Merrell Chameleon Evo Gore-Tex XCR
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.
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
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.
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Our classic Chameleon, highly evolved. Now with lower, sleeker profile but still with hiking heritage and designed to go the distance, change the pace or site-and do it no matter how bad the weather, thanks to a lightweight GORE-TEX XCR gasket construction and XCR fabric lining with anti-microbial treatment. Stabilty features abound, from heel counter to lace-securing strut and foot-centering In-Board construction.GORE-TEX XCR gasket construction.Waterproof suede leather upper.GORE-TEX XCR fabric lining.Breathable Enduro mesh panels.Breathable padded tongue.Injection molded TPU counter.Injection Molded TPU instep stability arm.Protective molded rubber rand.Protective molded rubber toe bumper.4.5mm Ortholite anatomical footbed.Nylon 6.6 injection molded arch shank.Exposed In-Board compression molded EVA footframe with Grade 2 tapered nylon insole molded to bottom.Merrell Air Cushion midsole.4mm Sole Lug depth.Vibram Chameleon Speed Sole/TC5+ rubber.Weight: 2 lbs.
The low, sleek profile of the Merrell Chameleon Evo XCR hiking shoe is designed to go the distance, at any pace, no matter how bad the weather. Gore-Tex XCR membrane ensures super breathability with reliable waterproofness. Compression-molded EVA midsole provides shock absorption and support. Tapered nylon shank for underfoot protection with enough flex for speed-hiking. Vibram Trek rubber outsole with multidirectional traction lugs. Gore-Tex XCR membrane for waterproof breathability. Waterproof suede-leather upper with breathable mesh panels. Fabric lining with antiodor treatment. Air Cushion stabilizes the heel and absorbs shock. Nylon-injected arch shank reinforces arch for added support. Injection-molded TPU heel counter and instep arm for all-terrain stability. Molded rubber rand for added protection and durability. Molded toe bumper for durability and protection from rough terrain. Breathable padded tongue.
Description Of Merrell Chameleon Evo Gore-Tex XCR Hiking ShoesMerrell's classic Chameleon hiking shoe has highly evolved. Now with lower, sleeker profile but still with hiking heritage and designed to go the distance, change the pace or site—and do it no matter how bad the weather, thanks to a lightweight GORE-TEX® XCR® gasket construction and XCR® fabric lining with anti-microbial treatment. Stabilty features abound, from heel counter to lace-securing strut and foot-centering In-Board™ construction.Features:Gore-Tex XCR gasket constructionWaterproof suede leather upperGore-Tex SCR fabric liningBreathable Enduro mesh panelsBreathable padded tongueInjection molded TPU counterInjection molded TPU instep stability armProtective molded rubber randProtective molded rubber toe bumper4.5mm Ortholite anatomical footbedNylon 6.6 injection molded arch shankExposed/In-Board compression molded EVA footframe with Grade 2 tapered nylon insole molded to bottomMerrell air
- US Outdoor Store
The Merrell Chameleon is a low profile, sleek and supportive hiking shoe. The "EVO" represents the latest evolutionary version of this near classic. And the Gore-tex part of the name means it can be used in foul weather. Classic, indeed. Merrell Chameleon EVO GTX features: Gore-tex XCR gasket construction Suede leather reinforced upper for durability Nylon 6.6 injection molded arch shank Merrell Air Cushion midsole Vibram sole Protective molded rubber rand Closeout-limited to stock on hand.