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Hey Merrell - Bring 'em back to the USA, and ditch this Vibram/Grey Rubber Composite!!!
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!