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3.0 out of 5 stars Shouldn't Gore-Tex be waterproof?, January 3, 2014
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This review is from: Merrell Women's Ascend Glove Gore-Tex Trail-Running Shoe (Shoes)
Needed a new pair of winter running shoes, since my Vibram Lontras were causing toe pain and plastic bags in my Pace Gloves were no longer working... ;0)

Runs about 1/2 size larger than the Pace Glove. Fit is good - light and comfy with minimal cushioning - but the heel cup is cut pretty low and took some getting used to. (Might be nice if the heel cup were elasticized on this style too.) Color is bright and fun - nice in a world of black running tights....

I had very high hopes for these shoes but wore them for the first time on a long, snowy run recently and felt the sting of wet-cold about 40 minutes in. Checked when I got home, and sure enough, both wool socks and the toe-boxes were wet (not sweaty). At this price - and with these brands - I expected more. Shouldn't they be 100% waterproof, especially out of the box?? Undecided about returning these, since they are better than the alternative. Would give them 5 stars if it weren't for damp feet!

Update: Feeling disappointed, I finally returned the shoes to Merrell in April because they weren't waterproof. Merrell has been helpful and responsive, but because of shipping and stocking errors, I have yet to receive a replacement. Unfortunately, I am now told this shoe is no longer in stock and that I need to choose a different model. Since I already own the Pace Glove and chose this shoe for a specific purpose, I am currently awaiting another solution.
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Initial post: May 12, 2014 5:33:42 AM PDT
Evan Hall says:
How deep was the snow/slush when you got wet?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 16, 2014 7:26:10 AM PDT
BrieCam says:
I'd say only an inch or two - nothing that got into the shoe. Moisture was pervasive across the body of the shoe. I received a new pair recently from Merrell (they have SUPER customer support) and hope they perform this winter. Perhaps I should test them in a puddle of water - or the bathtub.
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