Merrell Mix Master Shoe Review

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INITIAL IMPRESSIONS

Mix Master 2

The Mix Master 2 fit true to size. There is plenty of room in the midfoot area. It comes in at approximately 8.65 oz. (245 g) with a 4 mm differential. They are flexible. The midsole is made with Merrell Float that is 10% thinner and 25% lighter. The outsole contains the Vibram lugs.

Mix Master Tuff

The Mix Master Tuff fit true to size with plenty of room in the midfoot. It comes in at 10.60 oz (300 g) with a 4 mm drop. The Mix Master Tuff provides more stability than the Mix Master 2 in a 4 mm drop package (a plus). The midsole is made with Merrell Float material with Vibram lugs.

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TRAIL TESTING

Mix Master 2 & Mix Master Tuff

Both shoes were initially tested for an out-of-the-box 20 miler.  They both tested well in all terrain.  I even abused them on scree filled hills on multiple days.  The Mix Master 2 is definitely more flexible than the Mix Master Tuff.  They both drained well when wet, especially the Mix Master 2.   I had no issues with midfoot protection thanks to the shock pad – it works.  Traction was ample. Both are a great addition to the Merrell line of shoes that is not too minimal. I love that Merrell kept both models with a 4 mm offset.

TECH SPECS

Mix Master 2

  • Weight –  8.65 oz (245 g)
  • Forefoot Height – 5  mm
  • Heel Height – 9 mm
  • Drop – 4 mm
  • Gusseted tongue
  • Neutral  Shoe
  • Rock Plate
  • Midsole – Merrell Float™ is 10% thinner and 25% lighter
  • Upper – Synthetic
  • Made In – China

Mix Master Tuff

  • Weight – 10.60 oz (300 g)
  • Forefoot Height -19  mm
  • Heel Height – 23 mm
  • Drop – 4 mm
  • Gusseted tongue
  • Neutral  Shoe
  • Rock Plate
  • Midsole – Merrell Float™ is 10% thinner and 25% lighter
  • Upper – Synthetic
  • Made In – China

Weight Breakdown

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CONCLUSION

The Mix Master 2 is a flexible lightweight shoe with midfoot protection and cushioning in a 4 mm drop package. The Mix Master Tuff is a more stable shoe (not too structured) with midfoot protection in a slightly more cushioned 4 mm drop package. Trail runners looking for a minimal shoe without going too minimal will enjoy both models from Merrell.

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