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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2013
The Chameleon Wrap Slams are WAY better than the new Chameleon Stretch IV's for rock running, jumping, and some types of climbing. I say "some types" of climbing because they are a little thicker (but A LOT more sturdy) in the toe area than the Stretch, and not always so easy to wedge into cracks and crevices. This is my 6th&7th pair of Chameleons, and they are the only type of sneakers that I trust for running/climbing up and down steep rock terrain. I ordered two pairs, since Merrell seems to like to take a good thing and ruin it or make it unavailable. This order will at least get me through a few seasons.

Unlike the new Stretch IV, the Wrap Slams still have the proper figure 8 suction cup pattern on the sole. However, I do prefer a pure (all black) Vibram to these Vibram/Grey Rubber Composites that fall apart quicker. I still have my original pair from 10 Years ago because while all of the suction cups are long worn away, the sole is still intact. The "new and improved" composite suction cups (which I've gone through 4 pairs of and tossed out) tend to tear off when you are creating a lot of friction while running on sharp rock.

Merrell is showing no love to those who shred rock in US, and I find it unjust that I have to pay a hefty fee to ship these from the UK in order to enjoy using my favorite and most trusted pair of sneakers. Thanks to the seller for at least making my best workout buddies available, even if they are being sold at an ultra-premium price. I used to be able to score a fresh pair of Chameleon Wrap Slams for $110, but ended up paying $165/pair for these.

OK - I'm done complaining, so back to the trails and mountains... Hike/Climb ON!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2014
I love all my Merrells. I live in the Rocky Mountains and wear them daily. I have 7 pairs. I prefer the cinch ties to laces, but these fit as well as all of my cinched merrells. I love the colors, very unique. I have't seen anyone with these in my home town.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2014
i like the shoes its looks awsome, the feel is comfortable, but because its walking shoes its not 100% flat, so you are ganna feel an extra level under your feet, i got used to it fast
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2015
I'm a big fan of the Merrell stretch Chameleons, I've owned 4 pairs over the years, but the last pair I had was too tight on the top of my ankle and didn't have any arch support. So I saw the wrap slam walking shoe and decided to give them a try since they seemed to have what the stretch chameleons were lacking. These are a much more rugged shoe and seem better built, and have a bit thicker sole and are thicker in the heel. They breathe, not quite as much as the other chameleons but enough that my feet don't overheat when wearing them pretty much all day. I have an arch and will probably put an insole in these at some point but for now they are fine without them. I ordered the size I usually am with Merrells and they fit perfectly right out of the box.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2013
Although I do not hate these shoes they are not what i ordered!

These shoes are very HOT. Its almost like they are insulated with GoreTex, although there is no mention of this on the shoe or in the box. I live in Alaska and still find them uncomfortably warm. I do not think i will be able to wear during the summer.... the product description state "Breathable Mesh Upper - A highly breathable upper also built with synthetic upper for greater durability."

The shoe box that was delivered lists the color as "Dusty Olive" whereas the product description lists them as "Black".

These are not Chameleon "Stretch", they have laces that require tying though the description states "4-Way Stretch Collar" and the photos do show the laces tied. That was my over site, but still frustrating...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2015
Only worn them a few hours going to the store but could feel them already starting to break in the more I walked in them. After a few days should be just right!

I've owned & wore out many Chameleons which I love , these are a stiffer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2015
Absolutely the best pair of sites I ever had. I absolutely love it. My second pair and I use it everyday. The first lasted 8 years and the only reason why I to buy another one is because I have no more rubber under it! Absolutely amazing.
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on July 20, 2014
After reading the reviews and looking for these shoes everywhere, I decided to cough up the ridiculously high shipping rate from the UK. Three days later I found out why it was so high. I was paying for expedited service! So on one hand I was very happy to get my shoes so quickly, but on the other hand I wish they would have offered a cheaper shipping alternative.
Following the advise I heard I ordered the shoes one size larger. I ordered an 11, and they fit perfectly. The Chameleons are comfortable and being that they're made for rock climbing, look to be pretty tough. Being that I'm in South Florida, I wanted a shoe that is relatively light and breathes well. These breathe but are a bit on the heavy side. Also I was hoping for a slightly softer sole, but as most vibrams, they're made more for durablilty than comfort. Still I've worn them for light walks through wooded areas as well as all day use and they've been comfortable... not Nike running shoe comfort, but not uncomfortable either.
In all I really like my Chameleons. My 4 star rating has more to do with the shipping cost, and the thick material. Overall I think most buyers should be pleased with their shoes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2015
Arrived three weeks before the estimated arrival date :-) I wish merrell made shoes this awesome available in the US!
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on May 26, 2014
I have several other pairs of Merrells. (Chameleon 3 in Gore-tex, and Chameleon 4 plain. Also a couple of pairs of Moab Ventilators).

I live in the tropics where the heat/humidity seems to destroy elastics, so my Chameleon 3 & 4 laces all failed after a year or two. The Moabs have "real" laces. More sensible in the heat.

I bought the Wrap Slam because they have real laces, have a tougher more supportive sole, and are breathable. The Gore-tex Chameleons don't really breath, and the Chameleon 4 are a very soft, comfortable shoe, but I feel much more support for the same level of comfort with the Wrap Slams.

Sizes with Merrells are one complete size too small. If you wear a 12 then order a 13!

Its a pity that they are only still available in the UK.
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