The Merrell All Out Peak are the 2nd pair of shoes in the “All Out” line, that we have reviewed. Previously, ORM reviewed the Merrell All Out Crush, which was the first true “OCR shoe” by Merrell. The All Out Peak are a more traditional trail shoe and do not have holes for water drainage, etc.
Merrell All Out Peak Features
High heel – At 32mm, the heel is actually higher than the Hoka Challenger ATR 2 (29mm). This makes for a super comfy run.
Great Grip Without Aggressive Looking Lugs – The Merrell All Out Peak’s lugs are 6 mm (just under 1/4 inch) tread. While this “Vibram Megagrip” compares in depth to popular trail/OCR shoes, they don’t have the appearance of being “super aggressive”, and allow these to be everyday shoes.
Merrell All Out Peak Usage
I began running on some of my favorite trails near my house such as The unfinished Atlanta BeltLine and Sweetwater State Park. The Beltline is a flat trail with mostly loose dirt, gravel, and some mud. Sweetwater is far more technical traditional trail where you must watch your step as you run over pine needle and hidden roots. I found these shoes handled all this terrain with no issue. In addition, the shoes are so comfy, I began wearing them around as my everyday shoe. I realize I am shortening the running life of these by doing so, but so far it is really worth it.
Merrell All Out Peak Durability
I have not had an issue with Merrell durability in the past, no signs so far that it will be an issue down the line.
Merrell All Out Peak Pros and Cons
- Super comfortable.
- Great for technical terrain.
- Not an OCR shoe.
- Poor drainage.
Merrell All Out Peak Conclusion
Merrell has figured out how to transfer the comfort of their working shoes over to a trail shoe, without losing stability or traction. These are the some of the most comfortable shoes I have worn to date, and they tackle the trails with tenacity. If you are the type of runner who enjoys a good Hoka, the Merrell All Out Peak is right for you.
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