Merrell Chameleon Evo Gore-Tex XCR



Absolutely an awesome model, even though I have nothing…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: gore-tex
Use: Short or long dayhikes w/ light backpack.
Break-in Period: They felt awesome the very day I put them on. Perfect
Weight: ~ 2 lbs
Price Paid: $110-120

Absolutely an awesome model, even though I have nothing to compare it to since these are my first pair of Merrels. I love these shoes for its grip and versatile use on the trail.

This model is not for those who don't have strong ankles however, and probably should look into getting a model with mid-ankle support. But for those looking to get through a short day hike and get to your favorite spots quickly, these are the way to go.

To put things into perspective, my experience with these made a day hike through Mt. Washington a breeze. Make sure you pack appropriately and that you are not carrying too much weight with these shoes on longer treks. Just take what you'll need.

Otherwise backpacking boots or mid-ankle support are the way to go if you're one to go the distance.


I wore this shoe for 9 months and went and got another…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather, Gore-tex, Vibram
Use: evderyday, rough trail, large loads, desert
Break-in Period: comfortable first time, 2 weeks and they feel custom fit
Weight: unknown
Price Paid: $89

I wore this shoe for 9 months and went and got another pair of the same kind. My only negative would be color, but that's entirely a personal choice.

I would recommend this shoe to anyone who likes the idea of having more mobility/agility then a traditional hiking shoe, but does not want to sacrifice complete support. Also, consider this shoe, if you are interested in something that can take more trail and wilderness abuse then other light hikers.

I have a more in depth review that can be found at,

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Merrell Chameleon Evo Gore-Tex XCR


The Chameleon Evo Gore-Tex XCR has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$70.00 - $125.00

The Merrell Chameleon Evo Gore-Tex XCR is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen June 15, 2010 at Campmor.

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