Merrell Bare Access Flex Women’s Trail Running Shoes

Last updated: April 23, 2021


With this stylish pair of women's trail running shoes, you'll want to spend more time in the great outdoors. The shoes have a mesh upper to allow for proper air flow, so you're feet stay nice and cool while you run. They're also designed for durability, so you won't have to worry about replacing them prematurely.

We looked at the top Women's Trail Running Shoes and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Women's Trail Running Shoe you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: This set of women's trail running shoes is available in six different color patterns, including black and metallic lilac, Aruba blue and Persian red.

In our analysis of 46 expert reviews, the Merrell Flex Women's Trail Running Shoes placed 5th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Powered by FLEXconnect™ for hybrid performance—experience ultimate versatility, comfort, and ground connection on the trail, road, and beyond.

Our Expert Consultant

Stephanie Mansour   
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Stephanie Mansour, host of “Step It Up with Steph” on public broadcasting, has been coaching women for over a decade on how to lose weight and make it last. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications with an emphasis on women’s studies and psychology from the University of Michigan. She holds certifications in life coaching, personal training, yoga and Pilates.

Expert Reviews


What reviewers liked

The Bare Access Flex delivers a nimble ride with just enough cushioning to handle most terrain.
Breathable mesh and TPU upper reduce moisture and temperature
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There were some who thought that the toe box was nicely shaped; not too wide but also not restrictive.
The zero-drop design will appeal to minimalist runners, and the shoe does offer a fair amount of responsiveness on the road and trail, resulting in an agile feel with good traction on both surfaces.
It's a good looking and bare bones looking upper that actually conceals some nice extra features. The lining is a neoprene material that's meant to control moisture and odor, as is the anti-microbial footbed (which is not removable).
This footwear is designed for all sorts of terrain yet they're amazingly lightweight.

What reviewers didn't like

Testers also reported that the upper fits a little snug.
Zero drop is not for everyone
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The fabric of the upper has worn out after a brief time, a lot of users observed.
Testers noted that the arch was high and the midsole was very firm, resulting in discomfort for some.
They do run large, so I recommend sizing down from your usual running shoe size by a 1/2 size.
You could have a little issue to get a perfect fit if you need ½-size as there is no availability of ½-sizes.
View our Women's Trail Running Shoe buying guide for in-depth advice and recommendations.

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