These are the second pair of minimalist shoes I own, the others being Brooks Men's Pure Connect 2. I picked up the Bare Access for two reason, Zero Drop and Cushioning. While they say they have cushioning it's actually quite a hard run. Yes there's cushioning but it's a harder compound then the PC2. This is more of an observation then a negative comment on the shoe. I'm moving from Asics Gel Pulse -> PC2 -> Now Bare Access 2.
These are great shoes. But it has highlighted that the PC2 are more a beginner shoe and BA2 for more seasoned barefoot runners. I have 3 months / 70k on the PC2, but using the Bare Access 2 felt like it was the first time I ever ran in minimalist shoes and gave my calf a pounding. Now this is what I wanted, a harder workout and moving closer and closer to true barefoot. But if you want a beginner shoe and cushioning I would suggest trying these and the PC2 before you buy to see which suits you better. I'm going to have to transition into these, when in fact I though I'd just put them on and go for miles.