Merrell All Out Rush ReviewApril 14, 2014
- Great, secure fitting upper
- Good Traction
- No rock plate
- No heel counter
The All Out Rush hits a sweet spot mix of rugged sole, 6mm drop, comfortable fit, and a rugged upper. It’s truly a solid all-around trail shoe, but it felt like it needed just a little more structure in the upper with the thicker midsole, like a heel counter, and a rock plate would help.
Merrell has created a solid, neutral shoe for trail runners who like some creature comforts when tackling tough trails. It has a cushioned midsole (23.5mm to 17.5mm underfoot), burly tread, secure fit and generous toe bumper, delivered in a 9-oz package makes. All that combines for enjoyable, unencumbered running, without feeling weighed down.
Security of Fit
One tester’s “full-foot embrace” description of the secure fit was spot on. The overlays cinch down along with the laces, which provides a good deal of foot security. My heel felt locked in (rear heal pods definitely help), my midfoot felt supported, and my toes had plenty of room to splay as I ran. Nothing felt too roomy, and nothing felt too tight. Top laces thread through a cinching system that’s integrated with the shoe tongue for uniquely dynamic lacing.
Comfort & Protection
The snug fit, enhanced by an integrated insole, puts the Rush at the top of the comfort class for this year’s test. A generous toe bumper and generous underfoot cushioning means you don’t have to look at every little rock and root.
It’s no racing flat, but the Rush’s lightweight nature responds to fast, light foot strikes.
Agility & Traction
The lugs held tight on everything from dirt, to rocks to more technical terrain, and these lightweight, low-slung ride made for nimble striding, although footing on hills got a bit sloppy due to the lack of a heel counter.
The overall impression of these shoes is energetic and fleet, not slow and ploddy.
$120 is a slightly above average price for shoes in this class, but we can say the shoe doesn’t feel cheap at all.