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114 of 123 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2010
Size Name: 10.5 D(M) USColor Name: WalnutVerified Purchase
I bought these last spring after a few years of being annoyed with a fine pair of boots which are just too heavy for my kind of backpacking.

I started hiking in the days when the proper pair of boots for trail hiking was something like Riekle (sp?) Rotondos, which weighed five pounds per pair and were as cozy as cast concrete. But they were tough!

After years of cutting the weight of each new pair of hiking boots, and often just wearing running shoes instead of boots, I searched for a high-topped version of running shoes because low top shoes pick up too many little pebbles, sticks, and grit. I tried these over a busy summer of backpacking, and I really like them.

They're extremely comfortable and cushion steps very nicely, even making loose-rock strewn trails tolerable. I also found that they're great for off trail on rock, turf, and dirt of all sorts. Snow isn't a strong point for them, but I carry light, instep crampons for that nasty stuff if it gets steep. On the granitic rock of the Wind River Range, and the slate and rubble of the Olympics, they stick; ascending, descending, and laterally. I didn't get much walking on wet rock this summer, but stream fordings showed that they're nothing special on slick underwater rock, but not bad.

Despite being really out of shape starting a hard Wind River trip, I had no foot problems until my final day of descending 4000' on miserable trails, and I picked up a minor blister on the ball of a foot. A week later I was totally comfortable again in the Olympics (and glad to have some oxygen to breathe for a change).

Concerning Gore-Tex vs. breathables: I've discovered that for me, non-Gore-Tex is best for summer hiking, even in the wet. I learned that just clambering across a stream and letting the water squish out after is quite pleasant. The boots still feel fine, and you've got cool feet on a hot day, too. I used to stop at every ford and change into something for wading every time, like most hikers I've seen, but wading is actually pleasant, and a lot simpler than changing footwear twice within 20', or teetering across rock steps or stray tree trunks. In miserably soggy Olympic Mountain weather, Gore-Tex boots eventually just fill up with water anyway, and are slow to drain.

Gore-Tex is best, I think, for around-town walking in wet weather, or in cold weather hiking. Just my two cents worth ...
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99 of 108 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2007
Size Name: 11 D(M) USColor Name: WalnutVerified Purchase
This shoe walks me! I guess that means that most other shoes fight the natural ergonomics of human stride, heel to toe! It is impressive! But beware, Merrell shoes run SMALL! I wear 9 1/2 to 10. This shoe fits me at 11 1/2! I have a very similar Merrell low top hiking shoe; but it is size 11! So for mail order, MAKE SURE RETURN IS FREE! Otherwise you will have to pay as I did to return for correct size. This shoe came as an Amazon purchase from ShoeMall! ShoeMall said I was not their customer so they do not pay for return shipping. Amazon paid what ShoeMall would pay = $7.00, but the cost with FedEx was $15.80 to return. OK! I love the shoe.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2009
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I love these boots and I've had several pairs. My one complaint is that the little fabric eyelets always rip. Right now I have to order my third pair because this has happened yet again. If I found a similar boot that had metal eyelets I would be ordering those instead.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2010
From the trail to the street, these hiking boots are comfortable and worth their weight in gold.

I used them a lot for trail hiking in the summer time. They are very light weight and very comfortable. Mix these with Wigwam hiking socks, heavy pack in rough terrain = no blisters after days of use. I did a lot of hiking in these and never had blisters. I can't say the same for other hiking boots. A very comfortable boot. When I got blisters from other shoes, I could wear these and they would not cause friction on the blistered areas due to the excessive cushioning factors and displacement of surface area.

I bought a second pair to keep in reserve. They are that good.

Cons: They eyelets could use some re-enforced stitching to make them more durable but that is the only issue after about a year of use, they have not failed me yet.

Don't get these boots wet, they absorb water fast like a sponge. Ford the creeks / streams in flip flops. They dry out fast though if wet and keep their cushion effect and terrain gripping capability.

The tread is a medium wear type, not too soft, not too hard so it will wear through in a season with heavy use but being under $100 that is not a problem for the comfort level it provides you on the trail and gripping capability.

An outstanding hiking boot for it's price range.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2010
Purchased a pair of these last year. Great hiker, light weight, good grip sole. Used almost daily for light trails. The only complaint is the material that covers the rear shank,(behind your heal/achilles, has worn through exposing the plastic shank which left the shoes unwearable. This could be solved if bit more padding or double over the material could solve this issue. Would I purchase again, yes.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2012
I am a serious hiker, to the point that I walked all the way across Scotland, through the highlands. In living in Europe, walking/hiking is an ethic in some countries, and I can say, without reservation, that Merrel makes some of the best treaders in the industry. Have been wearing them for years, and they even finished the Nijmegen Vierdaagse (four days, 25-30 miles per day) with me, two years running. They're light, comfy, and breath better than most. I do find that they work best when I insert a good gel-sole, but that's all I do, and I'm off and running. They also last forever, and I don't pitch them until the bottoms are almost gone, which is usually around 2-3000 kilometers. Outstanding product!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2008
Size Name: 11 D(M) USColor Name: Walnut
Awesome! It's my second pair of Merrells. First pair lased 6 years. The Merrell company have greatly improved their product since I first purchased. These are lighter,more comfortable, and cooler.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2007
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I'm primarily a "day hiker", but do some strenuous and rough trail hikes.
I have hiked in Columbia and North Face, they were okay, BUT, when I
purchased these Merrell's, WOW.! They didnt even need any "break-in".
Light weight, comfortable, breathable. I also wear hiking socks.
I have put alot of miles on them, and up/down lots of elevation, and
proud to say No Blisters or Hot Spots. I have recommended these and
the low-cut version to others, and the consesus is "They love 'em, too."
SO, put on a pair of hiking socks and slip into these boots and GO HIKE.!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2009
I bought a pair of Merrell Ventilators this winter at REI to replace my Nike hiking boots which had worn down after about a year of regular hiking. The Nikes gave me blisters and weren't cushioned enough for more strenuous hikes, but I had always bought them because they were the only ones in my price range. Frustrated with blisters and discomfort, I decided it was finally worth my money to upgrade. I'm very glad I did. These are the lightest, most comfortable boots I have ever owned. They hold your feet in place snugly with a padded collar and a thick, cushy shoe tongue. They breathe very well, which is critical since I live in a warm climate. They also have enough traction to grip rocks when I go bouldering. They seem very durable so I think they will last me at least several years (I usually try to keep hiking boots for at least 2 or 3 years if not more).

Funny story - my buddy bought a pair of $120 Vasque hikers the same week I got these for $80. By the end of a strenuous hike, he was complaining of foot pain. I was not. Proves that spending more doesn't always get you something better. I think these are really a good value product.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2009
I tried on the Merrell Moab Mid Boots and they felt like a glove. They were so comfortable that I bought them just to wear anywhere. I used them on hikes to Cystal Cove, Catalina Island and to Half-Dome, which was an 18-mile hike and climb to the top with of a granite face. The boots performed without a hitch. They were light and snug with a sole that was soft and gripped well.

I would recommed these boots for anyone doing any light hiking with a pack of less than 30 lbs. My foot is medium wide and usually I wear a size 9. The boots ran small and I purchased a size 10, which fits perfectly.
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