A trail runner with great ambition, the Merrell Nova 2 GORE-TEX is natural on any terrain. Featuring sneaker-light comfort and hiking shoe-like durability, the Nova 2 is constructed with a waterproof GORE-TEX membrane, a Vibram rubber sole, and weighs a scant 20 ounces.
One GearJunkie team member tested the Nova 2 and he says it is the most comfortable trail runner he has tested yet. With burly 5mm lugs, he ascended and descended steep and loose Colorado trails with grippy confidence. Long haul trail runs remained cushy as time went on, making foot fatigue a thing of the past. The breathable GORE-TEX membrane offers excellent protection and doesn’t affect the shoe’s weight or flexibility.
If you’re looking for an uber-comfortable, stable, and versatile trail shoe for long runs and hikes, Merrell’s Nova 2 GORE-TEX shoes are an amazing choice.