Grippy lugs and protective cushioning offer the essentials beginners need with the durability trail veterans love. The RW Takeaway: Standout grip and underfoot protection on a midsole that balances cushioning and ground feel make the Momentous an ideal shoe for new trail runners. I know I’m not the only one who’s had a few big moments while out running trails. (Highlights include muddy face-plants, dicey wildlife encounters, and lost battles with stinging nettle….) But, there have also been epic sweat-flecked sunsets, cathartic postrun creek baths, and little moments of peace when all feels right with the world. Merrell’s Momentous gets you through all of it—the good, the bad, and the ugly—out on the trail. The shoe has an extra tacky Vibram MegaGrip rubber outsole with toothy lugs for reliable grip across wet gravel and riverbeds, while rock plates bookend the heel and forefoot so you won’t notice sharp trail debris. Cushioning from a compression-molded midsole and additional foam pods dampen shock on steep descents, and a removable PU insole serves runners who crave more softness. Plus, the Momentous dials up comfort with an anti-odor knit upper and a burrito tongue that...