Merrell Nova

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Overview

The Nova is a neutral maximalist trail running shoe family that uses Vibram technology from Merrell. This is the original product in the family.

It uses rock plate reinforced sole design, and went on sale in 2019. Its support type is designated as neutral, meaning that it's designed for runners with neutral pronation. The latest model in the family is the Merrell Nova 3.

Based on our monitoring of prices across the internet, it's currently in the most expensive 40% of running shoes today.

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Weight
Weight
309 g
326 g
230 g
289 g
M: 247 g
W: 207 g
M: 241 g
W: 213 g
Forefoot
Forefoot
26 mm
7 mm
23 mm
19 mm
18 mm
Heel to toe drop
Heel to toe drop
8 mm
6 mm
4 mm
6 mm
Heel
Heel
34 mm
13 mm
27 mm
19 mm
24 mm
Terrain
Terrain
Trail
MudSnow/iceTrailTrailMudSnow/iceTrailTrailTrail
Brand
Brand
Merrell
New BalanceInov-8SauconyAltraMerrell
Support Type
Support Type
Neutral
NeutralNeutralNeutralStabilityNeutralNeutral
Pronation Type
Pronation Type
Neutral pronation
Neutral pronationOverpronationSevere overpronationNeutral pronationNeutral pronationNeutral pronationNeutral pronation
Arch Type
Arch Type
High arch
High archLow archHigh archHigh archHigh archHigh arch
Shoe Type
Shoe Type
ComfortableMaximalist
BarefootBreathableComfortableLightweightLow dropMaximalistMinimalistZero dropLightweightLow dropLightweightLow dropZero dropLightweight
Carbon fiber plate
Carbon fiber plate
Orthotic friendly
Orthotic friendly
Removable insole
Removable insole
Rocker
Rocker
Breathable
Breathable
Techs
Techs
Vibram
Environmental Characteristics
Environmental Characteristics
Vegan β“‹
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Merrell Nova characteristics and specifications

Characteristics
SportsRunning (+1956)
TerrainTrail (+518)
BrandMerrell (+34)
Support TypeNeutral (+1536)
Pronation TypeNeutral pronation (+1547)
Strike TypeFore/Midfoot strike (+1145)Heel strike (+1226)
Arch TypeHigh arch (+1494)
Shoe TypeComfortable (+334)Maximalist (+560)
FeaturesRock plate (+422)
Events10k (+706)Half marathon (+706)Marathon (+706)
Environmental CharacteristicsVegan β“‹ (+246)
ColorwaysBlack, Black / Green, Blue / Navy Blue, Grey, Red
Specificationsvs Average
Released
Apr 2019
Measurements
Weight
309 g
Heel to toe drop
8 mm
Heel
34 mm
Forefoot
26 mm

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