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by Glock_9mmfromnot for hiking - merrels getting cheaperI started buying Merrel's a few years ago. I was looking for a walking/cross training type of shoe. I tried on every shoe at REI and decided the Merrel's were the best fitting.
A few years ago there was an obvious change in the some of the materials and the over-all quality of the show. I will not buy Merrel's again. Initially the shoes usually feel comfortable, but the the interior quickly breaks down and the shoe feel loose and my foot moves around in the shoe. They are a cheap shoes at a premium price.
HIKING: I went hiking at Waterville Valley this past weekend wearing my Merrel's. I knew instantly that these shoes were not for hiking. I felt every single rock/pebble on the trail. One the way down the mountain, my toes banged into the front of the shoe with every step.
Merrel Moab, Chameleon, radius...and any other with a similar sole are not for hiking....unless you idea of a hike is walking on a smooth dirt road, but even then you have to deal with the way Merrel's break down quickly.
I also had a the entire sole of a pair of Merrel's separate from the shoe. This occurred within a few weeks of owning the shoe and wearing them as my daily shoe...no hiking involved.
Date published: 2010-06-20
Rated 1out of5
by JasperHikerfromCaused terrible knee pain!Absolutely loved these boots when I first got them. No break in, very comfortable, nice wide toe box. Reasonable grip, somewhat water resistant (unless you're standing in a stream). However, I started to realize that every time I wore them, my knees hurt terribly for days afterwards. I tried shoe inserts--no help. Finally, I regretfully returned them. I've had no knee pain since stopping wearing them. Too bad...they are great light weight boots. They will work for others that have different anatomy...just realize that some knee pain can be from the boots! It took me a while to put it together.
Date published: 2010-07-31
Rated 1out of5
by filkyfromSo sad.I'm really disappointed with these boots. Right out of the box they were super comfy, light and ready for the trail. I bought them for just that reason. Within the first 7 miles of a 50 mile 6 day trip i noticed the leather sides coming apart. By the end of the trip I had to duct tape the whole front half of the boot to make it out. I really wish these were a little sturdier. Bummed.
Date published: 2011-08-08
Rated 1out of5
by Grove TenderfromPoor overall qualityI have used these boots for a year for frequent short hikes (4-8 miles), mostly on trail but some off trail. I like that they are comfortable and fit well, and are reasonably cool in hot weather. My complaints: Early on the lack of adequate arch support resulted a case of severe plantar fasciitis after a hike of no more than 8 miles, which kept me off the trails for three months. I put Birkenstock insoles into the Merrells and that solved the arch support problem--for $50. Then the leather over the outside toes wore through on both boots...this lets a lot of dirt in which increases chances of blistering. The inner lining of the upper boot is a material that seems like it is designed specifically to make foxtails and burrs difficult to remove; I've had a couple long sessions picking them out. Overall I'm disappointed in these boots and will stop buying Merrills. I used to have high regard for this company but I think their quality has slipped.
Date published: 2012-07-09
Rated 1out of5
by RetiredinAz1fromwore out too fastI hike daily in the Arizona Desert Trails......most of my shoes last a minimum of 6 months...these lasted two and a half!
Date published: 2012-07-11
Rated 1out of5
by Spartan StevefromBroke down very fast!I'm not very heavy, I weigh about 165, so it's not a very common thing for me to wear down the support in shoes or boots(ever) especially after such a short time. After about 3 hikes in these the support on the instep was completely crushed to the point that I can't even casually wear these shoes to the store without my feet hurting. I do over-pronate, and have a medium arch, but it has never been an issue with pain or breaking down shoes, especially this quick. I don't use supportive footbeds or anything in any other shoe or boot that I own, I run with barefoot shoes, my work boots have the cheap flat support that comes with it, so in no way am I sensitive to lack of support in a shoe. My feet ache while walking around in these slightly used boots. For [$] I thought I was getting a top of the line product. The support on the sole of the shoe looks like you crushed and folded up a chunk of foam. Extremely disappointed with these boots!
Date published: 2012-08-08
Rated 2out of5
by dleinsfromI do not recomment this bootThis boot has two serious problems:
1. The strap type lace loop broke after only three long hikes. There is no way to repair it. This means that the boots can no longer be properly laced.
2. The heel cup is not properly designed, at least for my feet. It causes blisters, no matter what combination of socks/lacing is used. This occurs in hikes of 5+ miles. I have never had this problem with other boots in over 40 years of hiking.
Date published: 2007-09-21
Rated 2out of5
by Rock Rock OCfromeventually ok, but lousy at firstI bought these because they were breathable for hot summer So. Cal. peak bagging. I always hike (even during summer) with wool socks on the outside, sock liner inside, and I pre-bandage ankle, arch, and big toe before I leave the house, also I add lotsa baby powder in the shoe. Otherwise, i get blisters on my tender feet.
The shoe sole insert that came with it is a piece of cardboard that provided no support, take it out and its worse. REI guy recommended Superfeet orange or green, those made it even worse.
EVENTUALLY I went to a cheap shoe store and got those gel inserts. That was my last hope. This combo magically worked.
I would not use these for backpacking, as they have no shank and after 5 miles on the trail, you feel the trail gravel. They are not mid-weight, these are lightweight.
They are one step above sneakers high tops. They are breathable, although on a few occasions downhill, I have felt some hotspots and had to change socks.
No issues with the lace or the metal lace hooks as others reported.
I didn't expect waterproofing or gortex from desert sand boots, so that part met my expectation.
I have small feet, wear size 6.5 mens shoes, so for hiking boots size 7 mens is just right, considering I wear thick double socks. Most shoe makers stop at size 8. so my options are limited.
I use them regularly, although its high maintenance what I had to customize to get them working for me. Now that they are broken in, they are soft but I feel the gravel pebbles.
tender small feet can't get no comfort.
Get these shoes only if are limited by the small size availability, and you realy need ventilation.
Do not get these shoes for backpacking, or as-is comfort.
Date published: 2008-08-30
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