Use: approach, light hiking, urban pavement, and general knocking around in a protective shoe.
Break-in Period: 1 minute and 24 seconds.
Weight: Jeez, I am an unpaid volunteer reviewer, not a Merrell employee or 87 kilos. You decide.
Price Paid: $90
Pros: true to size, excellent traction with Vibram Approach Sole (that is non-marking...how'd they do that?), excellent mid-sole/strong shank to protect foot from bruising, comfortable, does what it advertises. The leather tops are tough, unlike the fabric on the Solo and its BS "welded" TPU studs that fell off when my Solo's rubbed against Jello. Good job, Merrell on the Edge, but take the Solos off the market.
Cons: not great on wet rock, but what shoe is? Cheap laces. It is the exact same shoe as the Solo (see above) excpet for the uppers. Why are shoes made in China so expensive, though? When labor costs are soooo low, why are the retail prices so high? Merrell should pay attention to their level of greed and its association with their profit margin.
Price Paid: $90
Used this on the North Face Route on Mt Kenya. Walked to the route, climbed it, ran down the scree afterwards. Comfortable, and I hardly noticed, on this moderate route, that I wasn't wearing rock shoes. The Edge is a little heavy and expensive, and would benefit from more sticky rubber on the outside of the toe, otherwise it's a great compromise for long easy routes.
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Merrell shook the cage on approach-shoe design. The Edge shoes feature close-fitting, Perwanger leather laces and a low-volume toe for edging power, all wrapped in an overall design for stability and traction.This item is being discontinued from our selection. Perwanger Italian leather upper (1.8 mm). Breathable polyester mesh lining, leather/polyester mesh tongue. Triple-density EVA midsole with Merrell Air Cushion for shock absorption. Anatomical footbed. Protective Benecke external heel counter. Rubber toe bumper for durability and extra protection. Texon/tempered spring steel shank, 3/4 stiffener insole for stability and foot protection. Aggressive 4 mm lug depth.
Merrell's Edge shakes the cage on approach shoe design. Close-fitting, Perwanger® leather upper laces all the way to a low-volume toe for edging power, abetted by a full board last for stability and climbing- rubber rands for durability. Tri-density EVA with Merrell Air Cushion® provides tough-terrain shock absorption, is cut flush to the foot and sports a protective bumper. Breakthrough Vibram® Appoach™ sole features an edging and smearing zone of smooth, sticky TC5+ at the toe. Sharp edged chevron of durable Versa rubber applies the brakes on downhills. Bias-cut Transector™ cylinders provide key stability on off-center terrain. Merrell Edge Features: Precise Fitting Approach Last Board Lasted Construction 1.8mm Perwanger® Italian Leather Breathable Polyester Mesh Lining Nubuck Leather/ Polyester Mesh Bellows Tongue Protective Benecke® Backstrap Protective Climbing Rubber External Counter Protective Climbing Rubber Toe Bumper 4.5mm Anatomical Footbed Texon/Tempered Spring Steel Shank OMC Shoe Buyer says: ...
We shook the cage on approach shoe design. Close-fitting, Perwanger? leather upper laces all the way to a low-volume toe for edging power, abetted by ...
- Ramsey Outdoor
With a trim-fitting last for nimble climbing power, Merrell® Edge approach-style shoes feel great on any terrain from backcountry to the office. Durable 1.8mm Perwanger® split-grain leather uppers offer definitive protection, comfort and lasting wear. Precise-fitting design with board lasting construction offers a glove-like feel with lightweight support. Rugged rubber to bumpers and randing with Benecke® heel counters further protect feet and uppers from bumps and abrasion. Tongue and heel loops aid entry while padded ankle cuffs provide enhanced comfort around ankles. Breathable polyester mesh linings manage excess moisture inside shoes for drier feet. Removable anatomical footbeds add cushioning and support to dual-density EVA midsoles. Air Cushion® heel pockets in EVA midsoles deliver extra shock-absorption and comfort. Three-quarter length Texon/steel shank supports offer torsional rigidity for superior stability on uneven ground. High-traction Vibram® Approach™ outsoles feature a front edging platform of sticky TC4 rubber for front-end grip. Long lasting Super Trek rubber on the rear-end with omni-directional lug pattern deliver solid traction on all types of terrain.