Merrell Men's Chameleon 4 Stretch Hiking Shoe,Castle Rock,8.5 M US
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- Vibram sole
- Lycra and neoprene stretch collar for easy on and off
- Elastic cord and lock lacing system
- Moisture-wicking mesh lining
- M-Select FRESH odor prevention
- Dual-density EVA footbed
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Leather ridges line the sides of this durable hiking shoe, helping to keep outdoor debris away.
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 8.9 x 4.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
- Origin: China
- ASIN: B008J43NOY
- Item model number: J41389
- Date first available at Amazon.com: January 14, 2013
- Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Top Customer Reviews
I read a great review of these shoes in Backpacker magazine. I read online reviews at REI and Amazon. I found a pair on sale at a local retailer in Estes Park, CO for about $85, so I took the plunge and picked them up.
Here's what is good about them:
1) They're light. Honestly, when I hold the shoe in my hand, I'm surprised at their weight (or lack of it).
2) They slip on and off quickly. I'm impressed with the unorthodox cord-lock instead of the traditional laces. Never once have I needed to tighten the cord lock while hiking.
3). The style is cool, if that's what matters to a buyer. I have the gray/blue ones and like the way they look.
1). The heat generated inside these shoes is head-spinning. The ventilation is terrible. I noticed the heat building up inside the shoe as I was crossing the parking lot during my first hike with them, and also in repeated uses since then. It is even worse when wearing cotton socks. I only hike with SmartWool PhD Lite socks (more on that below).
2). I don't have a long or exaggerated stride at all, nor do I drag my heels, and after three hikes averaging about 15 miles, the heel section of the outer sole is drastically worn. I don't see these lasting into next year's hiking season at this rate.Read more ›
Now don't get me wrong, these shoes are very comfortable. They don't need any breaking in and you feel like you are walking on a cloud, but Merrell has slipped in two crucial areas; the heel and the materials.
I wore these shoes while finishing up my Christmas shopping at the mall and was concerned that my heel kept slipping. This has never happened with my previous Chameleon Stretches. I got the same size as last time (11) and decided maybe a half size smaller might fix the problem. Well, that was not the issue. The smaller pair just didn't fit. My other pair of Chameleon Stretches have a deeper heel with a hard plastic material which helps hold your foot in. The new version got rid of that plastic heel, lowered the height and uses a more elastic material which leads to the slippage.
My other gripe with the material is the hoop on the back which you use to slip the shoes on. It just feels cheap and I'm sure it would rip off within a few months of regular usage. While this may seem like a small detail, it really helps having tough hoops to pull your shoes on, and it can be a pain when they come off like they did with my last pair (even with a more durable hoop).
All in all, I really can't recommend buying this shoe, and it actually hurts me to say it. I have given Merrell a lot of money over the years in exchange for a durable quality product, and I am sad to say that the new model just feels cheaper. I will be heading to a box store to hopefully find a different model of Merrells that actually fit, but I may just decide to give my business to a different shoe company.
I will absolutely stick with this brand for a long time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved these shoes. Very comfortable. Have bought a couple pairs of these shoes.Published 16 days ago by Justin
I love these shoes. I love how they feel and enjoy going on hikes. I would buy them again.Published 2 months ago by Armando Marron
Super comfortable! The laces take a minute to get used to as I've never had this style beforePublished 3 months ago by Jayson
Tongue or top of shoes @ lace area very tight & not adjustable.Published 3 months ago by CHARLES SLAGLE
My husband wears these shoes every day. He loves them, will never buy him anything but Merrells.Published 3 months ago by A_Christian
I wore this shoe for many years at work every day and they were stellar.
Now it appears they have lost control of the manufacture quality because the footbed no longer is even... Read more
After about a year of wearing them, the "stretch" material started to lose its elasticity. Still wouldn't stop me from ordering up another pair. Very comfortable!Published 5 months ago by Mike