Merrell Baja Ventilator
Use: mountain hiking
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $74.99
These are the best shoes I have ever owned. I have worn out two pairs and am looking to purchase a third pair. There was never a break-in period. I did buy my shoes one size larger than my dress shoes because I do a lot of hiking in the mountains and the extra room keeps my toes from being cramped when going downhill. I also always wear socks and sock liners when hiking to reduce friction on my heels. I have near developed a blister wearing these shoes and they are incredibly lightweight. These shoes are great for summer, my feet never overheat.
Materials: suede and mesh
Use: short dayhikes, working, around town
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $40? On sale
These shoes are OK. I was expecting a pair of good, solid, breathable hiking shoes, but instead these are average athletic shoes. They are comfortable, but not as breathable as I expected from something called "Ventilator." Some of the rubber toe box started splitting after less than 2 years of use, and the lining has been coming apart also. So if you want cool-looking athletic shoes, these are fine. If you want durable hiking shoes, look elsewhere.
Price Paid: $51.99
Just bought my second pair. The first pair I wore nearly daily for about five years and the treads were almost flat. I had no splitting problems as the other reviewer, but everyone wears shoes out differently. I wear them in all dry conditions and use them for light hiking/approach with no problem...obviously no rain or heavy mud. A great light hiker that will last a while.
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The Merrell Baja Ventilator trail shoes for women offers ultimate ventilation for warm day trail, biking or hiking activities. The breathable features include a pigskin leather and ventilator mesh upper, mesh lining and a ventilator bellows tongue. The the upper is also showcases medial and lateral supportive strapping and easy-cinch lacing. The Starfire Sole, with sticky rubber, helps deliver grip and traction.
- FogDog Sports