Merrell Mix Master Mid Waterproof
Good "Minimalist" (More "reduced" than "minimalist")…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $75
Good "Minimalist" (More "reduced" than "minimalist") trail shoe/boot.
- Traction isn't amazing on rock
- Clammy, don't breathe very well
I got these only a couple months ago, so I'm not sure how they perform in the summer conditions. Ground feel could be much better to be considered a "minimalist boot", they are more like a reduced boot. The ground feel is better than your average hiking boot, but nowhere near close to the ground feel of my New Balance MT110's, and they have a rock plate in the forefoot.
The "breathable" waterproof membrane that Merrell uses could benefit from a little more breathability. They are waterproof, and have kept water out on recent muddy/shoeshoeing hikes very well, but being waterproof is only beneficial until your feet sweat so much that your socks are soaked anyway. I wear Smartwool hiking socks, so it's not like I'm wearing cotton socks that hold moisture.
These boots could also benefit from some more sticky rubber on the sole. In the alpine zones I noticed that they just didn't grab the bare rock as well as I would expect. They could definitely benefit from some Vibram rubber, and I'd pay the extra.
If Merrell made this shoe/boot in a Gore-tex membrane and Vibram sole, I would spend the extra $40-50 for those features because this is pretty close to the perfect minimalist boot I was looking for otherwise.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Merrell Men's Mix Master Tuff Mid Waterproof Trail Running Shoes
- Altrec Outdoors
CLOSEOUTS . Get lightweight support perfect for tackling long hikes with Merrell's Mix Master mid hiking boots, featuring flexible Strobel construction, a waterproof breathable air mesh upper with a full rubber rand, 4mm toe-to-heel rise and metatarsal shock absorption plate for additional protection. Available Colors: APOLLO/SILVER, BLACK/LIGHT FIREFLY, GRANITE/NECTAR, BOULDER/BRINDLE. Sizes: 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 15.
- Sierra Trading Post
Just because you're adding more layers for your trail runs as the weather gets colder doesn't mean you have to bulk up your shoes, too; get ready for wintery weather without sacrificing a minimalist feel with the Merrell Men's Mix Master Mid Waterproof Trail Running Shoe. Merrell gave this higher-cut minimalist shoe a waterproof breathable membrane to keep your foot dry (and, therefore, warmer) as the days get shorter and stormier.
Made for transitioning through multiple adventures, the Merrell minimalist Mix Master Mid waterproof multi-sport shoe lets you experience your BareForm while offering lightweight cushioning. With a 4mm heel to toe drop, its thinner, lighter midsole cushions while getting you closer to the ground for better control. The lightweight air mesh upper with bellows tongue fits snugly to keep out debris.Strobel construction offers flexibility and comfort Mid Cut upperFabric upper with EZ Clean finish sheds dirt and resists stains2 mm EVA insole for comfort and shock absorption TPU overlay provides a secure fit Air mesh bellows tongue ventilates while keeping debris out Reflective elements on the heel and forefoot for added visibility EVA anatomical footbed treated with Aegis antimicrobial solution Waterproof membrane provides an impermeable, but breathable barrierLow profile midsole 9 mm heel / 5 mm ball = 4m Drop Merrell Float midsole is 10% thinner and 25% lighter to provide more feel and ground control Merrell air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability Forefoot shock absorption pad provides metatarsel protection 3 5 mm lugs for more street to trail feel Merrell Mix Sole / Sticky RubberWeight 1lb. 5oz.