1. Merrel Barefoot Run Bare Access Trail GTX
This full-features trail shoe will float you through the muck with a 4mm lug depth and keep your toes relatively dry with it’s GORE-TEX connect fit. With a pro’s choice of 0mm drop it’s not for beginners, but for the barefoot runner wanting better impact protection its all win. We found the new lug pattern particularly effective on muddy descents, while the snug fit encourages commitment. Another positive is the broad toe box, giving you plenty of movement over longer distances. Merrell’s regular choice of Vibram graces to sole, in all it’s grippiness.