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Comments about Merrell Proterra Vim Sport Hiking Shoes - Women's:
I currently run in Merrell's minimalist running shoes - the Bare Access Arc 2 (GREAT shoe!) but wanted something with more traction/tread for taking to Colorado for hiking (hoping to hike Pike's Peak).
I got these because Merrell advertised them originally as minimalist (however I see they've changed their description to downplay this) and I wanted something as close as possible to the minimalist feel that I have with the BAA2's.
These are definitely more like traditional shoes than barefoot shoes. I can't fold these in half like Merrell's minimalist runners, and they are stiffer and more like traditional hikers, but they do have what looks like adequate traction for my purposes. I thought I saw these advertised as 4mm drop, however they don't really feel it, but I'm not an expert.
I was really excited to see this purple color at REI, as Merrell does not offer this fun color on their website. Most hiking shoes are boring tan, brown or black so it was nice to see a fun, bright color. :-)
I did have a problem with my first pair of these. The sole of the right shoe was bowed/warped. I did not notice this in store, but when I got home I noticed it big time. It appeared to be a manufacturing error. REI was very nice and swapped them out for a new pair, without any resistance, however it is an hour each way to my REI store so it was a bit of a hassle to spent the time/gas money to do the exchange. Definitely check your bottoms of these to make sure they are okay.
My replacement pair seems fine (no bowing). I have not taken them to Colorado yet, but I did 3.5 miles on the treadmill at a 8% incline to test them out (there are no hills around here, so I had to do the treadmill to get a little sampling of incline walking). I had no issues with this mileage, straight out of the box. My only complaint is that I wish the toe box were wider. I LOVE the roomy toe box of the BAA2's, and wish it were applied to this style. Yes, a wider toe box does not look as cool, but it is heavenly for the feet as it allows your toes to naturally splay. Merrell, if you are listening, we love roomy toe boxes!!!
Hopefully I can come back and update my review once I get some more miles (and true hiking miles!) on them.
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