a near perfect fit with light cushion running socks while the VG4 is a near perfect fit without socks. Even in these scenarios, the VG4 fits a bit snugger than the 3D. This may or may not help when others are trying to determine sizing.
Very nice minimal running shoe, but.... - by , Oct 10, 2019
2/ 5 Stars
I got a pair of the Vapor Glove 4 to continue my minimalist running adventure. One I got the right size (0.5 size larger than expected) the fit was perfect. The shoe was light and well made. I ventured out for a test run and got disappointed after a few miles. It turned out that the ventilation in the shoe is very limited. The top part of a shoe is made of a material that doesn’t breathe and my feet get wet very quickly. This is pretty disappointing for a sport shoe. I hope this is fixed in the future.

Very nice minimal running shoe, but....

Oct 10, 2019
I got a pair of the Vapor Glove 4 to continue my minimalist running adventure. One I got the right size (0.5 size larger than expected) the fit was perfect. The shoe was light and well made. I ventured out for a test run and got disappointed after a few miles. It turned out that the ventilation in the shoe is very limited. The top part of a shoe is made of a material that doesn’t breathe and my feet get wet very quickly. This is pretty disappointing for a sport shoe. I hope this is fixed in the future.
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Great shoe - by , Oct 09, 2019
5/ 5 Stars
Over the last few years, I've owned and run in several Merrell Glove models: -2 pairs of size 8.5 Vapor Glove 3 (420 miles and 504 miles) -1 pair of size 8 Trail Glove 4 Knit (322 miles) -1 pair of size 8.5 Trail Glove 4 Knit (daily wear, slightly large on me for running) -1 pair of size 8 Vapor Glove 4 3D (340 miles so far) -1 pair of size 8 Vapor Glove 4 (120 miles so far) I think it is most important to point out that the size 8 Vapor Glove 4 3D and the size 8 Vapor Glove 4 are quite different size-wise. Though the outsoles appear to be identical, the 3D feels quite a bit larger. The 8 is near perfect on my foot. The non-3D feels shorter and much narrower. Side-by-side, this width difference is visually noticeable. While I can wear and run in the non-3D pretty comfortably, the fit is not as good as the 3D. I purchased the non-3D Vapor Glove 4s on sale from REI, and if their returns were easier, I would have returned them and gotten a size 8.5. Other than the size issue, my thought is that this shoe (non-3D Vapor Glove 4) is superior to the 3D model for one singular reason. The heel counter in the 3D is a hard TPU plastic piece instead of the flexible strap in all the other Gloves I've owned. It seems to ride a bit higher and if I'm not wearing socks, it digs into my achilles. The biggest draw of that shoe for me is that it should be perfect for sock-free wearing, but I can't do that because of the heel counter. This shoe (non-3D) has the same heel counter as the others, and it is lower on the heel. Overall, the top part of the shoe rides lower and I find that to be much more comfortable. I haven't run sock-free in this shoe yet, but I'm sure it would be much more comfortable. For this main reason, I think the non-3D is a better shoe and a significantly better value. The 3D is certainly not worth spending $50 extra over this shoe. Durability-wise, the issue I had with the Vapor Glove 3s is that the upper started shredding very early. The knit upper of the Trail Glove 4 Knit and the Vapor Glove 4 3D are much more durable, it seems. The outsoles are mixed. Holes appeared in one pair of the 3s after about 350 miles and never appeared in 500 miles of use of the other pair. The Trail Gloves show significant wear with 322 miles, but not worn through because of the thickness of the sole. The 3D show the beginnings of holes after around 300 miles, but I also had a couple of ankle sprains in that time, so my foot strike probably altered for a large portion of that. For this shoe, 120 miles shows no significant wear of the outsole and the upper is still pristine. I do slightly prefer the sole of the Vapor Glove 3 to that of the Vapor Glove 4, but have no real basis for this preference. I like the more simplistic sole of the 3s to the tread pattern on the 4s.

Great shoe

Oct 09, 2019
Over the last few years, I've owned and run in several Merrell Glove models: -2 pairs of size 8.5 Vapor Glove 3 (420 miles and 504 miles) -1 pair of size 8 Trail Glove 4 Knit (322 miles) -1 pair of size 8.5 Trail Glove 4 Knit (daily wear, slightly large on me for running) -1 pair of size 8 Vapor Glove 4 3D (340 miles so far) -1 pair of size 8 Vapor Glove 4 (120 miles so far) I think it is most important to point out that the size 8 Vapor Glove 4 3D and the size 8 Vapor Glove 4 are quite different size-wise. Though the outsoles appear to be identical, the 3D feels quite a bit larger. The 8 is near perfect on my foot. The non-3D feels shorter and much narrower. Side-by-side, this width difference is visually noticeable. While I can wear and run in the non-3D pretty comfortably, the fit is not as good as the 3D. I purchased the non-3D Vapor Glove 4s on sale from REI, and if their returns were easier, I would have returned them and gotten a size 8.5. Other than the size issue, my thought is that this shoe (non-3D Vapor Glove 4) is superior to the 3D model for one singular reason. The heel counter in the 3D is a hard TPU plastic piece instead of the flexible strap in all the other Gloves I've owned. It seems to ride a bit higher and if I'm not wearing socks, it digs into my achilles. The biggest draw of that shoe for me is that it should be perfect for sock-free wearing, but I can't do that because of the heel counter. This shoe (non-3D) has the same heel counter as the others, and it is lower on the heel. Overall, the top part of the shoe rides lower and I find that to be much more comfortable. I haven't run sock-free in this shoe yet, but I'm sure it would be much more comfortable. For this main reason, I think the non-3D is a better shoe and a significantly better value. The 3D is certainly not worth spending $50 extra over this shoe. Durability-wise, the issue I had with the Vapor Glove 3s is that the upper started shredding very early. The knit upper of the Trail Glove 4 Knit and the Vapor Glove 4 3D are much more durable, it seems. The outsoles are mixed. Holes appeared in one pair of the 3s after about 350 miles and never appeared in 500 miles of use of the other pair. The Trail Gloves show significant wear with 322 miles, but not worn through because of the thickness of the sole. The 3D show the beginnings of holes after around 300 miles, but I also had a couple of ankle sprains in that time, so my foot strike probably altered for a large portion of that. For this shoe, 120 miles shows no significant wear of the outsole and the upper is still pristine. I do slightly prefer the sole of the Vapor Glove 3 to that of the Vapor Glove 4, but have no real basis for this preference. I like the more simplistic sole of the 3s to the tread pattern on the 4s.
Narrower toe box than the Vapor Glove 3 - by , Sep 28, 2019
2/ 5 Stars
I owned a pair of Vapor Glove 3s and loved them, wore them out. Ordered a pair of VG4s in the same size and they just don’t fit the same. The toe box is not as wide, and it’s just a little bit shorter in my size. The front of my toes rubbed the front in such a way that they were producing blisters. If you are a fan of the VG3, make sure you try these on in a store before ordering.

Narrower toe box than the Vapor Glove 3

Sep 28, 2019
I owned a pair of Vapor Glove 3s and loved them, wore them out. Ordered a pair of VG4s in the same size and they just don’t fit the same. The toe box is not as wide, and it’s just a little bit shorter in my size. The front of my toes rubbed the front in such a way that they were producing blisters. If you are a fan of the VG3, make sure you try these on in a store before ordering.
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Good quality minimalist shoe - by , Sep 27, 2019
4/ 5 Stars
The vapor glove, like the trail glove, has little cushioning, with all the pros and cons that come with that: excellent ground feel, but not so much in the way of protection from pointy rocks. If you looking for a good minimalist shoe, this one fits the bill: very light and flexible. My only complaint: I wish the toe box were a bit roomier. I ordered a size 9, which I typically wear, and it is a bit snug. It looks and feels quite durable for such a minimal shoe. I had a pair of trail gloves in the past, and I put 700 miles of trail running on them before the sole wore too thin. By the look and feel of it, I am hoping that the vapor glove will also be a durable shoe.

Good quality minimalist shoe

Sep 27, 2019
The vapor glove, like the trail glove, has little cushioning, with all the pros and cons that come with that: excellent ground feel, but not so much in the way of protection from pointy rocks. If you looking for a good minimalist shoe, this one fits the bill: very light and flexible. My only complaint: I wish the toe box were a bit roomier. I ordered a size 9, which I typically wear, and it is a bit snug. It looks and feels quite durable for such a minimal shoe. I had a pair of trail gloves in the past, and I put 700 miles of trail running on them before the sole wore too thin. By the look and feel of it, I am hoping that the vapor glove will also be a durable shoe.
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Changed the way I run. - by , Sep 19, 2019
5/ 5 Stars
You’ve probably all heard the story of the guy who had constant foot pain and couldn’t run 3 miles consistently without getting injured. That was me until these shoes. After the initial period of getting adjusted to them nearly all of my leg and foot joint pain is GONE. I can run ten miles of hills in these things and I just end up with the appropriate level of muscle soreness but not joint pain. I honestly can still hardly believe it. Not to mention they are cool looking, and I get asked about them all the time. Thanks Merrell, you have a convert.

Changed the way I run.

Sep 19, 2019
You’ve probably all heard the story of the guy who had constant foot pain and couldn’t run 3 miles consistently without getting injured. That was me until these shoes. After the initial period of getting adjusted to them nearly all of my leg and foot joint pain is GONE. I can run ten miles of hills in these things and I just end up with the appropriate level of muscle soreness but not joint pain. I honestly can still hardly believe it. Not to mention they are cool looking, and I get asked about them all the time. Thanks Merrell, you have a convert.
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